Amnesty International (AI) is a global movement of more than 10 million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion, and are funded mainly by our membership and public donations. Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is the global organization’s presence in the United States. We engage people in the U.S. to fight injustice all around the world, while we also work to protect people’s human rights here in the U.S. AIUSA has more than a million members and activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
AIUSA’s Campaigns & Crisis Response Unit leads the design and implementation of the organization’s human rights Campaigns and crisis response efforts. Our Campaigns are intended to make a real difference in peoples’ lives as a step toward transforming our world to one in which all human rights of all people, everywhere, are respected, protected and fulfilled. The Amnesty movement defines a Campaign as a highly focused, time-bound, and winnable project, strategically planned, coordinated, and communicated to achieve an explicitly defined external objective. The organization’s Campaigns use a range of tactics and a high concentration of human and operational resources. AIUSA’s Campaigns can be on any human rights topic, issue or case, in the US or globally. Advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) are at the heart of our Campaigns and everything we do.
The Senior Campaigner creates and implements effective human rights campaign strategies that make impact, also serving as a key thought partner with the rest of the Campaigns & Crisis Response Unit to help AIUSA become a more effective campaigning organization. This position has two primary responsibilities:
(1) Identify campaign objectives in collaboration with stakeholders, and design effective and achievable campaign strategies to win the campaign and grow the human rights movement.
(2) Manage and implement campaign strategies in collaboration with a cross-organizational Campaign Team
Work in close collaboration with a range of stakeholders, including impacted people, partners and Amnesty members and staff in the USA and worldwide, to design and win these human rights Campaigns
Select with stakeholders a specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely (SMART) objective for each campaign to achieve, one that also advances inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA)
Create and implement a sound and effective strategy to achieve the campaign objective, using strategic campaigning tools, data analysis and campaigning best practices, in collaboration with stakeholders
Collaborate with stakeholders to select, implement, and evaluate effective tactics within the campaign strategy, including creative and innovative grassroots activism tactics, public education, and creative stunts
Integrate monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) best practices throughout each Campaign; collect, analyze and report relevant data; embed learnings within AIUSA and implement them in future Campaigns; and share Campaign results with stakeholders internally for staff, board, and members, and externally to coalitions and the public
Continuously develop campaigning skills and best practices through trainings and education; help other stakeholders develop those skills and best practices; and embed those skills and best practices in AIUSA’s Campaigning resources
Develop relationships with relevant international, national, and local coalition partners and other stakeholders to make human rights impact, win Campaigns, foster collaboration, and help grow the size, diversity, and influence of the human rights movement in the US and around the world
Develop high quality activism and advocacy materials for Campaigns, including activist toolkits, public education materials, and other digital and written material as needed to achieve Campaign objectives
When required, conduct advocacy with governments to achieve Campaign and serve as a public and media spokesperson about Campaigns
May supervise interns
When required, assist the National Director of Campaigns and Crisis Response on crisis response efforts
Evening and/or weekend availability as needed
Travel as needed
Other duties as assigned
Strong strategic thinking, project planning management, and analytical skills
Strong track record working with advocacy-oriented research and analysis
Excellent organizational and task management skills, with attention to detail
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills and ability to maintain composure under pressure
Positive, solutions-oriented approach to handling challenges
Ability to make tough decisions quickly and effectively under pressure in response to new events and developments
Ability to work independently and take initiative
Ability to campaign on any human rights topic, issue or case, with equal commitment, passion and enthusiasm
Ability to identify opportunities for innovation and to test new ideas
Ability to use tact and discretion to obtain cooperation and understanding
Diplomatic skills to obtain trust, cooperation, and understanding to resolve challenges
Ability leading, coordinating and/or working with high-level team of advisors/staff/volunteers
Ability and willingness for periodic travel
Spanish or other languages a plus
HOW TO APPLY AND OUR EEO STATEMENT
All applications must be completed online, and we do not accept paper submissions. Please visit the AIUSA Careers Page to review all current job postings. You must complete the entire online application, and electronically sign, for an application to be considered “complete.” We send emails via Paycom so please check your spam folders for any updates. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for technical difficulties ONLY.
Amnesty International USA is an equal opportunity employer. AIUSA encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people; women; people with disabilities, protected veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.
Education and Experience:
B.A. and a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience
Experience leading the development and implementation of impactful campaigns, including the creation of effective strategies and the implementation of effective grassroots activism tactics and creative stunts
Experience with key campaign tactics include grassroots activism, public education, creative stunts, coalition-building, lobbying, research, and strategic communications.
Experience working cross-organizationally with other units including Communications, Government Relations and Organizing staff
Experience lobbying government officials and as a spokesperson with media and the public are preferred
Demonstrated success in collaborating with a range of diverse stakeholders, including volunteers and partners, in designing and winning campaigns
Demonstrated success in designing and running campaigns that helped grow and diversify a grassroots base
Demonstrated success in designing and running campaigns that advance inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility
Experience using digital tools including email, SMS, social media and data analytics to achieve campaign victories that attract new AIUSA members
Demonstrated commitment to human rights, inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility
Experience with human rights issues and international law strongly preferred
This is a two year fixed term role
We recognize the valuable skills that can be gained through internships, fellowships, volunteer work, and non-traditional work experience. This experience helps build competencies and knowledge that may translate to our job openings. We seek a diversity of experience and skills for our workplace and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our openings.
Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is the global organization’s presence in the United States. We engage people in the U.S. to fight injustice all around the world, while we also work to protect people’s human rights here in the U.S. Amnesty International USA has more than one million members and activists in all 50 states, who are part of a larger global movement of 10 million people in 150 countries. We are a democratically governed, grassroots membership organization, which means that our members vote on key policy issues and elect our Board of Directors. Amnesty International USA’s elected Board members, staff, and members work together to lead the organization.