Field Director

Global Zero
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 21

Position description

Global Zero seeks a strategic and experienced Field Director to lead our grassroots organizing and offline mobilization activities globally. If you're a master organizer who schemes rapid response plans in your sleep and believes there’s no challenge too big or too bold for a committed team, then this role is for you.

The Job

This is a significant leadership position in a fast-paced campaign organization that understands long-range grassroots organizing work is the only way to change hearts and minds, build power that lasts, and win in the long run.

In this position, you'll report directly to the Campaign Director and manage a small but growing team of field organizers primarily in the United States, India and Pakistan, and will be responsible for developing and executing our field organizing strategy, expanding our grassroots infrastructure, and deepening the movement's political power over time. 

The Field Director will lead the following key activities:

  • Manage and coach an intrepid team of field organizers
  • Develop and execute grassroots recruitment, retention, and mobilization strategies, with a particular focus on the U.S.;
  • Work with the Campaign Director to develop a sweeping movement vision that builds people power and supports broader campaign goals;
  • Identify, manage, and execute major events and rapid response in the field;
  • Develop intersectional partnerships that build grassroots power;
  • Contribute to shaping organizational vision and culture.


  • Are politically savvy and have a global mindset;
  • Take ownership of and initiative in everything you do, and understand how to work in a team;
  • Are a natural people-person who fosters trust and knows how to mentor junior and mid-level staff; 
  • Enjoy big organizing challenges and are enthusiastic about experimenting and learning from mistakes, but also respect metrics and outcomes;
  • Are a talented and persuasive writer and speaker;
  • Aren’t afraid to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty; and
  • Are eager to help shape a stronger and more intentional culture of impact

Your Record

  • Strong background in all aspects of 21st century grassroots organizing and mobilizing, with experience working increasingly leadership-oriented positions to build field power;
  • Experience managing and coaching staff to hit ambitious goals, developing people all the while;
  • Expertise in recruitment strategies both on and off campus;
  • Strong relationship-management, communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to prioritize in a fast-paced work environment, staying calm and upbeat while working under pressure and with tight deadlines; and
  • A commitment to integrity, inclusion, compassion, and totally crushing it on the job.

The Setup

  • Full-time exempt position with generally human but occasionally intense hours, including some evenings and weekends;
  • $60-75k salary and amazing benefits package including 6 weeks paid leave, 12 weeks parental leave, fully-covered health insurance, 10% retirement contributions (on top of salary), green commuting expenses and other fringe benefits;
  • Preferably based in Washington, D.C., though possibly flexible for the right candidate willing to travel regularly;
  • Physically demanding job that requires up to 25% travel and occasional heavy-lifting (ask us about our inflatable nuke...);
  • Earnest, talented, compassionate colleagues to dig in with; and
  • Free, endless, high-octane cold brew coffee. Also candy.


Do you have other skills that we should know about? Here are a few things we think are great but not required (we imagine stellar candidates will bring 1-2 of them to the table):

  • Experience conceiving, planning and/or executing nonviolent direct action;
  • Experience conducting issue-advocacy outside the United States, especially in South Asia;
  • Project management experience;
  • Experience working closely with communities impacted by state-sponsored violence, from Indigenous communities to veterans to refugees;
  • Relationships with grassroots campaigning and activist groups on related issues (foreign policy, economic justice, climate justice, peace and security);
  • Have managed remote and/or international staff; and
  • Know how to make it rain (dollah dollah bills y'all).

We're committed to building a diverse and inclusive movement and recognize that's impossible without first building a diverse and inclusive leadership team. We welcome applications from all, and especially encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees and LGBTQ people to apply. We can't wait to hear from you!

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