Campaign Director

Freedom Forward
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Dec 30

Position description

Freedom Forward is hiring a Campaign Director to lead and manage Freedom Forward’s online and digital campaigns to expand global freedom and end U.S. support for non-democratic governments. As Freedom Forward grows, the Campaign Director will also design and oversee new campaigns, potentially focusing on issues including climate change and democracy “at home” (inside the U.S.). 

The Campaign Director works closely with and reports to the Executive Director. The position shall be responsible for managing campaign fellows, interns, and vendors, such as graphic designers and other roles. The position is U.S.-based and candidates shall be considered who are currently available to work remotely from within the U.S. 

About Freedom Forward:

Freedom Forward works to expand global freedom by ending U.S. support for non-democratic governments. Read about our successful campaigns opposing the U.S.-Saudi alliance here.

Our campaigns draw from the strategies of civil rights, environmental, anti-apartheid, and other successful movements. We mobilize the public to encourage political, business, and civil society elites to end their relationships with governments that stand in the way of freedom. 

Our 2020 campaigns have focused on ending U.S. and Western support for Saudi Arabia's brutal monarchy. In 2021, we will expand our work to address governments that violate human rights across the Middle East. We will also explore the development of new campaign areas, which may include stopping repression by other non-democratic governments (Chinese repression of Uyghurs), protecting democracy here in the U.S., and fighting climate change.

Freedom Forward is a fiscally-sponsored project of the Center for International Policy in Washington DC.

Position Details:

The Campaign Director is responsible for designing, managing, and implementing online and offline campaigns that advance Freedom Forward’s mission.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the executive director to design and implement online and offline campaigns that push repressive governments to stop violating human rights.  
  • Use major digital activism platforms to engage and mobilize Freedom Forward supporters and the general public.
  • Write, edit, and supervise the production of compelling online campaign content. Create and supervise the creation of petitions, email alerts, issue briefs, webpages, fundraising appeals, social media, and other online and offline materials. 
  • Train, coach, and develop part-time campaign fellows and volunteers who may lead or implement specific online campaigns.
  • Manage consultants, part-time staff, and interns.
  • Build “ladders of engagement” that enable activists and supporters to deepen their involvement in our campaigns, starting with online petitions and moving to offline actions that include phone calls, pressure on selected targets, protests, media, and more.
  • Represent Freedom Forward to coalition partners, allies, diaspora communities, media, etc.


The ideal candidate possesses many or all of the following skills and experiences:

  • Online / digital campaigning: Experience with online strategies and platforms for recruiting, engaging, and mobilizing large numbers of people. Proficiency in online petition and organizing platforms, including Action Network and major third-party petition platforms, such as MoveOn,, etc. Proficient in major online marketing and social media platforms.
  • Issue campaigning: Experience with diverse campaigning strategies and tactics, including focusing on private sector, civil society, and government actors. Knowledge of strategies for building public support, driving pressure on targets, shifting public discourse, and changing targets’ behavior. Experience with building issue campaigns, public mobilization, and online activism. 
  • Offline campaigns: Experience with strategies for building public pressure on campaign targets. These include media engagement; generating constituent pressure through grassroots phone calls, volunteer-led protests and events; meetings with target decision-makers, etc.
  • Advocacy: Experience or exposure to advocacy and lobbying, including working with coalition partners and mobilizing pressure on decision-makers.
  • Building coalitions and teams: Experience with recruiting allies, building coalitions, and working with allied organizations, networks, and communities.
  • Managing and coaching: Working with vendors, consultants, staff, interns, and volunteers to support growth and drive results.
  • Strong writing skills: Clear and efficient English-language communicator across multiple formats and styles -- succinct petitions, coalition letters, email alerts, activist materials, phone alerts, social media, etc.
  • Diaspora engagement: Experience and familiarity with Muslim, Arab, and/or Middle Eastern communities, especially including diasporas in the United States. Proficiency or fluency in Arabic is not required but can be helpful.
  • Issue and regional knowledge: Demonstrated interest and knowledge of human rights, peace issues, and anti-militarism concerns, including women’s human rights, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, financial and business relationships between the U.S. and Middle East economies, governments, etc.
  • A spirit of experimentation: We are a two year old organization in a rapid growth phase, building new campaigns to drive a dramatic transformation in human rights and U.S. foreign policy. The ideal candidate is comfortable trying different ideas, dropping unsuccessful tactics, learning from failure, and sprinting towards success.
  • Courage: We are challenging repressive governments and powerful interests that use violence to maintain power. The ideal candidate is comfortable pushing oppressive entities and their enablers to change their behavior. The ideal candidate must also be very comfortable challenging the positions of U.S. officeholders, whether they are Republicans or Democrats.
  • Operations mindset: Comfortable building systems to measure and track success. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Commitment to anti-racist and intersectional campaigns that build power across diverse communities.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, work independently, and function as a member of a team.
  • Proficient in basic office productivity platforms, including Microsoft Office, Google Suite, video and audio conference call platforms, etc.

Freedom Forward is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. Women, people of color, persons with disabilities and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application instructions

Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample as one single PDF document via email with “Campaign Director” in the subject line.

The writing sample should demonstrate your capacity for campaign-oriented communication that is engaging, clear, and succinct. Examples can include email alerts or fundraisers, activist materials, online content, etc. The focus should be on materials intended to engage and mobilize the public.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

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