Grassroots Advocacy Manager

The Freedom Initiative
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 17

Position description

A US-based non-partisan human rights organization based in Washington D.C. that advocates for the wrongfully detained across the Middle East and North Africa, with a focus in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. 


The Grassroots Advocacy Manager will serve as a coordinator and connector between the Washington DC policy community and the Arab-American and Muslim-American diaspora communities. Working within the advocacy department, the Grassroots Advocacy Manager will develop and implement strategies to leverage community engagement and influence on Middle East human rights issues. The position reports to the Advocacy Director and will be based in Washington D.C., with remote work until January 2022 due to COVID considerations. 


  • Develop a strategic vision and operational plan for Fi’s grassroots diaspora outreach to leverage community influence on individual cases and key policy issues, in coordination with Advocacy Director and senior leadership 
  • Serve as a conduit between policy community and strategic grassroots advocacy campaigns to demonstrate constituent support for detainee cases and human rights policy initiatives 
  • Build and maintain relationships with elected officials and their staff on local level to facilitate grassroots advocacy by volunteers 
  • Recruit and develop deep, high-quality volunteer networks in key districts, as identified in coordination with advocacy team, and identify creative ways to engage individuals and groups, including incorporating new technologies and approaches 
  • Work with Development Director to identify grassroots fundraising opportunities  
  • Coordinate with relevant departments to build e-mail lists for dissemination of action alerts, original research, and Fi events  
  • Assist with planning and execution of the annual Egypt Advocacy Day on the Hill; including identifying advocates, developing training materials, and assisting with logistics 
  • Develop monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems to evaluate efficacy of grassroots and “grass-tops” efforts 
  • Support execution of rapid response actions, including in-person mobilization, phone banks, email and social media actions, texting, and virtual town halls 


  • A graduate degree in international relations, journalism, law, social sciences, or commensurate experience is preferred 
  • Arabic fluency is strongly preferred 
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience, substantial knowledge of the diaspora communities, organizing, research, and/or grassroots 
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills 
  • Excellent interpersonal and coordination skills 
  • Ability to handle multiple detail-oriented tasks and prioritize effectively 
  • Ability to pivot and re-prioritize as campaign goals and strategies shift or evolve 
  • Ability to work in a diverse team environment, across different time zones 
  • Ability to take initiative to manage multiple, detail-oriented tasks simultaneously with limited supervision 


Occasional travel may be required. D.C. area resident or willing to relocate to the D.C. area is required. 


Fi offers a salary competitive with other international non-governmental organizations and an excellent benefits package which includes health, dental, vision, vacation and sick time. Professional development is a foundational aspect as a member of Fi’s team. Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States; Fi is unable to sponsor employees for work visas. 

Application instructions

.Please submit a cover letter, resume, and target compensation to: [email protected] 

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