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At Define American, we’re building an America that belongs to any person who calls this country home. With thousands of supporters across the country, we are building a country that embraces and welcomes all people, giving them an opportunity to practice citizenship regardless of the circumstances of their birth. For us, citizenship is not the possession of papers, or lack thereof; it is belonging to a community that loves, and having the opportunity to realize families’ dreams. And this citizenship cannot be defined by one’s bloodline and or the soil within our borders because it is created every day through the work, ideals, and values and participation of all who seek the American experience.

If you share that vision, we want you to join our movement.

We are the nation’s leading nonprofit immigration advocacy and culture change organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling and narrative change. Through media consulting and creation, grassroots organizing, and event curation, Define American jumpstarts widespread and culture change around citizenship, race, and identity in a changing America.

We are a remote-working organization, with offices in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Louisville. Our hiring process is an intentional one, which may involve a written assessment of skills when an in-person interview cannot be facilitated.

We are an equal opportunity employer and 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, and evaluate all candidates based on merit.

Senior Manager, Journalism Partnerships and Advocacy

POSITION OVERVIEW: Define American seeks a new addition to our Cultural Strategies team. This team is tasked with expanding our work in the television, film, journalism, and digital spaces. The Senior Manager of Journalism Partnerships and Advocacy position will offer strategic planning, leadership, and implementation of a robust news media advocacy strategy. This position will report directly to the Chief Strategy Officer.

WORK SCHEDULE: 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday

CLASSIFICATION: Exempt

LOCATION: Remote

SALARY: Commensurate with experience

DEPARTMENT: Cultural Strategies

REPORTS TO: Chief Strategy Officer

TRAVEL: 20 – 25% (During COVID-19, no travel will be permitted by staff. All meetings will be held remotely until a suitable treatment or vaccine is developed and distributed nationwide.)

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop a strategic plan for the next three years of Define American’s journalism advocacy work. Consider all four pillars of this program including consulting, advocacy, research, and events.
  • Build out a model for working alongside newsrooms to seed narratives about immigrants and immigration.
  • Manage Define American’s online story platform and connect storytellers with journalists and newsrooms for increased accuracy and authenticity in storytelling.
  • Network with members of the news media and build a strong roster of contacts that can be leveraged to expand the strategic vision of this work.
  • Collaborate with other Define American departments to plan and execute an events strategy to further the work of the organization, distribute our research, and generate earned media events coverage and sponsorship.
  • In collaboration with Define American’s research department, manage any and all news media research. Work closely with our Associate Director of Research and Impact to craft a vision for the future of Define American’s news media research.
  • Facilitate meetings and trainings between Define American, journalists, news media executives, and other advocates.
  • Represent Define American as a leader in the narrative change field publicly on panels, at presentations, press conferences, and generally in the media.
  • Work with Define American’s Strategic Growth department to pursue funding opportunities to further our news media work.
  • Work with colleagues to develop strategy, aiding in the growth and development of the News Media Department and broader organization and its strategic partners.

DESIRED SKILLS:

  • Deep experience in the news media industry either as a journalist or news media advocate.
  • A thorough understanding of how the news media industry works and how immigrant stories are pitched, written, and shared.
  • A desire to increase diversity in news and incorporate storylines of immigrants that are accurate and inclusive.
  • Organizational skills/proficiency in PowerPoint, Excel, and all google applications is a must.
  • Previous experience speaking to media outlets is a plus.
  • A self-starter who has the ability to work both as a part of a team and independently.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

  • Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Paid time off
  • 401K match
  • Cell phone reimbursement
  • Health and Wellness Program

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit your employment application, along with all requested documents, via our employment application portal.

NOTE: Define American goes through an incredibly intentional process for hiring new team members and will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Thank you for your patience and interest in joining our family of cultural change-makers!

Define American is an equal opportunity employer and 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, and evaluate all candidates based on merit.

Communications Director

POSITION OVERVIEW: Define American is seeking an experienced, energetic, and collaborative communications expert to join its team as its full-time Communications Director. Strong and clear leadership skills required. The Communications Director will work with Senior Leadership and report to the Executive Team. This position supervises a small team of people, including the web and graphics designer, and the digital communications strategist. The ideal candidate will assist in building and maintaining our organization communications strategy, including brand development and marketing, while overseeing and supporting media outreach for strategic initiatives and programs.

WORK SCHEDULE: 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday; weekend and evening work may be required on occasion

CLASSIFICATION: Exempt

LOCATION: Remote

SALARY: Commensurate with experience

DEPARTMENT: Strategic Operations, Communications

REPORTS TO: Chief Operating Officer

TRAVEL: <25% (During COVID-19, no travel will be permitted by staff. All meetings will be held remotely until a suitable treatment or vaccine is developed and distributed nationwide.)

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Development of a cohesive and comprehensive communications strategy that maximizes key opportunities to amplify and promote Define American’s brand and programs.
  • Guide earned media support for all programmatic initiatives in the areas of research, news media, entertainment media, digital storytelling, and the Define American fellowship program.
  • Cultivate an environment of readiness and alertness, with an exceptional ability to rapidly respond to breaking stories.
  • Develop and maintain a positive organizational reputation, and maintain cohesive and consistent branding and messaging across platforms and mediums to ensure the public views the organization clearly and favorably.
  • Quality assurance of all materials and information released.
  • Create rich and creative content that is optimized for search engines.
  • Develop deployment and marketing strategies for internal and external publications such as newsletters, press releases, stakeholder email announcements, planned publications, video content, special projects, and assignments, to optimize engagement with content.
  • Build and maintain relationships with journalists, producers, and editors particularly in large national media outlets.
  • Management of communications department staff and vendors, as well as providing cross-functional leadership and engagement with Define American staff.
  • In coordination with organizational leadership, represent Define American and aid in the presentation of materials to funders, members of the Board of Directors, and other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Lead internal and external communications trainings that are timely and relevant.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • MBA or advanced degree in Communications, Marketing or a related field; or 10 years of experience in nonprofit and/or advocacy-related communications.
  • An extensive list of National and key-market media contacts – both with publications and journalism supporting organizations.
  • Experience managing the brand of a national organization.
  • Awareness of and proficiency with communications technologies, including social media platforms and digital video production.
  • Ability to successfully mitigate unexpected challenges and think outside the box while working with a small team.
  • Successful task manager with strong interpersonal, problem solving, and organizational skills.
  • Proven leadership skills in navigating relationships with news organizations and media professionals.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Graphic design, journalism, programming, video production experience is a plus.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

  • Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Paid time off
  • 401K match
  • Cell phone reimbursement
  • Health and Wellness Program

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit your employment application, along with all requested documents, via our employment application portal.

NOTE: Define American goes through an incredibly intentional process for hiring new team members and will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Thank you for your patience and interest in joining our family of cultural change-makers!

Define American is an equal opportunity employer and 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, and evaluate all candidates based on merit.

Director of Entertainment Partnerships and Advocacy

POSITION OVERVIEW: Define American seeks a new addition to our Cultural Strategies team. This team is tasked with expanding our work in the television, film, journalism, and digital spaces. The Director of Entertainment Partnerships and Advocacy position will offer leadership and management of these new and repeating initiatives and expanding our robust popular culture consulting practice. This position will have two direct reports, the Manager of Entertainment Partnerships and Advocacy and the Celebrity Engagement Manager.

WORK SCHEDULE: 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday

CLASSIFICATION: Exempt

LOCATION: Remote

SALARY: Commensurate with experience

DEPARTMENT: Cultural Strategies

REPORTS TO: Chief Strategy Officer

TRAVEL: 20 – 25% (During COVID-19, no travel will be permitted by staff. All meetings will be held remotely until a suitable treatment or vaccine is developed and distributed nationwide.)

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop a strategic plan for the next five years of Define American’s entertainment media work. Consider all four pillars of this program including consulting, advocacy, research, and events.
  • Lead our popular culture consulting program, consulting on individual tv and film shows and projects. Expand this consulting program to include new networks, studios, and individual projects.
  • Oversee any and all corporate diversity and inclusion consulting including relationships with Disney, Amazon, Lionsgate, Starz and others.
  • Collaborate with other Define American departments to plan and execute an events strategy to further the work of the organization, distribute our research, and generate earned media events coverage and sponsorship.
  • In collaboration with Define American’s research department, manage the research and updating of tools like the media reference guide to help writers, producers, and creators tell more humanizing narratives about immigrants and immigration.
  • Facilitate and join meetings between Define American, media executives, and screenwriters in which Define American can introduce potential storylines for use in film and TV.
  • Represent Define American as a leader in the narrative change field publicly on panels, at presentations, press conferences, and generally in the media.
  • Work with Define American’s Strategic Growth department to pursue funding opportunities to further our entertainment media work.
  • Work with colleagues to develop strategy, aiding in the growth and development of the Entertainment Media Department and broader organization and its strategic partners.

DESIRED SKILLS:

  • At least 5 years experience in the entertainment industry, with contacts in both scripted and non-scripted / documentary worlds.
  • A thorough understanding of how the entertainment industry works and how projects are developed and produced.
  • A desire to increase diversity in entertainment and incorporate storylines of immigrants that are accurate and inclusive.
  • Organizational skills/proficiency in PowerPoint, Excel, and all Google applications is a must.
  • Previous experience speaking to media outlets is a plus.
  • Experience planning and executing events is a plus.
  • A self-starter who has the ability to work both as a part of a team and independently.

LOCATION: Candidates residing in Los Angeles to facilitate in-person collaboration and ease of travel are preferred.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

  • Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Paid time off
  • 401K match
  • Cell phone reimbursement
  • Health and Wellness Program

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit your employment application, along with all requested documents via our employment application portal.

NOTE: Define American goes through an incredibly intentional process for hiring new team members and will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Thank you for your patience and interest in joining our family of cultural change-makers!

Define American is an equal opportunity employer and 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, and evaluate all candidates based on merit.