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About Define American

Define American is a leading national media and culture nonprofit organization that uses the power of stories to transcend politics and elevate the conversation about immigrants, identity and citizenship in a changing America. We were founded in 2011 by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and named one of the world’s most innovative companies by Fast Company in 2019 and 2020.

Define American is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

Press Officer

POSITION OVERVIEW: Already a leading national media and culture organization in the immigration and citizenship space, Define American is seeking an experienced, energetic and multi-talented leader to join its team as a full-time Press Officer. The successful candidate will help frame and communicate Define American’s mission to its core audiences, as a writer and as a public relations professional.

WORK SCHEDULE: 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday

CLASSIFICATION: Exempt

LOCATION: Remote

SALARY: Starts at $60,000

DEPARTMENT: Strategic Operations, Communications

REPORTS TO: Director, Communications

TRAVEL: 5-10% (when travel resumes)

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

Media Relations 80%

  • Develop and implement publicity strategies for Define American’s programs and goals
  • Develop pitches and media angles to help support Define American’s goals and mission
  • Follow-up and respond to media requests – including scheduling and staffing meetings as appropriate
  • Develop and implement organizational publicity strategies for public events
  • Create and manage Define American’s press database
  • Maintain Define American’s press archive and press data
  • Representing the organization at press conferences, interviews, etc.
  • Support media training for Define American staff and partners
  • Help develop talking points and other documents as needed for media interviews and media opportunities

Writing 20%

  • Draft opinion pieces and additional materials for Define American
  • Support communications materials on behalf of Define American’s board and leadership
  • Support on editing and writing for programmatic report launches and other programmatic material

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:

  • At least three years of progressively gaining responsibilities and experience in media relations and writing experience in non-profits
  • Minimum of Associate’s Degree required
  • Strong relationships with media outlets and reporters
  • Background or interest in social justice, especially in the immigrant justice movement is a plus
  • Social media savvy
  • Ability to integrate into a faced-paced, team-first work environment, embracing and supporting coworkers in their objectives and goals as necessary
  • DACA/undocumented persons encouraged
  • The ability to write clearly and succinctly
  • Strong interpersonal, problem solving, planning and organizational skills, and the ability to handle several duties simultaneously
  • Self-sufficient and proactive

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

  • Salary starts at $60,000
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Paid time off
  • 401K match
  • Cell phone reimbursement
  • Health and Wellness Program
  • Other reimbursements

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!

ABOUT DEFINE AMERICAN:

Define American is a leading national media and culture nonprofit organization that uses the power of stories to transcend politics and elevate the conversation about immigrants, identity and citizenship in a changing America. We were founded in 2011 by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and named one of the world’s most innovative companies by Fast Company in 2019 and 2020.

Define American is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

Program Evaluation Specialist

POSITION OVERVIEW: Define American seeks a new addition to our Cultural Strategies team. The Program Evaluation Specialist will be responsible for evaluating programs and projects, both new and established. The ideal candidate is an expert in program evaluation and will establish, refine and monitor key performance indicators of Define American projects and programs. They will contribute to the refining/revisions of project and program strategies and facilitate team learning sessions based on their findings. Ideal candidates are strategic thinkers, hands-on with evaluation data, and possess an extensive understanding of measuring impact particularly for narrative-based strategies. This position will report directly to the Director of Research and Impact.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage the quarterly measurement and learning reporting process for the Define American team.
  • Continually refine and monitor research and evaluation goals and implementation plans.
  • Develop clear measurement models related to program strategies and assist in the evaluation processes.
  • Establish mechanisms for rapid feedback and learning within projects.
  • Create and revise tools and data collection procedures.
  • Consult with colleagues cross-departmentally to maximize the impact of projects and ensure optimal learning. This may include: writing wrap reports, convening meetings of key stakeholders, consulting with the fundraising department on reports to funders, and coordinating on dissemination plans.
  • This role is responsible for high-quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with grantees and partners in the field.

Required Travel: 20 – 25%

DESIRED SKILLS:

  • Master’s degree or significant experience in the field.
  • 5+ years of experience in program evaluation.
  • Experience with designing and implementing organizational-wide measurement and learning plans.
  • Ability to consolidate findings and communicate analysis in meaningful ways to diverse audiences including executive team, staff, funders, and Define American stakeholders when needed.
  • Strong written and visual communication skills.

LOCATION:

Candidates will be considered nationally.

BENEFITS:

  • Salary starts at $65,000
  • Excellent benefits available
  • The ability to grow with and contribute to a creative, collaborative team on the cutting edge of one of the key issues facing our nation today
  • The ability to partner and meet with America’s most notable organizations and leaders in every sector

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!

ABOUT DEFINE AMERICAN:

Define American is a leading national media and culture nonprofit organization that uses the power of stories to transcend politics and elevate the conversation about immigrants, identity and citizenship in a changing America. We were founded in 2011 by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and named one of the world’s most innovative companies by Fast Company in 2019 and 2020.

Define American is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

Manager, Individual Giving and Events

POSITION OVERVIEW: Already a leading national media and culture organization in the immigration and citizenship space, Define American is seeking an experienced, energetic and multi-talented leader to join its team as a full-time Manager of Individual Giving. The successful candidate will help build our brand and contribute to fundraising and strategic initiatives for our growing organization.

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

CLASSIFICATION: Exempt

LOCATION: Remote

SALARY: Up to $70,000/year, however it is commensurate with experience

DEPARTMENT: Strategic Operations, Strategic Development

REPORTS TO: Director, Strategic Development

TRAVEL: 10 – 15% (when travel resumes)

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead the effort to establish, cultivate and steward strong relationships with donors, including the development and implementation of a donor recognition program, and timely, appropriate communication with donors
  • Create individual donor/prospect cultivation plans and solicit gifts. This includes working with senior management to identify prospects, arrange meetings and schedule accordingly
  • In partnership with the Director of Strategic Growth, develop and launch a multi-year strategy for ambitiously increasing the size and number of individual gifts to Define American
  • Support the Founder and the Director of Strategic Growth with their donor portfolios by identifying prospects and conducting research, preparing briefing materials, and ensuring prompt follow-up to close major gifts
  • Conduct prospect research, identify prospects for support, and initiate and conduct direct outreach and solicitation, independently and/or in partnership with senior leadership
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of all communications with donors
  • Research, write, and collaborate with staff to create donor proposals and reports for donor-specific grants
  • Coordinate corporate and individual sponsorship strategies for events, including identifying prospects, conducting cultivation and solicitation activities and supporting committee and staff in cultivation and solicitations
  • Help promote and serve as the point person for third parties wishing to fundraise or hold an event on behalf of Define American
  • Coordinate special projects and additional fundraising support activities as assigned

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:

  • A minimum of four years of professional work experience in a frontline fundraising role for a nonprofit or social impact organization, mainly focusing on and growing support of individual donors
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher is required
  • A track record of creating and implementing individual donor giving strategies and building strong networks and relationships that lead to direct philanthropic support
  • Demonstrated experience in donor prospect research
  • Outstanding interpersonal, written, and digital communication skills
  • Comfortable working under deadlines. Strong ability to synthesize information from multiple sources with speed and accuracy
  • Self-motivated, personable, articulate and diplomatic
  • Proficient in (or ability to learn) donor database software
  • Must be able to effectively prioritize and execute multiple assignments
  • Ability to gather, analyze and summarize relevant financial data. Must enjoy planning and completing projects. Motivated by exceeding financial goals

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

  • Salary up to $70,000/year, however it is 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!