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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.

Campaigns and Chapters Director

POSITION SUMMARY:

Define American is seeking a campaign and chapters director that will help create and execute a holistic strategy intended to win campaigns that improve the narrative around citizenship and immigrants in American society, bring about structural change, and ultimately a more inclusive culture. The ideal candidate will have experience overseeing national media and culture campaigns, membership or chapter programs. The person in this position will focus on local and national cultural and media landscapes, with the ability to see – and seize – opportunities to advance the campaign and chapters’ cultural goals. The campaign and chapters director will work jointly with the Creative Initiatives, Entertainment Media, and Communications Teams, under the direct supervision of the Executive Director.

WORK SCHEDULE: 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday; occasional evening and weekend work is required 

CLASSIFICATION: Exempt

LOCATION: Louisville, KY; Los Angeles, CA; New York City; Remote option is available

SALARY: Commensurate with experience

DEPARTMENT: Chapters and Campaigns

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

TRAVEL: <15%

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

The campaign and chapters director will work closely with Define American organizational leaders and the chapters’ leadership. The campaign and chapters director will:

  • Help create and provide day-to-day management for overseeing a campaign and chapters plan that will advance humanizing portrayals of immigrants in media and culture. This includes driving strategies around our #WordsMatter, #SourcesMatter, and pop culture campaigns. 
  • In 2020, work with colleagues to combat xenophobia and hate, promoting the practice of citizenship in key states where the conversation about how we define American will be particularly pronounced. 
  • Develop relationships with and facilitate the engagement of potential/current partner organizations, advocates, and influencers at the national and local levels.
  • In consultation with Define American staff, help develop more robust chapter-based efforts to promote cultural inclusion, including advising chapters on strategy. Initiate, help develop and disseminate high-impact toolkits, explainer, outreach and engagement materials for all key stakeholders, and work with staff to develop reports, issue briefs and other cultural- and research-based products to advance the campaign and chapters’ goals.
  • Develop and foster a system of reflection and measurements for campaigns and initiatives created.
  • Lead activities of Define American’s existing coalition work in the immigrant justice space, advise partners on strategic opportunities and represent Define American in other coalitions (or oversee staff who are doing so).
  • Supervise activities of staff who manage day-to-day work with advocacy partners, private sector stakeholders, coalition partners and researchers related to immigration and American identity and, in some cases, other intersectional issues.
  • Participate in building and nurturing funder relationships.

REQUIREMENTS: 

  • At least eight years of progressive work experience in media campaigns, digital organizing, membership/chapter-related work.
  • Prior experience leading or co-leading a national coalition – or strong working relationships with a range of advocacy or storytelling organizations relevant to American identity.
  • A genuine desire to work in close partnership with peer organizations and allies to launch and win campaigns that uplift and amplify positive portrayals of new Americans.
  • Experience working with and in culturally and racially diverse teams and coalitions, and creating equitable and inclusive environments, with an ability to build strong, trusting relationships that include seeking and adapting to perspectives from all members.
  • A sophisticated understanding of the online organizing space, with experience utilizing new digital tools, and implementing best practices and innovative strategies to grow and sustain supporters
  • Appreciation of media moments and how to use them to create positive long-term narrative change. 
  • A sophisticated understanding of the inter-related nature and media dynamics of a range of economic, health, gender and other domestic challenges that impact new American families.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and persuasively in written and oral forms – leveraging data, narrative and your intrinsic passion to motivate, persuade and mobilize a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated skill and comfort managing junior- and mid-level staff and pride in fostering respectful team dynamics.
  • Eagerness to work closely with a highly energetic, detail-oriented and passionate Executive Director, organizational leaders and peers.
  • Ability to integrate into a fast-paced, team-first work environment, embracing and supporting coworkers in their objectives and goals as necessary. 
  • Ability and willingness to work on evenings and weekends to attend events or conferences, and to travel occasionally.
  • Ability to see campaigns through from beginning to finish: from day one planning until debriefing after the campaign has ended
  • This position can be remote or in our LA, Brooklyn/NY, or Louisville office. Applicants throughout the United States will be considered.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: 

  • Salary is competitive and will 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 an application. We will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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.

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.

Budget and Finance Associate/Analyst

POSITION SUMMARY:

Define American is seeking a Budget and Finance Associate/Analyst to develop the organization’s budgets and oversee its implementation under the direction of the Director of Administration and People Services. The Budget and Finance Associate/Analyst will be the in-house financial expert responsible for ensuring that staff and the Board have a full and comprehensive understanding of our financial position and priorities. This position does not supervise staff.

WORK SCHEDULE: 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday 

CLASSIFICATION: Exempt

LOCATION: Louisville, KY; Los Angeles, CA; New York City; Remote option is available

SALARY: Commensurate with experience

DEPARTMENT: Operations and Administration

REPORTS TO: Director, Administration and People Services

TRAVEL: <15%

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop the organizational budget based on current goals and revenue
  • Assist departments in preparing budgets based on goals, current revenue, expenses, and past financial performance
  • Prepare Board meeting financial reports and presentations
  • Prepare initial, interim and final grant financial reports
  • Prepare ad hoc financial reports and presentations
  • Provide monthly financial analysis and recommendations to organizational leadership to ensure adherence to budget
  • Prepare program cost analysis and financial modeling, with recommendations to leadership and department heads for final decision making
  • Design and implement effective budgeting, reconciliation and reporting policies and procedures
  • Monthly reconciliation of the organization’s credit cards and bank accounts
  • Development and implementation of financial internal controls, policies, and procedures
  • Oversee annual audit
  • Other duties as assigned

 REQUIREMENTS:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting or Finance and 3 years of professional experience, or at least 5 years of financial management experience; CPA licensure is a plus
  • Experience leading an annual audit
  • Full understanding of GAAP and nonprofit accounting laws and regulations
  • Proficiency using one of the following accounting tools: QuickBooks, Intacct, Bill.com, Xero, Thomson Reuters Net Client Accounting CS
  • MS Excel Proficiency
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experience working in fast-paced, remote environments
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to our mission and vision

 SALARY AND BENEFITS:

  • Salary is competitive and will 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 an application. We will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

 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.

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.