Organizing Director

Location: Washington, D.C.; remote during pandemic
Status: Exempt, Full-time

Position Summary

Demand Justice is a grassroots advocacy organization that fights back against the capture of the federal courts by corporate and partisan interests. We are building a progressive movement fighting to restore the ideological balance and legitimacy of the federal courts by advocating for court reform and diverse judges from under-represented legal backgrounds. We are currently hiring an Organizing Director to manage our distributed organizing team and program.

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Lead a team of distributed organizers dedicated to mobilizing volunteers to take action on court reform legislation and judicial nominations.
  • Work directly with Demand Justice’s senior leadership team to translate the organization’s strategic objectives into tactical plans that can be executed by volunteers.
  • Run daily team meetings and weekly one-on-ones with the organizing staff, and provide  coaching and mentoring as needed. As a manager, you will need to be prepared to hold your staff accountable for outcomes, set a high bar for success, and train your team for success.
  • Build and manage systems for tracking staff and volunteer performance and output. You will be ultimately responsible for managing the program to hit aggressive, quantitative goals.
  • Be action-oriented and show a willingness to test and iterate volunteer programs. Your job will be 10 percent planning and 90 percent execution.
  • Become a “super user” of both the front end and back end of key productivity (Google Apps, Slack, Zoom, etc.) and organizing (Scale to Win, ThruTalk, Mobilize, etc.) technologies and patiently teaching volunteers to use them.

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge and Skills

We encourage anyone who is passionate about building a grassroots movement to advocate for court reform and a diversity of representation in our court systems to apply.

Great candidates will: 

  • Believe in volunteer leadership and demonstrate this in their application materials. Volunteers are at the center of everything we do, and all your work on the job will directly contribute to developing volunteer leadership and a thriving movement of grassroots volunteers all across the country.
  • Have staff management experience or demonstrated potential to develop staff management skills (for example, extensive experience managing volunteers).
  • Have experience either in a volunteer or paid capacity working on an advocacy or electoral campaign. Please describe in your resume any specific experience you have developing training materials and/or leading trainings where you’ve taught volunteers or other staff how to complete organizing tasks.
  • Have experience working on advocacy campaigns and/or for an elected official to understand how to leverage volunteer activism to pressure elected officials.

All candidates must: 

  • Be willing to do any task that your team – staff and volunteers – do. If you aren’t willing to do hours of recruitment calls every week you will not succeed in this job. Your primary task is management, but we believe that successful managers are extremely hands-on and lead by example.
  • Be comfortable working and interacting with staff and volunteers in an entirely remote, online environment. Although you will be based in the D.C. office, your team will be distributed and remote.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in a rapidly changing work environment. One day we may be focusing all of our energy on mobilizing volunteers to call Members of Congress, and the next day we may pivot our focus entirely to organizing a mass protest.
  • Use their phone to complete their work, though Demand Justice does provide a cell phone stipend.
  • Be willing to regularly work evening and weekend hours. Much of your work will fall within normal, 9 am-to-5 pm weekday hours, but a portion of your work week will need to include weekday evenings and weekends in order to manage or oversee volunteer shifts.
  • Be proficient in Google Apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms) and demonstrate an ability to learn and excel on new technology platforms quickly.
  • Be willing to take initiative and propose solutions for tackling tough organizing challenges, evaluate outcomes, and quickly adapt if things aren’t working to optimize toward achieving our program goals. 
  • Commitment to Demand Justice’s mission.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $85,000 – $100,000, as well as a generous benefits package, including medical, vision and dental insurance provided by the employer; 4% matching 401K; 12 observed holidays, 3-weeks vacation leave; winter break (office closed between Christmas and New Years) cell phone, fitness and home office benefits.  

Demand Justice is dedicated to building a team of diverse individuals and committed to providing a workplace of mutual respect and inclusion. Demand Justice’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

How to Apply

E-mail your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with “Organizing” in the subject line. Applications accepted until April 28, 2022.