Civic Engagement Director

01 Feb, 2023


Civic Engagement Director

African Communities Together (ACT)
Remote (PA, NY, DC, MD, VA)

African Communities Together (ACT) is an organization of African immigrants fighting for civil rights,
opportunity, and a better life for our families here in the U.S. and worldwide. ACT works to support and
empower African immigrants to integrate socially, advance economically, and engage civically. ACT
connects African immigrants to services, empowers our members to develop as grassroot leaders, and
leads campaigns for social change. ACT’s African immigrant membership comes from a diverse range of
nationalities, cultures, and languages, and is religiously diverse, majority women, and predominantly
working-class and low income.
Position Description:
African Communities Together (ACT) seeks an experienced Civic Engagement Director to manage its
civic engagement initiatives in Pennsylvania, New York, and DC/MD/VA chapters, including anticipation
of expanding our political participation in a 501(c)(4) sister organization. The Civic Engagement Director
will be responsible for designing, training, implementing, and managing programs in voter registration,
voter education, and Get Out the Vote efforts and leading activities, such as door-to-door canvassing and
phone banking, in our chapter locations as needed. This position works collaboratively with ACT’s
Chapter Directors and Executive Director to advance our mission, goals, and objectives.
Key responsibilities include:
• Campaign Development and Leadership: Work with Chapter Directors to develop campaign
plans, set goals, develop lists and materials, build teams, and run programs.
• Integrated Voter Engagement: Work with Chapter Directors to integrate voter education and
engagement into chapter programs and campaigns.
• Data Management: Organize and analyze contact data, including membership lists, voter lists,
field/data tracking and demographic information.
• Base-Building: Development and implementation of base-building strategies in conjunction
with policy advocacy and membership.
• Development of Affiliated 501(c)(4): Working closely with the Executive Director, to launch a
501(c)(4) sister organization, campaigns, and seek fundraising opportunities.
• Fundraising: Working with the Executive Director and Development Director, raise funds to
support civic engagement campaigns and programs.
• Public Leadership: Represent ACT in partnerships, coalitions, campaigns, and at public events.
● At least 5 years of demonstrated experience in civic engagement programs, political campaigns,
labor unions, or community organizing.
● Ability to develop and communicate plans, goals, strategy, and outcomes clearly and
persuasively, orally, in writing and in digital presentation.
● Strong understanding of issues related to political participation, civic engagement in African
communities and knowledge of the political landscape in Pennsylvania, New York, or
DC/MD/VA preferred.
● Cultural competence and significant experience with African immigrant communities or within
the social justice sector.
● Experience recruiting, training canvassers or volunteers, creating budgets, and tracking data with
software including VAN/Voter files.
● Ability to succeed in a collaborative community environment, including accountability to goals,
working independently, prioritizing, and thriving in a diverse group of staff, volunteers, and
● Organized in a fast-paced campaign environment, work under time pressure, meet deadlines, and
be flexible.
● Alignment with ACT’s mission and values.
● Fundraising experience, particularly for electoral or civic engagement work, is desirable.
● Proficiency in English is required. Fluency in a widely spoken African language or French is
● BA/BS degree; Master’s degree preferred or relevant experience.
ACT offers competitive salary, benefits, and leave policies. Baseline salary is $95,000; additional
compensation negotiable based on experience. Additional benefits include employer-paid health
insurance; pension contribution (SEP); professional development; vacation and personal leave; and a
sabbatical/longevity bonus.
Application Process
To apply, please submit your resume along with a brief cover letter describing your interest in the
position here: APPLY
Applicants are encouraged to submit applications by February 12th, 2023; however, applications will be
accepted until the position is filled.
ACT is an affirmative action employer, and strongly supports the social goals of affirmative action. We
therefore make special efforts to recruit individuals from groups that are historically under-represented
in professional environments, or that suffer from broader societal discrimination.

Job posted: 2023-02-01