Director of Grassroots Advocacy
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Who We Are
“The advancement of science should be the chief concern of a nation that would conserve and increase the welfare of its people.”
-James McKeen Cattell, former AAAS President and Editor of Science
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. For over a century, AAAS has been a force for science, from helping to establish science as a credible field in the 19th century to using satellite imaging technology to document human rights abuses in 2007. We are recognized as the world’s largest general scientific society and the proud publisher of the Science family of journals. Past presidents have included astronomer Edward Charles Pickering, anthropologist Margaret Mead, and biologist Stephen Jay Gould. Our mission is centered on the belief that STEM research and education can help solve many of the challenges the world faces today.
AAAS is a culture steeped in history, but adaptive to change and new ideas. We recognize the hard work of our employees and encourage the development of our staff. Our colleagues represent an array of expertise from scholarly publishing to digital marketing, educational research to government relations, all with a shared focus on mission. At AAAS, you are part of a talented team, dedicated to advancing science and serving society.
Work with Us
We have an exciting opportunity for a full-time Director of Grassroots Advocacy based in Washington, DC. The Director is responsible for launching a pilot program and growing the organization’s grassroots advocacy movement. Reporting to the Director of the Office of Government Relations, the Director will work with Government Relations staff and other AAAS programs to recruit and mobilize advocates online and offline on federal and local priorities.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Identify, recruit, and develop grassroots science leaders in key locations in the United States
- Train newly engaged activists in a variety of critical organizing skills
- Write content to communicate with grassroots audiences across multiple mediums, including email, websites, and social media
- Coordinate and implement advocacy campaigns that may include grassroots, grasstops, and/or public engagement
- Coordinate policy and political priorities to brainstorm effective grassroots messaging in key locations
- Monitor and stay up-to-date with daily news cycles nationally and in key locations
- Build and maintain relationships with relevant allies and affiliates to support the goals of each grassroots project
- Track projects and grassroots activities for internal and external reporting; evaluate lessons learned from each campaign
- Manage staff to support the internal content calendar and the content approval process, and manage content on the grassroots website
- Collaborate with relevant AAAS units, including Office of Government Relations, Office of Membership, Office of Public Programs, and others
- Other duties and responsibilities as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
- Minimum four years of experience in grassroots/field organizing, and/or political campaigns, including at least one year of supervisory experience as a field/organizing director or similar position
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to inspire trust and respect among colleagues and external partners
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, budgets, and tasks in a self-directed manner
- Ability to work collaboratively as part of a fast-moving and results-oriented team
- Sophisticated and engaging oral and written communication skills; comfort with presenting material to a wide range of audiences, including the public, the press, and businesses and government officials
- Excellent decision-making and problem-solving skills, professional initiative, time management, prioritization and networking skills, flexibility and creativity
- Knowledge and experience utilizing grassroots software campaign platforms and Microsoft Office suite
- Ability to travel (approximately 20%)
Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter by August 5, 2018. If we think you might be a good fit for the role, we will contact you with next steps.
AAAS is an EEO employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected category. AAAS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.
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Job posted: 2018-07-07