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Senior Policy Manager
ABOUT COLOR OF CHANGE
Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. As a national online force driven by over 7 million members, we help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us, moving decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. We activate our members to take action on crucial issues — from criminal justice to media representation to the social safety net to voter freedom — so that we can build the power necessary to transform the written and unwritten rules of society.
Color Of Change is hiring a full-time Senior Policy Manager to be based out of either Washington, D.C., Oakland, CA, Los Angeles, CA, or New York, NY to join our staff working on our corporate accountability and tech worker organizing initiatives.
For this position, we’re seeking a driven strategist and community builder to support our tech and corporate accountability initiatives. Following up on our leadership in the Facebook and Airbnb audits culminating with the Stop Hate for Profit Campaign and launch of Airbnb’s Project Lighthouse, Color Of Change observed a need for standardization in tech and corporate accountability demands. To meet the need, last summer we launched Beyond The Statement and the Beyond The Statement: Tech Framework to outline pillars of action for how corporations can take real steps toward racial justice.
We’re looking for strong writers with strategic insight and previous experience working in tech policy, tech or corporate accountability, digital advocacy, or communications. The right candidate will be committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment and able to handle competing priorities.
Successful candidates will:
- Have a strong racial justice analysis, ideally with a focus on the harms of tech policy, algorithms, machine learning, and corporate monopolies to Black communities and the risks of an unregulated technology sector.
- Report to the Campaign Director for Media, Culture, and Economic Justice.
- Foster and maintain good relationships with key decision-makers at target corporations to aid in advancing Color Of Change’s tech and corporate accountability agenda.
- Build out a program for engaging tech workers to build deeper alignment with our agenda, and to surface harms Black workers face at their companies and across their industry, through events, workshops, or trainings.
- Maintain a strong working relationship with staff across the Campaigns Team and other departments within Color Of Change.
- Travel occasionally for staff gatherings, conferences, and campaign-related actions.
Core responsibilities of the Senior Policy Manager will include:
- Recruiting tech companies to adopt the Beyond the Statement Tech framework with the goal of creating model corporations accountable to racial equity outcomes.
- Supporting strategic campaigns targeting corporations focused on ensuring that corporate policies, actions, and technology do not exacerbate pre-existing inequities and holding corporations accountable for addressing existing harm.
- Managing ongoing corporate relationships including both internal engagements with existing companies such as Airbnb and Facebook as well as engagement with corporations that become the focus of developing campaigns.
- Recruiting an insider network of people in various roles (eg policy, communications, engineers, warehouse workers, etc) who can help us navigate internal dynamics at tech corporations, as well as learn about harms before they go public and quickly understand developments at the major tech companies.
- Preparing briefing materials and talking points quickly and effectively for both internal and external audiences.
- Working with our communications team to implement press and digital tactics in support of our overall campaign vision.
- Representing Color Of Change in coalitions and target meetings related to our tech and corporate accountability work as needed.
In this role and organization, strategic thinking and writing ability are paramount. While experience in a similar role in the civil rights sector is not required, a commitment to civil rights and racial justice is. A qualified candidate should have:
- Exceptional writing skills. The ability to communicate information clearly is fundamental to this role. You will be asked to draft campaign documents, edit others, and communicate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to develop campaign assets.
- Effective communication skills. The ability to clearly communicate with internal staff and key stakeholders outside the organization is crucial; especially in fast-paced moments, you’ll need to be clear and ask for clarity in return.
- A coherent racial justice analysis and an ability to effectively use a Black/racial justice frame of reference to write strong and persuasive campaigns and/or other engagement materials.
- An entrepreneurial spirit. This ambitious drive is necessary for owning the work in your issue area and should also be combined with the ability to be creative and work quickly.
- Top-notch organization skills. If the books on your bookshelf are in alphabetical order, your notes utilize colors with specific meanings, and you find long to-do lists energizing, we want to talk to you!
- A commitment to confidentiality. In this role, you’ll have a window into movement and organizational politics at the highest level. Confidentiality is key.
- Constructive optimism. The work that we do — be it political, organizing, or creative — is all about the art of the possible. While we’re looking to remedy deep structural issues, our progress comes incrementally — a series of wins, some small and some large, that continually move us closer to the systemic change we seek.
- Management skills. While management experience is not a prerequisite for this role, skills in developing talent — training, coaching, planning, delegation, and accountability — will be important to development in the management part of this position.
Union Position: Yes
Location: Washington, DC / New York, NY / Oakland, CA / Los Angeles, CA
HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants should click the “Apply for this position” link and submit a resume and COC-specific cover letter. Applications will be received on a rolling basis.
The salary for the Senior Policy Manager is $85,000. This is a full-time, exempt position. Color Of Change also offers a competitive benefits package.
Color Of Change (COC) is an equal opportunity employer. COC prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity, or any other basis prohibited by law.
Job posted: 2022-04-19