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PPFA Employment Opportunities (DC Positions & Select NYC Positions)

Communications (5 openings)

Assistant Director, State Policy & Legislative Media (DC)

Senior Media Specialist (DC)

Director of Creative Services (NYC)

Designer (NYC)

Director, Latino Media (NYC)


Position Specification


Chief of Staff


The Mission Continues (“TMC”) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build an America where every returning veteran can serve again as a citizen leader and where together we honor the fallen by living their values through service. TMC accomplishes its mission through its Fellowship Program for wounded and disabled post-9/11 veterans, service projects for veterans and civilians of all backgrounds and thought leadership efforts seeking to change the way the nation welcomes home wounded and disabled veterans. The organization was founded in 2007 by Eric Greitens, current Chief Executive Officer and author of “The Heart and the Fist.”

TMC is a rapidly growing organization that has been recognized by the Draper Richards Foundation, New Profit and Manhattan Institute as one of the country’s most socially innovative non-profit organizations. Through January 2011 it has awarded 106 fellowships to wounded and disabled veterans and empowered more than 15,000 volunteers to serve in their communities. Fundraising efforts have grown from raising $27,000 in 2007 to a projected $12M in 2011 revenues.

As the organization grows, TMC is looking to add team members who can help TMC achieve the scale necessary to reshape the way the nation welcomes home wounded and disabled veterans. The organization is fully dedicated to the personal and professional development of every member of the team.


The Mission Continues is seeking a Chief of Staff to play a key leadership role in positioning the organization as a leading national service organization that empowers returning veterans to continue serving their country here at home. The primary responsibility of the Chief of Staff will be to serve as the primary point of contact for the CEO to the staff as well as key external partners, managing high-impact projects, logistics and critical work streams. This position reports directly to the CEO.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Prioritize key deliverables for the CEO and staff to ensure the completion of all tasks
Compose, edit and refine a wide array of written materials (e.g.: articles, emails, op-ed pieces, etc.) for a diverse array of internal and external audiences.
Supervise the Executive Assistant to the CEO
Manage key relationships and networks for the CEO
Ensure follow-ups on all communication - phone calls, emails, etc.
Collaborate with the EA to ensure the CEO is briefed for meetings.
Collaborate with the staff to ensure logistics for key meetings and the delivery of information to the Board of Directors and any advisory groups
Serve as the intermediary for the organization’s contacts and the CEO
Interface with partner ventures and private sector interests that work closely with The Mission Continues
Manage high-level, sensitive relationships
Manage high-impact special projects, conducting relevant research and analysis on an as-needed basis
Serve as an executive-level surrogate for the CEO


Candidates should possess the following:

A BA/BS degree or equivalent work experience
5+ years of work experience with an emphasis in relationship management
Management experience preferred
Confidence in high-level interactions with senior leadership and key senior partners
Exceptional ability to build and maintain relationships, particularly in a time of growth and change
Superb writing skills - ability to draft client-ready written content, with minimal instruction and oversight
Strong communications and presentation skills – ability to deliver timely, relevant, mission-critical information in a clear and concise manner
Ability to push-back when necessary and stand on the strength of his or her own judgment
Deep entrepreneurialism, with an ability to maneuver effectively in the face of uncertainty and transition
Demonstrated ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment, lead projects, meet multiple concurrent deadlines, organize time and priorities, and work well as a member of a team
Ability to enlist the support of senior leaders as appropriate and necessary
An exceptionally high level of integrity, trust and accountability
Demonstrated sound discernment and judgment
Excellent interpersonal skills
Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to learn quickly, be flexible and take an optimistic approach to work
Mature, professional demeanor
Commitment to continued professional growth
Commitment to the mission of empowering veterans to serve again here at home; close experience with veterans is a plus


St. Louis


Competitive compensation commensurate with experience


Position Specification


Campaign Communications Director at Be the Change


Be the Change, Inc. is a nonprofit that creates national issue based campaigns by organizing coalitions of non-profits, social entrepreneurs, policymakers, private sector and civic leaders, academics, and citizens. Vibrant coalitions, collaborative policymaking, bipartisan advocacy, and galvanizing events and online outreach are hallmarks of Be the Change, Inc. campaigns. Our combined grasstops and grassroots approach engages well-known voices in entertainment, retail, government, and philanthropy—and, through their megaphones, Americans of all ages and backgrounds. ServiceNation, the first campaign launched from Be the Change, Inc.’s platform with over 270 organization in its coalition, helped to achieve the strongly bi-partisan Kennedy Serve America Act -- the greatest expansion of national service in our country in 60 years. Service Nation also helped to inspire new service commitments from the entertainment industry, Mayors through Cities of Service, and a breakthrough partnership between the military and civilian service communities called Mission Serve. OpportunityNation, our second campaign, launching in 2011, will promote thoughtful, practical and bi-partisan solutions to increase opportunity and economic mobility in America.


This is an exciting opportunity to serve as part of the senior leadership team, driving organizational strategy and execution. The Campaign Communications Director will join the senior team consisting of the Executive Director of ServiceNation, the Executive Director of OpportunityNation, the VP for Organizational Strategy and Development, and the President of Be the Change, Inc.

Primary responsibilities include:

Communications and Marketing Strategy

· Work with key staff to create, implement and coordinate online and offline communication strategies for each campaign and associated events

· Create a communications plan to help manage relationships with key organizational stakeholders

· Manage all branding efforts, working with staff, Board, partners and other critical stakeholders to develop and clarify the organization’s brand

· Provide strategic communications advice and guidance to senior leadership as well as internal project directors and grassroots partners;

· Manage dedicated and shared human and organizational resources including a professional staff, interns, designers, freelancers, and contractors

Media and External Relations

· Cultivate and maintain relationships with national, state and local media; conduct outreach to the media

· Independently and through contracted PR firms, identify opportunities for organization to be represented in key media outlets and positioned as an expert in its field

· Proactively seek opportunities to place senior staff in high-profile opportunities beyond media, i.e., conferences, speaking engagements, etc.

· Enhance institutional image through publicity, messaging, and publications;

Content Development and Execution

· Write and edit content to support campaign strategies, including op-eds, press releases, newsletters, blog posts, public statements, fact sheets, powerpoint presentations, reports and other materials

· Manage the distribution of content via PR firms, media contacts and online sources


· 7-10 years of experience in the communications field with progressively increasing responsibility

· Excellent written and oral communications skills

· Deep understanding of online and social media techniques and tactics

· Proven success in project and vendor management, leveraging time and resources as efficiently and effectively as possible

· Existing relationships within the communications field (media, writers, pr, etc) is highly desirable

· Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with other staff, partners, and volunteers to advance organizational goals

· Attention to detail and the ability to prioritize, multi-task, and manage competing priorities

· Ability to be flexible, proactive and resourceful in an entrepreneurial environment with a high level of professionalism and respect for confidentiality

· Positive attitude, ability to tackle large, complex tasks with joy and optimism

· Strong sense of self-motivation, and a consistent track record of success as a high-level performer

· Authentic connection to the mission and vision of Be the Change, Inc.


Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience.


This position can be located in Boston, New York or Washington DC



*The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association is seeking
Public Policy and Communications Professionals*

The individual will be responsible for promoting the association’s public
policy goals on Capitol Hill and communicating the association’s policy
goals to the membership and the wider public policy community. She or he
will work extensively with the association’s membership to educate and
inform members of Congress and relevant federal agencies on issues important
to publicly supported family planning providers. The individual will write
for several different publications targeted for association members and will
help produce publications designed to influence policy makers. The
individual should be familiar with Capitol Hill and the federal
appropriations process and have an interest in health care financing, safety
net systems and public health infrastructure needs. Strong writing skills
are a must.

If you are looking to join a dynamic staff of dedicated family planning
advocates please provide a cover letter, resume and three references. You
may submit your application to Dana Thomas at or fax it
to (202) 293-1990. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.


Winning Connections, is hiring and Administrative Assistant. The
job description is below, feel free to email me directly if you are


*Aimee Tavares
Vice President, Winning Connections

Winning Connections, the nation’s leading telephone voter contact and
grassroots advocacy firm for progressive candidates and causes, is seeking
an executive and research assistant. We are looking for a candidate who is:

- Pro-active, organized, and detailed

- Willing to eagerly take on entry level duties

- Passionate about politics and a voracious consumer of political

- A very good writer and editor

- Proficiency and interest in technology and social networking would
be valuable

This person will assist the president of the company, and other staff. Duties
will include answering phones, writing correspondence, arranging schedules,
and running errands. This person will also compile daily news summaries,
research political issues and develop presentations

Please send a resume and cover letter via e-mail to with “Assistant Position” in the subject line. In
your cover letter, please address why you are interested in this
opportunity, an example of your pro-activity, and why you think you would be
effective in this position.


*Special Assistant to the Executive Director*

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is
a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the
fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from
voting rights to campaign finance reform, from racial justice in
criminal law to presidential power in the fight against terrorism. A
singular institution – part think tank, part public interest law firm,
part advocacy group – the Brennan Center combines scholarship,
legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful,
measurable change in the public sector.

We seek an energetic, motivated, well-organized individual to provide
administrative support and research assistance to the Executive
Director, Michael Waldman, who came to the Brennan Center in 2005
after a career as the Director of Speechwriting and Senior White House
aide to President Clinton, as well as a writer and attorney. The
Special Assistant will work closely with the Executive Director on all
aspects of the leadership of a high-impact organization. We are
seeking a dynamic individual with a passion for public policy and
politics and a desire to be at the center of running a fast-paced,
ambitious organization. This position is a great opportunity for
someone interested in the leadership and management of a national,
high-level policy and legal organization.

Responsibilities will include:
• Supporting and working closely with Executive Director on all
aspects of his role, including relations with staff, board, donors,
public officials and the media
• Coordinating organizational projects and meetings, including
meetings of the senior management team and the Board
• Assisting with fundraising, including donor relations and events
• Researching, editing, and writing for and with executive director in
preparation of books, articles, speeches, and reports as well as
organizational materials; will have opportunity to write under own
name, including articles and web postings
• Organizing mailings, maintaining contact lists, and other inter-
department initiatives
• Managing the Executive Director’s calendar and travel arrangements
• General administrative support including drafting correspondence,
and answering and screening incoming calls and emails

The ideal candidate will have:
• A bachelors degree
• Experience in and enthusiasm for politics, journalism, or public
policy advocacy
• Keen attention to detail and ability to multi-task
• A high level of professionalism and confidence, results-oriented,
and an openness to evolving responsibilities
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• A high degree of integrity, discretion and tact
• A sense of humor, flexibility in changing circumstances, and an
ability to build positive working relationships
• Proficiency in MS Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

This position requires a two-year commitment.

The Brennan Center, an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer,
is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all
races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations, including people
who have been previously incarcerated.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and decisions will
be made as soon as an appropriate candidate is identified. To apply,
please upload a single PDF or Word document (where it says 'attach
resume') containing a cover letter, resume, and writing sample at
. We will only accept applications submitted through this website. If
you have difficulty uploading these items as one document, e-mail them
to,with “Special Assistant” in the subject
line, after registering in the online system.



Campaign Coordinator


Coordinate and drive local area campaign on Walmart expansion,
including the items listed below.
Outreach to and ongoing conversations with community organizations,
faith-based groups, other unions, etc to build coalitions and
collaborations on issues of Walmart’s expansion
Facilitate local union & allies to decide on goals & strategy of
Facilitate regular coalition meetings
Planning and implementing campaign events
Ensure outreach to elected officials happens as needed by campaign
Ensure proactive outreach to relevant news media happens to get earned
media coverage of our campaign and issues
Coordinate and summarize intelligence gathered from our various
sources about new Walmart developments/possibilities.

Work with other departments at the local union(s) (such as the
organizing department, representational department or “rep” staff
working with member outreach/activation related to this campaign,
community affairs, political department, etc) to ensure communication,
coordination and comprehensive strategy
Regular meetings with above departments to update and strategize
Connect work of Walmart campaign to other organizing or bargaining
campaigns as appropriate

Serve as primary point person for national coordination with overall
Walmart campaign and with other local unions nationwide running
campaigns on Walmart expansion.
Communicate weekly with national Walmart campaign team
Participate on national conference calls with point people in other
markets to report progress/results, share information, plan nationally
coordinated activities.
Help plan and carry out nationally coordinated activities


Community or union organizing experience; preferably in Chicago
Familiarity with Chicago neighborhoods and political landscape
Understanding of issues regarding retail jobs and the Chicago labor
Demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice
Demonstrated leadership ability and communication skills
Ability to work long and irregular hours

Please send cover letter and resume to


*Democracy for America-Wisconsin Field Canvasser*

Democracy for America (DFA) is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our
country from the bottom-up and devoted to fighting back for working families
in Wisconsin.

Field Canvassers are an integral part of our efforts, and a great way to
join a worthwhile cause! This paid position involves going door-to-door
throughout Wisconsin and mobilizing voters across the state to vote in the
recall elections. You will serve as a positive representative of the
progressive movement. This is an exciting way to join the fight for good
jobs in Wisconsin and show our leaders that supporting working families and
job creation are the real priorities for Wisconsinites! *Field Canvassers
are responsible for hitting nightly and weekly goals and report to the
District Field Manager.*

● A well-spoken and persuasive speaker
● Dedicated to the cause of restoring collective bargaining in
Wisconsin and restoring the WI State Senate to Democratic control
● Energetic and excited about working long, strenuous hours
● Team Player - enthusiastically pitches in to help a fellow staffer
● Previous voter contact or electoral experience preferable but not

The positions will be based in La Crosse, Eau Claire, and Milwaukee
Wisconsin. They will begin immediately and continue until the completion of
the elections (Approximately Aug. 9, 2011). Field Canvassers are temporary
independent contractors and paid daily at $80/per day with the expectation
of a 6-day work week of 6hrs per day.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to
@ democracyforamerica
. com
with the subject line “Paid

DFA is an equal-opportunity employer. This position begins immediately and
applications will be accepted until all of the positions are filled.


*Democracy for America-Wisconsin Field Manager *

Democracy for America (DFA) is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our
country from the bottom-up and devoted to fighting back for working families
in Wisconsin.

The Field Manager position with DFA-Wisconsin is a supervisory position that
offers the opportunity for leadership and responsibility. The Field Manager
will manage a district-wide paid canvass operation in support of the WI
recall elections. In addition to your own canvassing, Field Managers play a
crucial role in ensuring the success of the campaign by overseeing up to
twelve paid canvassers and participating in staff development. Field
Managers start their days earlier and end their days later than other
canvassers, in order to prepare canvass packets and field reports for their
teams before and after they head out to go door-to-door. *Field Managers
are responsible for hitting nightly and weekly district goals and report to
the WI Campaigns Director. *This is an exciting way to join the fight for
good jobs in Wisconsin and show our leaders that supporting working families
and job creation are the real priorities for Wisconsinites!

● 1-2 cycles experience canvassing
● Experience managing staff and holding employees accountable to
● Able to multi-task and detail-oriented
● Experience running trainings and maintaining a fun work environment
● Dedicated to the cause of restoring collective bargaining in
Wisconsin and restoring the WI State Senate to Democratic control
● Energetic and excited about working long, strenuous hours
● Team Player - enthusiastically pitches in to help a fellow staffer

The position will be based in either La Crosse, Eau Claire, or Milwaukee
Wisconsin. They will begin immediately and continue until the completion of
the elections (Approximately Aug. 9, 2011). Field Managers are temporary
independent contractors and paid daily at $120/per day.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to
@ democracyforamerica
. com
with the subject line “WI Field

DFA is an equal-opportunity employer. This position begins immediately and
applications will be accepted until all of the positions are filled.


MoveOn is hiring two National Field Organizers!

MoveOn Organizers build and develop the massive grassroots network we need to win progressive change. By combining traditional person-to- person organizing, scalable online organizing, and intensive leadership development, we're creating a new model of grassroots mobilization. It's volunteer-driven, staff-lean and exceptionally powerful. Our small team of staff organizers is at the center of creating and driving our organizing program and will have a chance to make a major impact in a key year. We're launching a major campaign to rebuild the American Dream--and we are looking for two bright, talented, and driven organizers who can help make this happen.

Interviews have already begun. If you're interested, please apply immediately. Location is flexible.

The complete job description and application process are below.


Amy Faulring

Deputy Field Director

National Field Organizer Job Description

Location: Flexible

Goal: MoveOn National Field Organizers build and develop the massive grassroots network we need to win progressive change. By combining traditional person-to-person organizing, scalable online organizing, and intensive leadership development, we're creating a new model of grassroots mobilization. It's volunteer-driven, staff-lean and exceptionally powerful. Our small team of staff organizers is at the center of creating and driving our organizing program that has a major impact on key progressive issues.

Background: With nearly 5 million members, MoveOn is uniquely situated to organize for real progressive change. In 2010, MoveOn members played a key role in the historic victory winning health care reform, and we launched a major campaign to take our democracy back from the corporate influence. Now, we’re getting ready to launch a major campaigns in 2011 to fight for the American Dream.

The backbone of the field effort is the MoveOn Councils—a national network of committed, trained volunteer leaders and teams. Nationally, there are 16,000 active leaders organized into nearly 200 city-wide Councils. Over the next year, MoveOn Council volunteers will organize rallies, vigils, protests, petitions, district meetings, and other creative tactics, and build local member leadership on a scale we’ve never built it before.

As a National Field Organizer with MoveOn, no two days will be the same. You’re responsible for harnessing and expanding the power of the MoveOn Council volunteer network. That means on any given day you might be working one-on-one with one of the most dedicated MoveOn leaders in the country; organizing events in multiple states as part of a national day of action to support progressive change; or training a new progressive leader about how to organize their own community.


Expanding and strengthening our Council network. You'll work with the Councils that already exist in your region and then work on building more in the places where MoveOn members aren’t currently organized.

Developing new leaders. Our model only works if we have great leaders.

You’ll be part of building our leadership development model and bringing new members into our organizing.

Trainings. To increase our volunteers' skills level, you'll be running trainings over the phone and in person. You’ll also help create new trainings focused on the needs of volunteers in your region.

Rapid response. When news breaks, our network needs to respond immediately. Whether it's rallies or house parties, you'll make sure your region responds forcefully when we need to spring into action.

Skills and experience:

At least 2–3 years of grassroots organizing experience (or related experience).

Excellent leadership development skills. You should be ready to do what it takes to turn someone into a great leader.

A strong self-starter, entrepreneurial. You don’t need someone to tell you what to do, and you have new ideas on how to make things work even better.

A good manager. You’ll be managing a team of volunteer organizers and will need to be ready to support their work and solve problems creatively.

Hard worker. You can work flexible hours and manage your time independently. You know that saving the world doesn’t just happen between 9 and 5.

Comfortable with a virtual office. You are fine working at a distance with dozens of colleagues scattered around the country.

Willing to do what it takes to make a project come off--low ego, high focus on getting stuff done.

Comfortable with technology, spending lots of time on the phone and working virtually.

Salary: Salary is highly competitive and includes health & dental insurance, generous vacation, and other benefits.

To Apply: Email a cover letter, application and resume to Application process is rolling. Political Action is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including women, people of color, LGBT people and others are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Questions


Contact info:

Describe your previous organizing experience, whether paid or unpaid:

Tell us your organizing philosophy in one sentence or less:

Why do you want to be a field organizer with MoveOn?

Which of the following have you organized in the past?

__ Rallies

__Press conferences

__Run trainings/ conferences

__Congressional meetings

__Other political actions

How do you develop leaders?

How do you win grassroots campaigns?


New Partners, a progressive, full service political consulting firm with specialties in strategic advising/consulting, communications, research, fundraising/development and field/grassroots strategy, is seeking summer interns in the finance department of our firm’s Washington, DC office. Interns will work on a variety of nonprofit, foundation and political clients and will be provided a stipend. Please visit for more information on the firm.

Candidates should possess strong oral and written communication skills, solid organizational skills and attention to detail, and sound political instincts. He or she must also have the ability to work independently, meet tight deadlines, and balance multiple projects at once. All candidates should be familiar with Microsoft Office suite.

Candidates should be current college or graduate students, or recent graduates. To apply, please email resume, cover letter and writing sample to

START DATE: July 5, 2011

Ideal Candidate Will Possess the Following Qualifications:

• Ability to digest and condense information into user friendly summaries;

• Basic knowledge of campaign finance rules;

• Working knowledge of fundraising and research resources: Nexis, NGP,,


• Assist finance staff with day to day projects including: donor research, call sheet production, briefing and memo writing, and fundraising calls;

• Maintain and update call lists and donor databases;

• Participate in and staff fundraising events;

• Provide administrative support



For over a century, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) has
been at the forefront of social change, championing the needs of
women, children, and families, while courageously taking a progressive
stance on such issues as child welfare, women’s rights, and
reproductive freedom. NCJW offers volunteer legislative internships to
college juniors, seniors, and graduate students during the academic
year and over the summer. A small stipend is available for full-time
summer interns. This is a great opportunity to learn first-hand about
advocacy, grassroots organizing, and all aspects of legislative

> Work closely with staff and lay leadership to implement legislative strategy and grassroots mobilization
> Be independently responsible for work on specified issues, including reproductive rights, women’s and children’s issues, health care, economic justice, civil rights, religious liberty, and international issues
> Learn about the internal workings of NCJW as a non-profit volunteer led organization.

Qualifications: Strong writing and communication skills, ability to
learn quickly, commitment to social justice issues. No previous
professional experience necessary, just a willingness to learn and get
involved. Background in legislative process preferred.

Hours: Flexible, Full- or Part-time (minimum 2 days per week during
school year, 4 days per week in the summer)

To apply: Please email or fax cover letter, resume, short writing
sample (3-5 pages max), and references. Applications considered on a
rolling basis.

National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Washington Office
Emily Alfano, Senior Legislative Associate
1707 L St., NW, Suite 950, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202 296 2588; fax: 202 331 7792; email:


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