The Organization and Role
About Access Now
Access Now is a growing international human rights organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world, including issues of privacy, security, freedom of expression, and transparency. Our policy, advocacy, technology, and operations teams have staff presences in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East/North Africa (MENA), North America, and South/Southeast Asia, to provide global support to our mission.
About this role
The Campaigner – US passionately defends human rights in our increasingly digital world, taking Access Now’s regional and organization-wide campaigns to a new level of size and impact on a global stage. The Campaigner – US leverages the opportunity to strengthen the impact of Access Now’s campaigns, community engagement initiatives, and media outreach at local, regional, and global levels. The Campaigner – US demonstrates leadership and creativity as an advocate and movement-builder.
The Campaigner – US sits within the Advocacy Arm on the Policy and International Programs Team, and focuses primarily on US-based project work. The role reports through the Advocacy Manager – US. The Campaigner works closely with the Organization’s various Advocacy teams.
What you will do
Identify opportunities for impact, developing campaign strategies to capture, manage, and coordinate actions to address human rights concerns for individuals and communities across the region
Produce engaging and dynamic content for a range of audiences through articles, op-eds, speeches, campaign materials, press releases, blog posts, social media, and multimedia content
Help manage and sustain the growing relevant campaign communities and spaces, including updating of relevant information
Coordinate in-depth rapid-response publications for regional portfolios or thematic issues, as applicable, to report on digital rights threats as they develop and to deliver resources to affected communities
Identify opportunities for norm-setting and policy development at all levels
Collaborate with internal and external partners, and expand our reach beyond the digital rights community, developing communities of action to impact decision makers, building an intersectional partner network, and connecting directly with the at-risk individuals we aim to serve, as well as media and other key stakeholders who can help advance our advocacy goals
Host or coordinate online and offline convenings around geographies and issues
Work across the Organization to run and build campaigns in a sustainable and scalable manner, stewarding resources available for translation, design, and additional project-based support
Work with tech and telecommunications companies, governments and other stakeholders to raise awareness and hold them accountable to their actions
Research fundraising and partnership opportunities, including innovative collaboration
Work closely with colleagues to map strategic growth and opportunities for deepening our work in support of communities at serious risk throughout the region, and in response to regional developments that impact the global digital rights landscape
Coordinate work with colleagues across Teams, setting clear advocacy plans and priorities, monitoring progress, and proactively communicating as conditions change
Assist in global implementation of the annual RightsCon summit series
Perform other duties as assigned
Skills, education, and mindset you will bring
Proven experience in building and managing U.S. campaigns and coalitions, and movement building (communication, campaigning, advocacy, public relations, journalism) and in outreach positions (campaigner, strategist, lobbyist, community manager, ambassador of fun, etc), with progressively increasing levels of responsibility
Proven experience working in the U.S. Congress and/or U.S. agency or lobbying the U.S. Congress and/or U.S. agency
A demonstrable knowledge of relevant international human rights and technology policy issues and experience in advocacy, journalism, communications, campaigning, or organizing, with the ability to apply this capacity towards complex and concurrent goals
A proven capacity to synthesize complex information in fluid and rapidly changing contexts, and the ability to design solution sets to achieve meaningful change
Knowledge of policy and advocacy environment in the region, and on thematic issues of greatest relevance
Excellent spoken, expository, and persuasive writing and editing skills
Cultural sensitivity and the ability to communicate with a wide range of people from around the world
Ability to lead and grow campaigns to ensure maximum impact, and the instinctive knack for identifying and developing the strategies and partnerships needed
Technical understanding of internet infrastructure, security, and censorship circumvention
Fundraising experience, writing and securing grants from foundations or public institutions
Ability to travel internationally and domestically on occasion
Fluency in English required; fluency in other language(s) relevant to the region or issue is desirable
Appropriate education and work preparation for the role, with bachelor or master degree equivalent in human rights, communications, journalism, law, or similar
This is a full-time position, ideally based in or around Washington, DC. We will also consider qualified applicants in the New York City Region, or another remote location within the US. The successful candidate must possess the right to work in the location in which they will be based. We are unable to sponsor visas or relocations for this role. Most Access Now Team Members are working through hybrid office arrangements, combining remote at-home work with intermittent use of offices (e.g. NYC) and/or co-working spaces.
Access Now offers competitive compensation – in line with skills, preparation, and depth of experience – and benefits packages that align with our regional and office presences. While skills, experience, and the specific region/location drive compensation, anticipated, initial placement within the salary range for this role is between $5,800 and $6,600 USD gross monthly.
Benefits in the United States include fully-paid healthcare premiums for the employee, and access to a 401k program with employer match through Vanguard Investments. Regardless of location, all Team Members benefit from a strong global culture aligned around:
Work-life balance…including a generous paid time-off program between 36 and 40 days annually
Professional development and growth opportunities
Extensive workplace flexibility
Organizational resilience and support for all team members, including paid family leave and employee assistance programs
Connection to a diverse, global team of passionate, principled professionals
Opportunities to recharge (including one month of paid refresher leave after 4 years)
How to Apply
Please submit the following documents:
Résumé/CV (removing all personally identifying information such as age, gender, marital status, address, and photo)
Thoughtful cover letter outlining your suitability for our role, with particular attention to your experience aligning to the core functions
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We are a global human rights organization committed to inclusivity and equity, and seek the most talented team members who bring their true selves, with diverse backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, and experiences. We are interested in receiving applications from people who consider themselves as under-represented in their talent communities. As an equal opportunity employer, we value and encourage diversity and consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status. Our commitment applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.