Join the Define American team

Join the Define American team

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At Define American, we’re building an America that belongs to any person who calls this country home. With thousands of supporters across the country, we are building a country that embraces and welcomes all people, giving them an opportunity to practice citizenship regardless of the circumstances of their birth. For us, citizenship is not the possession of papers, or lack thereof; it is belonging to a community that loves, and having the opportunity to realize families’ dreams. And this citizenship cannot be defined by one’s bloodline and or the soil within our borders because it is created every day through the work, ideals, and values and participation of all who seek the American experience.

If you share that vision, we want you to join our movement.

We are the nation’s leading nonprofit immigration advocacy and culture change organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling and narrative change. Through media consulting and creation, grassroots organizing, and event curation, Define American jumpstarts widespread and culture change around citizenship, race, and identity in a changing America.

We are a remote-working organization, with an office in Los Angeles. Our hiring process is an intentional one, which may involve a written assessment of skills when an in-person interview cannot be facilitated.

We are an equal opportunity employer and 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, and evaluate all candidates based on merit.

Campaign & Chapters Director

The campaign and chapters director will help create and execute a holistic strategy intended to win a more inclusive culture, building on Define American’s and our allies’ strengths and developing new capacity and relationships with passion and creativity. In addition to overseeing national media and culture campaigns, this director will oversee the Define American Chapters Program, which currently houses over 61 active chapters across the country that are bringing our mission to local communities. The person in this position will focus simultaneously on the local cultural and media landscapes and federal dynamics, with the ability to see – and seize – opportunities to advance the campaign and chapters’ cultural goals. The campaign and chapters director will work jointly with the Creative Initiatives (and Entertainment Media) and Communications Teams, and under the direct supervision of the Executive Director.

Responsibilities

The campaign and chapters director will work closely with Define American organizational leaders and the chapters’ leadership. The campaign and chapters director will:

  • Help create and provide day-to-day management for overseeing a campaign and chapters plan that will advance humanizing portrayals of immigrants in media and culture. This includes driving strategies around our #WordsMatter, #SourcesMatter, and pop culture campaigns.
  • Develop relationships with and facilitate the engagement of advocates and influencers at the national and local levels.
  • In consultation with Define American staff, help develop more robust chapter-based efforts to promote cultural inclusion, including advising chapters on strategy. Initiate, help develop and disseminate high-impact toolkits, explainer, outreach and engagement materials for all key stakeholders, and work with staff to develop reports, issue briefs and other cultural- and research-based products to advance the campaign and chapters’ goals.
  • Lead activities of Define American’s existing coalition work in the immigrant justice space, advise partners on strategic opportunities and represent the Define American in other coalitions (or oversee staff who are doing so).
  • Supervise activities of staff who manage day-to-day work with advocacy partners, private sector stakeholders, coalition partners and researchers related to immigration and American identity and, in some cases, other intersectional issues.
  • Participate in building and nurturing funder relationships.

Qualifications and Attributes

  • Eight or more years of progressively responsible work experience in media campaign, digital organizing, chapter-related work, or both.
  • Prior experience leading or co-leading a national coalition – or strong working relationships with a range of advocacy organizations relevant to American identity – and a genuine desire to work in close partnership with other advocacy organizations and allies to win campaigns that improve structural deterrents to more positive portrayals of new Americans.
  • Experience working in racially diverse teams and coalitions, and creating equitable and inclusive environments, with an ability to build strong, trusting relationships that include seeking and adapting to perspectives from all members.
  • Sophisticated understanding of the online organizing space, with experience utilizing new digital tools and implementing best practices and innovative strategies to grow and sustain supporters and ultimately win campaigns.
  • Appreciation of media moments and how to use them to create positive long-term narrative change.
  • Sophisticated understanding of the inter-related nature and media dynamics of a range of economic, health, gender and other domestic policies that impact immigrant families.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and persuasively in written documents and oral presentations – leveraging data, narrative and your intrinsic passion to motivate, persuade and mobilize a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated skill and comfort managing mid- and junior-level staff and pride in fostering respectful team dynamics.
  • Eagerness to work closely with a highly energetic, detail-oriented and passionate Executive Director, organizational leaders and peers.
  • Ability to integrate into a fast-paced, team-first work environment, embracing and supporting coworkers in their objectives and goals as necessary.
  • Ability and willingness to work on evenings and weekends to attend events or conferences, and to travel occasionally.
  • This position can be remote or in our LA or Louisville office. Applicants throughout the United States will be considered.

Benefits

  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience
  • Comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, vision and life insurance coverage; a generous holiday and accrued paid-time-off policy; 401k with matching funds; and more
  • The ability to grow with and contribute to a creative, collaborative team on the cutting edge of one of the key issues facing our nation today
  • The ability to partner and meet with America’s most notable organizations and leaders in every sector

HOW TO APPLY

Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected] attn: Define American Hiring Team, with the words “Campaign and Chapters Director” and your name in the subject line

NOTE: Define American goes through an incredibly intentional process for hiring new team members and will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Thank you for your patience and interest in joining our family of cultural change-makers!

Executive Assistant

Our Executive Assistant will provide support to the Executive Director (based in Louisville) and COO (based in Los Angeles) as well as provide general administrative support to the Define American board. We’re looking for a self-motivated, organized, and dependable individual who can help us manage schedules, provide email and digital support, help with research for our campaigns and media, and draft and copy edit correspondence.

This full-time position will be based in Louisville, KY. Required travel 10-20%.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Provide executive support: manage schedules, provide email support, help with research, support for leadership meetings, meet deadlines, troubleshoot problems
  • Draft and proofread materials ensuring quality and consistency with appropriate writing styles for internal- and external-facing creative content and correspondence
  • Assist with projects & program initiatives, as assigned
  • Demonstrate understanding of social media platforms and tools
  • Organize meetings and, as needed generate agendas, take and distribute notes, provide updates, confirm conference rooms/dial-in numbers/video conferences
  • Assist with processing in accordance with financial policies and procedures
  • Update contact lists, organization charts, mailing and distribution lists
  • Provide general administrative support including filing, sending packages/letters, ordering supplies, handling messages and deliveries
  • Work with the Executive Director and Development team to ensure consistent, strategic correspondence with important stakeholders

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • BA/BS required
  • 2+ years similar or equivalent experience
  • Exceptional interpersonal/written, editing and oral communication skills
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented and professional
  • Ability to adapt to new conditions, deadlines and assignments
  • Solid knowledge of Google Apps such as Google Docs and MS Office suite
  • Ability to successfully juggle multiple project & priorities
  • Proven ability to remain flexible, open and composed in a fast-paced environment
  • Bilingual/Multilingual is a plus, particularly if Spanish speaking for engagement
  • Valid ID; travel is necessary for this position

BENEFITS

  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience
  • Comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, vision and life insurance coverage; a generous holiday and accrued paid-time-off policy; 401k with matching funds; and more
  • The ability to grow with and contribute to a creative, collaborative team on the cutting edge of one of the key issues facing our nation today
  • The ability to partner and meet with America’s most notable organizations and leaders in every sector

HOW TO APPLY

Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected] attn: Define American Hiring Team, with the words “Executive Assistant Application” and your name in the subject line

NOTE: Define American goes through an incredibly intentional process for hiring new team members and will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Thank you for your patience and interest in joining our family of cultural change-makers!

Programs & Partnerships Coordinator

Our Programs & Partnerships Coordinator will work directly with core members of the Define American team and is part of the Operations Department. The role will mainly focus on coordinating key programs such as our arts fellowship and ambassadors programs, as well as relationship management with important stakeholders and partner organizations.

This position is based in Los Angeles and is a one-year term with potential for renewal based on availability of grant funding. Required travel 10-20%.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

Arts fellowship program coordination

  • Support executive and development staff members with management of our creative arts fellowship program for undocumented artists, including researching, vetting, onboarding and communicating with fellows
  • Coordinate communication with fellows and provide support for their needs throughout the program to maximize the impact of their projects
  • Serve as a liaison to other departments (such as communications) to ensure access to fellows and timely support for public appearances and media opportunities
  • Conduct qualitative assessment of fellowship engagement, activities and events

Partner and key stakeholder engagement

  • Play a lead role in communicating with partners on behalf of the team, with a particular focus on relationships that are critical to the success of the arts fellowship program.
  • Oversee the process of researching potential new arts fellows and onboarding those fellows
  • Become a hub of information for members of the organization, its board, chapter members, and partners

Ambassadors program coordination

  • Play a lead role in communicating with ambassadors and key stakeholders such as advisory board members
  • Organize and execute the ambassadors program, including researching, vetting, onboarding and communicating with ambassadors who may represent our organization in media or speaking opportunities
  • Serve as a liaison to other departments (such as communications) to ensure access to ambassadors and timely support for public appearances and media opportunities
  • Stay abreast of challenges and successes of ambassadors’ careers and assess opportunities for media engagement
  • Model our work as a talented storyteller, willing to consistently strive towards personal and organizational excellence – through harnessing ambassadors’ personal stories to further Define American’s mission

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • BA/BS or higher required
  • Exceptional interpersonal/written, editing and oral communication skills
  • Bilingual/Multilingual is a plus, particularly if Spanish speaking for engagement
  • Valid driver’s license; travel is necessary for this position

Ideal candidates will have a passion for Define American’s mission and at least 2 years of experience managing corporate or nonprofit partner relationships, coordinating influencer or speaker engagements, and/or in public relations for high profile individuals and emerging leaders.

LOCATION

Candidates residing in Los Angeles to facilitate in-person collaboration and ease of travel are preferred. Applicants throughout the United States will be considered.

BENEFITS

  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience
  • Comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, vision and life insurance coverage; a generous holiday and accrued paid-time-off policy; 401k with matching funds; and more
  • The ability to grow with and contribute to a creative, collaborative team on the cutting edge of one of the key issues facing our nation today
  • The ability to partner and meet with America’s most notable organizations and leaders in every sector

HOW TO APPLY

Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected] attn: Define American Hiring Team, with the words “Programs & Partnerships Coordinator Application” and your name in the subject line

NOTE: Define American goes through an incredibly intentional process for hiring new team members and will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Thank you for your patience and interest in joining our family of cultural change-makers!

Communications Manager

Define American is seeking an experienced, energetic and multi-talented leader to join its team as a full-time communications manager.

The communications manager will report directly to the communications director and work closely with communications team. This individual will collaborate with a team of staff and consultants specializing in communications, PR and digital engagement. The communications manager will work on media outreach and strategic initiatives for Define American, which has already become a leading national media and culture organization in the immigration and citizenship space. Required travel 10-20%.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Media Outreach: Building and maintaining relationships and lists of journalists, producers, and editors particularly in large national media outlets. Pitching story ideas, developing press releases, and drafting talking points. Facilitating interviews with organization spokespersons.
  • Strategy: Analysis of news media and execution of campaigns that engage the media around language and thoughtful storytelling. Maximizing key opportunities to help shape the way America sees immigrants, views its identity, and values citizenship.
  • Presentation: In coordination with the communications team, represent Define American to the general public and aid in the presentation of materials to partners and potential funders.
  • Training: In collaboration with other staff, lead trainings as necessary to prepare campaign participants, staff, and partners for media interaction.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least three years of progressive responsibilities and experience in a newsroom, conducting media outreach, including experience with rapid response communications.
  • BA/BS or higher required: majors in journalism, media and communications a plus
  • Bilingual/Multilingual is a plus, particularly if Spanish speaking for engagement
  • Valid driver’s license; travel is necessary for this position

Successful candidates will also possess most of the following qualifications:

  • Experience navigating fruitful relationships with news organizations and media professionals
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Keen observer of both popular culture and news media  
  • Must be an exceptional strategist, adept communicator, expert collaborator, and superior project manager with the ability to build trust, inspire confidence, manage change, and work in partnership with key partners to communicate major initiatives to key stakeholders both within and beyond the organization
  • Ability to successfully mitigate unexpected challenges and think outside the box while working with a small, growing team
  • Exceptional interpersonal/written, editing and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of the techniques for disseminating information through various channels of communication including print, web, email, video and various existing and new social media channels
  • Pre-existing familiarity with trends in immigrant integration, media and culture with an affinity for social justice
  • Able to maintain professionalism while facilitating productive conversations with opposing viewpoints

LOCATION

Due to the remote nature of the work, candidates residing in (or willing to relocate to) New York City, Washington, DC, or Louisville to facilitate in-person collaboration and ease of travel are preferred. Applicants throughout the United States will be considered.

BENEFITS

  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience
  • Comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, vision and life insurance coverage; a generous holiday and accrued paid-time-off policy; 401k with matching funds; and more
  • The ability to grow with and contribute to a creative, collaborative team on the cutting edge of one of the key issues facing our nation today
  • The ability to partner and meet with America’s most notable organizations and leaders in every sector

HOW TO APPLY

  • Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected] attn: Define American Hiring Team, with the words “Communications Manager Application” and your name in the subject line
  • NOTE: Define American goes through an incredibly intentional process for hiring new team members and will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Thank you for your patience and interest in joining our family of cultural change-makers!

Define American is an equal opportunity employer and 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, and evaluate all candidates based on merit.