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.

TV and Film Development Manager

Define American, named in 2019 as one of Fast Company’s most innovative TV and Film companies, seeks a new member to join our Creative Initiatives team in our New York office. The TV and Film Development Manager position will offer support in the key areas of TV and film development, digital content development, distribution and research. The Define American Creative Initiatives team works with the creators of hit TV and film projects to advise on the portrayal of immigrants in the media, as well as creates original content for both digital and TV audiences. Our work has been published with The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Splinter, NowThis, WeAreMitu, Upworthy, Bustle, Conde Nast, LA Magazine, VICE, MSNBC, CNN, MTV and Netflix. Our work encompasses both scripted content and documentary films. In this role we are looking for an individual who can join our fast-paced, small team to execute innovative media strategies.

Desired location: New York, NY, Required Travel: 15 – 20%

Responsibilities:

  • Conceptualize, develop, and execute bold new strategies for Define American to effectively integrate its mission into the television, film, and popular culture spheres.
  • Research, develop and produce treatments and sizzle reels for pitches for TV and film projects.
  • Assist Creative Initiatives team in forming and maintaining important relationships with industry professionals.
  • Assist with the placement and promotion of production work in film festivals and digital content with distribution outlets.
  • Generally, work with colleagues to develop strategy, aiding in the growth and development of the Creative Initiatives Department and broader organization and its strategic partners.

Qualifications and Attributes:

  • 5+ years working in the entertainment industry required.
  • Contacts in both scripted and non-scripted / documentary worlds. A strong understanding of how the entertainment industry operates and a track record of creating positive change in the industry.
  • A thorough understanding of how projects are developed and produced in film, television and digital video industries. At least five years of progressively gaining responsibilities and experience in media with a particular focus on popular culture, film, or television.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Powerpoint, Google Slides. Proficiency in Adobe suite including Premiere Pro, After Effects is a plus
  • A self-starter who has the ability to work both as a part of a team and independently.
  • Effective communicator in verbal and written form. Proven track record of open and proactive collaboration.
  • Strong graphic design skills required, experience creating pitch decks and treatments is a plus.  
  • Flexibility and willingness to troubleshoot unanticipated challenges and pivot strategy to fulfill organization’s mission and vision.
  • Dedication to the promotion of immigrant freedom and social justice.
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
  • While this job is currently a full-time, contract position without benefits, there is the potential for it to become a staff position including benefits in December 2019.
  • 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 “TV and Film Development Manager” 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.

2019 Summit Field Organizer

Define American will be convening hundreds of people from all over the country and ideological spectrum in Louisville, KY, at the 2019 Define American Summit, to explore the future of American identity through art, culture, food, music, and more. We will come together to exchange ideas, inspire each other, have uncomfortable conversations rooted in our mutual values as Americans, and define what it means to be American today.

The field organizer will work on the ground in Louisville, KY to build and maintain relationships with local and regional organizations and individuals to increase the overall impact of the Define American Summit. This includes, increasing registration of summit attendees, organizing and leading local host committee meetings and expanding the overall impact of the summit.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead community outreach and obtain commitments of 40 partnerships from local Louisville organizations
  • Recruit food vendors for cultural festival and promote to local organizations
  • Organize and lead, alongside our national team, monthly host committee meetings
  • Maintain our community partnerships document
  • Coordinate on-site volunteers during the summit, which is scheduled for Oct. 10-12th
  • Distribute fliers and promotional materials throughout the community
  • Secure local in-kind donations and coupons for swag bags
  • Take charge of consistently increasing ticket sales of the local community as the summit dates approach
  • Meet bi-weekly with national Define American team
  • Attend local events to promote the summit
  • Aid the host committee and national staff as needed in fundraising and event logistics

Timeline of Activities

Month 1: 10 hours a week

  • Lead host committee meeting
  • Develop a PR strategy for local partnerships and event promotion
  • Solicit local organizations and businesses for in-kind donations

Month 2: 18 hours a week

  • Lead host committee meeting
  • Meet with local organizations and secure partnerships

Month 3: 18 hours a week

  • Lead host committee meeting
  • Meet with local organizations and secure partnerships
  • Solicit local organizations and businesses for in-kind donations

Month 4: 24 hours a week

  • Lead host committee meeting
  • Promote the event with flyers and individual conversations
  • Recruit 10-15 volunteers for the event
  • Secure food vendors for cultural festival
  • Promote the event with flyers and individual conversations
  • Attend local events

Month 5: 36 hours a week

  • Lead host committee meeting
  • Secure food vendors for cultural festival
  • Promote the event with flyers and individual conversations
  • Attend local events
  • Have full volunteer list complete  
  • Attend event Oct. 10-13th
  • Help complete wrap report for the summit

Total hours: 424

Payment total: $7,500

HOW TO APPLY

Please email resume and cover letter to [email protected] with subject title “2019 Summit Field Organizer.” 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!

Digital Organizing Director

The Digital Organizing Director will lead holistic strategies intended to win a more inclusive nation, building on Define American’s and our allies’ strengths and developing new campaigns 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 “Digital Organizing 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!