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 offices in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Louisville. 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.

Database Coordinator

During a period of significant organizational growth, Define American is seeking an experienced Database Coordinator to support our team in our utilization of the EveryAction CRM. The successful candidate will demonstrate personal initiative and meticulous attention to detail in order to optimize our CRM to track stakeholder touchpoints, record activities, generate reports, and more.

The Database Coordinator position is part of Define American’s Strategic Growth (fundraising) team. Required travel: 10-15%.

 

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Be an integral thought leader on the Strategic Growth team and help ensure that we maximize all opportunities to fortify the financial health of the organization
  • Work with Strategic Growth team and all departments to adjust EveryAction interface to align with organizational priorities and needs
  • With the Strategic Growth team, design workflow to ensure smooth communication of donor touchpoints to be inputted into the CRM
  • Maintain detailed donor records; including researching biographies for major donors and adding to their EveryAction profiles
  • Track and analyze attendance of ticketed events on EveryAction to align with overall event strategy
  • Develop moves management workflow in EveryAction and alert staff to upcoming touchpoints
  • Generate reports and audience segmentation in EveryAction, as needed, for all departments
  • Draft and mail donor acknowledgment letters
  • Format general audience emails and monthly donor newsletters in EveryAction platform
  • Conduct research for prospective donors, funders, and external partners for all departments
  • Manage Define American Shopify store (previous online retail experience is a plus)

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA/BS or higher required 
  • 3+ years back-end experience with Salesforce, EveryAction, or similar CRMs

 

Successful candidates will possess most of the following qualifications:

  • Ability to integrate into a faced-paced, team-first work environment, embracing and supporting coworkers in their objectives and goals as necessary. 
  • The ability to write clearly and succinctly
  • Strong interpersonal, problem solving, planning and organizational skills, and the ability to handle several duties simultaneously
  • Self-sufficient and proactive
  • Community-mindedness and a passion for social justice

 

LOCATION

Candidates residing in New York and Los Angeles are preferred. Applicants throughout the United States will be considered.

 

BENEFITS

  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience
  • Excellent benefits available
  • 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 a cover letter and resume to [email protected] attn: Define American Hiring Team, with the words “Database Coordinator Application” and your name in the subject line
  • Will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled

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.

Budget and Finance Manager

Define American is seeking a full-time Budget and Finance Manager to develop our organization’s budget and oversee its implementation. This individual will also prepare financial documents and reports. Her or she will be the in-house financial expert responsible for ensuring that staff and Board have a full and comprehensive understanding of our financial position and priorities.This position will report to the Director of Administration and People Services.

The ideal candidate will hold a degree in Accounting or Finance; be familiar with legal regulations of accounting and budgeting; combine excellent numeracy skills with the ability to analyze and present complex data; be able to use critical thinking to create financial forecasts and make budgeting decisions; and plan, evaluate, design, and implement our organization’s budget, ensuring growth and compliance with the law.

 

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Design effective budget models for departments and the entire organization
  • Analyze financial information (e.g. revenues, expenditures and cash management) to ensure all operations are within budget
  • Present annual budgets to senior managers
  • Review budget requests for approval
  • Forecast future budget needs
  • Identify variances between actual and budgeted financial results on a monthly basis
  • Work with fundraising team to provide time-sensitive financial reports for funders
  • Work with fundraising team to reconcile revenue on a monthly basis
  • Suggest spending improvements that increase profits
  • Review the company’s budget for compliance with legal regulations
  • Ensure department managers meet budget submission deadlines
  • Design and implement effective budgeting policies and procedures, including working with leadership on gathering annual budget requests from departments
  • Oversee annual audit

 

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

  • At least two years of proven, full-time work experience as a Budget Manager or Budget Analyst
  • Hands-on experience with accounting software and statistical packages
  • Knowledge of MS Excel and Google Sheets (specifically, advanced formulas, pivot tables and charts)
  • Expertise in forecasting methods and data analysis
  • Expertise in Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Experience, specifically, with non-profit finances
  • Excellent numeracy skills with an attention to detail
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Knowledge of accounting best practices and regulations
  • Ability to explain budgeting and financial information in plain terms
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to our mission and vision

 

LOCATION

Due to the remote nature of the work, applicants throughout the United States will be considered. Candidates located in the Louisville, KY metro area a plus.

This position can expect to travel 5-10% of their time.

 

BENEFITS

  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience
  • Excellent benefits available
  • The ability to grow with and contribute to a creative, collaborative team on the cutting edge of one of the key social justice issues of today

 

HOW TO APPLY

  • Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with “Budget and Finance Manager” and your name in the subject line
  • We will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled

 

ABOUT DEFINE AMERICAN

Define American is a leading national media and culture organization that uses the power of stories to transcend politics and elevate the conversation about immigrants, identity and citizenship in a changing America. We were founded in 2011 by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and named one of the world’s most innovative companies by Fast Company in 2019.

Define American is an equal opportunity employer and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded by an undocumented American. We believe strongly in telling the full story of America and want our staff to reflect all of our stories. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status or sexual orientation. If you have most of the skills listed here, and personal experience with international migration and/or a demonstrated commitment and passion for broadening the definition of what it means to be American in the 21st century, we encourage you to apply for this position.

Web and Graphic Designer, Communications

Do you have an opinion on the right font and color palette for this critical moment in U.S. history? Can you whip up a meme for social media in the morning, design a poster by lunch, and put together a pitch deck or website landing page in the afternoon? What would you put on the border wall? Define American is seeking a creative, fast-paced, multi-talented graphic and web designer excited about using their skills to advance the way that the American public thinks about citizenship, immigration, and equity.

The web and graphic designer will be responsible for managing a steady stream of internal and external projects, including assets for our website, graphics and short videos for social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn), printed signs, t-shirts, and ad hoc requests. They will report to the communications director, with support from the social media strategist and communications manager. Required travel: 10-20%.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

Design, create and manage original, strategic, branded materials, such as

  • Graphics and layouts for our website
  • Digital communications, including regular email newsletters, infographics, data visualizations, social media imagery, and short videos
  • Merchandise, in collaboration with freelance artists
  • Digital and print ads, print programs, screen graphics, and step-and-repeats for events
  • Presentations for internal and external audiences

Oversee web design and content management including

  • WordPress CMS; basic HTML/CSS coding experience a plus
  • EveryAction CRM

Maintain and evolve Define American’s visual identity

  • Oversee consistent, cutting-edge branding for the web and social media
  • Ensure consistent use of fonts, colors, styles, and general look/feel across all materials
  • Provide insights and vision for future branding efforts with consultants, collaborators, and partners

Collaborate with staff and external partners

  • Provide design advice for other departments at Define American
  • Iterate on feedback quickly and thoughtfully

What we’re looking for

  • Expertise in web design, graphic design, and photo/video editing software, particularly Adobe Creative Suite
  • Strong understanding of current visual trends in online marketing strategies and best practices
  • Knowledge of best practices for web design
  • Content management experience, particularly with WordPress; EveryAction CRM experience a plus
  • Basic HTML/CSS coding knowledge
  • A dynamic portfolio showcasing skills across a variety of mediums
  • At least three years of progressively gaining responsibilities in a graphic design role, specifically geared toward digital engagement
  • BA/BS or higher; majors in graphic design, media and communications, or English a plus

Successful candidates will also possess most of the following qualifications

  • Ability to create high-level visioning for creative assets as well as manage the day-to-day execution.
  • Demonstrated project management skills with acute attention to detail and the ability to self-direct
  • A strong portfolio of work
  • Effective communication 
  • Enthusiastic about Define American’s  mission and vision

LOCATION

Due to the remote nature of the work, applicants throughout the United States will be considered. 

BENEFITS

  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience
  • Excellent benefits available
  • The ability to grow with and contribute to a creative, collaborative team on the cutting edge of one of the key social justice issues of today

HOW TO APPLY

  • Please send a cover letter, link to a portfolio, and a resume to [email protected] with the words “Graphic Designer Application” and your name in the subject line
  • We will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled

ABOUT DEFINE AMERICAN

Define American is a leading national media and culture organization that uses the power of stories to transcend politics and elevate the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America. It was founded in 2011 by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and named one of the world’s most innovative companies by Fast Company in 2019. 

Define American is an equal opportunity employer and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded by an undocumented American. We believe strongly in telling the full story of America, and want our staff to reflect all of our stories. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, or sexual orientation. If you have most of the skills listed and personal experience with international migration and/or a demonstrated commitment and passion for broadening the definition of what it means to be American in the 21st century, we encourage you to apply for this position. 

Social Media Strategist, Communications

Do you have experience with viral, culture-changing tweets? Do you inspire vast numbers of Facebook fans to action? Can you consistently throw down mission-driven Instagram posts? Define American is seeking a creative, fast-paced, multi-talented social media strategist excited about using their skills to advance the way that the American public thinks about citizenship, immigration, and equity.

The social media strategist will be responsible for developing and implementing Define American’s social media strategy across a variety of platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. He or she will also report on social media data using standard metrics. The social media strategist will report to the communications director, with support from the web and graphics designer and communications manager. Required travel: 10-20%.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

Manage and grow Define American’s social media audience:

  • Monitor news and trends to proactively recommend ways for Define American to engage in national conversations via social media
  • Manage comments and engagement on social media channels and respond appropriately on a daily basis
  • Work with the Define American team to respond to partner and audience inquiries through social channels

Ideate on, create and publish original content, including:

  • A variety of engaging social posts relevant to our many campaigns and projects and tailored to our diverse audiences across platforms
  • Social media graphics, such as original art, infographics, memes, data visualizations, and short videos, in collaboration with artists and content producers
  • Digital communications, including regular email newsletters geared toward list growth, grassroots activation, and donations
  • Real-time posts across social for online and offline events
  • Event marketing

Collaborate with staff and external partners:

  • Provide insights gained from social media monitoring to the organization to help guide mission and vision
  • Iterate on feedback quickly and thoughtfully
  • Work with the campaigns/chapters team to maximize the social impact of new and existing initiatives
  • Collaborate with the strategic growth team to attract new donors and energize existing donors through social media channels

What we’re looking for

  • Expertise in copywriting, copyediting, and tailoring social content to a variety of audiences; video and photo editing skills a plus
  • Strong understanding of social media publishing platforms and content management systems; experience with SproutSocial, WordPress, MailChimp, and/or Every Action a plus
  • Knowledge of current social media marketing concepts, strategy, and best practices
  • A dynamic portfolio showcasing skills across a variety of mediums
  • At least three years of progressively increasing responsibilities in a social media role, specifically geared toward digital growth and engagement.
  • BA/BS or higher; majors in journalism, media, and communications, and/or English a plus

Successful candidates will also possess

  • Demonstrated project management skills with acute attention to detail and the ability to self-direct
  • A strong portfolio of work from across social media platforms
  • Effective communication
  • Enthusiasm about Define American’s  mission and vision

LOCATION

Due to the remote nature of the work, applicants throughout the United States will be considered.

BENEFITS

  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience
  • Excellent benefits available
  • The ability to grow with and contribute to a creative, collaborative team on the cutting edge of one of the key social justice issues of today

HOW TO APPLY

  • Please send a cover letter, link to a portfolio, and resume to [email protected] with “Social Media Strategist Application” and your name in the subject line
  • We will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled

ABOUT DEFINE AMERICAN

Define American is a leading national media and culture organization that uses the power of stories to transcend politics and elevate the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America. It was founded in 2011 by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and named one of the world’s most innovative companies by Fast Company in 2019.

Define American is an equal opportunity employer and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded by an undocumented American. We believe strongly in telling the full story of America and want our staff to reflect all of our stories. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, or sexual orientation. If you have most of the skills listed and personal experience with international migration and/or a demonstrated commitment and passion for broadening the definition of what it means to be American in the 21st century, we encourage you to apply for this position.