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.

Define American is 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.

Our team is made up of amazing, smart, caring people who challenge one another on a daily basis and believe deeply in our mission.

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.

Define American Arts Fellowship

Define American Creative Arts Fellowships are $5,000 to $10,000 awards that will be granted to a cohort of five to seven emerging artists who happen to be undocumented Americans. Although breaking into the art world is universally difficult, undocumented artists are especially vulnerable as they face systemic obstacles. Often, traditional funders and fellowship programs place limits on eligibility based on immigration status, making it difficult for some undocumented artists to raise their visibility on social media and advocate for their work. These artists will work directly alongside Define American staff to meet fundamental needs that artists require in order to create high-impact work. This relationship will enable Define American to shape the curriculum, identify gaps in knowledge, and learn how to better support undocumented creators. Each fellow will have the opportunity to work on a creative project that will be completed by the end of the program period, using the fellowship funding to support the creation of the project. Additionally, a core part of this fellowship is to pair each artist with a local community-based organization to better understand the needs of their community and how art can be a part of creating new and innovative solutions. At the end of the fellowship, the artists will be empowered, have developed leadership skills, and be better equipped to serve their communities.

The fellowship recognizes creative vision and commitment to excellence within a wide range of artistic categories in the literary and visual arts, including creative non-fiction, fiction, graphic novels, playwriting, poetry, spoken word, ceramics, collage, drawing, installation, new media, painting, photography, performance art, sculpture, video art, interdisciplinary work, and more.

The online application opens on Friday, January 18, 2019 and must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, February 8, 2019.

WHO MAY APPLY?

To apply you must be:

  • 18 years of age or older,
  • A creative artist in an early stage of your career who is working in one of the categories listed above, and
  • A current undocumented resident of the United States (DACA recipients may apply)

WHO MAY NOT APPLY?

  • Students working toward an undergraduate degree at the time of application, or individuals planning to begin a degree-granting program during the fellowship (March 2019 – December 2019).
  • Current Define American staff members and immediate family members of any of these individuals

FELLOWSHIP SELECTION CRITERIA

The fellowship is seeking artists early in their careers who are gaining momentum and have demonstrated exceptional potential through creative risk-taking and pushing the boundaries of their chosen art form.

Fellows will be given free admission to all Define American events during the fellowship term and must have the ability to attend a mandatory fellowship announcement event in spring 2019. Travel will be provided.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send cover letter and a PDF or link to your portfolio to [email protected] attn: Define American Hiring Team, with the words “Arts Fellowship Application” and your name in the subject line

REVIEW PROCESS

Applications are reviewed by an independent committee consisting of five individuals. Panelists remain anonymous until the selected artists are announced (April 2019).

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
  • 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 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
  • 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 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.