National Campaign Director

Center for Biological Diversity

Posted: 2/6/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Advocacy/Lobbying

Primary domain: Environment

City: Oakland

Postal code: 94612

State: California

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$10M - $20M


Mission statement:


At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. 

Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction.

We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Position Overview: The Center is hiring a full-time National Campaign Director. This position is location is Oakland, CA or Tucson, AZ, with other locations considered on a case-by-case basis. The position is full-time, directly supervised by the National Organizing Director.

The National Campaign Director will help manage a 50-state network of grassroots activists, volunteers and supporters. The National Campaign Director will oversee the operations of our national distributed organizing program and will bottom-line national campaigns and growth of national volunteer network.

Main duties:

  • Manage and grow the Center’s national grassroots organizing network.
  • Develop strategy and implementation plans for national distributed organizing campaigns, including ladders of engagement.
  • Manage distributed organizing staff and campaign implementation.
  • Manage and grow peer-to-peer texting, data entry and other remote volunteer teams.
  • Design and lead national volunteer webinars and trainings.
  • Develop volunteer leadership ladder pathways and tracking systems to grow the Center’s long-term organizing capacity.
  • Support volunteers across the country in organizing tactics as appropriate including protests, petitions, activist trainings, representative meetings, teach-ins, community events, press conferences, and other creative tactics.
  • Develop trainings, guides, and materials to support volunteers in executing remote tactics.
  • Define and track metrics to measure and improve success in the national distributed organizing program.
  • Build alliances with other conservation and progressive groups on national / distributed campaigns in order to achieve greater political organizing power.
  • Coordinate organizers across all programs at the Center to access and utilize the Center’s organizing best practices and tools.
  • Keep up with industry best practices in distributed organizing and try out new ideas with the Center’s supporter base.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

We are an equal opportunity employer.


Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • 5-7 years of experience in a political campaign, distributed organizing, field organizing, advocacy campaigns or digital organizing.
  • Three to five years in a leadership role, including experience supervising other staff, and developing and implementing all aspects of campaign strategy.
  • Experience managing volunteers, working with and leading a variety of people and groups. Experience with remote management is a huge plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues and organizations with a wide array of goals, perspectives, and backgrounds. Commitment to incorporating principles of justice, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the work.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully navigate challenges, including from a powerful and well-resourced opposition.
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to succeed in a fast-paced environment with a full workload where it is necessary to balance multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • A strong analysis on what makes people join movements and become leaders.
  • Experience designing and delivering trainings and/or webinars to large groups of volunteers
  • Excellent analytic, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and with a team.
  • Enthusiasm and the ability to be creative and solve problems as issues arise.
  • Reliability, consistency, and a self-motivated character.
  • Passion around endangered species protection and building power for progressive movements.
  • Proven experience with local and state political processes and issue campaigns, including strategies and tactics of multi-year campaigns

Additional qualifications include, but are not limited to:

  • Experience with the following tools is strongly desired:
    • Thrutext (formerly known as Relay);
    • Mobile Commons, or other SMS tools;
    • Action Kit, Every Action or other CRMs;
    • Airtable; Zoom; Slack, and other distributed organizing tools
  • Ability to speak Spanish preferred.


Benefits Package:

  • Paid generous medical, dental and vision plan.
  • Paid STD and LTD.
  • 403(b) plan with opportunity for match.
  • Generous time off policies.
  • Relaxed work atmosphere and dress code.


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Application process: Please apply on our website by submitting a thoughtful cover letter and resume. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 


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