The Move to Amend Coalition is a grassroots campaign to amend the Constitution to state that artificial entities such as corporations, unions, and non-profits do not have inherent rights under the Constitution, and that money is not free speech so campaign spending can be regulated. Move to Amend focuses on movement building and community organizing, emphasizing leadership from communities most impacted by corporate power such as people of color, low-income people, women and youth.
Move to Amend is structured to empower grassroots community leaders through affiliate groups that organize locally for the amendment campaign. The coalition’s “We the People Amendment” was introduced in Congress in 2013, 2015, and 2017.
The Legislative & Media Coordinator works with other staff, board members and volunteers to elevate our message, analysis, and frame with elected officials and their staff; track and support legislative efforts at the state and federal level; engage and grow our supporter base involved in citizen lobbying and media outreach efforts; and create and distribute press releases and media advisories and develop relationships with national and regional reporters.
- With support from National Director and Political Organizing Committee, develop and execute annual legislative plan to successfully meet goals set forth in the Move to Amend Strategic Plan
- Develop relationships with Congressional partners and their staff, as well as state representatives and their staff and advocate for their support of the We the People Amendment and related resolutions and legislation
- Coordinate Move to Amend’s We the People Lobby Campaign during the August recess
- Train and support staff, volunteers, and interns on citizen lobbying and policy research
- Create and distribute materials for use by Move to Amend Local Affiliates to use for lobbying their elected officials
- Coordinate Move to Amend’s Pledge to Amend campaign during election years
- Work with relevant staff and key spokespeople to develop talking points, messaging strategies, and coach as needed in preparation for legislative advocacy visits
- Track and provide analysis on state and federal legislation or resolutions relating to Move to Amend’s agenda
- Work with allied progressive policy organizations on issue research
- With support from National Director and Media Committee, develop and execute annual traditional media plan for Move to Amend
- Work with Online Communications Coordinator and other members of the Media Team in the compilation of media lists, distribution of releases, and follow-up pitch calling
- Act as public relations liaison with external media -- arrange interviews for National spokespeople
- Train and support staff, volunteers and interns responsible for media related functions
- Create and distribute materials for use by Move to Amend Local Affiliates soliciting media and PR in their communities
Combined & Other Responsibilities
- Represent Move to Amend at conferences, hearings and meetings
- Work with relevant staff and key spokespeople to develop talking points, messaging strategies, and coach as needed in preparation for media interviews and lobby visits
- Ensure all media and legislative materials reflect MTA’s brand (voice and visual)
- Produce regular reports on progress made toward stated objectives and next steps as part of broader organizational accountability and coordination.
- Assist in donor solicitation and cultivation and other fundraising efforts (a requirement for all staff)
- Participate in Move to Amend’s anti-oppression work (a requirement for all staff)
At least two years experience with non-profit organizations and/or political campaigns (or equivalent)
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to be able to self-manage, prioritize tasks, and work independently as well as part of a team
Advanced computer and internet proficiency, including Google Apps, Facebook and Twitter
Strong task management, ability to track multiple deadlines
Superb writing skills and ability to communicate in a precise, concise, accessible and persuasive manner (will be asked to submit writing samples)
Sense of quality control and attention to detail
Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
Ability to work independently from a distance
Passion for Move to Amend's mission
Commitment to economic, racial, and gender equity
- Fluency in English required. Other languages are an advantage
- Legal experience is a plus, but not required
- Experience with Teamwork, CiviCRM, Drupal or Meltwater a plus, but not required
- General fluency with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for graphics work a plus, but not required
Part-time, 30-35 hours/week, up to $18/hr, depending on experience.
Send formal cover letter, resume, 2-3 writing samples (please include a diversity of examples such as informational flyers, op-eds and/or media releases, and graphic / layout samples if available -- academic papers not advised), and three professional references to kaitlin [at] movetoamend.org with the subject “Legislative & Media Coordinator Application”.
Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2017 or until position is filled. People of color, women, low-income, LGBT strongly encourage to apply.
Note that this position requires living in the Washington D.C. area or within a few hour train ride to easily accommodate frequent trips to D.C.