Strategic Campaigns Manager

Position Title: Strategic Campaigns Manager

Key Role: Planning and implementing major communications and advocacy initiatives 

Reports to: Vice President of Communications 

Start Date: Immediately

Location: Washington, DC or New York City


Position 

J Street is looking to hire a savvy, experienced communications/advocacy professional who believes in our mission as the powerful political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans, and will significantly expand our capacity to successfully advocate for diplomacy-first US foreign policy. 

We are looking for a passionate, creative campaigner and strategist who can help plan, coordinate and implement major projects in support of J Street’s core goals. Examples of such projects include:

  • Support for diplomacy with Iran.  In 2015, J Street led a multimillion-dollar, multifaceted campaign in support of the Iran nuclear agreement as it faced Congressional review. Depending on the progress of ongoing diplomacy, it is possible that a similar advocacy effort may be needed again in late 2021 or early 2022 to support a return to the agreement and prevent a slide towards war. Campaign elements could include a range of tactics including targeted traditional media and digital advertising, deployment of pro-diplomacy validators around the country, creation and distribution of talking points and messaging materials, and more. 
  • Recognition of the occupation.  For decades, opponents of serious efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have sought to convince critical American audiences that the territories Israel has controlled since 1967 are not actually “occupied” and to obscure the unjust, illegal and harmful reality of Israeli policy in the occupied territory.  J Street intends to conceive, develop and run a large-scale campaign to educate key American audiences about the reality of the occupation, how it obstructs Israeli-Palestinian peace and independent Palestinian statehood, and the need for American political and Jewish communal leaders to acknowledge and confront it. 

The ideal candidate will have relevant experience working on campaigns for political candidates, advocacy groups, non-profits or corporate clients. They will be a confident communicator who works well in a collaborative, fast-paced environment, and has the interpersonal skills to comfortably coordinate across teams at J Street and with external partners. They will have experience with at least some of the following tactics and processes to shape public opinion and impact elected officials: Crafting effective messaging toplines; creating and targeting digital content and ads; creating written content like op-eds, LTEs and blogs; working with external consultants or contractors such as designers, pollsters, video producers, public affairs firms. 

The person in this position should have a strong interest in shaping the future of American foreign policy and politics, with an appreciation for how public opinion and media narratives impact the decisions of elected officials. Reporting to the Vice President of Communications, they will work within our integrated communications and digital team, while also working regularly with our Public Affairs team and our Senior VP of Policy and Strategy. They will play a critical role in ensuring that J Street’s message is reaching and breaking through with key audiences in ways that help promote peace, diplomacy, justice and human rights.


Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Be a lead manager of strategic advocacy campaigns 
  • Help develop and implement detailed, efficient campaign plans 
  • Manage budgets and timelines for the execution of special campaigns and projects 
  • Develop and implement effective messaging for written and digital content 
  • Identify and manage relationships with external consultants, producers and partners 
  • Work across teams to ensure that J Street resources are used properly to achieve strategic goals and to expand the impact and reach of our campaigns and communications projects.
  • Help to compellingly pitch and present campaigns and strategic projects to prospective funders
  • Assist with the general production of written and digital content and materials for the communications team. 
  • Envision, develop and produce videos and other communications content and projects to advance J Street’s strategic goals and impact.

Skills/Qualifications Required 

  • A minimum of 4 years of significant experience in advocacy or communications, ideally including experience with  a political campaign, advocacy group or other non-profit
  • Experience and comfort with project management and strategic planning
  • Ability to set and stick to regular deadlines and report clearly on progress
  • Ability to work independently, taking initiative to set and meet professional goals
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • Professional experience creating, editing, or distributing written content
  • Broad familiarity with and interest in J Street’s issue-set (particularly US diplomacy with Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict)
  • Passion for advocacy work and building a more progressive and principled American foreign policy 

About J Street

J Street is the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans who want Israel to be secure, democratic, and the national home of the Jewish people. Working in American politics and the Jewish community, J Street advocates policies that advance shared US and Israeli interests, as well as Jewish and democratic values, leading to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

Launched in 2008 with four staff and a limited budget, J Street is now a $10 million organization with a national staff of over 60. The organization is headquartered in Washington, DC, with employees in seven cities including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Tel Aviv. 

The J Street family of organizations includes J Street, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit that is responsible for lobbying and advocacy; JStreetPAC, a federal political action committee that endorses and raises money for federal candidates; and the J Street Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) that works to educate the public and raise awareness of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the two-state solution. 


Compensation, Benefits, and Employee Status 

The salary range for this full-time exempt position is $55,000-$70,000 depending on experience. Our comprehensive benefits package includes paid vacation and sick leave, personal leave, generous parental and family leave, paid time off on many federal and Jewish holidays, health and dental insurance, company-paid life insurance, a 401k program, commuter benefits, and a flexible spending account. J Street recognizes a staff bargaining unit affiliated with IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is included in J Street’s bargaining unit and is covered under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement. 


To Apply for the Position

We are excited to receive applications from a broad range of applicants as we grow our organization to better reflect the diversity of the communities that care about our mission. Please submit the items listed below:

  1. Cover letter that explains why you are interested and qualified
  2. Resume
  3. A brief outline one or more campaigns that you were involved in and what made them most effective (2-3 paragraphs)
  4. List of three references  

At J Street we value an inclusive, welcoming, and diverse workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to understanding and valuing each other’s perspectives at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our employees, and the communities we work with. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment and fellowship, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.