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Field Director

The way we see it, there’s only one thing that can stop Trump from starting a nuclear war -- a big, bold people-powered movement. To help do it, Global Zero is hiring a full-time Field Director based in the U.S. to lead our offline mobilization and grassroots organizing nationally and in key markets around the globe. Your job will be seeding and coordinating this movement, with the ultimate goal of eliminating these dangerous weapons once and for all.

If you’re master organizer who could sell honey to a bee, scheme rapid response plans in your sleep, and believe there’s no organizing challenge too big or too bold for a committed team, then this role is for you.

The Field Director is a senior position that will manage a small but savvy organizing team and report to the Global Campaign Director. Priority deadline is May 28, but the position will be open until filled.

Global Zero is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. We welcome applications from all, and strongly encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees and LGBTQ people to apply. 

About Global Zero

Global Zero is the international movement for a world without nuclear weapons. Backed by a community of over 300 world leaders and half a million members worldwide, we know that the only way to permanently end the nuclear threat is to eliminate all nuclear weapons. With staff in the United States, Germany, India and Pakistan, Global Zero combines cutting-edge policy, creative art and media and hard-hitting grassroots campaigns to champion the cause.

With Donald Trump in the White House and geopolitical tensions simmering to a boil, we’ve also got a new challenge: preventing nuclear war. An erratic, reckless leader with his finger on the proverbial red button is a dangerous cocktail. At the same time, we have a tremendous opportunity to harness renewed public attention on the nuclear threat to achieve major movement victories on disarmament in coming years. 

The Gig

  • Develop and execute grassroots recruitment, retention, and mobilization strategies, with a particular focus on the U.S.;
  • Work with the Global Campaign Director to develop a movement vision that builds people power and supports broader campaign goals;
  • Identify, manage, and execute offline rapid response and major events in the field;
  • Develop a membership strategy that fosters growth and engages key constituents, with powerful narratives and compelling ways to take action;
  • Develop intersectional partnerships that build grassroots power;
  • Manage and coach team of field organizers;
  • Contribute to setting organizational direction, culture and vision.

What We Need

  • At least 5 years experience mobilizing activists;
  • Experience developing and executing recruitment strategies both on and off campus;
  • At least 3 years experience managing and coaching staff;
  • Excellent relationship-management skills;
  • Acute political skills and a global mindset;
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure and with tight deadlines;
  • Ability to travel (up to 25% of the time);
  • English required; additional languages preferred; and
  • Ability to meet the physical demands of your job. This includes occasional early meetings, late nights, frequent travel, lifting heavy boxes of campaign chum, and other duties.

What We'd Like

We certainly do not expect everyone to possess all of these skills. Stellar candidates will likely bring 2-3 of these with them:

  • Experience conceiving, planning and/or executing nonviolent direct action;
  • Experience with bird-dogging and holding members of Congress accountable;
  • Experience with local or Congressional elections;
  • Experience organizing on an issue campaign on the global level or in areas other than the U.S. (especially South Asia);
  • Project management training and experience;
  • Experience working closely with communities affected by state-sponsored violence, from Indigenous communities to veterans to refugees;
  • Relationships with grassroots campaigning and activist groups on related issues (foreign policy, peace, economic justice, climate justice);
  • Fundraising experience (grassroots and/or foundations);
  • Experience with tracking metrics, organizing databases, reporting on results;
  • Management of remote and/or international staff;
  • Genuine passion and interest for the nuclear issue. 

The Set-Up

  • Significant leadership opportunities in a fast-paced organization;
  • Flexible and occasionally intense hours, including some evenings and weekends;
  • Frequent travel (up to 25%);
  • Full-time, permanent position (D.C. preferred, flexible for right candidate);
  • Salary range $55,000 - $65,000 commensurate with experience;
  • Six (6) weeks paid time off and ten (10) federal holidays;
  • Three (3) months paid parental leave;
  • 10% employer retirement contribution after 1 year;
  • Full health, dental, and vision insurance;
  • Generous fringe benefits

How to Apply

Instead of a cover letter, we’d like to get a sense of how you might work in this role. Please send your resume along with your answers to the following questions to work@globalzero.org, with “Field Director” in the subject line. Please note in your email where you saw this posting. Priority deadline is May 28, but the position will be open until filled.

We need strong writers in this role, so use this as an opportunity to show off your writing chops.

  1. Why are you applying for this job? (Approx. 150 words)
  2. Describe a field program you designed and / or helped execute, and your most impressive results. (Approx. 350 words) 
  3. Explain two ways Global Zero should adapt its organizing strategy in the Trump era. Include why and how. (Approx. 125 words each)
  4. List which of the “nice to have” skills above you bring with you, with a brief 1-2 sentence explanation of each. 
  5. When could you start?