Anti-voter and anti-democracy disinformation has been dramatically increasing as online networks of political extremists coordinated to spread lies about our elections, negatively impacting millions of voters and culminating in the deadly January 6th attack on the Capitol. Common Cause Education Fund’s (CCEF) Stopping Cyber Suppression project provides training, coordination, content, and other resources to dozens of national and state organizations. Our volunteers report and log thousands of pieces of anti-voter disinformation, and we pressure social media platforms to remove disinformation. The Field Coordinator of the Stopping Cyber Suppression Project will recruit and manage a team of volunteers while innovating for the challenges we face in 2022. They will report to the Manager of the Stopping Cyber Suppression project and work with a dedicated team (including a full-time Disinformation Analyst) and collaborate with our Voting and Elections, Campaigns, States and Media and Democracy teams.
- Prevent voter suppression by combatting online disinformation with social media monitoring by volunteers. Strengthen existing relationships and develop new relationships with grassroots organizations and volunteers dedicated to stopping disinformation. Provide organizations and activists with training, action steps and support throughout the 2022 election cycle. Work with Common Cause state offices to coordinate volunteer recruitment and training. Provide an ongoing cadence of volunteer trainings, community-building meetings, and leadership development opportunities with volunteers.
- Recruit, train and manage Social Media Monitoring volunteers to identify mis and disinformation about voting and elections.
- Lead social media monitoring shifts, frequently in the evening, on the weekend or during other off-work hours when volunteers are available. Flexible working hours accommodate this schedule.
- Develop volunteer leaders to expand the reach and scope of the project.
- Work with partner organizations to provide strategic advice, training, and assistance, including train-the-trainer sessions and helping build volunteer monitoring programs for partners.
- Coordinate the creation and distribution of accurate information that help communities at risk of disinformation protect themselves by using our volunteer capacity, partnerships, and internal staff resources.
- Working with volunteers, ensure our Disinformation Analyst receives examples of disinformation about democracy issues found on the grassroots level, particularly on social media.
- Build on our existing volunteer education curriculum and training programs. Provide training and resources to organizers and activists and work directly with volunteers to engage in social listening for disinformation, as well as amplification of accurate information. Develop processes and protocols for the safety of our volunteers.
- Recruit and train volunteer captains to support and train social media Monitoring volunteers, including through Common Cause Action Team Slack, one-on-one calls, volunteer leader briefings and meetings.
- Collaborate with partner groups that focus on a specific geography and/or community at risk of adverse effects from democracy disinformation (including, but not limited to Latinx, Arab American, Black/African American, Native American, Asian American, Youth, Disability, Elderly, Faith Communities, and Immigrant Communities) to support existing work in those communities to promote accurate democracy information and combat disinformation.
- Adapt training materials and Stopping Cyber Suppression program resources to fit the needs of partner groups focused on key communities.
- Coordinate with our Voting and Elections, Communications, State Operations, Campaigns and Media and Democracy teams to ensure Social Media Monitoring is providing a value-added service to multiple parts of the organization.
- Drive our strategy to amplify accurate information and inoculate against disinformation through our grassroots base and with social media influencers.
- Track, record and report the metrics, reach and engagement of monitoring, escalation, and inoculation.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
- Demonstrated volunteer management and leadership development skills.
- Experience working in distributed organizing in a virtual environment providing volunteer training, leadership development, and management.
- Great interpersonal and collaboration skills.
- Knowledge of disinformation landscape and/or democracy reform (voting rights, money in politics, redistricting) preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to work under pressure in a campaign environment and perform a variety of tasks under tight deadlines, solve problems and prevent them when possible.
- Ability to work in close collaboration with others, but also independently, and with remote management and colleagues.
- Well organized with strong attention to detail.
- Strong problem solving, analytical and strategic planning skills.
- Ability to innovate and try new strategies and tactics.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Digital skills in Google Suite, Microsoft Office, Zoom webinars, and Slack preferred.
You’ll thrive if you:
- Are a recruiter and organizer: you love speaking with volunteers and partner organizations, recruiting participants to join our work.
- Thrive in a campaign environment.
- Have the ability to plan, organize and lead an engaging training, volunteer meeting or webinar.
- Are ready to innovate with a strong ability to listen and provide support to a community of practice.
EQUITY & INCLUSTION:
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. Common Cause is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the organization and believes strongly in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce.
SALARY: $55,000 – $65,000; plus, a generous benefits package (Temporary position through January 31, 2023)
Please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Director of Human Resources at email@example.com and include Stopping Cyber Suppression Field Coordinator in the subject line. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Covid-19 vaccines are required, except where prohibited by law. Reasonable accommodations will be provided when required by law.
ABOUT COMMON CAUSE:
Common Cause (501(c)(4)) and Common Cause Education Fund (501(c)(3)) are nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots affiliate organizations dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.
Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Washington, DC, Common Cause has more than 1.2 million members and supporters living in every Congressional district in the United States, and offices in 30 states around the country.
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