Anti-voter and anti-democracy disinformation has dramatically increased 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 Manager of the Stopping Cyber Suppression Project will lead this important project, innovating for the challenges we will face in the 2022 elections and beyond. They will lead a dedicated team (including a full-time Disinformation Analyst), working with allies, funders, staff, and contractors to stop online disinformation that suppresses the vote and leads to political violence.
- Manage the Stopping Cyber Suppression Project: Lead our nationwide effort to combat online disinformation intended to confuse or intimidate voters or undermine the public’s trust in the integrity of our elections. Work with VP for Campaigns and manage the Disinformation Analyst and contractors. Coordinate with Voting and Elections, Campaigns, and other teams. Provide strategy, support, and training to Common Cause states. Write grants and grant reports for this program.
- Strategic planning: Build on our successful 2020 work to shape our strategic plan for combating election disinformation in the 2022 midterm elections and beyond, in collaboration with Common Cause’s VP for Campaigns, Disinformation Analyst, Election Team members, and Media and Democracy Director. You’ll plan out how we make the best use of the resources available to CCEF, including thousands of grassroots volunteers (many trained on social media monitoring from the 2020 elections), staff in 25 states, relationships with elections officials, voting and election policy expertise, relationships with funders, and more.
- Centering equity: Center equity in our anti-disinformation strategy, ensuring that communities who are most affected by anti-democracy disinformation are at the center of the solutions and strategy we advocate. Strengthen relationships with existing partner organizations that serve communities of color and other historically marginalized or suppressed communities of voters and build new organizational partnerships.
- Convene Nonpartisan Voter Protection Organizations: Coordinate with partners for a coalition-wide strategy to combat election disinformation. Lead the ongoing convening of our network of over 100 state and national nonpartisan voter protection organizations working to combat disinformation. Identify needs and opportunities for impact within this network and develop strategies, training, and marshal resources necessary for partner organizations to be successful.
- Grassroots and Stakeholder Engagement: Work with our Campaigns and Organizing team and direct a Field Coordinator contractor to recruit, train and engage volunteers in our Stopping Cyber Suppression work, including social media monitoring for disinformation and amplification of inoculation content. Work with Common Cause states to coordinate state-level responses to disinformation, including supporting state coalitions of nonpartisan voter protection groups. Make ongoing and frequent reports on activities and program budget to leadership and to funders.
- Messaging and Content: Work with Communications department and external communications partners to provide effective inoculation messaging and content to our network of partners and develop a content distribution program that utilizes the power of millions of grassroots activists. Work with Media and
- Democracy Director and other program staff to produce reports, blogs, letters, and other advocacy materials.
- Media: Serve as point of contact for interviews with media on voting disinformation, working with our Communications team, and engaging team members as appropriate.
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.
- Minimum five to seven years’ experience in advocacy with a preference for the voting rights and democracy sector.
- Interest — and ideally experience — in anti-disinformation strategies.
- Demonstrated ability to forge working coalitions with diverse groups, including ability to reach across racial, ethnic, generational, political identity, and socioeconomic lines.
- Demonstrated commitment to expanding access to our democracy.
- Experience working with funders and key stakeholders to keep them informed and engaged.
- Experience managing staff and contractors, delegating and working to accomplish more with a team than you would on your own.
- Ability to thrive and achieve goals in a fast-paced environment with short-term deadlines and long-term priorities.
- Great interpersonal and collaboration skills.
- 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.
- Fostering Teamwork: As a team member, the ability and desire to work cooperatively with others on a team; as a team leader, the ability to demonstrate interest, skill, and success in getting groups to learn to work together.
- Developing Others: The ability to delegate responsibility and to work with others and coach them to develop their capabilities.
- Stress Management: The ability to keep functioning effectively when under pressure and maintain self-control in the face of hostility or provocation.
- Strategic Campaign Planning: The ability to build a winning campaign plan, enlist the work of colleagues, and achieve campaign goals.
You’ll thrive if you:
- Have a strong vision for the urgency of and practical steps towards pushing back on online disinformation’s threat to our democracy.
- Are a connector and bridge builder: you love speaking with allies and partners, learning about their plans, and finding opportunities for collaboration or where you can provide support.
- Have relationships with organizations in the voting, democracy, civil rights, racial justice, or other advocacy fields.
- Have strong experience managing across lines of differences, including race, age, gender, immigration status and sexual orientation, among others.
- Have the ability to plan, organize and lead an engaging coalition meeting, training or webinar.
- Have helmed a high-performing team that delivered on their goals.
- 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: $75,000 – $85,000; plus, a generous benefits package
Please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Director of Human Resources at email@example.com and include Stopping Cyber Suppression Manager in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546. 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. This position is included in a union-represented collective bargaining unit, and specific employment terms and conditions are subject to collective bargaining negotiations
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