Great Lakes Civic Media Campaign Manager

United States
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Job Description

Free Press is a national non-profit with a staff of 40. We work tirelessly for equitable access to technology, diverse and independent ownership of media platforms, and journalism that holds leaders accountable and tells people what’s actually happening in their communities. We’re fiesty, supportive and racial justice-oriented and we’re looking for an experienced campaign manager to join our team.

The Civic Media Campaign Manager will anchor Free Press’ organizing, network building and policy making efforts in the Great Lakes region in support of a robust civic media environment. With more state policymakers searching for solutions to ensure that the public has access to quality news and information, there is a huge opportunity to create real changes to local media systems. As a member of the Journalism and Civic Media program at Free Press, the Campaign Manager will help design and oversee implementation of our Great Lakes campaign to strengthen local news, community and ethnic media, and the information needs of residents across the region, beginning in Illinois and Wisconsin

Our field and campaign work occur both online and on the ground; this position builds local ally relationships, executes creative tactics, and develops engagement strategies to advance our campaigns. The Campaign Manager will mobilize our network of more than 27,000 active members in the region, coordinating and activating coalitions around our short- and long-term campaigns. The Campaign Manager must bring an intersectional approach to our work that includes a race, class and gender analysis in order to elevate the relevance of media justice and journalism policy to people in the region.

This is a two-year fixed-term position with continuance dependent on funding and other strategic considerations.

Experience and qualifications required to succeed in this position:

  • A home office in Wisconsin or Illinois
  • A driver’s license and vehicle
  • No minimum education is required; a bachelor's degree may be an indicator of capacity for this position
  • 4+ years of directly relevant experience advocating for policy change as part of a nonprofit public interest organization or similar setting is required
  • Experience working with, building and leading diverse winning coalitions.
  • Experience working with and knowledge of local and state level organizations in Illinois and/or Wisconsin.
  • Strong interest in media, technology and journalism issues and demonstrated experience working on those or similar issues
  • Experience supervising volunteers or interns
  • Experience leading successful organizing efforts with a combination of online and/or offline organizing, rapid-response work, volunteer engagement, political advocacy, training and reporting
  • Must have strong communications skills including writing, editing, and public speaking.
  • Spanish language fluency is a plus 


The starting salary is $75,000 - $82,500. To counter pay inequality and uphold internal parity, we use a nonnegotiable starting salary system. We will make a final and best offer based on the level of skill and experience of our preferred candidate.

Generous benefits include:

  • Annual paid time off is a total of ten weeks, including vacation, health-care leave, holidays, and two organization-wide week-long closures 
  • Group medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance
  • Employer contribution to retirement plans (no matching required)
  • Flexible health, commuter and dependent care spending accounts
  • Paid family leave
  • Stipends for business use of personal phones and for home office locations 
  • All employees receive computers and equipment necessary for the job
  • A flexible, supportive work culture

The complete job description and hiring process information are at the application link.