Senior Campaigner – Crisis and Tactical (0340)

  • Category:
    Campaigns & Membership
  • Region:
    Multiple Locations
  • Location:
    New York, Washington DC
  • Type:
  • :
    Full Time
  • FLSA:

Job Summary

Amnesty International (AI) is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights movement of more than 7 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion, and are funded mainly by our membership and public donation.

We are seeking a dynamic, innovative, passionate and results-driven individual to join our campaigns unit. The Senior Campaigner, Crisis and Tactical, is responsible for developing and implementing rapid response campaigns that achieve human rights impact. The Senior Campaigner will work along side other campaigners and across policy, communications, and field teams to deliver winnable campaigns with clearly defined objectives.


The Senior Campaigner will be responsible for developing crisis campaigns globally and domestically in the US. For example, they will be responsible for developing campaigns in response to conflict, coups or other events that result in sudden, widespread and serious human rights violations. They will also be responsible for responding to swift political developments that threaten human rights at home.


The Senior Campaigner will also be responsible for collaborating with other campaign staff to develop short-term “tactical” projects that advance Amnesty International’s global priorities campaigns: The global refugee crisis and the global crackdown on human rights defenders. These tactical projects are based on a clearly identifiable opportunity to ‘win,’ sometimes in response to a specific external event or opportunity, and involve a high concentration of resources over a limited period. For example, they are responsible for developing short-term campaign strategies arising from a sports event, a milestone in the presidency, or another peak in public or political interest.


  • Independently analyze political developments and breaking news, and develop rapid response campaign strategies that leverage AIUSA’s membership and field presence; research and reports; high-level political advocacy; media, and digital resources; and global credibility;
  • Develop and work in collaboration to deliver fast-paced, high-profile, rapid response campaigns that leverage traditional media and digital tools to win real human rights impact while growing our grassroots membership;
  • Develop plans to test innovative strategies and tactics;
  • Foster and develop relationships with relevant international, national, and local coalition partners with the aim of identifying opportunities to collaborate, leverage AIUSA’s resources, and amplify campaigns with common goals and objectives;
  • Develop high quality advocacy materials including online petition language, activist toolkits, public education materials and other written material as needed;
  • Conduct advocacy with governments to achieve campaign goals;
  • Serve as a public and media spokesperson on Amnesty International’s crisis work and global priority campaigns;
  • Work collaboratively with Amnesty International members and volunteers in achieving campaign goals;
  • Plan and implement strategies on other projects in the Campaigns Unit as assigned by the Senior Director of Campaigns;
  • Use data driven strategies to assess campaign performance and share results with relevant stakeholder. Independently ensure the implementation of projects and campaigns through communication with the Senior Director;
  • May supervise interns and/or staff.


Education and Experience:

  • Advanced degree in human rights or a related field preferred; BA required
  • At least 5 years of experience planning and winning strategic campaigns on human rights or social justice issues; experience with refugee and/or migrants' rights preferred
  • Demonstrated success in leading the development of short- and long-term campaigns on major domestic or global issues
  • Demonstrated success as a lead strategist in determining ways to leverage grassroots membership, research, high-level political advocacy, media and digital resources to win campaigns
  • Demonstrated understanding of digital tools including email, SMS, social media and data analytics to achieve campaign victories and bring in new members.
  • Experience working in coalitions, leading/working with organizers and activists, and working in diverse communities required
  • Experience building coalitions, leading/working with organizers and activists, and working with diverse communities
  • Experience working cross-departmentally with Communications, Government Relations and Field Organizing staff
  • Experience as a spokesperson with media and the public
  • Demonstrated experience with international human rights issues required. Substantial experience with refugee and/or migrants' rights preferred. Demonstrated knowledge of human rights defenders and the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders is a plus
  • Strong track record working with advocacy-oriented research and analysis
  • Experience working with membership-based organizations
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice


  • Exceptional ability to think on your feet, making tough decisions quickly and effectively in response to new events and developments
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to thrive under pressure
  • Ability to work independently and take the initiative in identifying new campaign opportunities
  • Exceptional ability to lead teams, including strong project management skills
  • Ability to identify opportunities for innovation and to test new models
  • Ability and willingness for periodic travel including with limited advance notice
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, Spanish or other languages a plus
  • Diplomatic skills to obtain trust, cooperation, and understanding in order to resolve routine problems.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability leading, coordinating and/or working with high-level team of advisors/staff/volunteers

To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé and writing sample


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Due to the large volume of applications, we are only able to contact those applicants who are selected for interviews.

AIUSA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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