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M4BL Campaigns Director

Movement 4 Black Lives

Movement 4 Black Lives

Oakland, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, May 10, 2024


Schedule: Full-Time

Location: Remote, with 30-40%% travel requirements

Reports to: Policy and Electoral Executive

Salary: $134K - $168K annually, commensurate upon experience, with full health benefits for employee and dependents, employer-funded retirement plan, remote work stipend, and 28 days of vacation

Application Instructions: Please submit a resume and 1-2 page cover letter to the BambooHR link. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the job will remain open until filled. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.


The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) is an ecosystem of organizations and individuals creating a shared vision and strategy to win rights, control, power, and resources for Black people. Building on the legacy and strategies of past movements, the Movement for Black Lives has created a broad political home for Black organizers, activists, and their organizations. Our ecosystem is held together by politics of abolition, anti-capitalism, and radical Black Queer Feminisms and a value system that fights for the marginalized amongst us. In this phase of our growth, M4BL is looking for new staff members to join an expanding team that will help innovate new systems designed to center Black liberation and freedom. Learn more about M4BL by visiting www.m4bl.org


M4BL is seeking a dynamic and strategic Campaigns Director to lead our organization's efforts in driving impactful campaigns for social change. The Campaigns Director will be responsible for developing and executing comprehensive campaign strategies, managing a team of dedicated campaign staff, and coordinating with internal and external stakeholders to build coalitions and maximize campaign impact. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of success in campaign management, strong leadership skills, excellent communication abilities, and a deep commitment to social justice and advocacy. If you are passionate about driving positive change and have the skills and experience to lead successful campaigns, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity.

The M4BL Campaigns Director plays a pivotal role as a top strategic thought partner to the Executives on the organization's power-building strategy and external relations. The Director understands and communicates the political landscape and movement context, and assesses which strategy for winning change is most appropriate at which time. This Director leads our campaigns and organizing work and our external engagement and communications to shift the public debate, build powerful coalitions for change, and influence decision-makers.

They serve as the chief implementer of this cohesive strategy, working collaboratively with all directors to develop and coordinate internal processes across departments. With a focus on cultivating a measurable strategy, a commitment to excellence, and a healthy organizational culture, the Campaigns Director ensures that campaigns are aligned with the overall mission and drive impactful change within communities.

The successful candidate will be passionate about M4BL’s mission and be highly motivated to work in a fast-growing, front-line, history-making organization. They must be committed to leadership development, power-building for marginalized communities, and building collaborative structures that make the most of our organizing potential.

This role requires travel and work on occasional weekends and evenings, as determined.


This position coordinates across departments to develop and operationalize campaigns, with a primary focus this year on two key initiatives: 1) The People's Response Act and coordination of the Community Safety Working Group, and 2) The National Stop Cop City Campaign and associated working committee. Additionally, the Campaign Director is tasked with ensuring that our rapid response moments are effectively transformed into opportunities to achieve tangible gains.

Campaigns & Advocacy

  • Develop and oversee effective campaign and advocacy strategies for M4BL that can impact on public policy to shift decision-makers towards new economic ideas and involve a range of partners at all levels, in partnership with key membership bodies
  • Lead on delivering these strategies, ensuring that individual programmes and projects:
  • Provide expertise and guidance for colleagues in building effective campaign and advocacy tools and approaches into their work.
  • Lead on building the advocacy capacity across M4BL and providing support to colleagues in using effective approaches to engage our base, the broader public and influence policy makers.
  • Work with key members and staff to draft and implement a winning campaign and coalition plans that outlines the campaign policy, organizing, narrative and member engagement strategy.
  • Work with the tech department and directors to develop systems and processes required to execute the work
  • Responsible for data collection, analysis and reporting
  • Collaborate with organizing director to create membership engagement strategies

External Engagement & Communications

  • Share, with Executives and other Directors, in raising M4BL’s profile and being a leading voice and advocate externally for M4BL’s agenda.
  • Build and engage M4BL’s coalitions network of partners and supporters at the national, regional and local level to create powerful alliances for change, in collaboration with the Partnership Director
  • Support the Senior Director, Communications , and policy-comms team in their roles in devising, developing, and implementing campaign strategies.
  • Work with the Senior Director of Communications to ensure that our external communication is aligned with and supports our advocacy and campaigning strategies for the organization to deliver change.


  • Supervise the Lead Organizer, Policy and Campaigns

Note: The Movement for Black Lives is committed to responding flexibly to changing circumstances and priorities which means that the expectations of every position are dynamic. This description reflects the assignment of essential functions but does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.


  • 7-10 years of experience in their field/expertise
  • 5-7 years of supervisory/ mentorship/ coaching experience
  • 3-5 years of experience developing and supporting teams/staff
  • Deep knowledge of their field’s landscape
  • Strong facilitation/presentation skills, both in-person and remote
  • Extensive experience managing multiple concurrent projects with competing deadlines
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Exemplary relationship-building and maintenance skills
  • Prior experience working in non-profit organizations as a manager, director, or senior leader.
  • National experience is required
  • Conflict resolution and emotional intelligence skills Ability to work effectively in politically sensitive and high-pressure environments Big-picture thinking People-focused Adaptable
  • High-level mastery of Every Action, Asana, and voter management systems


  • Vision and Goal Alignment: Oversees the development and management of the department vision, goals, MOST, and work plan, towards collective vision and goals. Implement strategies to align membership activities with the organization's collective vision and goals. Integrate key Black Climate Mandate, Vision 4 Black Lives, and Black Power Rising into program plans.
  • Capacity Building and Infrastructure Management: Provides direct capacity building and technical support to members. Develops and manages the department infrastructure, systems, policy and procedures, necessary for effective operations.
  • Collaboration and Cross-Team Alignment: Collaborates with different programmatic areas and departments to align efforts with broader organizational strategies and ensure cross-team collaboration.
  • Program Evaluation and Reporting: Develops clear metrics and annual evaluation of department's program work and priorities. -Responsible for tracking and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data and reporting for various external audiences.
  • Staff Management and Professional Development: Manages staff by adhering to the organization's supervision policy, performing the required administrative functions, and overseeing the day-to-day activities of the team. Develops and tracks professional development goals of direct reports. Recruits, develops, and retains talented staff members and volunteers to support the organization's objectives.
  • Financial Management and Resource Development: Oversees the department's financial health and sustainability, including budgeting, financial reporting, and fiscal management. Supports and implements fundraising strategies to secure financial resources and support the organization's programs and initiatives.
  • Community Engagement and Advocacy: Oversees engagement by building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, including donors, members, partners, and other ecosystems and coalitions. Fosters collaboration and partnerships to advance the organization's mission and maximize its impact.
  • Organizational Culture and Advocacy: Cultivates a positive organizational culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. - Advocates for the organization's mission and priorities through public outreach, media relations, and advocacy efforts.


  • Leadership and Management: Ability to lead and inspire a diverse team of organizers. Strong managerial skills, including delegation, decision-making, and conflict resolution.
  • Management: Demonstrated experience in programmatic and people management.
  • Strategic Thinking: Ability to think strategically and contribute to the development of long-term and short-term goals and priorities. Capacity to translate strategic objectives into actionable plans and initiatives. Ability to foster leadership opportunities and address team concerns.
  • Collaboration and Communication: Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to build relationships and foster collaboration across diverse stakeholder groups. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to Values: Demonstrated alignment with the values and principles of the Movement for Black Lives, including abolition, anti-capitalism, and radical Black Queer Feminisms. Commitment to advancing racial justice and liberation for Black communities.
  • Flexibility and Adaptability: Ability to adapt to changing circumstances and priorities in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. Willingness to travel and work non-traditional hours as needed.
  • Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills: Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to identify challenges, develop solutions, and implement effective strategies.
  • Financial Management and Resource Development: A proven track record in ensuring and overseeing the department's financial health and sustainability, including budgeting, financial reporting, and fiscal management.Support fundraising strategies to secure financial resources and support the organization's programs and initiatives.
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills to articulate the organization's mission, engage stakeholders, and build relationships. Strong interpersonal skills to collaborate with diverse individuals and teams.
  • Strategic Thinking and Decision-Making: thinking abilities to assess opportunities and challenges, set priorities, and make informed decisions. Sound judgment and decision-making skills to navigate complex situations and manage risks effectively.
  • Financial Acumen: Understanding of financial management principles and practices, including budgeting, financial analysis, and revenue generation. Ability to interpret financial data and make strategic recommendations to ensure financial sustainability.
  • Relationship Building and Networking: Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with donors, partners, volunteers, and other stakeholders. Skill in networking and cultivating support for the organization's mission and initiatives.
  • Commitment to Mission and Values: Deep commitment to the organization's mission, vision, and values, including a passion for social change and community empowerment. Integrity and ethical conduct in all aspects of leadership and decision-making.
  • Adaptability and Resilience: Flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances and priorities in the nonprofit sector. Resilience to overcome challenges and setbacks while maintaining focus on long-term goals and objectives.

Equal Opportunity Workplace

The Movement for Black Lives in partnership with its fiscal sponsor the Common Counsel Foundation is proud to be an equal employment workplace. We welcome and encourage job applicants who are motivated to work with us in addressing social injustice and those who have personal experience with injustice. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on any of the follow factors; race, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), age, sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/ or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (genetic characteristics, cancer or a record or history of cancer), military or veteran status, national origin, ancestry, disability (mental and physical including HIV/AIDS, cancer, and genetic characteristics), and genetic information.