Kairos Program Manager, US, Remote
Kairos Program Manager
The Kairos Program Manager is passionate about working closely with grassroots organizing partners across the country to transform digital organizing. We are organizers first, and we know that digital is not a set of tools—instead, it’s a realm where we build relationships and contest for power. This person believes deeply in state-based grassroots organizing and wants to work to build the digital organizing capacity and effectiveness of our partner organizations.
Kairos is a small, nimble, and growing team of six full-time staff people and one part-time project manager. Everyone pitches in on each aspect of the work and we believe in collaborative input with clear decision making. We also work closely with a very active Fellow and alumni network. We are still growing and learning and are looking for someone who will dive in and help shape our work for years to come. The Program Manager will report to the Interim Director of Programs and will work closely with the other members on the team.
Kairos is building the next generation of digital leaders of color and working with power-building organizations to contend for power in the digital realm.
We do our work in three core ways — through advocacy and campaigns, leadership development through our core Fellowship program, and supporting grassroots organizations to build digital strategies that lead to long term power and progressive governance.
- Work with movement organizations at the local, state, and national levels through the Kairos Digital Hotline to help them build relational and strategic organizing programs online.
- Lead research with state-based partners to better understand how organizers can advance narrative shifting through online organizing in advocacy and electoral contexts.
- Run cohort-based programs with grassroots organizers to build stronger digital capacity at the state and local level.
- Work closely with the Campaigns team to support Kairos’ misinformation/disinformation project work with state-based grassroots groups.
- Develop curricula and lead trainings.
- Write and develop content that shares what we are learning to the broader movement.
- Participate in the culture of and contribute to the Kairos team spirit, ethos, and strategy.
Desired skills and experience (While no one candidate will have all of these, we’re looking for a great mix)
- A movement builder with extensive ties to communities of color, motivated to build power in historically marginalized communities.
- Digital organizing experience, likely running advocacy campaigns. An understanding of why organizing online is critical to short- and long-term power-building.
- 1-2 years experience doing base-building and member leadership development work. Comfortable making a hard ask.
- An innovative thinker, particularly when it comes to digital. Ability to think creatively about digital tactics and unafraid to draw inspiration from multiple arenas.
- Great interpersonal skills: focused on building trust and knowing that everything starts with good relationships.
- Able to develop our strategic approach and create rigorous ways of measuring impact and success.
- Holds a growth mindset, sees failure as an opportunity to retool the approach, and is committed to learning from mistakes.
- Has great personal systems for project management – able to move multiple projects forward and hold many relationships.
- Holds impeccable personal boundaries.
If you are an organizer who has a passion for and commitment to movement building, and if you value being on a team that finds joy in curiosity and learning, then this could be the position for you!
Salary and benefits
This is a full-time, exempt, salaried position. Kairos staff work roughly 40 hours a week, with the understanding that the schedule must flex to accommodate sprint moments like fellow and partner organization recruitment, in person and virtual trainings, and breaking news moments that are crucial for our communities. The starting salary for this position is between $70,000-$80,000 commensurate with experience.
Through our fiscal sponsor, Allied Media Projects, we offer a competitive benefits package including generous vacation; full health, dental, vision, and flex benefits; 403b program; ongoing training opportunities; compensation for local coworking space and home office equipment, and incidentals related to the role.
Application deadline and other logistics
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We are looking to fill this role ASAP, so we recommend you submit your information as soon as you can.
As we are a distributed team, your primary residence may be located anywhere in the United States, though we have a preference for candidates from the southern U.S., so as to build up investment in that part of the country. Current staff are based in New York City, Austin, Durham (NC), Oakland, and Chicago. Occasional organization-sponsored travel for conferences, Kairos trainings, partner meetings, and face-to-face staff gatherings will be required once travel is safe again (no travel will occur before 2021).
Allied Media Projects is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, religion, HIV serostatus, disability, height, weight, veteran status, or marital status. Given Kairos’s mission to uplift and build power with historically marginalized and oppressed communities, people of color, women, new immigrants, and trans folk are encouraged to apply.
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