Jobs at the HPA

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Open Positions

Campaign Manager

The Harry Potter Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that turns fans into heroes. We’re changing the world by making activism accessible through the power of story. Since 2005, we’ve engaged millions of fans through our work for equality, human rights, and literacy. Moreover, we’ve cultivated a global community of fans who are enthusiastic about social change and ready to lead the way. The HPA is a fully virtual company with a team made up of six full-time and one part-time staff members and over 40 volunteers who work daily to make our mission a reality within our $500,000 budget.

Each year we plan and implement a variety of advocacy, service, and empowerment campaigns on issues ranging from economic inequality to LGBTQIA+ rights to media reform. While each campaign is an attempt to achieve concrete goals relevant to the issue at hand, we also view our campaigns as opportunities for our members, chapters, and volunteers to gain valuable experience in community organizing and leadership. On top of that, our campaigns strive to include diverse coalitions of nonprofit organizations and activists who may be engaging in fan activist methodology for the first time. The underlying intent is that success on all levels results in continual transformation of popular culture, fandom, and progressive activism itself. We believe this transformation has the power to make the world a much more equitable and magical place.

The Campaign Manager’s chief responsibility is to ensure that all these moving pieces are working together seamlessly and efficiently. We are looking for our own Hermione Granger — somebody who can balance the perspectives of our idealistic and ambitious senior staff and keep us on a realistic track to achieve our biggest dreams.

This position is virtual and can be performed from any location.

Key Responsibilities

PROJECT MANAGEMENT (75%)

  • Work with senior staff to develop goals, timelines, and strategy for all HPA campaigns and social change initiatives.
  • Translate broad goals and strategy into concrete plans for implementation.
  • Develop individual departmental goals with other senior staffers (e.g., chapters director, communications director, movement director, etc.) and ensure they are well situated and equipped to achieve those goals.
  • Research technical needs and capacity for upcoming campaigns; implement the utilization of related tools and platforms as needed.
  • Serve as point person for campaign partners as needed.
  • Attend partnership strategy meetings with movement director and/or executive director and contribute to the vision and goals for each partnership.
  • Manage volunteer campaign research team and ensure that issues being researched align with relevant HPA campaign goals.
  • Synthesize research into platforms and talking points.
  • Help draft campaign web copy, social media posts, and other marketing materials as needed.
  • Perform ongoing campaign maintenance and follow-up.
  • Lead post-campaign analysis and set standards for analytics across all departments.
  • Utilize raw campaign analytics to develop accurate and insightful campaign impact reports.
  • As needed, use campaign impact reports to initiate improvements to all aspects of campaign planning and implementation process.
  • Facilitate weekly senior staff campaigns meetings.
  • VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT (15%)

    • Manage all teams and volunteers within the HPA’s campaigns department.
    • Develop new role descriptions, conduct interviews, and initiate volunteer on-boarding process as needed.
    • Maintain volunteer morale with consistent oversight, feedback, and encouragement.
    • Establish and maintain open lines of communication so that tasks and expectations can be communicated clearly and efficiently.
    • FUNDRAISING (10%)

      • Work with executive director to identify funding opportunities for campaigns and projects.
      • Help develop grant proposals and applications as needed.
      • Participate in general fundraising activities and annual campaigns as needed.
      • Minimum Qualifications

        • Four-year degree with background in non-profit project management, program administration, online and/or traditional community organizing.
        • A minimum of three years of related work experience.
        • Demonstrated experience successfully managing service and advocacy campaigns or similar programs
        • geared toward progressive social change.
        • Ability to contribute to the HPA’s long-term, big-picture strategic planning.
        • Strong project management skills and an ability to balance multiple tasks while delivering quality work on schedule.
        • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities.
        • Excellent organizational skills.
        • Strong verbal and written communication.
        • Ability and willingness to participate in spirited debate, with strong instincts on when it’s appropriate to stand firm or compromise for the greater good.
        • A record of efficiency, professional discretion, and integrity.
        • Alignment with the Harry Potter Alliance’s commitment to creating a novel approach to social change.
        • Preferred Qualifications

          • Experience with communications, project management, and productivity platforms/software (e.g., NationBuilder, Basecamp, Google Apps, etc.).
          • Great interpersonal skills, sense of humor, and an interest in working with artists and weirdos.
          • Experience in nerdy fandoms. Unapologetic geeking out over literature, film, and popular culture is a major plus.
          • Healthy balance between practicality and creativity, and ideally a deep appreciation for both.
          • Basic familiarity with fan activist methodology, cultural acupuncture, and other concepts unique to the HPA’s model of social change.
          • A deep understanding of the intersectional nature of all social justice issues.
          • A strong understanding of and commitment to social justice issues and an interest in nonprofit work, activism, and social movements.
          • Please submit a cover letter and resume to mattm@thehpalliance.org. We’ll be in touch soon if we wish to set up an interview.