Program Coordinator, United States (2 years, grant-funded)
WITNESS seeks to hire a Program Coordinator who will support activists, civic witnesses, and social movements across the US to better utilize digital video and tools to expose abuses, create and amplify counter narratives, uphold human rights values, and mobilize for change.
The Program Coordinator will help identify and engage partners, collaborators, and influential content creators within marginalized communities, social justice organizations, legal networks, and grassroots movements (e.g. immigration rights, LGBTQ rights, police accountability) who are already using digital tools, but want to be doing so more effectively. This will include in-person trainings, creation and distribution of tailored training resources, and sharing of lessons across interrelated movements both in the US and in WITNESS’ programmatic work in other regions.
Additionally, during moments of escalated tension, when many people are suddenly taking part in civic witnessing (e.g. after a police shooting or during widespread protests), the Program Coordinator will identify opportunities to adapt and share timely resources that can help to improve documentation and sharing in real time, improving the chances that more eyewitness videos lead to more rights, justice, reform, and constructive dialogues.
WITNESS makes it possible for anyone, anywhere to use video and technology to protect and defend their rights. We provide training, tools, and support to people around the world so that they can use video safely, ethically, and effectively to create positive change.
Training and Relationship Building:
- Develop and nurture relationships with key influencers, grassroots activists, journalists, legal experts, and other strategic allies to grow and strengthen WITNESS’ work in the US.
- Research and recommend situations and strategic projects where WITNESS should be engaged and can help key advocates, influencers, and civic witnesses power-up their digital video and technology skills.
- Support advocates and civic witnesses’ needs, including responsive training, resource provision, tools distribution, materials distribution, and other forms of engagement.
- Support the planning, coordination and execution of 1-2 convenings that bring together groups and/or individuals working on specific issue areas to conduct trainings, share skills, build networks, and foster solidarity.
- Act as a representative and spokesperson at gatherings with local allies and networks to deepen relationships and organizational knowledge on emerging issues like surveillance, digital security, data driven policing, etc.
Resource Sharing and Development:
- Identify influencers to share WITNESS resources, curriculum, and 20 years of expertise and guidance on using video for human rights change.
- Adapt and localize existing WITNESS resources to meet the needs of communities and modify formats and graphic assets to ensure they are easy to share among activists and grassroots networks.
- Identify gaps and needs in the field and support development and sharing of new content.
- Help develop and implement creative online strategies, including social media, for broader distribution and engagement around WITNESS training materials to networks of video activists and civic witnesses.
- Provide feedback on experiences and lessons learned in the use of video by communities and networks, as well as new approaches that can be scaled and spread to other similarly situated human rights communities.
Support other programmatic work:
- Coordinate planning and implementation of crosscutting programmatic initiatives, such as developing projects in coordination with the WITNESS Media Lab and Video as Evidence program.
- Support WITNESS’ Tech + Advocacy program through providing guidance, insight, and case studies to further advocacy to technology companies (e.g. YouTube and Facebook) on how products and policies of these platforms can better support human rights users and values.
- Piloting with US-based groups and social movements of Mobil-Eyes Us tactics and tools (technology.witness.org/tools) for using live-streams to better mobilize audiences and activist networks to meaningful action in support of frontline communities and activists.
- Provide direct feedback on key challenges experienced in the US to inform Tech + Advocacy and other programs.
Organizational and Departmental Support:
In collaboration with the US Program Manager, Program Director, and Deputy Program Director, the Program Coordinator will contribute to the overall programmatic framework for the purpose of advancing programmatic activities and growth of WITNESS:
- Planning and Budget: Support and track spending of allocated budgets
- Evaluation: Help monitor, assess, and evaluate activities, partnerships, and plans.
- Regional Insight: Provide input to overall programmatic direction of WITNESS and how regional trends in the human rights landscape inform overall WITNESS global strategy.
- Reporting: On an as needed basis, provide programmatic activity details, status, and progress measurements to Deputy Program Director for the annual report, case studies, and other organizational updates.
- Fundraising Support: Support the Executive Director, Program Director, Deputy Program Director, and the External Relations Team in raising funds for relevant projects by providing input on fundraising proposals, budgets, and reports with respect to programmatic activities and attending selective meetings with donors.
- Outreach and Communication: Participate in public presentations in connection with various WITNESS activities; Speak at events and provide input on WITNESS’ promotional materials with respect to the US region; create and contribute to content for use on WITNESS’ website(s), and social networking sites.
- Recruitment, training, and supervision: In coordination with the Engagement Coordinator and the Deputy Program Director, recruit, train, and directly supervise volunteers;
- Administrative functions: Undertake necessary administrative functions with respect to the Program region, including updating contact database, processing expenses, and managing budgets.
The ideal candidate will have a balance of experience in human rights, social media, digital communications, and new forms of journalism.
- Community Leader: Demonstrated experience working with communities directly affected by human rights violations in the United States or already a leader in relevant movement(s) addressing critical and timely issues, such as racial inequality and immigration.
- Human rights/Civil rights: A demonstrated commitment to human rights/civil rights and understanding of how human rights operate in both domestic and international contexts
- Trainer: Experience working as an educator or workshop facilitator, and with creating learning materials
- Detail oriented: Highly organized and pays close attention to detail
- Social Media: Experience with using various social media platforms in a professional capacity
- Education: Relevant Bachelor’s required; Master’s preferred
- Experience: A minimum of 3-5 years’ experience working in human rights, advocacy, political activism, social justice, citizen journalism, video for change, or other related fields, and with a demonstrated capacity to think creatively and effectively about engagement and advocacy. Demonstrated record of dynamism and self-starting action
- Journalism: A familiarity with the current news environment and current trends in citizen journalism; experience with media justice or video activism in the US
- Video Production and/or Graphic Design skills: Should have some experience working with video technologies and a basic familiarity using graphic design tools, like Adobe Creative Suite
- Additional Languages: Spanish or Arabic preferred
START DATE: Flexible
LOCATION: Brooklyn, NY or remote possibilities in USA where communities are under threat of human rights violations
TITLE: US Program Coordinator
SALARY: WITNESS offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits that include employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life, accident, and disability insurance, FSA, 401k, transit, and a generous vacation package.
TO APPLY: To apply, send your cover letter with salary requirements, resume, and contact information for 3 references to email@example.com with the subject line “Program Coordinator, US”.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled; early applications are encouraged. Please note that due to the volume anticipated, we will not be able to respond individually to each applicant. We kindly ask that you do not send duplicate applications via mail or email, and no phone calls. Thank you.
WITNESS is an equal opportunity employer. People of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, religions, genders, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, and individuals protected by any other statuses under federal, state or local laws, including but not limited to, disability, marital, domestic partnership, familial, caregiver, transgender, military or veteran statuses, are encouraged to apply. Authorization to work in the U.S. is required.