The Syria Campaign is recruiting a Campaign Director

The Syria Campaign is a small, fast moving and powerful human rights organisation that is building new ways for digital and creative communications to have impact. We work to support Syria’s heroes in the struggle for freedom and democracy, partnering with civil society partners inside and outside the country. We’ve moved beyond the limitations of an “online movement builder” or traditional NGO, fusing the best elements of think tanks, creative agencies and digital mobilization to shift the narrative on Syria.

Eight years since the Syrian people took to the streets to demand freedom and democracy, there are still millions of civilians at risk of deliberate targeting for military attack, hundreds of thousands of people remain illegally detained and disappeared, and there has been no accountability for the victims and survivors. The Syria Campaign works to keep Syria in the international spotlight to increase the cost of attacks on civilians, help build the power of civil society, advocate for a vision of real peace and justice, and build international solidarity with the Syrian people.

We’ve raised the profile of Syrian groups like the White Helmets rescue workers, helping secure them millions of dollars to continue their life-saving work and making them famous around the world. We’ve supported the Families for Freedom, a women-led movement of the families of the disappeared in Syria, to ensure their demands are heard and take their ‘Freedom Bus’ across Europe. We work with dozens of partners across Syria who trust us deeply. Syria is full of heroes and we’re privileged enough to work with them. You can read about some of what we’ve done here, here and here.

After eight years of conflict and crisis in Syria, we have to fight hard to make sure the issues that matter to us and our partners get the focus and support they need. We refuse to let Syria disappear from the attention of the world, and we will work until we see justice served. The Campaign Director will play a leadership role as The Syria Campaign develops new strategies and approaches to achieve our goals.

We want an ambitious, creative Campaign Director to join our 12-person Syrian and international team. We want someone who will see this for the exciting opportunity we think it is and who is passionate about playing their part in our overall mission. You’ll be managing a team of talented campaigners and working for an organisation with a track record for high impact campaigns.

What you’ll be responsible for

Leading campaigns with our partners to make their demands heard on the international stage. You’ll be campaigning for freedom and justice for Syria’s disappeared, for the protection of civilians and humanitarian workers from the bombs, and for support for educators, media activists and other heroic civil society actors on the ground in Syria. You’ll work on multiple campaigns simultaneously, from concept through to delivery.

Telling the inspiring and heartbreaking stories the world needs to hear about Syria. You’ll work to mobilise our movement of half a million people to take action in solidarity with the demands of our Syrian partners.

Oversee the development of campaign content. This will include videos, graphics and websites with external partners and creative agencies. You will be running experiments, trying different approaches, and sharing data-driven results.

Creating a vision and strategy for a team of talented campaigners. You’ll lead a small team of campaigners and storytellers across multiple locations, bringing fresh approaches to collaboration and campaigning. You’ll also be part of the senior management, helping steer The Syria Campaign’s overall plans with a particular focus on identifying opportunities for campaigns.

Representing The Syria Campaign. You’ll develop relationships with our peers and partners and at external meetings, and act as a media spokesperson when needed.

Qualifications

We want a creative, smart campaigner able to think of new ways to bring the stories of Syria to an audience around the world. This is a challenging role that requires creativity, flexibility, good judgment, initiative and an ability to deliver results. The campaigner will have a commitment to role requires

The core competencies which any successful candidate will display are:

  • At least five years’ experience in campaigning, include at least two in a management position
  • Strong strategic and creative skills
  • Professionalism, efficiency and results-oriented delivery on short timelines
  • Understanding of how civic advocacy and public campaigning function
  • Strong teamwork skills, comfortable in a highly collaborative team culture
  • Experience managing staff
  • Strong writing skills
  • Commitment to a free and democratic future for Syria, and global justice more broadly
  • Understanding of media and social media
  • High quality written and verbal Arabic [desirable but not required]
  • Experience working remotely [desirable but not required]

The deal

The Syria Campaign is committed to making sure everyone on the team is happy, productive and motivated. Here’s how we do that:

Salary is competitive and in line with international organisations.

The job is remote and can be done anywhere in European, Middle Eastern or East Coast US time zones. We have team members in New York, Berlin, Rabat, and London and provide you with a space in a co-working office wherever you are based. We have full staff retreats every year to keep us connected.

We provide budget, time and support for your professional development.

We give 25 days of leave a year, public holidays and discretionary break over the end of year holidays. We offer family friendly parental leave policies.

We are an equal opportunity and inclusive employer and encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply. We do not and will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, nationality or citizenship, gender expression or identity, religion, economic background, disability, or sexual orientation.

To apply for this role, please send a CV to [email protected] with a cover letter describing why you’re the ideal candidate. Please put ‘Campaign Director’ in the email subject line.

We will be conducting a first review of applications on May 6th 2019, and encourage all applicants to apply by then. This role will remain open until we find our all-star new member.