Grassroots Director

Department: Engagement
Status: Regular, Full-Time
Reports to: Chief Engagement Officer/SVP
FLSA: Exempt
Prepared: April 2022


The Freedom Forum works to raise awareness of First Amendment freedoms through education, advocacy and action with a vision of an America where everyone knows, understands, values and defends the freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.

The Grassroots Director, who reports to the Chief Engagement Officer, will take the lead to develop, coordinate and implement grassroots activities to further advance the organization’s mission to foster First Amendment freedoms for all. In collaboration with all internal teams, the Grassroots Director will build, support and grow grassroots efforts for the Freedom Forum and the First Amendment. This position will be responsible for identifying creative ways to leverage partnerships to maximize the growth and success of our mission.

This is a full-time, remote position with core teammates in Washington, DC, and requires up to 25% travel throughout the year. We require a highly strategic, collaborative, and mission-driven leader who is able to effectively self manage and lean into our mission and culture. We are seeking a team player who is proactive, efficient, and a quick learner – able to own projects from start to finish, jump in and propose solutions and options, and bring creativity and passion to this work.


In this role, you are expected to develop and execute the grassroots campaign strategy for the Freedom Forum and represent the organization to external partners and stakeholders. Essential responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Build, organize and execute grassroots events and other efforts to enable the Freedom Forum to achieve its mission.
  • Analyze, track, and report on grassroots strategies to prioritize constituencies, pilot and test new ways to engage; develop appropriate metrics for evaluating grassroots efforts.
  • Identify, develop and support a strong network of relationships, partners and key stakeholders.
  • Cultivate and sustain existing relationships with various partners, institutions, and key stakeholders; build relationships with new stakeholders (members of the public, educational institutions, industry partners) and create opportunities for involvement.
  • Serve as primary spokesperson for grassroots efforts, ensuring the projection of a dynamic image to the media, partnerships and stakeholders.
  • Serve as a source of primary knowledge and information to partners. Foster integration opportunities with partners to further Freedom Forum’s goals and mission.
  • Identify potential leaders and request they take action.
  • Keep abreast of best practices and trends in grassroots advocacy.

We are seeking a leader who excels in campaign strategy, relationship building, event organizing, and detail driven. Expectations include:

  • Passion for Protecting the First Amendment. You must possess a commitment to non-partisanship and ideological diversity and be able to embrace working with all types of people.
  • Demonstrated Experience. You have 5-10+ years of experience in grassroots and/or community organizing, including planning and managing grassroots campaigns, and have a working knowledge of grassroots advocacy principles. You have the ability to implement programs and initiatives by engaging all key partners and constituents.
  • Love of Building Groups and a Drive to Succeed. You must be a strategic and creative thinker, able to think “outside the box” to design and implement new opportunities. You are a self-starter with a demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Strong Team Management Skills and Experience. You can motivate a high-performing team and be able to work as part of a cooperative team environment. You have a demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time constraints.
  • Excellent Communication Skills. You have stellar written and verbal communication skills and a basic understanding to support social media outreach.

Location: Remote. This position requires up to 25% travel throughout the year.

Application Process

Please email your application to [email protected] with a cover letter, resume and three references.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement: Our Unique Differences Are Our Greatest Strength

Diversity is an integral part of the Freedom Forum’s history and it is vital to our future. Our founder, Al Neuharth, championed the hiring and promotion of women and minorities across the country as chair and CEO of Gannett. His legacy lives on at the Freedom Forum, where we are committed to creating an environment where everyone across race, gender, age, sexual orientation, sexual identity, religion, physical ability and life experience is respected, valued, encouraged and supported. Diversity fuels inclusion. Everyone offers a unique perspective; we welcome yours.

The Freedom Forum is committed to an ethical workplace, and our code of ethics reflects this commitment by promoting integrity, innovation, inclusivity, collaboration, accountability, respect and engagement. Competitive benefits include health, dental, vision and life insurance, as well as paid time off and a 401(k) Plan.

The Freedom Forum is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, age, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.