Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS' relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.
CRS has grown significantly in size over the past 10 years and the agency has established a global footprint which is both broad (over 100 countries) and deep (extending to community level, rural areas, and conflict zones). CRS employs a global and diverse workforce of almost 7,000 people and has a yearly operating budget of approximately one billion dollars.
CRS has a growing portfolio of advocacy, agriculture, education, emergency response, health, peace building, social safety net, and food security programs. In addition to developing a wide array of partners at the community and country levels, CRS has also introduced new programmatic approaches, including implementing more participatory development methodologies, investing in social enterprise, and using innovative technologies to extend the reach and impact of CRS programs.
The CRS Senior Director, Movement Building and Issue-based Campaigning is a key role within the Mission, Movements, and Advocacy Division, promoting and positively affecting CRS' efforts to address the root causes of poverty, conflict and marginalization in countries outside of the US by helping to build a movement of support among US Catholics.
The Senior Director, Movement Building and Issue-based Campaigning works extremely closely with senior leaders from across the organization, soliciting and utilizing their input to build a realistic, meaningful, motivational, scalable, and sustainable issue-based campaign strategy that engages Catholics and others of goodwill across the US in advocacy and fundraising to support CRS' mission and projects.
Roles and Key Responsibilities
- Working with CRS leadership to identify appropriate issue-based campaign issues
- Developing and managing sophisticated issue-based campaigns supporting CRS' overall mission and strategy through CRS' policy change and fundraising objectives
- Tightly coordinating all issue-based campaigns with other parts of CRS including Fundraising, Marketing and Communications, Government Relations, and Overseas Operations
- Overseeing the planning, launching, managing and sunsetting of the full life-cycle of a diverse set of multiple and simultaneous issue-based campaigns
- Developing a long-term strategy and viable road map to build and maintain a scalable chapter-based infrastructure of groups and individual leaders--including and expanding beyond the structures of the Catholic Church--willing and able to effectively and demonstrably participate and support issue-based campaigns (i.e. poverty, migration, justice)
- Managing the development and training of staff field organizers and volunteer managers throughout the US
- Directing the development distribution of highly relevant literature and tool-kits for CRS advocates and supporters throughout the US to help inform and motivate around campaign issues and calls for action
- Supervising the development and organization of cutting-edge events and activities to engage existing and potential advocates, with clear calls to action and meaningful activities that support campaign objectives and movement goals
- Co-creating the engagement pathways for the lifecycle of CRS advocate/supporters to maximize the impact of their engagement and retention likelihood
- Collaborating with CRS data experts to manage the development and maintenance of robust data systems and overseeing the regular measurement and evaluation of campaign efforts against specific advocacy and fundraising targets
- Leading research and applying learning into issue-based campaigning and movement building
- At least 10 years' experience in a similar leadership role, including experience working in a Catholic context
- Master's degree in political science, international relations, marketing and communications or related field preferred. Bachelor's Degree and commensurate relevant experience may be considered.
Required Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English
Travel: Willingness and ability to travel in the US and internationally (up to 20%)
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Demonstrated success building consensus and influencing internal decision-makers without formal authority
- Solid organizational skills: the ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in a fast-paced multi-tasking team environment
- Strong analytical skills, monitoring, evaluation and assessing data to improve results
- Positive in outlook, unpretentious, and smart; a problem solver who seeks to find constructive solutions within compliance and policy requirements
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills
- Proven experience developing and managing wide-reaching and diverse issue-based campaigns leveraging email marketing, social media, acquisition tactics, and other tools for broad outreach and action
- Clear track-record of building and growing a base of engaged advocates and successfully helping to catalyze public policy changes based on advocacy/lobbying efforts
- Excellent understanding of the US government, public (foreign) policy, the US policymaking process and political dynamics.
Key Working Relationships
- Internal: Executive Leadership Team, Charitable Giving leadership and staff, Marketing and Communications leadership and staff, OverOps leadership and staff
- External: USCCB, bishops and staff of Catholic dioceses and institutions, other iNGOs implementing campaigns, InterAction, consultants
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
- Continuous Improvement & Innovation
- Builds Relationships
- Develops Talent
- Strategic Mindset
- Accountability & Stewardship
Supervisory Responsibilities: manages a large team (4 direct reports), and is responsible for all aspects of recruiting, managing, motivating, and developing an effective and efficient team, as well as overseeing a budget.