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UnRestrict MN, Senior Campaign Manager, Gender Justice

Twin Cities, MN (Hybrid)

Position Status: Exempt, Salaried (40 hours/week with significant flexibility) 
Salary: $85,000-90,000/year plus benefits described below
Location: Office in St. Paul, MN; hybrid/remote work environment.
Reports to: Gender Justice Advocacy Director
To apply: Gender Justice has retained the executive search firm LeaderFit to lead this search. Although applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

About Gender Justice and the UnRestrict Minnesota Campaign:
Gender Justice and Gender Justice Action are nonprofit legal, policy, and political advocacy organizations based in St. Paul, Minnesota, working in Minnesota and North Dakota to advance gender equity through the law. We fight discrimination based on sex, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We represent clients directly in state and federal court and before administrative agencies in impact and strategic litigation cases. In addition to pursuing justice through the legal system, we also advocate for policies that expand gender equity and educate the public about their rights and how to fight gender discrimination. We employ grassroots organizing, coalition building, and strategic communications and narrative strategies to create the movement momentum and cultural conditions for gender equity to flourish. We are also the institutional home of the UnRestrict Minnesota coalition and campaign, which works to protect, expand, and destigmatize access to abortion care–and all reproductive healthcare—in Minnesota through public education, advocacy, and the law. This is an exciting time at Gender Justice and Gender Justice Action as we expand geographically to North Dakota and build our team. We’re a small but mighty organization with an operating budget of $4 million and a talented and growing staff of 20, looking for the newest member of our ambitious, highly effective, and growing team.

Launched in 2019, UnRestrict Minnesota works to protect, expand, and destigmatize access to abortion care–and all reproductive healthcare—in Minnesota through public education, advocacy, and the law.

Our vision is to achieve full reproductive justice, an organizing framework created and led by Black women where every person has the ability to decide if, when, and how to become a parent, raise healthy children in safe and thriving communities, and have gender freedom and bodily autonomy.

We are led by a cross-sector, multi-racial, 32-organization strong coalition of LGBTQ+ advocates, faith communities, clinicians, activists, doctors, abortion funds, lawyers, organizers, healthcare clinics, doulas, podcasts, and more.

The UnRestrict Minnesota Senior Campaign Manager is a staff position of Gender Justice and supports the coalition as a whole.

Position Summary:  
Gender Justice is seeking a dedicated, passionate, talented UnRestrict Minnesota Senior Campaign Manager to manage a multi-racial, cross-sector campaign and 32-member coalition to educate and engage Minnesotans on abortion restrictions and reproductive justice in Minnesota, advocate for reproductive freedom at the Minnesota Legislature, and support on-going litigation aimed at striking down the current abortion restrictions. With our recent wins at the MN State Legislature, as well as through our lawsuit to remove Minnesota’s restrictions on abortion, this is a potent and powerful time to lead and build the movement for reproductive freedom. A successful Senior Campaign Manager will be adept at working both with a high level of autonomy and also collaboratively with colleagues and coalition partners.


Political and Electoral Campaign Strategy
  • Develop effective strategies for grassroots organizing and community outreach to achieve campaign objectives, including setting goals, timelines, and milestones.
  • Convene and lead UnRestrict Minnesota Action and UnRestrict MN at statewide c4 tables
  • Develop c4 strategies for the campaign, including independent expenditure efforts, supporting candidates with issue information, messaging, and storytelling training (specific activities to be determined)
  • Build an engaged and educated multi-racial and cross-sector base of support for the campaign, including executing list-building strategies
Coalition Management
  • Build, engage, and leverage the UnRestrict MN community partner table (coalition) to pursue the strategic goals of the campaign
  • Support the coalition to develop a movement-wide vision and strategy for reproductive justice, anticipating bans on abortion in surrounding states
  • Maintain strong relationships with partner organizations and act as a liaison between community partners and other allies
  • Recruit, onboard, and provide reproductive political education and training for new coalition partners
  • Facilitate regular communication and coordination among coalition members, including leading coalition meetings
Policy Strategy and Champion Development
  • Work with contract lobbyists, legislators, and coalition partners to develop policy agenda and session strategy
  • Testify in support of priority bills, against bad bills, and advocate for the campaign’s legislative agenda with legislators, the Governor, and staff
  • Support reproductive freedom champions with messaging and talking points, work with the Reproductive Freedom Caucus in the House and Senate to advance shared agenda
  • Provide issue briefs, public opinion and messaging trainings to policymakers and leaders
Communications and Messaging Strategy
  • Work with Gender Justice’s communications team and partners, develop messages, talking points, and PR/media strategies to support policy agenda and state lawsuit
  • Develop strategy and content for UnRestrict social media and email campaigns and oversee UnRestrict MN website in collaboration with Gender Justice communications and development teams
Public-facing Campaign Spokesperson and Educator
  • Speak at public events and to the media representing the campaign and coalition
  • Provide training on various reproductive justice and abortion access issues, speak on panels, represent the campaign at community events, etc.
  • Serve as the main communicator internally for the campaign and with local and national partners
Financial Management and Fundraising
  • Create and manage campaign budgets
  • Support and participate in fundraising activities, including identifying collaborative fundraising strategies

Skills, Experience, and Attributes Needed:
A successful senior campaign manager will draw on many existing skills while building and developing new ones. The list below attempts to capture some of the skill areas most necessary for this role, but applicants with the passion and ambition to lead should apply even if they do not have prior experience or skill in all areas.
  • Proven experience in grassroots organizing and campaign management; statewide experience strongly preferred
  • Experience with coalition leadership and management
  • Knowledge of the Minnesota political landscape and relationships within progressive and/or reproductive justice circles
  • Experience building or leading a local activist organization, including creating effective structures, decision-making, fundraising, leadership training, and campaign development
  • Strong understanding of the reproductive justice framework, history, and issues and knowledge of abortion care delivery, funding, or practical support strongly preferred
  • Be a skillful meeting facilitator, understand the value of consensus building, be comfortable with generative conflict, and be oriented toward collaborative approaches
  • Experience in public speaking and training; ability to speak persuasively
  • Experience creating externally facing, written, and/or visual content for campaigns; be a strong writer and politically savvy
  • Strong project manager with the proven ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to effectively cope with ongoing change, shifting gears when needed and supporting staff with wit, candor, and direction
  • Experience recruiting and managing volunteers to support campaign activities
  • Sense of humor and ability to comfortably handle uncertainty while laughing along the way
Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that members of under-represented groups tend not to apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

Employees are eligible for employer-subsidized health and dental insurance, unlimited paid discretionary leave, and a 3% employer match to a retirement plan. 12-weeks fully paid parental and medical leave for employees working at least 20 hrs/week after six months. 12 weeks fully paid sabbatical leave after five years.

Gender Justice is an equal opportunity employer. We seek to build a staff reflective of our values of equity and inclusion with regard to race, culture, ethnicity, class, religion, physical ability, age, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. As an organization working in solidarity with the reproductive justice, economic justice, and racial justice movements, Gender Justice is committed to fostering the leadership of women, people of color, Native and indigenous people, LGBQ and trans people, immigrants, and others living in marginalized communities.

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