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Job opening at MoveOn.org

We don't normally post job listings, but this is a big and important one -- with particular relevance to many P&T readers. So, here it is. We understand that this is THE web manager for MoveOn.org - not one of many - though it's a mid-level position supporting campaigns, not leading them.

Oh, and if you see it here - and land it: you owe us a beer!

MoveOn Web Manager and Online Organizer
Location: Flexible
Duration: Starting ASAP; no fixed end date.
Goal: Leverage technology to help MoveOn's 3.2 million members change American politics. Help us make online tools to advance a progressive agenda and take back Congress in 2006.
Description: Since 1998, MoveOn has been using technology to help Americans have a voice in our political process. We're looking for a Web Manager/"Geek" Organizer who can further that mission with intelligence, speed, and common sense. You should be a self-starter and have excellent writing and tech skills.

3 or more years of experience in web development and strong project management skills are required; political or advocacy experience is not required but is helpful. Priority will be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to use technology in creative ways to accomplish social or political ends. Copy editing, SQL, and Perl skills are also a plus.

This is a fast-paced job. You'll need to be able to turn on a dime so when there's a new idea on Monday, you can test it and put it in front of 3 million people by Tuesday.

Responsibilities: Work with the Communications Director and Campaign Team to fulfill each day's urgent campaign needs, while developing tools and training materials to empower our campaigners and members.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Support "hot" campaigns as needed each day.
  • Keep website up-to-the-minute.
  • Write, edit, and send messages to our members.
  • Expand our online presence and reach.
  • Edit photos for the website and email outreaches.
  • Execute on-the-fly graphic design and user interface tweaks for campaigns.
  • Imagine and spec new web tools to help our members make a difference and to improve our campaign management on the backend.
  • Train staff, particularly campaigners, in MoveOn web-tools and basic "geek" skills, including SQL.
  • Maintain internal "library", including a variety of training materials and tech/campaign documentation.


You must be:

  • Skilled and experienced in:
    1. Writing for the web
    2. Web design, UI development, HTML and CSS
    3. Photo editing and basic graphic design

  • Very smart, flexible, a keen problem solver, driven, and a deep believer in online democracy.
  • Willing to do whatever needs to be done to make the campaign work, with a smile.
  • Able to track a lot of moving parts and manage complex projects. (Maintain attention to detail, while keeping the big picture in mind.)
  • Able to work very closely with other members of the team, but also to manage your work independently.
  • A very strong writer.
  • Creative in your use of technology to solve problems.
  • Comfortable with a virtual office. Able to communicate well in conference calls, instant messaging, and email.

Not required, but bonuses:

  • Copy editing skills
  • Q/A testing experience
  • Training experience
  • Familiarity with SQL and/or Perl
  • Political or advocacy experience

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience. Health & Dental insurance and a generous benefit package will be provided, plus 4 weeks paid vacation.

To Apply: Email a resume and a short writing sample as Word or PDF attachments, plus three references with phone & email, to jobs@moveon.org and include "Web Manager" in the subject line.

An ideal writing sample would be a email outreach to campaign supporters/members or website content. However, we'll accept any short (under 2 pages) piece that offers a good example of your writing skills.

MoveOn.org Political Action is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people and others are strongly encouraged to apply.

Posted on June 8, 2006 in