Campaigns Manager

Communications · WASHINGTON, District of Columbia
Department Communications
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $80,000-$95,000

Campaigns Manager

Reports to: Deputy Chief of Strategy and Program

Salary Range: $80,000-$95,000

Location: Washington, D.C. Required (Hybrid Arrangement) 

Organization Overview 

Issue One is committed to winning game-changing federal reforms to fix our broken political system and create an inclusive democracy that works for everyone. 

Since 2014, Issue One has worked to educate the public and Congress to pass legislation to increase transparency, strengthen government ethics and accountability, reduce the influence of big money in politics, protect the freedom to vote, and strengthen U.S. elections.

Issue One is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization that unites Republicans, Democrats, and independents to win game-changing federal reforms to fix our broken political system and create an inclusive democracy that works for everyone. 

Issue One is helping lead the fight to protect U.S. elections and election workers in 2022, ensure a peaceful transfer of power in 2025, and win comprehensive reforms to combat disinformation on technology platforms. Issue One built the National Council on Election Integrity and led its $15 million Count Every Vote Campaigns to defend the integrity of the 2020 elections and push back against attempts to undermine faith in our democratic process. 


Since its founding, Issue One has had an outsized impact on Washington. For example, our Don’t Mess With US and election administration campaigns helped win $825 million in federal funding for states to improve their cybersecurity and manage their elections in 2020 amid the pandemic.


Issue One helped lead the congressional push to establish a 9/11-style commission to investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol, which passed the House, won bipartisan support in the Senate, and helped drive the national conversation about election disinformation, political accountability, and national security.


Issue One is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization that unites Republicans, Democrats, and independents to win game-changing federal reforms; our ReFormers Caucus of more than 200 former members of Congress, governors, and Cabinet secretaries allows us to form unique relationships with current decision-makers and brings heft to our legislative and communications work. Our legislative work is backed by a strong research arm, a savvy and innovative communications team, and a strong development program enabling us to have the resources necessary to win.

Position Overview:

The Campaigns Manager is part of Issue One’s growing and dynamic communications, research, and campaigns team. The Manager will work with the Deputy Chief of Strategy and Program to operationalize Issue One’s projects and campaigns, including owning the field of activities and other tactics that are part of modern, comprehensive advocacy campaigns. 

The Manager will play a significant role in developing campaign strategies and plans to help Issue One & Issue One Action advance ground-breaking political reform legislation and build public demand for sweeping democracy reforms. In addition to helping drive our campaigns and execute priority tactics (such as paid media, public opinion research, grassroots and grasstops mobilization), the Manager will oversee the continued cultivation and activation of existing activists and the identification and mobilization of new reform-minded constituencies. The Manager will engage key constituency networks around the country to build bipartisan support for political reform.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Assist with the development and implementation of campaign plans to advance bipartisan democracy reform legislation and create the political climate for making change;
  • Design and implement grasstops and grassroots organizing plans in key congressional districts and states, identified in coordination with the legislative team;
  • Oversee research and intelligence-gathering about key audiences, districts, states, and lawmakers;
  • Execute outreach activities in key congressional districts and states, including working closely with consultants, vendors, and staff;
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships and partnerships with political reform and related organizations in Washington, DC, and on the ground in target states and districts;
  • Partner with the Communications team to expand organizational reach by assisting with social media advertising, outreach, list-building campaigns, content, and materials to support outreach and organizing activities;
  • Serve as the day-to-day point of contact for Issue One Action (IO’s c4);
  • Oversee brand and message testing for various campaigns and audiences, including developing research goals, vetting and hiring research firms, analyzing research results, and ensuring campaign communications reflect tested messaging;
  • Ensure Issue One/Issue One Action’s Campaigns activities comply with legal regulations concerning (c)(3) and (c)(4) status; and 
  • Collaborate closely with the CEO, legislative team, and other IO staff to complete campaign objectives.

Key Attributes and Qualifications 

Issue One recognizes that candidates could bring a wide variety of experiences to the role. However, all candidates should be self-starters, highly organized, motivated, and detail-oriented, with a proven ability to juggle competing priorities. Candidates should be collaborative, able to incorporate feedback into their work and lead with a sense of humor and grace under pressure. 

In addition, candidates should bring a majority of the following skills to the role: 

  • Five years+ of political advocacy, issue campaigns, or field organizing experience
  • Two years+ of project management experience
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communications skills, including the ability to present complex ideas and information to a diverse set of audiences
  • Experience centering gender equity and racial justice in issue organizing
  • Experience or familiarity with key campaigns tactics, including:
    • Creating and managing campaigns budgets;
    • Use of qualitative and quantitative public opinion research for advocacy campaigns;
    • Building coalitions and working with diverse constituencies to achieve a common goal;
    • Grasstops and grassroots organizing;
    • Social media and digital mobilization;
    • Drafting video and radio scripts, print and digital ad copy and production, purchasing, and targeting of advertisements; and
    • Hosting and managing events.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace; and
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, political science, public policy, or related field of study or equivalent experience.


This is a full-time role based in Washington, DC, or the surrounding area. This job requires travel throughout the United States occasionally. The Campaigns Manager must also work on-site in our DC office twice a week (Tuesday and Wednesday).


Issue One has developed a comprehensive benefits package that invests in our staff to improve their overall health and promote a solid work-life balance. 

  • All full-time employees are eligible for a platinum health plan with 100% of the premium paid by Issue One. In addition, the organization covers 75% of the premium for all spouses and dependents of IO staff. 
  • Staff receive more than 50 paid days off per year, including holidays, vacation, personal time, and office-wide closures. 
  • Issue One provides reimbursements for internet and commuting and promotes a hybrid work environment that allows for working from home but establishes regular in-person office opportunities twice a week.
  • Issue One also offers wellness reimbursements, student loan assistance, and professional development stipends. In addition, all staff are encouraged to participate in professional development throughout the year, and the organization hosts several opportunities for fun and fellowship. 

How to Apply:

All interested applicants can apply by clicking "Apply for this Job" on the top right of this page. Please include how you heard about the position and complete the self-identification questionnaire. 

Due to the volume of applications, we will unfortunately not be able to acknowledge receipt of all applications. No phone calls, please. 

Issue One is an equal opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. Issue One places a high value on fostering an inclusive workplace, and we are committed to building a team as diverse as the American people. We do not make hiring or advancement or other employment decisions based on race, religion, gender, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, political affiliation, pregnancy, disability, or any other status protected by law. Individuals from the political spectrum who are passionate about fixing our broken political system are strongly encouraged to apply.

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