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Consumer Watchdog Program Director

Chicago, IL, USA | Non Profit Organization

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Project Management
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
Job Description:
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The PIRG Consumer Watchdog Campaign Director works hand in hand with our Senior Federal Consumer Program Director, Ed Mierzwinski, who has led efforts to establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, pass the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, and establish national credit protections. They will work with our network of state directors across the country, national communications department, and digital team to drive our consumer advocacy work. They will be responsible for fundraising, recruitment, and staff development. Representative responsibilities include:


Watchdog: Build a national movement of consumers who face hidden dangers in the marketplace every day. Identify new issues or tools to educate and mobilize the public, forge connections with diverse allies who are concerned about specific consumer issues, and develop messages that resonate across the country. 

Media: Serve as a spokesperson for our campaigns through media events, press releases and opinion writing. Work with our Communications Department to engage opinion media, write columns, and create media materials to generate coverage of consumer issues. Develop strategies to build access with critical media outlets and reporters to help make us the go-to experts on a host of consumer issues.

Writing: Clear, concise, message-driven writing which articulates consumer threatsand persuades audiences to engage in multiple mediums including news releases, opinion pieces, editorial board memos, email alerts, consumer guides, and blog posts.

Investigations: Able to conceive, develop, plan, and execute research projects on a variety of consumer issues including both long-term efforts and breaking threats. Able to do quantitative analysis on existing data sets.

Fundraising: Write grant proposals. Build relationships with foundations. Meet with major donors to bring more resources to our campaigns. Work with our citizen outreach staff to build and deepen our membership base.

Staff recruitment and development: Recruit new staff and volunteers. Oversee other staff working on our Consumer Program team. Coordinate with our state staff and provide training and leadership development.

Digital: Develop online strategies, including posting on social media and developing graphics or videos, to reach the public and key influencers through social media.



QUALIFICATIONS


Candidates must have at least 5 years of relevant professional experience. Advanced degrees such as a JD, or a master’s degree may count toward experience. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to public interest or consumer issues and to citizen-based social change, as well as a track record of leadership, an ability to drive independent projects, excellent judgement and discretion. We're looking for people who are goal-driven and results-oriented, who have excellent verbal, written and analytical skills, the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and who are driven to make positive policy change. 


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