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October 8, 2012

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Field Director

Detention Watch Network 

Deadline: October 19th, 2012

The Detention Watch Network (DWN) is a member-led coalition that works locally and nationally to educate the public, media and policy makers about the injustices of the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system and to advocate for humane reform. Working with DWN is a unique opportunity to interact with, and support the work of, immigrant rights advocates as we build our collective power and vision for reform.

Position Summary

The DWN Field Director will build the power of the network and our members by developing the leadership of members to drive campaigns; recruiting new organizations and individuals to join; and growing DWN’s capacity to support local and national efforts challenging detention. The Field Director will work with members to develop and implement a national campaign; engage in public education, outreach and ally building activities; and coordinate key membership calls and events. This is a full-time position based in Washington DC.

Specific Responsibilities

* Devise and execute, in conjunction with other staff, DWN members and leadership, strategies to achieve Network’s goals;

* Act as primary supervisor for DWN’s campaign, including campaign coordination, strategy development, outreach and assessment;

* Coordinate the national conference in collaboration with DWN staff and members and support member meeting coordination;

* Develop and maintain strong relationships with DWN’s grassroots member organizations;

* Survey and assess member skills, as well as existing and emergent needs;

* Encourage member involvement in DWN public education, media advocacy and public policy efforts with a focus on developing member leadership and capacity;

* Identify and recruit potential new members;

* Develop and maintain relationships with allies and constituencies to develop collaborative strategies;

* Engage in public education, outreach and ally building activities;

* Implement a human rights and racial justice framework and strategies into the Network’s activities and engage members in human rights-related activities;

* Assist organization-wide fundraising efforts including support for grant proposals, reports and related activities as needed.

* Manage the Network’s Mapping Project and assist with management of electronic tools including website, database, and social media tools;

* Regular travel to conduct outreach, meet with members and support local campaign activities.

Key Working Relationships

* Executive Director, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Communications Director, Development and Operations Director

* DWN membership



* Bachelor’s degree and five years experience in community organizing strongly preferred.


* Familiarity with social justice issues, particularly related to human rights, immigrant rights, racial justice and/or criminal justice.

Skills and Abilities

* Proficiency in English and Spanish.

* The ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse populations.

* Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

* Experience with public speaking.

* Proficient computer skills.

* Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

* Demonstrated community organizing skills.

* Management skills including facilitation of groups, volunteer management, and program coordination.

* Commitment to working in a social justice field.

* A collaborative work style and a self-directed spirit.

* Willing to travel.

Salary Range: $50,000-60,000. DWN offers excellent benefits and a collaborative work environment with colleagues who are dedicated to social justice reform.

Please submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Andrea Black, Detention Watch Network via email:

Detention Watch Network, a project of Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related) or conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC). Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

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