Color Of Change is hiring a

Senior Web Developer

New York, United States
Full-Time

About Color of Change

Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We develop strategies to put an end to policies and practices holding Black people back while championing the solutions that move all people forward. As a national force driven by over one million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more humane and less hostile world for Black people in America. In 2005, Color Of Change was founded in response to the realization that during the Hurricane Katrina crisis, no one was afraid to disappoint Black people. There were no consequences for Black people being left stranded on their roofs to die, nor was there sufficient infrastructure among Black communities to aggregate our power and demand them for those that perpetuated or refused to acknowledge the tragic injustice. Color Of Change is impacting lives by introducing accountability into the systems of decision-making. We leverage emerging technologies and our media savvy and sharp focus to build the power it takes to move decision-makers in corporations, media, and government to drive meaningful change for Black people in service of ending injustice for all oppressed groups.

Team Summary

The Marketing & Storytelling team creates and leads the brand and content strategy necessary to translate and advance COC’s values, vision, and efforts across a broad set of national influencers and grassroots activists. Through various platforms and mediums, the team is responsible for supporting efforts across the organization to deliver on our main promise: provoking the level and frequency of action from our members and allies that will force target decision-makers to take action and thereby achieve real-world impact and lasting, systemic change. The team is also responsible for brand management, strategic content development, content distribution, and high-level media relations. Central to the Marketing & Storytelling team’s work is COC’s Hollywood work that is designed to change the way Black people (and the issues we care about) are represented in entertainment media and to effectively leverage cultural influencers to support our campaigns.

Position Description

Working with the Chief Marketing & Storytelling Officer (CMSO), the Senior Web Developer will be responsible for ensuring high quality online user-experience across all COC’s website properties, platforms, and other online tools in support of our campaigns, and work related to social media and content distribution. The Senior Web Developer will also play a role in helping to foster brand alignment by managing technology-related vendors; working closely with other developers; collaborating with the marketing, campaigns, and social media and content teams; and providing the overall technology strategy for the organization.

The ideal candidate is a leader who:

  • Thrives in a fast-paced, collaborative, digitally native organization.
  • Has a strategic vision for how online technology and tools can help build grassroots power to influence important, far-reaching decisions on issues that disproportionately impact Black communities.
  • A "Roll-up-your-sleeves" entrepreneurial, startup attitude.
  • Desire to innovate in the world of online organizing.
  • Passion for web-based software products.

Responsibilities

Planning and Project Management (30%)

  • Plan and project manage technology development projects, whether done internally or outsourced to a third party.
  • Support CMSO in building a multi-year strategy to grow the visibility and influence of Color Of Change through the organization’s online platforms and products.
  • Support CMSO to ensure quality and consistency of brand identity, narrative, tone, and personality across all online platforms and products.
  • Optimize COC’s digital properties for search and user experience across all channels (website, social media, email, mobile, video, print, and in-person).
  • Develop partnerships with individuals and institutions to drive Color Of Change social media presence and brand toward new audiences, platforms, and opportunities.
  • Guide development of content to support the Executive Director, CMSO, and other senior staff efforts to amplify COC’s thought leadership.

Strategy Development (20%)

  • Work in partnership with COC’s Campaigns team to identify new technology-enabled campaigning opportunities.
  • Anticipate technology and capability challenges, and communicate clear proactive plans to address these challenges.
  • Identify strategies to evolve our technology infrastructure (websites, campaign applications, and campaign CRM).
  • Develop and align SMART goals for the product team with the broader short and long-term goals of CMSO and COC as a whole.

Technical/Execution (20%)

  • Create a technical culture of rapid but structured iteration.
  • Lead, define, represent, and communicate product strategy to leadership across COC.
  • Represent COC as a product strategist and thought-leader at conferences, discussions, and other field related events pertinent to building awareness of our online presence.
  • Product planning and assignment of tasks and deliverables.
  • Drive innovative ideas, solutions, and products through leadership and decisive action.

People Management (20%)

  • Manage and evaluate staff and other partners, including creative vendors, research partners, marketing partners, cross-channel distribution and collaboration partners, and any others who help us advance our agenda.
  • Lead, manage, and mentor a team of product managers, developers, and related personnel.

Information security (10%)

  • Work with outside consultants and embedded fellow to maintain and enhance our security practices relative to our online platforms and products.

Qualifications

We don’t like to insert a long list of “must-haves” here. What we know is that this is not a traditional product role. We are looking for a creative and mature leader with vision and insight, recognizing that person could come from a range of backgrounds. 

Some or all of these would be great to see in the ideal candidate’s background:

  • Digital marketing, creative direction, and partnership experiences.
  • Prior experience working in product/app development and user experience optimization.
  • Experience managing media engagement for both rapid response and long lead stories.
  • Experience with Django and/or ActionKit is required.
  • Experience leading and managing a team.
  • Experience with agile development processes and monthly or weekly product release cycles.
  • Demonstrated experience managing complex projects and the ability to manage staff and consultants seamlessly.
  • Ability to work with different people across multiple teams effectively.
  • A data-driven philosophy: testing, evaluating, and iterating are key parts of your modus operandi.
  • A solid technology background, with an understanding of how core Internet technologies fit together (HTML, CSS, SQL, back-end languages, etc.)
  • Direct experience building and managing online tools and platforms under tight deadlines for rapid response campaigns.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a willingness to give (and receive) feedback.

HOW TO APPLY

Click the "Apply for this position" link below and submit a resume and COC-specific cover letter. Applications will be received on a rolling basis.

MORE INFORMATION

The salary for the Senior Web Developer is $90,000 a year. This is a full-time exempt position. Color Of Change also offers a competitive benefits package.

Color Of Change (COC) is an equal opportunity employer. COC prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.

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