Deputy Senior Organizing Director, Field

Color Of Change Remote
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December 29, 2022
Color Of Change
New York, New York State

Color Of Change is the nation’s largest racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us by moving decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. We activate our people to take action on critical issues so that we can build the power necessary to transform the written and unwritten rules of society. Our organizing program is rooted in Black joy that centers our shared values, uplifts our culture and affirms our experience.


Color Of Change is seeking a full-time Deputy Senior Organizing Director to lead the development of strategic programming, systems, and coordination of field work for our Movement Building department.

The Deputy Senior Organizing Director role sits at the intersection of COC’s campaigns and movement building work. Your role will be to lay the framework to launch meaningful campaign work and further develop our national network of member-led squads. Our squads are groups of members across the country that represent Color Of Change locally. They host community building events, engage in service and work on campaigns launched through our OrganizeFor platform.

Working in this role will require an understanding of distributed organizing tactics, coaching as a framework and a knack for strategic planning for long-term capacity-building work. The Deputy Senior Organizing Director has three main areas of responsibility: organizing program development & execution, management & strategic collaboration, and relationship-building. The person who fills this role will work directly with the Senior Organizing Director of the Movement Building team to manage the department and run powerful programming for Color Of Change members.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The position reports to our Senior Organizing Director on the Movement Building Team. Job responsibilities are as follows:

  • Owning the development and execution of the COC Organizing program
    , including in-person (Social Distance during Pandemic) and online training and other capacity-building and leadership development tactics, in alignment with the overall COC Organizing strategy and in consultation with the department Senior Organizing Director, and with the help of the COC Deputy Senior Field Director and Field Director.
  • Use and innovate with our technology tools. Adeptly use our suite of online organizing tools (Every Action and ControlShift) to promote member engagement. Will also use tools like VAN, Mobilize America, ThruText/ThruTalk, etc.

  • Relationship-building and leadership development.
    Organize COC members and the grass-tops. Run a program that supports them in leading effective campaigns that utilize both online and offline tactics to win real change with and for Black people.
  • Management. Manage staff, service providers, vendors, and consultants, as well as project plans as needed to achieve program goals

  • Speak Publicly.
    Be an effective public ambassador for Color Of Change - whether it's for media, funders, and/or members, the person is capable of presenting a strong personal narrative of their relationship to this work, as well as talking about the vision and work of Color Of Change in a way that is aligned with organizational talking points.
  • Be Responsive. We are a racial justice organization that must remain consistently responsive to the news cycle and what's happening in the world. As such, this is not a standard 9-5 job and as part of your role, you may be called on to work early mornings, evenings, late nights, and weekends when moments break.
  • Participate actively in your department team, on the Campaigns Team, and as a part of the overall COC leadership to share responsibility in developing an inclusive, learning-based culture that centers campaigns to make real-world change in the lives of Black people.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate has the following:

  • 7-10 years of Proven skills and deep experience in organizing, strategy, program development, and management.
  • Experimental and strategic thinking. No matter what the challenge is in front of you, you’ll break it down and try problem-solving with a mix of traditional and non-traditional approaches.
  • Strong writing and verbal skills. The ability to communicate information clearly is fundamental to this role, especially via reports, strategy decks, memos, and other strategy-related documents.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. You are confident in interacting with other staff, external partners, organizations, and consultants.
  • Top-notch organization skills. There’s a lot to keep track of in this role, and nothing can fall through the cracks. Managing multiple priorities, timeliness, and attention to detail is key.
  • Ability to effectively use a Black/racial justice frame of reference to write strong and persuasive strategic plans and program development materials.
  • Constructive optimism. The work that we do – be it political, organizing, or creative – is all about the art of the possible. While we’re looking to remedy deep structural issues, our progress comes incrementally – a series of wins, some small and some large, that help advance us closer to the systemic change we seek.
  • A commitment to civil rights and racial justice.

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


The salary range for the Deputy Senior Organizing Director is $130,000- $136,500. This is a full-time exempt position. Color Of Change also offers a competitive benefits package.

Union position: No

Location: The position is based out of our NYC, Washington D.C., or Oakland office

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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