Food & Water Watch is a leading nonprofit running strategic campaigns to move America Off Fossil Fuels, ensure safe drinking water for all, and challenge the corporate control of our food, water and democracy. We utilize online and field organizing to build the people power we need to win real victories – including banning fracking in New York and Maryland, stopping the TPP in its tracks and banning the toxin arsenic from being used in chicken production. We are proud progressives who don’t accept any corporate or government funding so we can stand up for what we believe in without any conflicts of interest.
Because we work on so many hard-hitting campaigns, the Web Editor fulfills a crucial role: weaving everything together to tell the story of who we are while honing our online identity. We have great content coming from campaigns across the country and we are looking for someone who can optimize it for Internet users. User experience testing, running analytics for data-driven strategy, and finding how we can assist and lead in the causes we care about with new content are all part of the job.
Our ideal candidate comes from a journalistic/editing background with a good sense of how to write for the web — and how to teach others to do the same. Experience with HTML and CMS (Drupal, WordPress) is a huge plus: you’ll be working closely with our website developers to ensure that our sites remain relevant and responsive in a fast-paced digital world.
The position is full-time and reports to the Communications Director. This position is located in Washington, DC.
Food & Water Watch strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and differently-abled people to apply.
- Day to day management of the organization’s website – including foodandwaterwatch.org, foodandwateractionfund.org, and other microsites.
- Run our Google Adwords account to connect people with ways they can get involved in our work.
- Help manage the organizational editorial calendar, and connect people across teams (online organizing, development, communications, etc.) to optimize content for website.
- Maintain familiarity with a diverse set of issues and stay up to date on urgent developments.
- Optimize and reshape web content for user experience and to drive people to get involved (learning more, educating others, meeting people in their area, taking action, volunteering and donating).
- Craft messaging and language that reinforces Food & Water Watch’s strategic approach and identity.
- Find innovative ways to drive people to our website in a way that is useful or compelling to them. Work across teams to ensure this is happening across channels.
- Develop and execute strategies to maximize engagement and donor conversion.
- Work with other staff to identify and maximize opportunities to grow our list of online and offline supporters as well as grow our list of one time and monthly donors.
- Track, analyze and report back on digital performance metrics and supporter feedback. Facilitate strategic testing programs.
- Develop web content strategies to increase the name recognition of our organization and the important work we do.
- Manage technical digital projects and collaborate with web developers, website managers and others within the organization.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Experience editing, preferably for an online publication.
- Strong knowledge of digital best practices for nonprofit online marketing, email messaging, online advocacy, and online fundraising is critical.
- Proficiency with eCRM systems and strong understanding of metrics, analytics, reporting tools and A/B testing. High level of comfort with technology is a must. Experience with HTML and CSS is a strong plus.
- Tech-savvy and eager to learn new tools/ run tests/ experiment.
- Passion for the issues Food & Water Watch is tackling every day is a must. Shares our progressive values and feels comfortable standing up to the establishment, including Democrats that compromise on our issues. Previous experience with water, food, or public interest issues is a plus.
- Familiarity with grassroots organizing and advocacy techniques.
- Excellent campaign style writing, including the ability to quickly condense information and convey it clearly and concisely.
- Ability to think on your feet and quickly respond to and take advantage of breaking news.
- Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills. Ability to work well with a wide variety of people (both technical and non-technical staff) and to coordinate diverse tasks. Excellent relationship-management skills.
- Excellent ability to manage many projects at once with clear attention to detail. Ability to plan ahead and shift plans to match a change priorities is a must.
- Demonstrated leadership capability. Wants to be part of a team.
- Can-do attitude with ability to track down and solve problems.
- Sense of humor appreciated.
- Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the goals of Food & Water Watch.
- Long/irregular hours and travel possible.
- Applicant must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
Compensation and Benefits
- Salary $40,000 – $50,000 – dependent on experience and location.
- 100% employer-paid health care, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance.
- Three weeks paid vacation to start and three personal days.
- Food & Water Watch offices are closed for all federal holidays and an extra week at the end of December.
- Paid sick days.
- Family and medical leave.
- 403(b) retirement plan with annual employer contribution after the first year on staff.
- Professional development opportunities on an ongoing basis.