From the beginning, STAND has been student-led, not only at the campus level, but also at the national level. This year, STAND is offering a new way of engagement through our issue-based action committees. These committees aim to educate young people on issues related to a specific issue or conflict area, center voices of affected populations, and provide spaces for movement-building and political activism on each given issue. Members of our student Managing Committee (MC) serve as liaisons between Action Committees and STAND’s Student Directors and at-large MC members, helping develop STAND’s national advocacy focus areas, craft our public brand and messaging, and coordinate our grassroots organizing efforts. Managing Committee members work closely with Action Committees to develop our short- and long-term advocacy and grassroots organizing strategies, create educational materials, resources, and activities our grassroots members, and work with partners to advance shared goals.
Please note that these positions are for the duration of the 2019-2020 academic year, and require an average of 10 hours of volunteer time per week. We consider these positions to be the equivalent of a part-time internship and expect MC members to prioritize these positions accordingly. In return, and at staff’s discretion, we are happy to provide professional references and recommendations for exceptional team members.
NOTE: Applications for the STAND Managing Committee are now closed. Scroll down for other open leadership positions, and feel free to contact us at email@example.com with any questions!
STAND Program Director (Staff)
STAND is seeking energetic, creative, and passionate candidates to direct and oversee STAND’s U.S.-based operations. This is an excellent position for someone eager to break into the international human rights and conflict prevention field while learning the ropes of grassroots organizing and political advocacy.
The first STAND chapter formed at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. in 2004, just a few weeks after President George W. Bush declared the situation in Darfur, Sudan a “genocide,” and one year after fighting broke out. This was the first time that a sitting American president had made such a declaration in regards to an ongoing situation of genocide. American students immediately heeded the call of “never again,” growing STAND into an international network of student activists with more than 700 chapters worldwide. Today, STAND focuses on Sudan, South Sudan, Burma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, and Yemen, as well as thematic issues such as sexual and gender-based violence as a weapon of war; early warning and prevention of genocide and mass atrocities; and protections for displaced peoples around the world.
With a deep belief in young people as agents of change, STAND is primarily run by a volunteer, student-run Managing Committee who work to bridge the divide between classroom learning and civic engagement on issues of genocide and mass atrocities, by:
- Harnessing the power and energy of young people to advocate for marginalized people around the world, through campus organizing, peer education, and leadership development;
- Advocating for appropriate U.S. policy responses to address the root causes of conflict in several specific conflict areas around the world; and
- Building local capacity towards community-level interventions which promote cross-cultural dialogue, nonviolent conflict resolution, and restorative justice practices in the U.S.
STAND is the youth-led division of The Aegis Trust, an international NGO focused on peace and values education for the prevention of genocide, mass atrocities, and identity-based violence.
The STAND Program Director reports to senior staff at The Aegis Trust, and manages STAND USA’s Youth Managing Committee and Volunteer Advisory Board.
- Programming and advocacy (60%)
- Train, manage, and evaluate Managing Committee volunteers;
- Direct and oversee the planning and execution of campaigns and programming, advocacy actions, strategic outreach and growth, and national communications;
- Spearhead the planning and execution of U.S.-based student trainings and conferences, including two biannual Managing Committee Retreats; and
- Supervise daily operations and manage communication with student leaders, interns, and consultants as necessary.
- Finance and Fundraising (25%)
- Manage the organizational budget and ensure effective utilization of financial resources; and
- Coordinate grassroots fundraising, donor outreach, and development efforts, including
- Grassroots and alumni/ae-focused fundraising; and
- Grant writing & donor relationship cultivation, with support from Aegis staff.
- Partner development (15%)
- Represent STAND leadership at meetings and to partner organizations; and
- Develop new partnerships with a focus on organizational growth and strategic goal alignment
- Bachelor’s degree in international relations, political science, communications, journalism, or related field preferred
- 2-3 years experience in event planning, financial management and fundraising, and program management preferred
- Meticulous, with acute attention to detail
- Strong self starter
- Excellent communication skills and collaborative spirit
- Experience with issue-based campaigning and political advocacy, preferably on U.S. foreign policy issues
- Fundraising and development experience, particularly in grant writing
- Ability to work remotely and independently with limited supervision
- Confident with technology and virtual communication
- Ability to engage donors, staff, and local volunteers across the country using different communication platforms.
STAND is committed to building a diverse team that draws on the strengths of people with a variety of identities, backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. People of color, indigenous people, LGBTQ+ people, and immigrants are particularly encouraged to apply.
Location: Flexible under remote supervision structure, but candidates based in Washington, D.C. strongly preferred. Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S.
Salary: $40,000 to $45,000 per annum depending on experience. This is currently offered as a six month contract, but is renewable pending availability of funds.
To Apply: Submit a one-page resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample of no more than three double-spaced pages to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “STAND Program Director Application: [NAME]”.
Applications are due by June 30, 2019, or until filled. Expected start date will be in mid-July, though there may be some flexibility.
Please reach out to Mac Hamilton at email@example.com with any questions.
As the visible leader of the STAND constituency and the supervisor of the Managing Committee (MC) and Action Committees, the Student Director (SD) makes sure all of the pieces fit together in STAND’s short-term and long-term organizational planning, campaign development and implementation, and outreach strategy. As SD, you will be responsible for facilitating internal MC discussions via Slack (our team communication platform) and weekly conference calls, coordinating workflows for the implementation of national programming, working with Staff to plan national events such as MC retreats and national conferences, and representing STAND at public speaking engagements. Working closely with STAND Staff, you’ll also play a key role in developing relationships with partner organizations and in fine-tuning STAND’s strategic plan.
Applications for Student Director are now closed.
Managing Committee (MC) Positions
The Managing Committee (MC) is comprised of STAND’s highest level activists, who oversee the Action Committees, develop national campaigns and programming, and run our outreach efforts. The MC is responsible for looking out for STAND’s long-term future, and making sure we’re effectively working towards our mission to end and prevent genocide and mass atrocities.
We know MC members vary in skills and interests. Therefore, we encourage you to highlight in your application your leadership experiences, your skills and talents, and any issues we work on that you feel called to contribute to. Some MC members will be facilitating Action Committees and others will be working with SD and Staff to develop communications, partner relationships, and educational materials. In either type of role, as an MC member, you will be responsible for communicating daily with other MC and Action Committee members via Slack (our team communication platform), attending weekly conference calls, bi-weekly Action Committee calls, and creating educational and campaign materials, according to committee needs.
Applications for the 2019-2020 Managing Committee are now closed.
Committees are the newest way to get involved with STAND: The Student-led Movement to End Mass Atrocities. Committee members are welcomed at all levels of commitment, from those able to take one action a month, to those wanting to mobilize their communities, research policy options, and creatively fundraise for STAND’s work. You can take part in as little or as much as your schedule allows!
Current Committees include:
- Sudan Action Committee
- Yemen Action Committee
- Burma Action Committee
- DR Congo Action Committee
- Indigenous Peoples’ Action Committee
Have an idea for another Committee? We welcome new ideas and areas of focus, and encourage you to contact us via the Committee form to pitch your idea.
Click here to access the Committee interest form. After you submit, a Committee Representative will contact you with information about next steps. We accept new members at any time!
Without our dedicated Task Forces, we would have no power! We are looking for state-based grassroots organizers and social media gurus to help us fulfill our goals of building an informed and engaged grassroots constituency across the U.S. Join us!
State Advocacy Leads
As a grassroots movement, we are working to build a community of activists in every state across the country in order to make an impact on local, state, and national policy. As a State Advocacy Coordinator, you will connect to influential grasstops and grassroots leaders in your state, plan local advocacy strategy with our Outreach and Advocacy Teams, write op-eds, lobby locally, and mobilize people in your state to take urgent actions.
Weekly Time Commitment: Approximately 5 hours per week
- Excellent communication skills
- Understanding of basic advocacy and campaign strategy
- Ability to learn about state-specific politics and policymaking processes
- Strong writing skills
Social Media Coordinator(s)
STAND is looking for 1-2 volunteers to serve on our Campaigns Task Force and help us spread our message far and wide!
If you’re social media savvy, enjoy thinking about visual representations of activism, and want to make a tangible difference by engaging students in human rights advocacy, this is the position for you! As a Social Media Coordinator, you would be responsible for drafting posts for STAND’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat based on the latest #genprev news, STAND campaigns, and partner actions. Additionally, you would be expected to make engaging digital graphics like infographics or call-in scripts that can be shared with STAND’s constituency to make political involvement more appealing. Our Social Media Coordinators will work closely with the Campaigns Coordinator to create social media tools for campaigns, including sample posts for activists, graphics, and other shareable content.
Weekly Time Commitment: Approximately 4-5 hours per week
- Excellent communication skills, including the ability to distill complex content into short sound bites
- Familiarity with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat
- A willingness to try new things, learn, and apply new skills
- Flexibility in schedule, as this position will require the ability to produce daily social media posts
- Knowledge of image-editing software (Photoshop/Canva) and/or videography is desired, but not required