Position Announcement

Campaign Director

Campaign For Science

Washington, DC


Position Overview

Twelve science, engineering, higher education and business organizations seek a bold and strategic Campaign Director to lead a new national campaign. The campaign will build support for strong, sustained federal investments in science and technology research and promote the value and need for the use of science, engineering and technology in federal policy-making decisions.

The Director will provide the strategic vision and leadership for a coordinated, non-partisan campaign focused on bolstering the support of federal lawmakers.  The campaign will make the case in targeted states and Washington, DC that America thrives when it invests in its own future and in the benefits of science and engineering.

This is an incredible opportunity to build and launch a powerful and different kind of campaign. The Director will work with leaders of the twelve governing organizations to create a new and innovative grassroots and grasstops model for science advocacy.

The ideal candidate will be a recognized expert in creating and executing state-based national campaigns. Operating with a collaborative leadership style, the Director will be an exceptional communicator and creative risk taker. 

Client Overview

This new, unbranded campaign is comprised of twelve of the country’s leading science, engineering, higher education and business organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Council on Competitiveness and American Geophysical Union.  The campaign, backed by philanthropic resources, will work to coordinate and collaborate in a deeper and more strategic way and will drive activities such as polling, digital media and grassroots organizing.  

The campaign will encourage the strategic collaboration and coordination across the twelve governing members of the campaign while inspiring, engaging, and organizing new voices, nationally and in targeted states, that have the greatest impact and influence on public policy decisions. The campaign will advocate for the use of science in decision making and work to enhance the value that policymakers place on science, demonstrated in actions such as increasing federal support for science and technology research.

Position Responsibilities

  • Provide the strategic vision and plan to achieve campaign objectives
  • Execute a comprehensive, bold advocacy campaign to implement strategies
  • Manage the campaign’s day-to-day operations
  • Inspire shared language, vision, action and partnership with member organizations
  • Lead collaboration with a diverse set of organizations and ensure strong communication amongst all campaign stakeholders
  • Responsibly and effectively manage the campaign budget and the strategic allocation of resources
  • Oversee grassroots and grasstops efforts in multiple states
  • Represent the campaign with funders and other stakeholders
  • Recruit, manage and evaluate staff
  • Provide ongoing strategic campaign advice to coalition partners and stakeholders
  • Relentlessly pursue opportunities to maximize the work of the campaign


  • Minimum of 15 years of related, progressively responsible work experience
  • A record of success in senior-level positions in the advocacy, campaign or government sectors
  • Experience managing large-scale issue, political or advocacy campaigns inside and outside of Washington, DC
  • High-level strategic planning skills, including an understanding of organizational, communications, political and policy elements
  • Ability to communicate with industry, academic and political leaders of both parties
  • Superb interpersonal skills, with a history of forging strong relationships with multiple stakeholders
  • Experience developing and managing multi-million dollar budgets
  • Effective and persuasive communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to build consensus and work with a diverse set of organizations
  • Creative outside the box thinker who is open to new ideas
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced, ambitious work environment
  • Sense of humor
  • Ability to travel as needed

Employment, Compensation and Benefits

The Campaign Director will be an employee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of twelve governing members and fiscal agent of the campaign. The position is funded for one year from the start date with the strong likelihood of extension. Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume online at https://grossmanheinz.com/jobs/.  The cover letter should be concise, compelling and outline the specific ways in which you would be a good fit for this position.  Only applications submitted through this website will be considered.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

AAAS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or other protected category. AAAS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.

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