About Hip Hop Caucus
Founded in 2004, the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting underserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders.
Our mission is to use the power of our cultural expression to empower communities who are first and worst impacted by injustice. Our members, as well as our dedicated national team, span the country and globe. We are multiracial and we center our work in communities of color. We span Gen Z, Millennials, and Gen X, and we come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our vision is for racial justice, healthy communities, and a healthy planet.
Throughout our history, HHC has mobilized hundreds of thousands of young BIPOC voters across seven election cycles, produced HOME (Heal Our Mother Earth) – the first climate album to move over 60,000 people to action in support of the Clean Power Plan in 2014, and led the first protest in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and continually partnered with local organizations for annual commemorations.
In 2021, our community took over 2.1M actions on climate justice with Think 100%, including petition signatures, EPA comments, event participation, social media post engagement, and more. We played an influential role as a national partner to the local Memphis community in the cancellation of the Byhalia Pipeline. We also raised and distributed $100,000 in direct relief to families affected by Hurricane Ida across 12 parishes in Louisiana.
Our Respect My Vote! Campaign developed a free resource for people with a felony record and their loved ones to check their eligibility to vote based on state legislation; since its launch, the tool has been used over 100,000 times. In 2022, we completed two successful voter registration and mobilization tours, mobilized 375,000 Black voters to the polls, and contacted 750,000 people ahead of the midterm elections.
Our breadth of accomplishments reflect our principled approach to organizing, advocacy, and campaigning. HHC pioneers culture and narrative to expand our impact, shows up with direct relief and continued solidarity with communities being harmed by systemic injustices, and builds nonpartisan democracy by engaging voters year-round.
As an institution built by and for people and communities of color, we are rooted firmly in the belief that racial justice and climate justice are interwoven.
For more information on Hip Hop Caucus, please visit hiphopcaucus.org.
HHC is seeking its first-ever Think 100% Associate Senior Director. Reporting to Senior Director of Campaigns and Advocacy Russell Armstrong, the Think 100% Associate Senior Director will play an integral role in the Campaigns and Advocacy division, leading the creation and implementation of a robust and ambitious national climate justice and environmental justice advocacy agenda in alignment with HHC’s overall mission and priorities. This role will be the chief point of contact for both climate justice and environmental justice policy and campaigns for HHC, and as such will lead the Think 100% staff in the Campaigns and Advocacy division.
Team Management and Leadership
- With a collaborative and team-oriented approach, build upon the existing culture of the Campaigns and Advocacy division as well as the Think 100% team as they expand, ensuring that all team members are supported and have an opportunity for development
- In partnership with the Senior Director of Campaigns and Advocacy, cultivate strong cross-organization relationships, with an understanding of and appreciation for the various ways that HHC’s programmatic areas intersect
- Collaborate effectively with HHC’s Storytelling and Communications division, helping to frame messaging and design for all Think 100%-related narrative change work across multimedia, including podcasts, social media, films, videos, and art pieces
Strategic Planning and Execution
- Alongside the Senior Director of Campaigns and Advocacy, develop and refine the strategic priorities of the Think 100% campaigns and advocacy team in its next chapter
- With an innovative approach, envision new opportunities for HHC’s climate and environmental justice campaigns and policy advocacy, particularly as it relates to engaging in deeper partner relationships and prioritizing an intersectional lens to the work
- Support in the tracking and monitoring of ongoing advocacy and campaign focus areas, helping to ensure that all levers are being pulled and the team is working in concert toward the strategic priorities
- Drive rapid response efforts in alignment with overarching campaign and advocacy priorities
- Serve as a spokesperson for HHC on matters related to Think 100%, including engagement with the media, partners, and coalition allies
- Develop high-level contacts and relationships in key organizations and community-based democratic policy institutions
- In the interest of increasing visibility and support of the Think 100% campaigns and legislative priorities, evaluate and translate complex policy to brief, educate, and train an array of constituents
The Think 100% Associate Senior Director must be a collaborative and mission-driven leader with a strong grasp on the opportunities and challenges within the climate justice and environmental justice space. They should have both a deep understanding of the complex policies connected to this work, and an innovative, think-outside-the-box mentality and ability to tailor campaign tactics and messages that inspire engagement from a wide range of audiences. As a leader in the Campaigns and Advocacy division, this individual will have an opportunity to play an integral role in shaping the Think 100% strategic priorities and objectives moving forward.
The following offers an aspirational view of the ideal candidate profile; we encourage applications from candidates with a wide range of experiences and background, especially those from underrepresented groups.
The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:
- 7-10 years of experience in policy and campaigns, with an emphasis on experience in the climate justice/environmental justice space
- High political acumen with a thorough understanding of the decision-making processes of executive and legislative branches of government at the federal and/or state level, and familiarity with international climate policy and negotiations
- Experience with diverse campaign models and targets ranging from policy, administrative, finance, electoral, and cultural
- Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and manage multiple campaigns and projects simultaneously, tracking against strategic priorities and remaining flexible to address emerging priorities
- Strong public speaking and writing skills
- A natural affinity for partnership, organizing, and coalition-building
- Experience designing and implementing campaigns with a range of constituents and in various contexts
- High level of cultural competence and experience working across cultures is essential; deep understanding of and experience engaging with multicultural or BIPOC communities of young people (Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X)
- Demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice and a passion for HHC’s mission
- Experience working in a remote/hybrid environment
- Willingness to travel up to 30%
Compensation & Benefits
The salary range for this role is $140,000-$149,000, and the final salary will be based on experience and qualifications. HHC also offers a comprehensive benefits package. The HHC team has a remote culture, with physical offices in Los Angeles, CA and Washington, DC. This opportunity is location-flexible, with a strong preference for candidates based in one of the office locations.
Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement, which is being led by Molly Brennan, Meghan Franklin, and Dina Tyler. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to by filling out our Talent Profile.
Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email NonprofitSearchOps@divsearch.com. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.
Hip Hop Caucus is an equal opportunity employer. HHC 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.
About Koya Partners
Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.
For more information about Koya Partners, visit diversifiedsearchgroup.com/koya-partners/.