Public Citizen

Public Citizen

Deputy Director
Global Trade Watch Division

Based in Washington, DC


Public Citizen seeks a strategic and experienced manager to serve as Deputy Director for our Global Trade Watch (GTW) division. The Deputy Director works with GTW’s D.C. team and allied organizations in the U.S. and abroad to manage various grassroots, national and international campaigns and GTW’s vibrant research, field and press operations. Based in Public Citizen’s D.C. Capitol Hill office, GTW’s Deputy Director works with the Director and the Senior Staff Team to develop strategies and campaigns. The Deputy Director coordinates the activities of GTW’s Field, Research, Communications and Administrative teams to ensure that the entire group operates together effectively. The Deputy Director helps develop and maintain relationships with allied organizations and grasstops leaders. The Deputy Director works with the Director to recruit and train staff and supervises all GTW daily operations. The Deputy Director works closely with the Director to conduct GTW’s fundraising program and manage finances.

Global Trade Watch designs strategies and campaigns that operate simultaneously on the local, national and international levels to challenge the current corporate-led globalization model and fight for more economically fair, socially just, environmentally sustainable and democratic alternatives. “Trade” agreements, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), have become powerful tools to expand corporate power and lock in new corporate rights. Decisions that affect our daily lives are shifted to venues where those who will live with the results have no role. Even when governments or public opinion change, once established, these strongly enforced rules are nearly impossible to alter.

Unless this “trade” regime is changed, many hard-won public interest policies – regarding financial regulation, environmental and food safety protections, climate change and the environment, affordable health care, internet freedom, and more – are at risk of challenge and rollback. The goal of our work is to empower people, the majority of whom are the losers under the status-quo “trade” model, to build demand for change. Given the role that the U.S. government and corporations play promoting the current damaging globalization model, GTW’s commitment to changing U.S. policy is a key contribution to the inspiring global justice movement with whom we work internationally.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Team Management
    • Primarily responsible for the day-to-day coordination and management of a fast-paced, highly flexible legislative, field, media, digital and research operation, ensuring effective communication, time management and task prioritization among 10 team members, in close cooperation with domestic and international allies and coalitions.
    • Recruit, hire, train and be involved with all personnel matters in consultation with the Director.
  2. Analysis and Advocacy
    • Assist Director in representing GTW with coalition allies, government contacts, and the media.
    • Serve as lead team writer, drafting and editing press releases, statements, sign-on letters, infographics, op-eds and other materials.
    • Along with the Director, help maintain GTW’s extensive domestic and international relationships with civil society leaders and government officials, and develop new relationships to further GTW’s campaigns. Supervise junior staff to manage a number of international coalition relationships.
    • In collaboration with communications team, ensure a steady stream of accurate and compelling content for GTW-managed Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram platforms and websites.
    • Develop strategy with the Director and field team to expand a vast and effective field operation to build grassroots and grasstops action to achieve our goals, including via electronic outreach programs.
    • Work with the Director, Research Director and other staff to ensure professional, accurate and timely publication of key analyses, reports, fact sheets, testimony, and other important documents, including
    • In coordination with the Director, field and communications teams, manage coalition events and actions including petition deliveries, press conferences, congressional briefings, national days-of-action, rallies, webinars, and panel discussions.
  3. Fundraising Management
    • Coordinate with Director, Public Citizen’s development team and CFO in developing foundation proposals, budgets, and financial reports.
    • Develop deliverables lists from foundation proposal work plans to ensure we accomplish the work described in our proposals. In cooperation with senior staff, ensure the team stays on schedule to complete the listed work products and projects.
    • Direct the staff reporting process and draft foundation reports in compliance with each funder’s requirement.
    • Work with the Director to develop an annual budget for GTW and to oversee finances and legal issues relating to foundation grants, lobbying reporting and more.
  4. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree preferred – equivalent experience may be substituted. Degree or training in management a plus.
  • Work Experience: Position requires a minimum of 7 years experience in advocacy, campaigning, Hill staffing or communications dealing with legislative or issue campaigns. Experience in foundation and other fundraising a plus.
  • Knowledge: Familiarity with the following: the legislative process, grassroots organizing and media; the U.S. nongovernmental organization and labor sectors; Congress and political protocol; fundraising and team management. Working knowledge of trade and globalization issues a plus; however, we will invest in training a candidate with strong campaigning and management skills and commitment to Global Trade Watch’s goals.
  • Skills: Excellent political judgment and organizing skills regarding time management, prioritization, project tracking and follow-through. Ability to effectively lead, manage and support people under often changing and sometimes stressful campaign conditions. Proven experience in developing and executing multifaceted campaigns. Excellent interpersonal, writing and verbal skills are required. Editing skills a plus.
  • Capabilities: High energy and enthusiasm. Ability to work well with a wide range of people. Excellent attention to detail. Works well under pressure and maintains calm in stressful situations. Can handle multiple tasks at once and adapt to changing situations.
  • Conditions: Strong interest in and commitment to the public interest and promotion of the goals of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. Minimum three-year commitment.

Salary and Benefits:
Competitive salary bases on relevant experience and qualifications and generous benefits package. Below is a list of some of our benefits (please note that some benefits have eligibility requirements).

  • Great medical and dental coverage, 100% paid by PC, including full coverage for children
  • Three weeks paid vacation for new employees, plus five personal days
  • 401K plan with a 5% contribution from PC after one year of employment
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave after one year of employment
  • Sabbatical after 10 years of employment
  • Student loan reimbursement program

To Apply:
Send a letter of interest, résumé and writing sample to gtwapplicants@citizen.org. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will close as soon as a suitable candidate is identified.

Public Citizen is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, LGBT candidates are encouraged to apply. Public Citizen employees are proud members of SEIU Local 500.

More About Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch:
Public Citizen is a national nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent the public interest in Congress, the executive branch and the courts. We fight for openness and democratic accountability in government; for social and economic justice in globalization and trade policies; for clean, safe and sustainable energy; for strong health, safety and environmental protections; for safe, effective and affordable medicines and health care; and for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts. We have offices in Washington, D.C., and Texas. Public Citizen has over 300,000 members and supporters.

The mission of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch division is to ensure that in this era of globalization, the 99% in America and around the world have the opportunity to enjoy economic security; a clean environment; safe food, medicines and products; access to quality affordable services such as health care; and the exercise of democratic decision-making about the matters that affect their lives.

Public Citizen started working on globalization and “trade” issues in 1991 when we recognized that this was necessary simply to remain effective advocates for the public health, consumer safety, environmental and economic justice goals Public Citizen had promoted over decades. Motivating this strategic initiative was our realization that today’s international commercial agreements, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), were no longer mainly about trade per se. Rather, these far-reaching agreements were backdoor delivery mechanisms to implement an expansive, enforceable package of nontrade policies – limits on financial regulation and food safety, new monopoly patent rights over medicines that limit access, limits on Internet freedom, new investor rights that promote job offshoring and subject public interest policies to attack, and more. This corporate-led version of globalization is designed to limit governments’ role in regulating the economy and to eliminate many of the public-interest safeguards Public Citizen and like-minded organizations and activists had won over decades. And it shifts decision-making on matters previously determined in national, state and local venues to international bodies where those affected by the decisions have no meaningful role.

Since its inception in 1995, GTW has been a leader in popularizing the globalization and trade debate by connecting these seemingly arcane policies to people’s everyday experiences – and helping people make a difference in the future of globalization by giving them the tools they need to educate their communities, hold Congress accountable for policy choices and hit the streets to protest. GTW works with diverse national and international coalitions and is an active member of the national Citizens Trade Campaign coalition and the Our World Is Not for Sale global network.

For more information, please see our website: www.tradewatch.org.

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