The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) is a national nonprofit working to reverse today’s extreme levels of corporate concentration and advance policies to rebuild the economic capacity of local communities. We use in-depth research, reporting, and data analysis to produce influential reports and articles. Our work illuminates the public policy decisions that have fueled concentration and shows how we can change the rules to create a more equitable and democratic future. Our analysis is frequently featured in national news media and sought out by policymakers. We work closely with a broad range of allies to move these ideas and policies. 

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Advocacy and Campaigns Manager

The Advocacy and Campaigns Manager will join ILSR’s Independent Business team, which works to expose the consequences of corporate concentration and build support for local, state, and federal policies that check monopoly power and build thriving, equitable communities. In this role, you will report to the Senior Policy Advocate to execute campaign strategies and manage relationships with allied organizations and coalition partners, including a coalition of nearly 30 independent business groups and alliances advocating for antimonopoly reforms. This role holds a range of advocacy and campaign coordination responsibilities, including:


Campaign Coordination (40%)

  • Cultivate and manage relationships with allied and partner organizations, including gaining an understanding of partners’ internal priorities to inform campaign strategy
  • Coordinate an existing table of partners, including facilitating engaging, productive meetings, and coordinating joint campaign actions, such as press events and sign-on letters
  • Recruit, organize, and support partners and small business owners for media interviews, op-eds, and engagement with federal and state policymakers
  • Identify, recruit, and develop new partners and small business owners for advocacy
  • Maintain and manage a campaign database and various tracking systems

Advocacy (40%)

  • Work alongside the Senior Policy Advocate and ILSR’s communications team to develop messaging and communications materials for the campaign, including:
    • Prepare communications materials such as talking points, small business testimonials, and social media content showcasing monopoly power’s direct impact on small businesses
    • Create rapid response materials for campaigns and distribute to coalition partners
    • Draft other written materials for the campaign on behalf of coalition partners
  • Interview and capture the stories of small business owners and partners for written and/or video statements
  • Coordinate with ILSR’s research and communications staff to produce content, including videos, for advocacy campaigns
  • Draft weekly email updates to inform campaign members of updates and news
  • Develop and maintain the coalition’s social media channels
    • Write, edit, update, and schedule digital content using social media management, email marketing and website content management systems to mobilize partners
    • Create and maintain a content calendar to keep team and partners informed and coordinated on plans and strategy
    • Analyze engagement data and identify online strategies to grow the coalition and increase its impact

Other Advocacy Support and Administrative Tasks (20%)

  • Support ILSR’s Independent Business Team, including the Senior Policy Advocate, in their engagement with policymakers
  • Develop expertise on monopoly power and small business
  • Maintain policymaker, partner, and ally lists
  • Monitor policymaker activities
  • Miscellaneous administrative tasks as directed by supervisor

A Successful Candidate is:

  • A strong writer and communicator with the ability to synthesize and convey complex ideas and policies in a clear and compelling way
  • Skilled at recruiting, following up, listening and pleasantly persistent
  • Excellent proofreading and editing skills
  • A creative thinker and collaborative team member
  • Attentive to accuracy, detail, and nuance
  • Strong social media skills and experience
  • Passionate about the ILSR’s mission of countering corporate monopolies and building community power
  • A skilled time manager with the ability to manage both long- and short-term deadlines, and the capacity to change focus based on organizational needs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least five years of experience in organizing, communications, campaigns, or advocacy
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Understanding and engagement with public policy and economic issues, the legislative process, and grassroots movements
  • Experience using the software and tools our communications team relies on: Google Workspace, Dropbox, Mailchimp, Hootsuite, Canva, Action Network, New Mode and WordPress


This position is full-time and can be done remotely or based in an ILSR office in Minneapolis, MN; Portland, ME; or Washington, DC.  This is a grant-contingent position.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.  The salary range for this position is $60,000 to $75,000 depending on skills, experience and location.  Position includes 100% employer-paid health plan (you pay no premiums); generous vacation, holiday and parental leave; and a retirement plan with a matching contribution.  We are a dynamic and friendly team dedicated to making the world a better place.  ILSR takes professional growth seriously.

This is a bargaining union position with salary and benefits subject to pending collective bargaining, represented by OPEIU Local 12.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter addressed to Katy Milani, résumé, and two writing samples reflecting your original work to The cover letter should be no longer than 400 words and include mention of how you learned about the position.

The writing samples should be no longer than 1,000 words each (excerpts of longer pieces are welcome). Please submit all materials as a single PDF.

The subject line of the email should read, “Application for Advocacy and Campaigns Manager.” We are accepting applications on a rolling basis until this position is filled. Check ILSR’s website for updated information.

If you’re excited about this position, but feel you don’t meet 100% of the requirements, please apply — it never hurts to try.

ILSR welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, women, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, gender-nonconforming, veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.


Geographic Information Systems Internship

ILSR is looking to hire a Geographic Information Systems Intern. This person will work with our GIS and Data Visualization Researcher, as well as the rest of the Community Broadband Networks team, on original research projects that advance the mission of the initiative. The GIS intern can expect to receive hands-on experience using R, QGIS or ArcGIS Pro, Tableau, and Excel.

The internship is available to undergraduate students, graduate students, and other interested individuals who can commit to 20 – 40 hours per week. Pay is $16 per hour. This is a fully remote position unless the successful candidate lives near one of our offices and is interested in an in-person work setting.  


  • Assist in creating, informative broadband coverage maps using public and internal databases, such as the Federal Communication Commission’s Form 477 and the American Community Survey
  • Compile statistics related to Internet access across datasets
  • Creatively develop visual resources to educate policymakers and activists on issues around Internet access
  • Support ongoing research for longer reports and projects
  • Support research for our allies and partners, often working with BIPOC communities


  • Experience using ArcGIS Pro or QGIS (1-3 years)
  • Experience managing spatial data and producing map layouts
  • Strong writing, research, and communications skills
  • Ability to troubleshoot independently but also ask for help when needed
  • Extensive undergraduate OR some graduate coursework in OR professional experience working with spatial datasets or mapping efforts
  • Creative thinking – graphics, videos, audio, maps, etc.
  • Ability to work independently and juggle multiple tasks
  • Enthusiasm for policy work to improve Internet access for everyone, but an appreciation of how uneven broadband access disproportionately harms historically marginalized communities

You do not need to know much about broadband policy or telecommunications. You do need to be passionate about public policy.

How to Apply:

Submit all materials to with the subject line “INTERNet App”

  • Resume
  • Sample of GIS-related project
  • Cover Letter (three paragraphs about why you are the ideal candidate)

ILSR is an Equal Opportunity Employer

ILSR is committed to providing employees with a welcoming work environment free of discrimination and harassment. ILSR is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability.