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Nebraska Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Nebraska Appleseed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Position: Strategy Senior Director

Position Summary

The Strategy Senior Director reports to the Executive Director. The position works with a team of directors to assess needs and opportunities across the organization’s three core strategies: community organizing, policy advocacy, and legal advocacy. Additionally, the role focuses on how Nebraska Appleseed aligns the organization’s mission to respond to changing external conditions. The role requires excellent leadership and coaching skills, strong research and analysis abilities, and strategic thinking to aid in providing strategic guidance to team members and decision-makers. The Strategy Senior Director provides leadership for the organization by bridging the gap between the current state of initiatives and the desired future state.

Organization Profile

Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. Appleseed takes a systems-based approach to complex issues – such as children’s welfare, immigration policy, affordable health care, and poverty – by advocating in the courthouse, at the Capitol, and with the community. For more information visit

Nebraska Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Nebraska Appleseed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.


  • Lead directors by coaching, motivating, guiding, developing, and providing feedback.
  • Conduct weekly meetings with direct reports to provide updates, guidance, and understand progress and barriers.
  • Initiate and set goals with Directors according to the strategic objectives of the organization.
  • Assist Directors with planning projects and initiatives from start to completion, involving deadlines, milestones, and processes.
  • Ensure Directors are working closely to coordinate and effectively implement Appleseed’s multidisciplinary work (e.g., policy, litigation, organizing).
  • Ensure work is aligned to the organization’s strategic objectives.


  • 5 or more years management experience.*
  • 3 or more years experience with one or more of the core advocacy strategies of the organization (legal, policy, organizing).*
  • 3 or more years experience with advocacy in one or more of the core program issue areas of the organization considered a plus.
  • Strong management skills, including conflict resolution, facilitating collaboration, and coaching.*
  • A self-starter with initiative and strong project management skills who can manage multiple projects, next steps, and deadlines.*
  • A strategic thinker who always keeps the big picture in mind.*
  • Experience developing leadership in others and able to plan for strategy and implementation.*
  • A team player who is curious, creative, energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive.

*Denotes essential qualifications.

Salary and Benefits

  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • A competitive benefit package including paid insurance for employee health, vision, and dental coverage
  • Competitive 401(k) with an employer match of up to 4%
  • Longevity leave for milestone employment anniversaries

To Apply

Application deadline is December 18, 2019 with a start date anticipated in January 2020.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references via email to

or via mail to: Nebraska Appleseed, Attn: Ralph Kellogg, Human Resources Director, 941 O Street, Suite 920, Lincoln, NE 68508.

Get Involved With Nebraska Appleseed

There are many ways to get involved with Appleseed, and we welcome all passionate individuals who are interested in learning more about becoming engaged in our work.

Please read about our volunteer opportunities below to see which opportunities interest you, and how you can fit into Appleseed’s work. Once you fill out our volunteer form, a staff member will be in touch with you about next steps towards joining us in the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.

Sign Up To Volunteer

What types of volunteer opportunities interest you?
What kind of work would you like to do? Please keep in mind that we provide staff supervision and guidance on every project, so do not let lack of experience deter you from selecting an interest! We encourage you to select any project that you may be interested in participating in.

Arts-related projects - This can range from helping us design our new Get Out to Vote materials, to helping paint the canvasses we take to events.

Writing a letter to the editor (LTE) - LTEs are short (200-250 words) letters about why you care about a certain issue, and what other community members can do to help. These are submitted to local newspapers, as well as senators.

Staffing an event - Volunteers can help with set-up, leading activities at Appleseed’s booth, encouraging people to sign up for our email listing, telling community members about Appleseed’s work as they walk by, and helping with logistics. This includes both Appleseed-hosted and external events.

Door Canvassing - At Appleseed, we are involved in deep canvassing. When having conversations at residents’ doors, try to go deeper into the issues that a person may be facing by asking open-ended questions about people’s lives in Lincoln. Volunteers initially help with note taking in this process, but are welcome to lead canvasses as they become more comfortable.

Phone Canvassing Phone canvassing (or phone banking) is when we call our fellow Nebraskans to encourage them to take action on a policy change or to vote in an election. Volunteers can help us to spread the word about voter registration or these policy changes by coming to one of our phone canvassing events.

Hosting an advocacy event - This could include inviting Appleseed staff to give one of our many trainings to a group or organization you are a part of, including Advocacy 101, Storytelling Trainings, and presentations on Medicaid. This could also be a movie screening, or any activity you are excited about.

Translation/Interpretation - If you speak another language, we would love to have you help with translating materials, interpreting during canvassing or listening session, etc.

Preparing materials for staff to take to talks and events - This can involve printing pamphlets, packing sign-in sheets, and helping with other office tasks.

Data sorting or data entry - This can involve helping input data that we gather, as well as looking through the data to pull out specific themes or topics.

Which of the following skills/traits do you possess?
If you indicated artistic skills above, please tell us which skills you possess.
If you indicated translation / interpretation skills above, please tell us which languages you are proficient in.
What areas of our work excite you?

Internships & Clerkships

Nebraska Appleseed routinely has positions for interns and law clerks to help support our work. If you are interested in being a law clerk or intern please complete our electronic application form and attach a cover letter and resume. Apply below for Law Clerk and Intern positions.


The Nebraska Appleseed Internship Program is a hands on way to learn about nonprofit and advocacy work in Nebraska.

Our internships are part time, unpaid positions (8-12 hours per week). Interns work within our programs to conduct research projects, assist with advocacy and public policy work, help with community outreach and education, and provide general office support.

Interns work directly under the supervision of a Nebraska Appleseed staff member in one of our four program areas (Immigrants and Communities, Economic Justice, Health Care Access, and Child Welfare).

We will be accepting Spring 2020 applicants from November 18th-29th, 2019.

If you have any questions, you can email our Organizing Director, Selina, at

Internship Application 

Law Clerks

Nebraska Appleseed clerkships are full or part time positions open to current law students that provide opportunities to experience a wide variety of public interest law. Law clerks will do research, legal writing, litigation support, assist with administrative appeals and advocacy and conduct public policy research and analysis. Law clerks work directly under the supervision of Nebraska Appleseed Staff Attorneys allowing them to get one on one attention and direction.

Available Positions

Clerkship Application