National Political Director

  • America Votes
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
  • Jun 18, 2019
Full time Public Policy Nonprofit-Social Services Nurse

Job Description

National Political Director

Political - Full Time - Washington

Organization Overview

America Votes is the coordination hub of the progressive community, leading collaborative efforts among a diverse coalition of more than 400 state and national partner organizations to advance progressive policies, win elections and protect every American’s right to vote. America Votes works nationally and in more than 20 states to provide a range of services to partners, including strategic planning, advocacy and electoral campaign coordination, data tools and targeting services, and on-the-ground leadership in key states. For more information about America Votes, visit www.americavotes.org.

 

Commitment to Racial Equity

America Votes is committed to advancing racial equity through organizational systems and policies that are consistently tested, evaluated and updated. Some organizational priorities include:

 

  • Building reflective and equitable state and national networks and partnerships.
  • Increasing engagement of state-based groups building power in communities of color in the planning process.
  • Expanding the Community Power Builders program, designed to support organizations led by and working in communities of color as they emerge into the 501(c)(4) space.

America Votes sees its commitment to racial equity as an integral part of its success. Applicants are encouraged to reflect on how they see themselves contributing to America Votes’ work on advancing racial equity.

 

Position Description

America Votes is seeking a talented leader with a record of success executing issue and electoral campaign programs as well as building strong partnerships and coalitions.

 

The national political director is primarily responsible for leading the high-level program coordination and ongoing engagement of 60+ national partner organizations. Additionally, the national political director will co-develop strategy to seamlessly coordinate national and state-based partners’ programs and priorities to develop products that track programs and identify coalition-wide priorities and opportunities, building a seamless and unique connection between state and national efforts.

 

The national political director will ensure programs and elections advance the shared long-term vision for progressive change, including growing the coalition as needed to achieve those goals. This is an exciting opportunity for a proven, visionary leader to build the national partner engagement program at a high-impact organization and serve as a critical member of the organization’s senior leadership team.

 

Location

This position is based in Washington, D.C.

 

Responsibilities

  • Develop America Votes’ strategy for the ongoing engagement and program coordination of national partner organizations.
  • Manage Political Department team in establishing and sustaining relationships with new and longstanding national partner groups.
  • Design and direct the execution of a set of strategic engagements with national partners so they are informed, connected and collaborating toward shared goals.
  • Maintain and expand systems to track and report partner programs and priorities, including key states and elections.
  • Onboard and engage groups on the suites of tools and services provided to partner organizations.
  • Connect national partners to America Votes planning processes nationally and in-state.
  • Provide direct assistance to partners for program and plan development.
  • Identify new and needed coalition partners to help build the most reflective coalition.
  • Represent America Votes in external convenings.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications

  • Work well with people from diverse backgrounds, with experience working in communities of color preferred.
  • Minimum of 10-15 years of campaign management experience and deep understanding of modern campaign tactics, data and targeting and ability to evaluate and execute winning campaign plans with a strong field component required.
  • Applicants ideally have a mix of both electoral and issue advocacy campaign experience at the director level.
  • Experience with independent activity program preferred.
  • Demonstrated expert level ability to exercise excellent political judgement and discretion.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated ability to negotiate, build consensus and strategically disagree. Must be respected by progressive stakeholders and trusted to lead.
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts while maintaining important and effective relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability in managing and leading coalitions with multi-issue agendas.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment as well as independently. Excellent listening, interpersonal, communication, time management and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and handle variety of projects simultaneously. 
  • Applicants must be a self-starter and be willing to work campaign style hours and to travel, as needed.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint). Excellent writing and presentation skills with excellent attention to detail.
  • Ideal candidates will have a spirit of service and a sense of humor.

 

Compensation

Salary is commensurate with experience, $125,000 - $145,000. Benefits include health, dental, vision and 401(K).

 

To Apply

Please submit a copy of your resume, a cover letter and three references to the application form found at https://americavotes.org/jobs/?job_id=fecb0390-d90d-49f6-8d24-423cfbbfee14.

If you experience any technical difficulties with our application form, please email recruiting@americavotes.org. Please note that only applications received through the application form will be considered; please do not email us your application materials.

 

America Votes is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. America Votes does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under local, state or federal law.

 

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Salary

Salary is commensurate with experience, $125,000 - $145,000. Benefits include health, dental, vision and 401(K).

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