Ohio Program Director

  • America Votes
  • Columbus, OH, USA
  • Jun 18, 2019
Full time Public Policy Nonprofit-Social Services Other

Job Description


State - Full Time - Columbus

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 Ohio is seeking a well-organized self-starter for a full-time position as program director. The Ohio program director plays a key role in the advancement of the progressive movement in the state, responsible for the year-round coordination and alignment of electoral, organizing, advocacy and policy work among partners and allies. The position works directly with the America Votes team in Ohio, as well as dozens of progressive partners and allies with the state’s progressive movement. This position reports directly to the Ohio state director.



Columbus, Ohio preferred.



  • Strategic planning assistance – support coalition partners through the development of campaign plans (electoral, voting rights and issue campaigns), providing technical and organizing assistance, responding to programmatic requests and participating actively in long-range strategic planning for the Ohio progressive movement
  • Support coalition coordination by tracking organizational programs, monitoring benchmarks, providing technical assistance and identifying gaps in collective strategy.
  • Facilitate innovation and creative solutions to challenges related to electoral and issue campaigns, short- and long-term campaign planning and capacity building.
  • Support legislative strategy around voting rights and support partner legislative issue advocacy.
  • Organize and facilitate coordinated and/or collaborative partner events, including coalition meetings, trainings and direct voter contact activities.
  • Develop capacity-building opportunities for partners and work directly with the state director and data manager to assess program gaps and overlaps to maximize program impact.
  • Work with partner organizations using the voter file and other technologies to support and enhance issue advocacy and voter contact programs. This includes assisting partners in employing best practices and VAN trainings.
  • Conduct state-based research to track candidates, expenditures, campaigns, ballot measures and other entities as needed
  • Support the creation and development of written reports and products to tell the story of Ohio and support the coalition. (includes plans, reports, scripts, briefs/memos)
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.




  • Experience working with underrepresented and/or historically marginalized communities, particularly in political and organizing settings.
  • Demonstrated ability to build consensus, negotiate and strategically disagree within a highly collaborative work environment; ability to be respected by progressive stakeholders, trusted to lead and able to practice confidentiality, discretion and legal compliance in the work.
  • Ability to build strong relationships quickly and cultivate those relationships over the long term; experience facilitating and working within broad and diverse coalitions.
  • Ability to work independently and to drive and manage own workload; ability to manage several tasks/projects concurrently and prioritize work effectively by making and meeting team goals.
  • Excellent communication and time management skills, with attention to detail.
  • Ability to travel within the state (as needed); ability to work sometimes long, irregular hours, especially during the peak months of the electoral cycle. Must be a self-starter.
  • Strong commitment to racial equity and anti-racism practices, training and frameworks.
  • Ideal candidates will have experience (at least four to six years) in progressive political campaigns, progressive non-profits (with an organizing focus) or similar transferable experience
  • Ideal candidates will have experience with standard presentation materials including Microsoft Suite (Excel, Power Point, etc.).
  • Candidates should have a spirit of service and curiosity, along with a diplomatic approach to problem-solving in work with outside partners and while working internally, independently or on a team.
  • Positive attitude and sense of humor.


  • Knowledge of and experience with Ohio political landscape and/or independent expenditure political campaigns.
  • Familiarity with campaign and/or organizing metrics. Experience with relational voter programs and digital campaigns.
  • Experience with program analysis, research and testing. 


Salary is commensurate with experience, $50,000 - $60,000. 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=76b520ad-9395-4e33-ab53-03bbd3a5a035.

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.




Salary is commensurate with experience, $50,000 - $60,000. Benefits include health, dental, vision and 401(K).

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