America Votes – Senior Deputy Political Director

  • Washington, DC
  • Full Time
  • Manager/Supervisor

Organization Overview

America Votes works with over 400 state and national partner organizations to advance progressive policies, win elections and protect every American’s right to vote. 

Since 2003, America Votes has been the common link between many of the largest and most influential issue and membership organizations in the country, serving as the coordination hub of the progressive community. America Votes’ work has brought together a wide range of causes and built a unified coalition that has transformed how the progressive community works. Together, they have engaged communities across the country to act on critical issues – from fighting for working families, to advancing women’s healthcare, to protecting the environment, and more – and mobilized millions of voters to turn out on Election Day. 

America Votes works year-round nationally and in more than 20 states, acting as a permanent campaign to continually advance progressive causes, modernize elections and win elections.  America Votes provides 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 states. 

America Votes also works to improve election systems and fight back against efforts to suppress voters, taking the lead throughout their state network to coordinate and execute advocacy campaigns with allies to reform elections and modernize the voting process. 

America Votes is committed to developing long-term roadmaps and setting critical goals for states in 2021. With an eye on redistricting and the consequences of extreme conservative gerrymanders, these efforts are essential to building progressive power in the states, session-by-session and election-by-election. 

America Votes and their partner organizations are at the heart of the progressive movement’s effort to advance policies and win elections. In 2020, the America Votes coalition deployed their largest-ever voter engagement and mobilization effort to millions of voters. In 2021-2022, the coalition will be on the ground educating and mobilizing voters.

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.

Position Description

America Votes is seeking a Senior Deputy Political Director to work with the country’s leading progressive organizations to secure victories in 2022 and to join the staff at a high-impact organization that will play a critical role in the 2022 elections. This position ends December 31, 2022. 

The Senior Deputy Political Director will work directly with the Deputy Executive Director/National Political Director to help lead engagement and high-level program coordination of 80+ national partner organizations. Working collaboratively with partners, the Senior Deputy will ensure programs and elections advance the shared long-term vision for progressive change. The Senior Deputy will help execute strategies to coordinate national and state-based partners’ programs, building a seamless and unique connection between state and national efforts.

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic leader with experience working on issue advocacy, electoral campaigns and independent expenditure programs. The Senior Deputy Political Director will be a thoughtful manager with a sophisticated understanding of the national political landscape and coalition work. 

The ideal candidate will have superb interpersonal skills, be capable of forging strong relationships with multiple stakeholders and committed to fostering trust and respect with partner organizations.

Key Responsibilities

  • Drive America Votes’ strategy for ongoing engagement and program coordination with national partner organizations.
  • Implement strategic engagements with partners and ensure they are informed, connected and collaborating toward shared goals.
  • Manage, coach and support political department staff. 
  • Maintain and expand systems to track and report partner programs and priorities, including key states and elections.
  • Coordinate national partners’ involvement with America Votes’ planning processes nationally and in states.
  • Provide strategic guidance to partners for program and plan development.
  • Identify new and needed coalition partners to help build the most reflective coalitions.
  • Represent America Votes at external convenings.
  • Assist the Deputy Executive Director/National Political Director as needed.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications

  • Minimum of 8 years campaign or political experience, including electoral and issue advocacy.
  • Experience with independent expenditure campaigns.
  • Understanding of modern campaign tactics, data and targeting, and campaign plans with a strong field component.
  • Experience working with underrepresented and/or historically marginalized communities, particularly in political and organizing settings.
  • Excellent political judgement and discretion.
  • Demonstrated ability in working with coalitions and stakeholders, including leading meetings. 
  • Experience managing and mentoring staff.
  • Ability to negotiate, build consensus, resolve conflicts and strategically disagree.
  • Outstanding listening, interpersonal, communication, time management and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Willingness to work campaign style hours and to travel, as needed.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Suite.
  • Spirit of service and a sense of humor preferred.

There is no education requirement for this position. Candidates from a range of educational and professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Compensation, Length of Tenure and Location

This position is for the 2022 electoral cycle and will end on December 31, 2022. 

The salary range is $100,000-$120,000, commensurate with experience.  Benefits include health, dental, vision and 401(K).

The location for this position is flexible. Some travel and reasonable access to an airport is required. America Votes has offices located in DC, CO, FL, GA, MI, MN, NC, NH, NM, NV, OH, PA, and WI. America Votes is currently working remotely; however, if you are based in a state with an America Votes office, a hybrid approach may be possible, depending on local guidance.

To Apply 

Submit a cover letter and resume online at: https://grossmansolutions.applytojob.com.  The cover letter should be concise, compelling and outline why you are the right person for this position. Only applications submitted through this website will be considered. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

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. 

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. People of color, LGBTQ candidates, individuals with disabilities, and neurodivergent individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

 

 

 

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