FairVote Washington

The Opportunity

The Organizing Director will join our small staff team, providing leadership and expertise to expand our supporter base and activate volunteers to power the movement for ranked-choice voting in Washington. Our objective is to win ranked-choice voting statewide within the next two years.

The ideal candidate brings a background and passion for community organizing, managing staff, and volunteer recruitment across a large geographic region. They will thrive in a metric-driven and independent work environment. Creativity, adaptability, initiative, and a sense of humor are appreciated.

When public health recommendations allow, this position will manage a high volume of field work, canvassing, events, and person-to-person interaction.

FairVote Washington is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c4) grassroots organization advocating for electoral reforms like ranked-choice voting that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a more representative democracy.

Position Details

  • Immediate opening
  • This position is full-time, exempt
  • Salary: $55,000 – $70,000, depending on experience
  • Benefits: Vacation days, sick leave, personal days, federal holidays. We are not able to offer medical benefits at this time.
  • Location: Fully remote at present; in Washington state when in-person activities resume
  • Schedule: Flexible; some evenings and weekends required
  • Reports directly to the Executive Director

Responsibilities of the Organizing Director:

  • Develop and support a robust network of regional volunteer leaders to identify and activate supporters of ranked choice voting
  • Train volunteer leaders in political organizing, leadership, performance, and volunteer accountability
  • Implement new organizing strategies, like relational organizing, to build grassroots support
  • Ensure that volunteer communications are impactful and meetings are well-facilitated
  • Engage in grassroots lobbying; recruit and train supporters to do outreach via phone-banking, text-banking, and local events (when in-person meetings resume); prepare volunteers for meetings and hearings
  • Represent the organization at public events to build community support and recruit volunteers
  • Foster relationships with community partner organizations, recruit coalition members, and secure endorsements from community leaders
  • Supervise and manage interns and volunteers in all program areas
  • Develop mastery with FairVote Washington messaging and legislative strategy, knowledge about ranked-choice voting, and our vision for state and national political strategies
  • Support event planning & execution
  • The position has potential for growth

Required Qualifications

  • Commitment to working in a non-partisan manner within a politically diverse organization
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, including the ability to work with a range of stakeholders and communities
  • Experience:
    • A minimum 2 years of experience in community, campaign, or other relevant grassroots organizing
    • Demonstrated success in recruiting, developing, mobilizing, and managing an organized base of members, volunteers, constituents or community members
    • Proven ability to deliver results in meeting performance metrics
  • Technical competence to be adept with and able to support volunteers on our platforms: G Suite, EveryAction (CRM), Zoom, text-banking, phone-banking, and other applications
  • Strong writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Ability to travel across Washington as needed and as public health guidelines allow
  • Extensive familiarity with the principles of organizing
  • Belief in the transformative power of electoral systems reform

Preferred Qualifications

  • Organizing experience that includes:
    • Democracy reform - legislative advocacy or ballot initiatives
    • Working with underserved communities in Washington state
    • Relational organizing strategies
    • Digital/remote strategies
  • Extensive experience with EveryAction and VAN
  • Speak Spanish

To apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references with emails and phone numbers to info@fairvotewa.org. Put “Organizing Director” in the subject line. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis and this position will be open until filled. (Please mention where you learned about this position.)

FairVote Washington’s employment and program policies are nondiscriminatory; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, religion, age, marital status, or veteran status in accordance with all applicable laws. We don’t tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of the above, and we are committed to building a diverse leadership team. Women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals and immigrants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Website: fairvotewa.org