The Amplify program exists because government often doesn’t look like the communities it governs. We’re out to change that with bold candidates and real wins. Our program’s mission is to recruit, train, and support progressive leaders at the local level, prioritizing those currently underrepresented in public life – people of color, Native Americans, LGBTQ people, young people, and women. We are dedicated to building a more reflective and progressive future in the Pacific Northwest.
We come to work every day excited to disrupt the status quo of “politics as usual.” We’re radically positive about the future of our country and the leaders we recruit. Our work invests in dismantling these systems by supporting bold champions of change to serve in public office. We believe relationships are paramount and reject the transactional nature of partisan politics.
ABOUT THE POSITION
Amplify is looking for a strategic leader to as serve as our Political Director. This position is for a visionary, self-motivated, compelling leader who wants to amplify the voices, experiences, and expertise of communities we most need in public office. The Political Director will work closely with the Managing Director and Program Lead to set the political agenda and strategy for the organization, oversee and support implementation of program work, and ensure all strategy and programs fulfill the overall mission and vision of Amplify. They will be responsible for staff management and some fundraising.
We’re looking for a community-accountable leader who has ample political experience, including running campaigns as a manager or candidate, developing and implementing complex political and campaign plans, and stewarding participation of stakeholders and partners in achieving collaborative goals. This person will value deep relationship building, with impeccable political judgement and a deep commitment to racial/social justice and working across multiple municipalities to build majorities and pass local legislation.
In this role, the Political Director will primarily be responsible for the following:
Political Direction (50%)
- Lead political strategy development, ensuring alignment with the organizational mission and our community partners
- Refine and implement 2019-20 political strategic direction and program plans
- Develop and maintain working partnerships with Amplify’s Advisory Board, coalition partners, labor unions, state party and legislative caucus staff, and elected officials
- Lead the identification of viable candidates and support them through the election process
- Lead candidate vetting and endorsement process
- Lead the identification of key policy training opportunities for elected officials and support outreach to elected leaders
Program Leadership (30%)
- Oversee strategy and implementation of leadership and training programs, including managing 2-3 staff
- Manage overall program budget, and prepare annual program budgets with team input
- Collaborate with staff to ensure programs are meeting organizational, program, and fundraising goals
- Collaborate with key partners around specific programming, including Oregon’s ColorPAC Action and Oregon Futures Lab to create a holistic vision and plan for developing municipal leadership across the NW; and Puget Sound Sage to execute the Promise Program, educating and supporting elected officials around specific policy areas
- Ensure all grant deliverables are met and reports are submitted on time
- Support the Managing Director in major donor cultivation
- Support fundraising events and other development activities
- Support the raising of necessary PAC funds to implement political workplan
- 4+ years’ experience as a Political Director, Program Director, or similar position
- Experience managing and coaching staff
- High-level understanding of social change and progressive movements backed by direct experience with grassroots and/or electoral efforts
- Demonstrated experience working with politically underrepresented communities, including, but not limited to, communities of color, Native American communities, LGBTQ communities, justice-involved communities, youth, and women
- Demonstrated history of building trust and relationships with community partners and elected officials
- Demonstrated experience developing and implementing complex plans with stakeholder buy-in
- Track record of successful fundraising from individual major donors and foundations, preferably in a political or advocacy context
- Thorough working knowledge of the state’s political landscape, campaign finance laws, and basic mechanics of state and local governance
- Ability to work independently with broad guidance, taking initiative to communicate on project needs and hurdles to ensure progress toward goals
- Strong and demonstrable skill in project planning, management, and execution
- Excellent strategic thinking and assessment capacity
- Working knowledge of non-profit (c)3, (c)4, and PAC management
- Excellent communicator and writer, with experience as a spokesperson who can tailor messages to different audiences
- Expert interpersonal skills in interacting with elected officials, partner organizations, potential donors, and colleagues
- Collaborative leadership style
$65,000-$75,000 depending on experience and potential. This is a full-time, permanent position with excellent benefits, including 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, annual transit pass, and paid vacation and sick leave. The office is located Seattle, WA with flexible hours and telecommuting options. Occasional travel, and weekends and evening work required.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter and resume addressed to Kim Powe, Interim Executive Director, to email@example.com by December 17, 2018 at 9:00am. In your materials, please include what Amplify’s mission means to you, how your skills and experience prepare you for this role, and what aspect of Amplify’s program work you are most interested and prepared to lead.
Interviews will take place in January 2019, with an expected start date of February 1st.
Amplify is a project of Progress Alliance of Washington. Progress Alliance of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, LGBTQIA people, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.