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 an exciting leader to serve as our Program Lead. This position is for a creative, politically active educator who wants to help build an innovative political training and support program to amplify the voices, experiences, and expertise of communities we most need in public office. The Program Lead will work collaboratively with the Managing Director and Political Director to implement the overall mission and vision of Amplify. This position is well suited for someone willing to roll up their sleeves and get into the magic of local politics by building robust programs that foster leadership and support multi-year campaigns to build effective decision-makers, political staff, and lasting progressive change.
We’re looking for a community-accountable leader who has political and organizing experience, including training, writing campaign plans, targeting voters, and managing field. 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 Program Lead will primarily be responsible for the following:
Program Development and Implementation
- Lead Amplify’s education and support programs for candidates, campaign staff, elected officials, and Amplify trainees
- Provide coaching support and technical assistance to municipal candidates in key geographies across the state
- Design and direct program to provide policy and governing support to newly elected officials
- Lead statewide research on Washington’s political landscape using all available geographic, demographic, and political data
- Develop and execute curriculum and training modules, including compelling story-telling, building and executing winning campaign plans, evaluating the political landscape, and addressing the unique challenges people of color, women, and LGBTQ people face in running for office
- Facilitate collaboration with the Political Director, Amplify’s Advisory Board, community-based organizations, elected officials, and other stakeholders to identify and recruit candidates
- Travel throughout Washington to meet with potential candidates, conduct group recruitment sessions/trainings, and raise the profile of Amplify within targeted communities
- 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
- Provide regular reports, work plans, and strategic plans to Advisory Board on local initiative support efforts
- Develop database and systems to support program implementation and evaluation, including systems for tracking trainings, candidates, and elected official champions
- Collaborate with the Managing Director and Political Director to ensure that Amplify is meeting organizational, program, and fundraising goals
- 2+ years campaign, organizing, or other political experience
- 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
- Experience with curriculum development, training, and/or facilitation
- Experience and understanding of the approach to winning progressive campaigns in conservative districts
- Thorough working knowledge of the state’s political landscape, campaign finance laws, and basic mechanics of state and local governance
- Excellent communications skills, especially regarding delicate political decisions and relationships
- Desire and commitment to conduct in-depth, targeted candidate/leadership recruitment and development
- Strong and demonstrable skill in project planning, management, and execution
- Strong writing and policy analysis skills
- Strong presentation and public speaking skills
- Ability to interpret political landscapes, form conclusions, and propose data-driven decisions to advance larger mission and political goals
- Ability to identify potential political pitfalls and mitigate them
$50,000-$60,000 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.