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America Votes
Remote/Michigan, United States
19 days ago
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America Votes
Remote/Michigan, United States
19 days ago

Description

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 Michigan is seeking a well-organized self-starter for a full-time position as the program director. The program director plays a key role in the advancement of the progressive movement and winning elections in the state. This person will be the keeper and coordinator of some of the most exciting progressive electoral and issue work taking place in the state. The position works directly with the America Votes team, as well as dozens of progressive partners across the state, in the planning and execution of electoral and issue campaigns, the coordination of field programs, and the utilization of best practices to ensure quality plans and maximize our collective efforts. The position reports directly to the Michigan state director.

LOCATION

This position is based in Lansing, MI and may require some travel and reasonable access to an airport is required. America Votes has offices located in DC and 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.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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 supporting the implementation of winning strategies.
  • Support coalition coordination by tracking electoral and advocacy programs including organizational programs, monitoring benchmarks, providing technical assistance including scaling up tactics and basic use of tools like VAN, and identifying gaps in collective strategy.
  • Lead coalition campaign work on electoral field campaigns (like canvassing) including supporting the integration of best practices as well as managing coordination and universe coverage.
  • Support electoral and advocacy program implementation across partner organizations including script development and program timing and support some partners in using VAN (Voter Activation Network) or other direct voter contact tools like GetThru and Scale to Win.
  • Support the development of capacity-building opportunities for partners and work directly with the state director and data director to assess program gaps and overlaps to maximize program impact. 
  • Support the implementation of America Votes specific programs including grant management.
  • Support events of America Votes partners and allies including coalition meetings and trainings.
  • Support program implementation through the voter file and other related tools including basic VAN administration.
  • Lead and support coalition and work group meetings, sometimes on short notice.
  • Develop and complete reports on progress toward team and coalition campaign goals. 
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

REQUIRED

  • Ideal candidates will have at least 3-5 years of experience in progressive political campaigns, progressive non-profits (with an organizing focus), or similar transferable experience and a minimum two years of project management experience.
  • Experience working with underrepresented and/or historically marginalized communities, particularly in political, electoral, and organizing settings.
  • Strong sense of ownership and resilience with respect to planning ahead, finding alternative paths when needed, and bouncing back from setbacks and rejections. Demonstrated ability to move people to action and hold them accountable with and without formal authority.
  • Experience with campaign field operations including canvass operations and script writing. Familiarity with VAN (Voter Activation Network) or similar systems like Vote Builder. Understanding of canvass operations and how to scale programs. 
  • Demonstrated ability to build consensus, negotiate, and strategically disagree within a highly collaborative work environment; ability to be respected by progressive stakeholders, to be trusted to lead and to be able to practice confidentiality, discretion and legal compliance in the work.
  • At least two years of experience working in a coalition including experience facilitating and working within broad and diverse coalitions. Ability to build strong relationships with partners and allies and to cultivate those relationships over the long term.
  • 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.
  • Experience with data and targeting, using data to inform organizing and electoral campaign strategies. Understanding of common voter contact methods like canvass, mail, and phone programs and applying those to persuasion and mobilization efforts, including vote by mail. 
  • Excellent writing, communication, presentation, and time management skills, with attention to detail.
  • Ability to travel within the state (as needed); ability to work irregular campaign style hours, , especially during the peak months of the electoral cycle. Must be a self-starter. 
  • 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 independently or on a team.

PREFERRED

  • Knowledge of and experience with Michigan political landscape and/or independent expenditure political campaigns.
  • Experience using voter contact tools like Get Thru or Scale to Win. 
  • Experience working with issue campaigns and advancing a legislative strategy and winning ballot initiative campaigns. 
  • Familiarity with digital and/or mail campaigns and tools. 
  • Experience administering programs using VAN or willingness to learn.
  • Experience or training in race equity/anti-racist frameworks; a general understanding of how power. intersects with gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and class in organizing and electoral settings.

COMPENSATION

The salary for this position will be between $60,000-65,000 and depend upon the applicant’s experience.America Votes offers a competitive benefits package covering 90% of employee medical, dental, & vision insurance premiums, life insurance, long term disability coverage, cell phone stipend, personal professional development funds, parental leave, and 401 (K) after six months of continuous service with the organization. America Votes provides a generous paid time off policy with paid vacation, paid sick leave and personal days, at least 10 Federal paid holidays including Juneteenth, as well as paid organizational time off from at least December 25 to January 1. The position is represented by the America Votes Workers Union.

TO APPLY

Please submit a copy of your resume, a cover letter and three references to the application form.

If you experience any technical difficulties with our application form, please email [email protected] 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. People of color, LGBTQ candidates, individuals with disabilities, and neurodivergent individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.



Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS

REQUIRED

  • Ideal candidates will have at least 3-5 years of experience in progressive political campaigns, progressive non-profits (with an organizing focus), or similar transferable experience and a minimum two years of project management experience.
  • Experience working with underrepresented and/or historically marginalized communities, particularly in political, electoral, and organizing settings.
  • Strong sense of ownership and resilience with respect to planning ahead, finding alternative paths when needed, and bouncing back from setbacks and rejections. Demonstrated ability to move people to action and hold them accountable with and without formal authority.
  • Experience with campaign field operations including canvass operations and script writing. Familiarity with VAN (Voter Activation Network) or similar systems like Vote Builder. Understanding of canvass operations and how to scale programs. 
  • Demonstrated ability to build consensus, negotiate, and strategically disagree within a highly collaborative work environment; ability to be respected by progressive stakeholders, to be trusted to lead and to be able to practice confidentiality, discretion and legal compliance in the work.
  • At least two years of experience working in a coalition including experience facilitating and working within broad and diverse coalitions. Ability to build strong relationships with partners and allies and to cultivate those relationships over the long term.
  • 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.
  • Experience with data and targeting, using data to inform organizing and electoral campaign strategies. Understanding of common voter contact methods like canvass, mail, and phone programs and applying those to persuasion and mobilization efforts, including vote by mail. 
  • Excellent writing, communication, presentation, and time management skills, with attention to detail.
  • Ability to travel within the state (as needed); ability to work irregular campaign style hours, , especially during the peak months of the electoral cycle. Must be a self-starter. 
  • 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 independently or on a team.

PREFERRED

  • Knowledge of and experience with Michigan political landscape and/or independent expenditure political campaigns.
  • Experience using voter contact tools like Get Thru or Scale to Win. 
  • Experience working with issue campaigns and advancing a legislative strategy and winning ballot initiative campaigns. 
  • Familiarity with digital and/or mail campaigns and tools. 
  • Experience administering programs using VAN or willingness to learn.
  • Experience or training in race equity/anti-racist frameworks; a general understanding of how power. intersects with gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and class in organizing and electoral settings.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 63098073
  • Location:
    Remote/Michigan, United States
  • Position Title: MICHIGAN PROGRAM DIRECTOR
  • Company Name For Job: America Votes
  • Job Function: Field
  • Salary: $60,000.00 - $65,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

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