Organization Overview

State Voices is a national network – built from the states up – that helps grassroots organizations win civic engagement victories and build long-term political power. Since 2008, we’ve been employing the principles of collective impact, building the capacity of partners with data analysis and shared resources, and strengthening our democracy by amplifying the voices of marginalized communities.

State Voices sustains a dynamic ecosystem of 23 state tables composed of over 900 partner organizations. We provide the organizations in our network with the data, tools, and support they need to help create a healthy and thriving democracy through a racial equity lens. We advance this work through three national programs: Civic Engagement (voter registration and turnout, issue advocacy and constituency engagement), Civic Access (voting rights and election administration) and Civic Representation (census and redistricting).

Additionally, through our Tools for All program, we provide over 135 participating organizations in 28 states and the District of Columbia with access to data and technology to help them engage more effectively with their communities and with one another.
It’s our collective duty to end the systemic, relentless disenfranchisement targeting communities of color, young adults, LGBTQ people, and single women. That’s why State Voices works year-round to create a more accessible, inclusive, and representative democracy

Position Overview

State Voices seeks an experienced, innovative organizer with a proven track record of success building/leading impactful coalitions and organizations, managing talented staff, and implementing innovative and strategic programming to serve as the Co-Director of State Capacity Building (SCB). The SCB Co-Director will guide the department’s work plans to directly support our network of 23 state tables and their directors. She/He/They will manage projects designed to strengthen table organizational infrastructure, facilitate peer-to-peer learning/leadership development among the states, create a thriving and connected network, and implement strong capacity building programs directly to the states.

The ideal candidate will lead with an organizer’s orientation and a focus on healthy and sustainable infrastructure. They will look to build strong relationships with myriad stakeholders, implement innovative ideas and bring good energy into this newly redesigned department. Moreover, the SCB Co-Director must have a demonstrated track record of and commitment to leading with racial and gender equity principles and practices. The SCB Co-Director is an integral part of the State Voices senior management team and will report to the Deputy Executive Director / Chief Strategy Officer.

Primary Functions

  • Oversee and monitor departmental strategies, objectives and activities which include:
    • Organizational Development & Capacity Building: support the state-based teams in building sustainable organizational infrastructure and health;
    • Cross-Network Movement Building: cultivate deeper political alignment and movement building across state tables to ensure that the network is innovative, impactful and equity-centered;
    • Core Support Offerings: Design, support, and implement programs focused on providing direct technical support to our states and their leadership to strengthen their core organizational capacities (fundraising, operations, communications, etc.);
    • Resource Development: Oversee State Voices re-grant tracking and reporting relationship with state tables;
    • Work with SV leadership to develop a crisis response and support plan for states in transition and/or experiencing a crisis.
  • Work with the current State Voices Co-Director of SCB to restructure the SCB department in a way that best meets the needs of our state tables and their leadership.
  • Build and manage relationships with state table directors, table staff, leadership teams and boards to ensure that SCB and SV is working in good partnership with states.
  • Direct, manage and support the SCB team to effectively implement their work plans and meet departmental and professional development goals.
  • Develop and maintain deep on-going knowledge about state table operations and programs and connect them to relevant opportunities and support as they emerge.
  • Develop strategy for effectively tracking and evaluating programming, staffing and departmental impact.


The ideal candidate will possess many, if not all, of the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity and track record of success
    working with communities of color, women, low-income people, LGBTQIA individuals,
    and other historically marginalized communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to bring strategic thinking skills, problem solving abilities and a
    systems-oriented work style.
  • 4 or more years of experience in a leadership position in a community organizing or issue advocacy setting with staff management responsibilities. Having served as an executive/state director is a plus.
  • Experience in overseeing the design and implementation of organizational development
    infrastructure and management.
  • 5 or more years working in the fields of civic engagement, community organizing and
    issue advocacy.
  • Experience and familiarity with the State Voices network a plus.
  • Experience in overseeing the design and implementation of engaging training
    curriculum and facilitation.
  • Experience working in or with state-based organizations.
  • Experience in preparing and managing program budgets.
  • Experience in staff management. Managing remote staff is a plus.
  • Ability to work well independently and with teams.
  • This position requires the ability to travel 30% of the time, when we are safely able to travel again.

To Apply:

  • Please Include “Director of State Capacity Building Department” in the subject line and email your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to [email protected].
  • Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled; however, preference will be given to those who apply by July 9, 2021.
  • Please, no phone calls.
  • Women, people of color, and LGBTQIA individuals are encouraged to apply.

Compensation: The salary for this position is $118,000. This salary is nonnegotiable and reflects equal pay with the co-director of the SCB department. This position includes a full benefits package.

Reports To: Deputy Executive Director / Chief Strategy Officer

State Voices is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.