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.

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 education, registration and turnout, issue advocacy and constituency engagement), Civic Access (voting rights and election administration), and Civic Representation (census and redistricting).

It’s our collective duty to end the systemic, relentless disenfranchisement targeting Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, and all communities of color, young adults, LGBTQ people, women, low-income, and all oppressed people. That’s why State Voices works year-round to create a more accessible, inclusive, and representative democracy.

Position Overview

State Voices is excited to announce the creation of the new Issue & Electoral Organizing Department (IEOD) to support our affiliated network of 24 State Tables with their year-round power building and organizing strategies to create a multi-racial democracy. We seek an experienced, creative, and innovative organizer with a proven track record in implementing impactful campaigns and initiatives, who can cultivate a talented team, to serve as the Deputy Director of this new department. The Deputy Director will work with the Director of Issue and Electoral Organizing to build the department’s work plans and manage a team of staff to support the State Tables’ electoral programs and opportunities to actualize the collective power of our State Tables and their partners. This includes integrating best practices and innovation in community organizing and campaign development grounded in building power for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, and all people of color.

The ideal candidate will lead with an organizer’s orientation, with a solid understanding of 501(c)(3)-compliant, nonpartisan grassroots campaign strategy, tactics, and knowledge of the political landscape and stakeholders. We seek an individual who can lead with a commitment to racial and gender equity practices and build strong relationships with myriad stakeholders to ensure this new department is providing the most relevant and timely field support to the State Tables and their staff. The Deputy Director is an integral part of the State Voices Issue & Electoral Organizing Department’s management team and will report to the National Director of Issue and Electoral Organizing.

Primary Functions

  • Work with the Director to develop the department’s vision, strategies, and goals to support year-round integrated engagement and power-building campaigns in the states, including:
    • Electoral campaign planning and targeting;
    • Community engagement strategies;
    • Voter registration, education, and turnout;
    • Voter contact planning and post-election engagement;
    • Local, state, and federal/multi-state election initiatives, in coordination with the Policy Department
  • Create relevant trainings and material (i.e. toolkits, FAQs, program guides, etc) that strengthen our Network’s capacity to lead successful electoral organizing campaigns;
  • Develop and maintain deep ongoing knowledge about State Tables’ organizing programs and explore opportunities for aligned field and digital campaigns across states
  • Direct, manage and support the IEOD team to effectively implement their work plans and meet departmental and professional development goals
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in states and nationally to ensure our network is represented in relevant coalitions and positioned as a leader in the field
  • Work to ensure cross-department collaboration and coordination on work within the states and on key State Voices priorities
  • Develop strategy for effectively tracking and evaluating programming in the states and nationally and share best practices
  • Provide ongoing evaluation of staffing and departmental impact
  • Develop and share promising practices of work to states and national partners

Qualifications

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

  • At least 6 years experience developing and leading successful civic engagement electoral campaigns, community organizing, and/or GOTV mobilization with staff management responsibilities (in-person and/or remotely)
  • Skilled in the following areas:
    • Leading & conducting power analysis/power mapping
    • Crafting and implementing campaign strategy in state/national organizations
    • Developing and facilitating trainings using a race and gender equity lens
    • Creating and leading power building campaigns (i.e. special/primary/general election GOTV mobilization, down-ballot voting campaigns, etc)
    • Organizing voter registration programs
    • Preparing and managing program budgets
    • Navigating c3/c4 program compliance
  • Demonstrated commitment to integrating racial and gender equity principles and track record of success working with communities of color, women, low-income people, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and other historically marginalized communities
  • Understanding and experience with the full cycle of year-round civic engagement tactics and strategies, including the role of data and tools in supporting programs
  • Ability to think both ‘macro’ (big picture, long-term campaign strategy) as well as ‘micro’ (support state affiliates to think through daily program tasks)
  • Ability to work well independently in a remote setting and with teams
  • Demonstrated ability to bring strategic thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and a systems-oriented work style
  • Requires the ability to travel 30% of the time when we are safely able to resume travel.

To Apply:

  • Please use our application portal to submit your cover letter, resume, and references.
  • Women, people of color, and LGBTQIA individuals are encouraged to apply

Compensation: The salary for this full-time position is $85,000 to $105,000 and includes a full benefits package.

Reports To: Director of Issue and Electoral Organizing

Location: State Voices is headquartered in Washington, DC, however, remote candidates will be considered.

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.