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Deputy Director of State Capacity Building

About State Voices

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 24 state tables and organizations in every state, comprising over 1,200 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 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 seeking an experienced, innovative nonprofit professional with a proven track record of success to serve as the Deputy Director of State Capacity Building (SCB). The Deputy Director of State Capacity Building will be an experienced, innovative nonprofit professional with a proven track record of success managing talented staff, developing and facilitating trainings, and providing capacity and support for nonprofit professionals.

The State Capacity Building Department will manage a dynamic team of one to two capacity-building team members in order to ensure the department is supporting 25 state tables to strengthen organizational infrastructure, deepen and amplify leadership, and create a thriving and connected network.

The ideal candidate will lead with an organizer’s orientation, build strong relationships with a myriad of stakeholders, implement innovative ideas and bring good energy into this recently redesigned department. Moreover, the Deputy Director of State Capacity Building  must have a demonstrated record of and commitment to leading with racial and gender equity principles and practices. The Deputy Director of State Capacity Building will report to the Co-Director of State Capacity Building.

Primary Functions

  • Manage relationships with state table directors and table staff to ensure that SCB Department and State Voices are working in good partnership with state tables.
  • Direct, manage and support capacity-building team members to effectively implement their work plans and meet departmental and professional development goals.
  • Develop and maintain deep ongoing knowledge about state table operations and programs, and connect them to opportunities as they emerge.
  • Direct and manage the tracking and evaluation of programming, staffing, and departmental impact.
  • Manage systems for the State Capacity Building Department and State Voices network; including but not limited to managing Google Drives, Resource Libraries, and Every Action.
  • Implement departmental strategies, objectives, and activities which include (but are not limited to):
    • Organizational Development: Build the organizational infrastructure and health of State Tables through detailed annual state plans
    • Cross-Network Movement Building: Create deeper political alignment and cultivate movement building to ensure that the network is innovative, impactful, and equity-centered
    • Leadership Development: Develop the civic engagement leadership of tomorrow by convening and training state directors, staff, and partners to hone critical leadership skills
    • Resource Development: Support state tables to build robust and effective fundraising strategies that go beyond annual fundraising and seek to raise the viability of state programming, state table leadership, and partners


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

  • 6 to 8 years working at a nonprofit organization, with a working knowledge of organizational development Excellent communication, reading, research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Relationship-oriented, ability to develop authentic relationships built on trust and accountability
  • Excellent strategic and adaptive thinking in a political and movement context
  • Big, visionary ideas and ideals, and the capacity to convert these into solid strategies and action
  • Ability to manage several tasks/projects concurrently, and to prioritize work effectively
  • Experience leading trainings, developing and organizing curriculum, and creating learning resources and materials
  • Skills in talent management, team-building, mentoring, delegation, and developing staff leadership
  • Skills in planning events with  diverse groups of participants in both physical and virtual settings
  • A self-starter, willing to work long and irregular hours, and travel as needed. 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
  • Proven ability to manage competing priorities and ability to support and lead staff in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience in overseeing the design, implementation, and management of organizational budgets, Board development, staff management, etc.
  • Experience working in or with state-based organizations or coalitions preferred
  • Experience working with national organizations preferred
  • At Least Two (2) cycles of experience Five (5) or more years working in the fields of civic engagement, community organizing, and/or issue advocacy preferred
  • Three (3) or more years of experience in a leadership position with staff management responsibilities (including remote staff) preferred

To Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter using our application portal.

Location: Remote

Compensation: $85,000 – $105,000

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.