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.
State Voices is excited to announce the creation of the new Issue & Electoral Organizing Department (IEOD) to support our affiliated network of 23 State Tables with their year-round power building and organizing strategies to create a multi-racial democracy. We seek an experienced, innovative organizer with a proven track record in implementing impactful campaigns and initiatives, who can cultivate a talented team, to serve as the Director of this new department. The IEOD Director will build the department’s work plans and lead a team of at least six (6) staff to support the State Tables’ field 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 IEOD Director is an integral part of the State Voices senior management team and will report to the Chief Strategy Officer.
- Build the department’s vision, strategies, and goals to support year-round integrated engagement and power-building campaigns in the states, including:
- Community engagement strategies;
- Campaign planning and targeting;
- Voter registration, education, and turnout;
- Ballot initiative strategies;
- Local, state, and federal/multistate policy organizing opportunities, in coordination with the policy department
- Relevant trainings that strengthen our Network’s capacity to lead successful issue and electoral organizing campaigns in states
- Develop and maintain deep ongoing knowledge about State Tables’ organizing programs and explore opportunities for aligned field campaigns across states
- Direct, manage, and support the full 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 with other department directors 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
- Provide ongoing evaluation of staffing and departmental impact, and develop and share learnings and promising practices of work and field
The ideal candidate will possess many, if not all, of the following qualifications:
- At least 8 years experience leading successful civic engagement, community organizing and/or issue advocacy programs and strategic campaigns with staff management responsibilities
- 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
- Demonstrated ability to bring strategic thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and a systems-oriented work style
- Experience leading a team and/or department, including preparing and managing program budgets
- Experience working in or with state-based organizations
- Ability to work well independently and with teams
- Experience and familiarity with the State Voices network is a plus
- Experience in staff management; managing remote staff is a plus
- Experience leading voter registration programs is a plus
- This position requires the ability to travel 20% of the time, when we are safely able to travel again.
- Please Include “Director of Issue & Electoral Organizing Dept” 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 August 3, 2021.
- Please, no phone calls.
- Women, people of color, and LGBTQIA individuals are encouraged to apply.
Compensation: The salary for this position is $110,000 to $135,000 and includes a full benefits package.
Reports To: Chief Strategy Officer
Location: Washington, DC, preferred; 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.