The Kentucky Civic Engagement Table aims to support and empower the work of lower-capacity frontline organizations across Kentucky. We believe that everyone has a fundamental right to participate in the democratic process, and that robust representation is essential for healthy communities.
CAVE supports the voter engagement efforts of various non-profits across Kentucky with grants, trainings, data, coordination, networking, and other resources. We believe that we can all share more success if we work together to empower a stronger universe of Kentucky voters that share our values.
The Kentucky Civic Engagement Table (“KCET”) and Commonwealth Alliance Voter Engagement (“CAVE”) seek a new full-time Organizing Director. Through effective collaboration, the Organizing Director is responsible for working with non-partisan and other nonprofit organizations on year-round voter and civic engagement programs. The Organizing Director will primarily serve various member 501c3 and 501c4 organizations on the ground in Kentucky. A successful organizing director will cultivate and facilitate fruitful relationships between nonprofit, advocacy, labor, and other independent allies in service of strategically building and sustaining power together over the long-term. The position is full time and reports to the CAVE/KCET Executive Director.
- Assessment: Meet with and assess the organizing capacity and field operations of Kentucky non-profit and grassroots organizations.
- Training: Provide on-site and in-person trainings on all programmatic aspects, including but not limited to field training, field planning, HR, and tools.
- Field Coordination: Work with members to develop coordinated field plans to mobilize in key regions of the state on issues and conduct GOTV. Through regular group calls, drive progress-to-goal and quality control discussions to support progress and to run high-quality programs.
- Support: Serve as a resource and adviser on large-scale voter contact and issue organizing programs. Work with the CAVE/KCET Data Manager to integrate the Voter Activation Network (VAN) into members’ plans and activities.
- Reporting: Compile reports indicating programmatic trends, best practices, and recommendations for improvement. Work with members to build tests and experiments into their programming to assess the effectiveness of voter contact strategies.
- Turf Coordination: Administer turf coordination system and help allies find solutions to any turf-related conflicts that arise.
- Strategic Leadership: Help members integrate nonpartisan voter engagement efforts into their existing programming or services, including voter registration and GOTV. Oversee and drive statewide voter registration plan and hold a problem-solving attitude to ongoing challenges.
- Connect VR Partners: Lead bi-weekly voter registration call for appropriate partners and send regular email-based communications to groups to foster a community of support to meet goals.
- Site Visits: Conduct regular visits with groups to provide support, feedback, and course correction as needed, with respect for pandemic conditions and quarantine measures.
The ideal candidate will possess:
- A strong commitment to the civic engagement of historically underrepresented communities.
- Familiarity with Kentucky nonprofits, social justice organizations, and political landscape.
- Minimum 2-3 years’ experience in campaign/community organizing, including but not limited to the following roles: field director, field manager, regional organizing director, canvass director, campaign manager.
- Attention to detail and ability to develop efficient systems to deliver intended results.
- Strong interpersonal communication skills in person, on the phone, and in writing.
- A strong commitment to racial equity and social justice
- Ability to work diplomatically in a coalition setting, delivering results from a diverse set of stakeholders that the position does not directly oversee.
- Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects at once.
- Ability to work well under pressure, resolve conflicts, and meet deadlines.
- Ability to work some weekends and evenings with prior notice.
- Access to a vehicle and willingness to drive long distances.
- VAN experience, in particular creating lists, cutting turf, and training other users
- Training background
- Knowledge of state structures of the progressive infrastructure and coalition partners
- Microsoft Excel, Word, Google Docs, Google Sheets with an ability to learn online database platforms, and general comfort with tools.
Compensation: $79k per year, and up to $18k per year in healthcare, and 401k benefits.
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.