Federal Political Manager
Voices for Progress Education Fund
A Project of Tides Center
Job Title: Federal Political Manager
Reports to: Political Director & Vice President
FLSA Status: Exempt
Voices for Progress (V4P) galvanizes the advocacy of business leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and other prominent individuals who unite to champion a healthy climate and environment, strengthen our democracy, and ensure economic and social justice for all. V4P staff equips members with policy information and opportunities to personally advocate through one-on-one outreach, at campaign trail events, Capitol summits, sign-on letters, and more. V4P staff also helps members grow strategic influence and relationships with lawmakers through political advising, candidate events, endorsements, bundling of contributions, and other political programming.
V4P members recognize that they have an unusual amount of access to policymakers and that their views are sometimes given increased weight. Understanding this and believing our democracy shouldn’t work that way, they use their positions to ally with and amplify the concerns and solutions put forward by historically marginalized communities. V4P members believe that the communities closest to the problems are closest to the solutions, whether regarding criminal justice reform, pay discrimination, or environmental justice. Simultaneously, V4P members advocate for strong campaign finance reform to lessen their own influence and voting protections to give a more equal voice to all communities.
V4P was founded in 2010 and has an annual budget of over 2 million dollars. Our 19 staff are based in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Sacramento, and New York. Our work is currently focused on federal and CA state policy and politics. Advocacy priorities have included economic inequality, budget and tax policy, health care access, climate change, immigration reform, voting rights, criminal justice reform, gender equality, campaign finance reform, judicial nominations, environmental justice, and more.
The Federal Political Manager will be an integral part of the Political Team. This position will recommend political direction, act as the organization’s representative in relevant political coalitions and with candidates, manage efforts to raise funds for candidates, create materials for and lead grasstops candidate events, and manage other political efforts. This position is an exempt position and reports to the Political Director & Vice President.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Monitor and analyze races and political landscape to identify key races V4P should prioritize for engagement.
Political Program Implementation
- Manage political portions of and lead some briefings, candidate interviews, incumbent roundtables, mixers, and other political programming.
- Responsible for overseeing the creation of political materials for interviews, roundtables, advising sessions, and other programming for grasstops advocates, including candidate/race analyses, candidate questionnaires, webinar presentations, etc.
- Act as Political Team lead in collaborating with engagement and policy staff to implement effective grasstops political plans.
- Manage efforts to raise funds for candidates, including by crafting a compelling case for support for candidates in most competitive races and those from historically marginalized communities.
- Edit, draft as needed, and help shape the message of frequent communications with grasstops advocates regarding political updates and taking action on important political priorities.
- Represent the organization and its political and policy positions in coalitions and staff-level meetings.
- Maintain and expand organizational relationships with candidates, political committee staff, campaign staff, and allied political organizations, ensuring key partnerships specifically with those organizations representing historically marginalized communities.
- When COVID restrictions allow, travel occasionally around CA and the Washington, D.C. area to attend political endorsement interviews, conferences, and meetings as needed. Reasonable alternatives may be available.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- General office and administrative management tasks that come with being a part of a small, start-up operation.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
- At least four years of experience in a related field (e.g. political campaigns or committees, movement political organization, political advising, or other types of relevant experience). An advanced degree may substitute for experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Background in federal politics required.
- Clear communicators with strong presentation skills are highly preferred. Able to explain the dynamics of campaigns and elections clearly, simply, and concisely.
- Proven ability to build relationships with candidates, campaign staff, and national allied political organizations preferred, especially those representing historically marginalized communities.
- Team players who collaborate well with others and can manage multiple projects, including urgent situations.
- Competency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite required. Very strong computer skills, and willingness to learn new software as needed.
- Superb attention to detail and ability to organize significant amounts of information.
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced multi-office organization, in which change is not uncommon.
- During COVID, this position is remote. Eventually, the position will be based in Washington, D.C.
- Part National Office and Political Team.
- Reports to the Political Director & Vice President based in Washington, D.C.
- Collaborates regularly with other Political Team staff based in Sacramento, CA, as well as Engagement Team staff in California and other parts of the country.
- May supervise interns, temporary staff, or consultants as needed.
- Interacts with allied organizations, candidates, and campaign staff via phone, email, and in person.
- The annual salary is $70,000(+). The final salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
- Generous benefits, including full medical, dental, vision, and life insurance at $1/month.
- 12 federal holidays and 1 floating holiday per year.
- 12 days’ vacation and 12 days’ sick leave.
- Retirement savings account immediately vested with generous employer contributions.
- Pre-tax public transit/parking, childcare, flexible spending account options.
Interested applicants should apply here.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should apply here.
V4P is committed to a diverse staff and to an inclusive culture that holds equity as a value and a priority. V4P welcomes applicants who bring a variety of perspectives, experiences, and competencies. People of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ persons are strongly encouraged to apply. V4P is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, party or political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any illegal or prohibited factor.
The employee will be sitting in a stationary position, operating a computer and other office productivity machinery such as a copy machine and computer printer, and occasional movement within the office. Also requires communicating with internal and key external stakeholders of the organization in person, via the telephone, or via email. V4P is committed to supporting employees of varying abilities and to providing reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to thrive at V4P.
The position is located in an office environment in Washington, D.C. Currently, under COVID considerations, all staff are temporarily working remotely. The noise level in the work environment will be generally moderate. The office will be accessible via elevators. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those encountered while performing the essential function of the job.
Voices for Progress Education Fund, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. This position performs political and other activities on behalf of and is compensated for such by, the 501(c)(4) Voices for Progress, a project of Tides Advocacy. This description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.