Voices for Progress Education Fund
A Project of Tides Center
Job Title: Political Associate
Reports to: Political Director & Vice President
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Voices for Progress (V4P) galvanizes the advocacy of major political donors, business leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and other invested individuals who unite to champion a healthy climate and environment, strengthen our democracy, and ensure economic and social justice for all. V4P staff equip 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 help 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 projections to give a more equal voice to all communities, while the political program strives to increase the political power of under-represented communities.
V4P was founded in 2010 and has an annual budget of 2 million dollars. Our 14 staff are based in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Houston, 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 Political Associate will be part of the Political Team. This position will assist with all aspects of the organization’s political program, both federally and in California state. This includes political research, preparing materials, outreach to campaigns, and assisting with the smooth functioning of the team. This position is a non-exempt position and reports to the Political Director & Vice President.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Create and maintain a system to track developments, conduct research, and analyze data for key races including polling data, election results, district voter profile, candidate information, campaign finance data, etc.
- Correspond with V4P priority campaigns and those seeking support.
- Assist in creation of, continually update, and oversee organization of, all materials for the Political Team, including but not limited to candidate menus that assess candidates by policy issues championed etc., candidate and district profiles, political advising documents, etc.
- Draft and help shape the message of all political emails to membership, including political update newsletter State of Play.
- Assist with all political program content preparation, follow-up, logistics and, when appropriate, present content for:
- virtual/in-person candidate interviews,
- political advising sessions,
- candidate mixers with V4P members, and
- webinars/briefings, and other political events on topics such as redistricting, ballot measures, recall elections, promoting promising but underfunded candidates, etc.
- Assist in raising funds for candidates, including by crafting a compelling case for support for candidates in most competitive races and those from historically marginalized communities.
- Coordinate the logistics of bundling contributions for candidates, including processing the contribution, notifying candidates, etc.
- Cover coalition meetings, conference calls with partner organizations, etc. as needed.
- Provide general and administrative support for the Political staff, including clerical support for the Political Director & VP.
- Maintain Political Team data in V4P databases and other records. Prepare expense card reports.
- Make travel arrangements for political and other relevant trips by the Political Director & VP, and other Political staff as needed. Schedule related meetings when requested.
- Travel occasionally to Sacramento and around the Washington, D.C. area to attend political endorsement interviews, conferences, and meetings as needed.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provide additional clerical and administrative support to the Political Director & Vice President as needed.
- General office and administrative management tasks that come with being a part of a small, start-up operation.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- College degree or relevant experience in lieu of degree.
- At least two years’ experience in a related field (e.g. campaign staff/intern/volunteer, political organizing, etc.)
- Experience in general office and administrative work.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Strong working knowledge of federal politics. Interested in and follows current events and progressive policy issues.
- Excellent attention to detail and organizational abilities.
- Very strong computer skills, and willingness to learn new software as needed. Competency with Microsoft Office (particularly PowerPoint) and Google Suite required. Experience with Canva or other design software is a plus.
- Able to manage many small assignments simultaneously and structure own work processes.
- Proactive, quick learner who can see big picture goals of assignments and use judgement (with oversight) to complete.
- Curious and takes initiative on projects.
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced multi-office organization, in which change is not uncommon.
- Professional demeanor and good interpersonal skills.
- Responsible, flexible, hard-working, ethical, and committed to the organization’s mission.
- Clear communicator.
- COVID-19 considerations: Currently, all V4P staff are temporarily working remotely. Based in Washington, D.C.
- Part of the National Office and Political Team.
- Reports to the Political Director & Vice President based in Washington, D.C., but also takes direction from the CA State Policy & Programmatic Manager in Sacramento, CA.
- Much of this position’s work is on behalf of, and funded by, Voices for Progress, a 501(c)(4) sister organization to Voices for Progress Education Fund, and a project of Tides Advocacy.
- Salary commensurate with experience (From $43,000) plus overtime as needed
- Generous benefits, including full medical, dental, vision and life insurance at $1/month.
- 13 federal holidays and one floating holiday per year.
- 12 days’ vacation and 13 days sick leave
- Retirement savings account immediately vested with generous employer contributions.
- Pre-tax public transit/parking, childcare, flexible spending account options.
Please submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 28. Applications will be received on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to applications received before COB Friday, May 28, 2021.
Please include “Political Associate” in the subject line and indicate where you saw the job posting in the text of the email. Due to the volume of applicants, we will only contact applicants whose skill sets, and experience meet our needs.
Voices for Progress Education Fund, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Much of this position’s work is on behalf of, and funded by, Voices for Progress, a 501(c)(4) sister organization to Voices for Progress Education Fund, and a project of Tides Advocacy.
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, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any illegal or prohibited factor.