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Open positions (if available) are listed below, along with instructions on how to apply.
Communications | Communication Director
Democracy for America is seeking an experienced and driven individual to be its Communications Director. The Communications Director is responsible for helping develop the strategy and managing the implementation of DFA’s communication program including growth of media contacts & presence, and collaboration with endorsed candidate messaging. The Communications Director will work closely with the Political Department and Leadership Team to ensure that DFA’s mission and work is accurately portrayed in the media.
The Communications Director reports to the Chief Political Officer:
- Building relationships with the press, while serving as the primary point of contact for DFA with media inquiries in addition to setting up interview opportunities for leadership.
- Act as a communications consultant and resource to DFA’s endorsed candidates, providing strategic advice, communications support, and rapid response guidance.
- Oversee national communications, including pitching and working with national reporters interested in our campaigns, thereby uplifting our endorsed candidates nationally.
- Design and implement a process for the communications team to serve the Political department.
- Manage the communications team that will interface with federal, gubernatorial, and state and local races.
- Serve as a leader in time sensitive situations by advising leadership, planning communications strategies, and managing staff and resources to achieve organizational goals.
- Be an assertive and quick-thinking originator of stories to pitch on behalf of DFA and our endorsed candidates.
- Help draft and deliver talking points for DFA’s staff and candidates when needed.
- Assist with media training for staff, candidates, and partners, as needed.
- Serve as an on-record spokesperson for the organization, as needed.
- Working with DFA members around the country to promote their actions, events, and activities.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Minimum of five years experience in communications, including at least one—but preferably several—senior communications roles on a campaign and/or organization is required.
- Experience in a rapid response media environment; preferably statewide, presidential, or national organization.
- Extensive and varied on-the-record experience and established relationships with political reporters.
- Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences and write quickly and in a compelling manner about multiple topics.
- Energetic ability to multi-task and manage projects in a fast-paced and changeable environment.
- Willingness to invest multiple teams and stakeholders in communications efforts.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
- Strong, determined team-player with a ready sense of humor, and a demonstrated willingness to work hard and take risks.
- Commitment to diversity of our candidates, membership, partners, and staff.
- Experienced manager of people and processes.
- Experience in developing marketing and powerful messaging that will promote DFA’s extensive electoral and programmatic work.
- Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills.
- Ability to work independently in a remote work environment.
- Comfortable working with a team but are willing to take initiative and work independently.
- Comfortable receiving and providing constructive feedback to peers and supervisors.
- Can handle time constraints and meet hard deadlines.
The salary range for this position is $85,000 - $95,000 a year depending on experience, plus an excellent benefits package including healthcare, unlimited paid vacation, holidays, sick leave, and an employer contribution to retirement plan, a fun and dynamic work environment, and the chance to make real change happen. The final date to submit your application is January 28.
To apply please email a resume, cover letter, and 2 writing samples to [email protected] with the subject line “Communications Director – YOUR NAME”. This position begins immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Campaigns | Senior Electoral Manager
Democracy for America, a national progressive political action committee with more than one million members nationwide, is looking for an Electoral Manager to recruit, support, train, and guide candidates all over the country. Since our 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $54 million and made nearly 22 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 1,017 progressive candidates nationwide.
The mission of this role is vital: elect bold, progressive champions by centering the leadership of the New American Majority as candidates, campaign staff, volunteers, and voters. Seek out candidates who are leading in this way, guide them to invest in organizing early with an inclusive voter targeting model while running authentically on progressive ideals, and activate DFA’s membership to make an impact on the campaign. In this position, you are CEO of our endorsements process up and down the ballot, and of our overall deliverables for endorsed campaigns, and of communicating and driving our electoral priorities across DFA’s departments - all towards building a more reflective democracy with champions for racial and economic justice.
The ideal candidate for this role is committed to creating a more reflective democracy to fight against structural racism and systemic oppression, positively progressive, innovative, creative, driven by ambitious goals, solution-oriented in the face of uncertainty, an enthusiastic and understanding teammate, and able to gracefully perform at a high level when the pressure is on.
The Electoral Manager will report directly to the Chief Political Officer, and will work closely with the Organizing Department
- De-centering whiteness and masculinity while recruiting, vetting, interviewing, assessing applicants, and deciding who will earn a coveted DFA endorsement; proposing priority tiers to determine which races we focus on and why.
- Acting as mentor for candidates and campaign staff, to help them stay on a path to electoral victory by expanding the electorate and running authentically on progressive values.
- Working collaboratively with DFA and partner organization colleagues to set goals and execute deliverables that support inclusive priority federal campaigns - fundraising, targeting, VAN management, voter ID and persuasion goals, and volunteer recruitment.
- High-level networking with key allies - labor, environmental, and community leaders - sharing and strategizing on equity and inclusivity in the electoral process.
- Managing a fellow to drive the endorsements and support of hundreds of candidates.
- Maintaining and sharing DFA’s values of equity and inclusion through strategic conversations with allies, guidance for candidates, and daily interactions with colleagues.
- Track emerging opportunities especially at a state legislative level for progressive candidates to serve in elected and appointed leadership on the state and local level
- Seek out, manage, and act as the lead with strategic partnerships with ally PACs, labor, movement organizations, and Democratic Party institutions to build up DFA’s electoral work, candidates, and campaigns
- Drive Powerful Deliverables for Endorsed Candidates
- Oversee, manage, and drive our Endorsement Process for campaigns up and down the ballot - ensuring that the process and our tools are clear, transparent, equitable, inclusive, member-driven, values-driven, and geared towards campaign best practices.
- Ensure that Zoho (CRM) as our shared database is up-to-date, maintained, and navigable for key staffers - so that we have a thorough, sortable place to house our endorsement process
- Recruit, orient, and supervise and manage and support Electoral Campaign Manager Team
- Media: In partnership with Communications team, get earned media for electoral campaigns:
- Ensure Comms Team has talking points and key dates to garner endorsement rollout press
- Approve and drive plans for earned media in coordination with campaigns - potentially including: LTE/oped drives to support candidates and campaigns; stand-up events; press waterfalls
- Deepen skill-set and ability for the Comms Team and Electoral Team in providing strategic communications support
- Ensure Organizing, Digital, and Communication Teams have what they need to convey electoral priorities to DFA members, leaders, allies, and media, including helping with talking points and candidate connections as needed
- Ensure electoral work in legal compliance, as well as tracked and reported to administrative team, and including training Electoral Team and other appropriate DFA staff on guidelines for electoral compliance; ensuring internal systems for vetting, research and assessment are compliant; ensure compliance systems for candidate contributions and reporting
- Direct liaison with DFA legal team for coordinated electoral work
- Progressive, optimistic, and strategic; obsessed with the art and science of finding and developing leaders while winning campaigns.
- Minimum of at least two election cycles of experience on a national, federal, state level electoral campaigns or electoral organization
- Has crafted and executed campaign plans with many moving pieces to reach ambitious goals, ideally to hit a win number on an electoral campaign.
- Basic understanding of campaign finance laws regulating political activities of 501c4, PAC and Super PACs, as well as laws regulating voter registration activities throughout the US
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Deeply committed to using the electoral process to build a reflective democracy and fight white supremacy and patriarchy from campaign offices to Congressional offices, and can put that commitment into practice every day.
- Aggressive problem-solver & information-seeker, positively flexible, errs on the side of over-communicating, thrives in the fast-paced, ever-shifting landscape of digital electoral campaigning.
- Ability to build relationships and campaigns with a leadership model grounded in equity, justice, and transformation, where we support and hold each other accountable with love and grace.
- Relative experience developing and administering political education and training programs
- Previous data management, VAN, and digital mobilization experience is ideal, but not required.
- Comfortable with and excited about telecommuting and a medium-to-busy travel schedule, depending on the election season.
Democracy for America is an equal opportunity employer that strongly values and looks to continue building a team that reflects the diversity of our country and the progressive movement. Women, people of color, queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people, people from poor and working class backgrounds, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. The salary band for this position is $75,000 - $85,000 and is commensurate with experience. We offer a generous benefits package including health insurance, a retirement savings match, and no minimum or maximum PTO days. The final date to submit your application is January 14.
To apply, please send a resume to [email protected] No phone calls, please.