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Campaign Director, Health Care for All

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About People’s Action/Institute

People’s Action Institute (501c3) and sister organization People’s Action (501c4) are national progressive organizations supporting the mobilization and leadership of the grassroots in support of an agenda that puts people before profits. People’s Action/Institute builds the power of poor and working people, in rural, suburban, and urban areas to win change through issue campaigns and elections.  

With offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, IL and remote staff across the country, we support and advance state-based and national fights for a People’s Green New Deal, Medicare for All, A Homes Guarantee, an End to the Drug War, and more. Our member organizations, 40 organizations across 30 states, improve lives by running state and local level issues and electoral campaigns, leading statewide tables, and taking collective action to change national policy and politics.

Our member organizations have won important victories at the national, state, and local levels, including health insurance for millions and the reversal of health care laws that discriminate based on citizenship, stopping Wall Street banks from selling predatory payday loans to their customers, and historic legislation like the Community Reinvestment Act and the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 

We take our members to the front doors and boardrooms of the worst actors in American life; from racist politicians to bank CEOs. 

We work to defeat the “business as usual” politics endemic to all parts of our political system. We elevate people-power over-concentrated wealth, replace milquetoast talking points with bold solutions to radically transform and democratize our economy and government, putting the fight for racial justice at the center of the public conversation. 

For more information on PAI, please visit https://peoplesaction.org/.

The Opportunity

Are you a motivated leader who can drive forward our work to advance health care for all at the state and national levels? If so, the Campaign Director, Health Care for All position was created for you. This work includes fights nationally for Improved Medicare for All and Making Medicines Work, at the state level for expanding access and coverage, supporting prescription drug reform that lowers prices, and advancing racial and gender equity in our healthcare system. 

Position Overview

The primary function of the Campaign Director, Health Care for All is to lead our Health Care team to win corporate campaigns, federal legislative campaigns, and our recently launched Care Over Cost campaign pointing out the challenges of the for-profit healthcare industry and their insurance companies. 

Our organization has a track record of leadership in coordinating field mobilization and advocacy in advancing health care for all and opposing attempts to cut the Affordable Care Act and other health care programs. Our member organizations across the country run state-level campaigns and often lead statewide coordinating advocacy tables, and have been at the forefront of educating and mobilizing people around critical health care issues.

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What you will do:

  • Drive our national engagement for healthcare. Own the project of advancing People’s Action’s contribution to the Improved Medicare for All fight and prescription drug pricing work Making Medicines Work nationally. Create and maintain strong national partnerships that build our power to advance our strategy as well as provide support for state groups.
  • Support the creation of razor-sharp state campaigns. Use your deep campaign, power analysis, issue-cutting skills to help affiliate member group staff create and execute razor-sharp campaign strategies at the state level around healthcare and prescription drugs. There should be clarity in the organization and across the network about who our targets are, who our partners are, and how we’re going to win. This is about building a culture of campaigning that electrifies and focuses on people.
  • Utilize the building of independent political power. Together with our network and allies, we are building toward bold progressive governing power in cities and states. This focus should be baked into all of our programmatic work. As the Health Care for All Campaign Director you should be thinking about how independent political power is advanced through the issue work as well as how the political work advances the issue work.
  • Build and develop strong coalitions and partnerships. Serve as our point person in national coalitions around health care and drug pricing and in developing partnerships that can benefit the work at the state and national level, including other organizing networks, advocacy groups, think tanks, and labor unions.
  • Coordinate the work internally. Work with the campaigns team and other organizational departments to ensure smooth and seamless implementation of the campaign work, and the maximization of our capacities towards winning.
  • Capture and communicate our story. Diligently work to get our narrative, messaging, and story out to the press to shift public consciousness and tell the story of our unique role in the work. 
  • Raise and distribute resources to support the infrastructure needed to win. Work in collaboration with the Development Department to prospect, pitch, secure, and maintain funding relationships in order to support the campaign. Lead efforts regranting to member groups for work that aligns with the overall campaign strategy. 
  • Manage effectively. Supervise the Lead Organizer and Senior Strategist. Make staffing, structure and resource decisions; recruit, hire, develop and retain a high-performing team and manage them to achieve People’s Action annual goals; ensure the right people are in the right roles and that there is role clarity at all levels; build and model performance-oriented team culture.

Other job responsibilities include:

  • Field management/support of member groups in the network.
  • Tracking of field clips, communications activities, and more for reporting and evaluation purposes.
  • Attend and support organizational conferences, events, and meetings as needed. 


The ideal Campaign Director, Health Care for All should have the following experience and qualifications:


  • A hunger for campaigning and winning!
  • A minimum of seven years of experience working as an organizer with a community, labor, and/ or electoral organization, with at least 3 years in a leadership role on a campaign.
  • Management experience required.
  • An ability to align and energize a group of diverse players to act collectively in powerful ways.
  • Strong commitment to racial, gender, and economic justice and their intersections, both inside and outside the organization.
  • Experience developing and leading direct actions to advance campaign priorities.
  • Experience coalition building and facilitating diverse groups, with a strong track record of building and managing teams/collaborations.
  • Experience running local, statewide, or national level campaigns with multiple partners. A track record of winning.
  • Understanding, experience, and familiarity with state and national political landscapes and legislative processes.
  • Experience balancing long-term power building with rapid response action needs.
  • Previous experience organizing around health care issues is ideal, but not required.
  • Experience writing and managing grants and other donor relationships.
  • Strong interpersonal, writing, and organizational skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 2-3 times per month (when safe according to our COVID safety protocol).


Compensation and Benefits:

Status: Full-time, Regular, Exempt, benefits-eligible

Salary Range: Level 3- $85,000-$95,000

Location: Based in our Chicago, IL or Washington, D.C. office. Remote locations may be considered.  

Reports to: Campaigns Director

Supervises: HC4A Lead Organizer (1) and Senior Strategist (1) 

Benefits include: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, on first day of employment; Medical and Dependent Care Flex Spending Account after 90 days, 401(k) plan after 30 days, Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, 11 paid holidays plus the last two weeks of the year that include Christmas Eve/Christmas Day as well as, New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day, and you accrue two weeks of vacation your first year of employment. 

People’s Action/Institute’s Commitment to Disability, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

People’s Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer; women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQI people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Close date: October 31, 2021


No phone calls, please.

About People’s Action/Institute

People’s Action Institute (501c3) and sister organization People’s Action (501c4) are national progressive organizations supporting the mobilization and leadership of the grassroots in support of an…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    January 3, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    October 31, 2021

Salary

USD 85,000 - USD 95,000

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
1130 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642, USA

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