Campaign and Position Overview:
Promote the Vote (PTV) is a grassroots campaign of individuals and organizations committed to ensuring that voting works for all Americans. PTV is a broad coalition originally formed in 2018 to advance proactive voting rights reforms. In 2018, PTV focused primarily on reducing barriers to voting for all eligible Michiganders through Proposal 3 of 2018. PTV also worked to educate and support Proposal 2 of 2018, the ballot initiative that created a Michigan redistricting commission (Commission). The Commission will attempt to create district maps for Congress, the State Senate, and the State House. This 2020-2022 Commission is largely modeled on California and will impact state and federal political power for the next decade.
Many of the organizations that make up PTV have a rich history of public education and advocacy around redistricting and the need for redistricting reform, and some have also played a principal role in advocacy, education and even litigation regarding partisan gerrymandering. Accordingly, PTV is committed to ensuring that the Commission produces fair maps which 1) adheres to “one person, one- vote”; 2) safeguards minority rights (including, but not limited to compliance with the Voting Rights Act); 3) protects communities of interest; 4) are not partisan gerrymanders; and 5) comply with the other criteria of 2018 Proposal 2.
To the assist with achieving its goals and objectives on redistricting and ensuring Michigan has fair maps, PTV’s executive committee seeks a proven leader to serve as a full-time Campaign Director to direct, coordinate, and fundraise for the Coalition’s redistricting work over a 16 month period. Candidates should have successful experience managing issue advocacy or ballot campaigns and leadership experience in statewide efforts that include coalition partnerships, lobbying, strategic communications, organizing, and legal advocacy.
PTV is committed to being nonpartisan, geographically diverse, inclusive of communities of interest, racially diverse and demographically representative of the state as a whole.
The Campaign Director will report to PTV’s Executive Committee.
Requirements & Responsibilities:
- Create and develop a strategic plan and budget for a state field, education and communications operation.
- Build a broad, effective grassroots campaign that includes coalition building, volunteer recruitment, and event planning.
- Oversee all aspects of the implementation of a public education plan, advocacy before the redistricting Commission, and litigation in state and federal court.
- Hire and manage campaign staff and define roles and negotiate contracts with vendors and consultants, including fundraising, field, and communications.
- Lead a fundraising team in identifying and soliciting funds and engage and support members of the Executive Committee to help ensure the full funding of the campaign.
- Oversee the development of all paid media production, distribution and broadcast (TV, radio, digital, and direct mail).
- Manage aggressive earned media campaign.
- Represent Promote the Vote in meetings, conversations and communications with new and existing stakeholders.
- Collaborate with a diverse set of organizations to create a common vision and purpose that leads to fair maps.
- Staff the campaign executive committee and ensure its members are consulted on key strategic financial and operational decisions.
- Enable executive committee members to pro-actively engage with their networks to support and implement campaign goals.
- Manage all aspects of fiduciary oversight, legal administration and adherence to financial reporting requirements for the campaign.
- A demonstrated commitment to PTV’s core values: non-partisanship; diversity and inclusion; and appreciation of the importance of affected stakeholders as participants in decision-making and leadership.
- A visionary leader who has confidently engaged others to achieve a common mission and goals; who is effective in confronting and adapting to a challenging political/organizational landscape. Capable and willing to voice respectful and effective dissent when and where appropriate.
- A demonstrated, successful management record of attracting and motivating highly talented staff and success in building and maintaining effective coalition partnerships.
- A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
- Documented experience in planning, implementation, process improvements, innovation, financial management and building high performance work teams.
- The ability to identify clear priorities and to easily articulate the connections between the big picture and specific action plans and timetables.
- An effective communicator who has excelled in building successful relationships and a commitment to collaboration. Has an established record of fostering consensus, effectively managing conflict, and provoking creative problem-solving and risk taking, and is inclusive of diverse individual and cultural perspectives.
- Has strong written and verbal communication skills, and is a persuasive communicator with strong multidisciplinary project skills.
- At least 5 years of political organizing/campaign management experience, including success with a statewide campaign utilizing integrated advocacy, volunteer-executed citizen outreach, and organizational collaboration to achieve the campaign’s goals.
- Prior experience with redistricting and map-drawing, a plus.
- Experience running statewide large scale, data-driven field operations.
- A proven track record in coalition building, grassroots or field campaign organizing, financial oversight, and public speaking.
- Experience in coordinating media purchase, production, and media relations.
- Demonstrated fundraising experience and knowledge of individual and organizational funding sources.
- Demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities, lead a team, and invoke some levity, when needed.
Compensation Package - Compensation will be commensurate with experience.
Please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org, a resume, one writing sample, two references and cover letter describing your interest in this position, commitment to social justice and the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above.
Promote the Vote is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, LGBTQA+ persons, formerly incarcerated and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.