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OneAmerica is a Seattle-based nonprofit in Washington State whose mission is to advance the fundamental principles of democracy and justice by building power in immigrant communities. OneAmerica was established in 2001 by U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal and has since grown to become a locally and nationally recognized leader in advancing immigrant, civil, and human rights. Our strategies include policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, immigrant integration programs and civic/electoral engagement. Our family of organizations consists of OneAmerica (C3), OneAmerica Votes (C4) and OneAmerica Votes Justice Fund (PAC).
Our work today is more important than ever, and OneAmerica is growing and becoming stronger to meet the current political challenges.
During this time of growth and opportunity OneAmerica is working to strengthen our response to the emboldened racism and xenophobia facing our communities by building the social and political power of immigrants and refugees in Washington State. Our new strategic direction centers grassroots organizing, so we are not only defending the rights and liberties of immigrants but building the leadership of our communities to drive meaningful change.
A significant challenge in this moment is remaining responsive and bold about our vision for immigrants and refugees while also staying focused on our core goals. We are looking for staff to join our team who are adaptable and excited about leading change, are highly motivated around problem solving and lead with a focus on relationships, collaboration, racial equity and challenging power by building movements.
Join a dynamic team leading the local resistance and play a key role in our organizational growth.
As part of a new partnership with New American Leaders, a national nonprofit that prepares first and second generation Americans to use their power and potential in elected office, we are looking for a movement builder who is exciting about bringing their political campaign expertise to a grassroots setting. The Senior Political Manager will lead the strategy and work of the organization’s 501 C4 arm, OneAmerica Votes and will directly lead our candidate recruitment and training program in partnership with the New American Leaders program and develop the strategy and focus of our electoral and civic engagement field work. This is an exciting opportunity to develop a long-term political agenda that advances power in immigrant and refugee communities in Washington State. Reporting directly to the Deputy Director, this position will manage and oversee our Civic Engagement Manager and serve on the Senior Management Team in order to ensure the political strategy is deeply tied to OneAmerica and OneAmerica Votes organizing, communications and policy advocacy work and New American Leaders’ state program goals. The successful candidate will be a strong leader who is dedicated, self-motivated, creative and eager to join a results-oriented team to advance a bold political agenda in a fast paced environment.
Candidate Recruitment, Training & Support 50%
- Work directly with the New American Leaders program and OneAmerica Votes to run a candidate training program focused specifically on first and second generation immigrant leaders
- Assist in identifying, recruiting and tracking community leaders locally to run for public office and/or serve in campaign management
- Build a candidate training program that is a natural extension of OneAmerica’s leadership development strategy
- Maintain and manage a comprehensive data base of current and potential community leaders that may run for office, as well support relationship-development and maintenance with local, state and national partners and potential allies
- Manage OneAmerica, OneAmerica Votes’, and New American Leaders network of candidates and elected leaders of color in Washington State
- Provide technical assistance, training and consultation to immigrant and refugee elected officials
- Coordinate and execute small and large group training and networking sessions
Electoral/Campaign Strategy 30%
- Support OneAmerica, OneAmerica Votes and OneAmerica Votes Justice Fund program staff in developing multi-level political strategies integrated into grassroots, state-wide and federal issue campaigns
- Conduct political and electoral background research
- Manage OneAmerica Vote’s candidate endorsement program, including staying abreast of political developments in Washington State
- Develop OneAmerica Votes’ electoral field campaign and overall political strategy
- Manage Washington Voting Rights Act implementation in Washington State
- Manage OneAmerica Votes’ ballot measure strategy and campaigns
- Support OneAmerica Votes Justice Fund Initiatives, including the Muslim Committee and the Women of Color (WOC4) initiative
- Develop and maintain strong collaborative partnerships with coalition partners, labor union representatives, allied organizations, communities of color and policymakers
Staff Supervision/Management 10%
- Directly supervise the Civic Engagement Manager and other team members with a focus on mentoring and leadership development
- Build an effective, results oriented team and track results towards goals; facilitate team meetings
- Work closely with Senior Organizing Manager and Senior Policy Manger to drive issue campaigns at the ballot box
- Work closely with New American Leaders national state coordinators in Arizona, Michigan, and New York to align state programming
Administration/Org Development 10%
· Reporting related campaign compliance/finance laws
· Data management through Salesforce and VAN
· Track budgets
- Support OneAmerica Votes and OAV Justice Fund’s individual and major donor program, with a specific focus on political donors and funders
- Support OneAmerica, OneAmerica Votes, OneAmerica Votes Justice Fund and New American Leaders communications strategy, including brand management, social media, paid media and communications research
We’re seeking an innovative leader who excels in movement-building, is results-oriented, and has strong project and people management skills. While no one candidate will embody all of the qualifications below we are looking for:
- An entrepreneurial, seasoned, and agile leader who possesses both the vision to inspire and the skills to lead the organization’s efforts to increase the political power of immigrants and refugees
- A demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles and shifting priorities and managing multiple projects at once.
- Minimum 3-5 years of working experience with at least 3 years in campaign and/or issue advocacy that includes grassroots community organizing in and outside of an electoral context.
- 2-4 years of supervisory experience in a campaign setting or related field.
- A track record of advancing racial equity outcomes and ability to work effectively with communities of color in political settings.
- Knowledge of the political and progressive landscape in WA.
- Working knowledge of the political landscape in targeted counties in Washington State.
- Excellent interpersonal skills in dealing with potential candidates, potential donors, lawmakers, and colleagues.
- Background in building campaigns using the Voter Access Network (VAN) and knowledge of election reporting.
- Familiarity with communications strategies tied to issue and candidate campaigns.
- Experience working in communities of color, especially immigrant and refugee communities in Washington State.
- Experience and comfort with fundraising, particularly with individual and political donors.
- Experience with voter registration, get out the vote and electoral campaign activities, including canvassing, phone banking and other outreach.
- Analysis of power and commitment to racial equity and immigrant justice.
- Very strong written and verbal communication skills. Experienced public speaker and facilitator.
- Bilingual skills are preferred.
- Willingness to travel and accommodate community-based scheduling needs such as evening and weekend meetings.
- Access to a reliable vehicle and a Washington State driver’s license required.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred.
- Salary range is $57,000-$63,000.
- Comprehensive health, vision, dental, life, short- and long-term disability and supplemental AFLAC insurance; Flexible Spending Account (FSA), 403(b) retirement plan; 5 weeks paid time off, paid family leave, ORCA transit card or vehicle stipend and opportunities for sabbatical.
- OneAmerica is committed to employee growth and advancement, including opportunities for professional development
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Senior Political Manager.” Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. In your cover letter, please address how your personal and professional background informs your interest in working with OneAmerica. No phone inquiries, please!
OneAmerica is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women and people of color to apply.