Organization: Promote The Vote

Position: Campaign Director

Location: Michigan

Campaign and Position Overview:

Promote the Vote Action is a grassroots campaign of individuals and organizations committed to ensuring that voting works for all Americans. We believe that increasing citizen access to and engagement with our democracy is critical to the health of our state and our citizenry.  By making voting more accessible, secure and fair, our democracy will better serve all Americans and our laws will better reflect the will of the people. Everyone—Republicans, Democrats and Independents—deserves to have their vote secure and counted.  

Promote the Vote Action  seeks a proven leader to serve as its campaign director to develop and implement a statewide voting rights initiative campaign to update Michigan’s voting system to ensure it works for everyone. Candidates should have successful experience managing issue advocacy or ballot campaigns and leadership experience in statewide efforts that include coalition partnerships, advocacy, strategic communications, organizing, and electoral work.   

The Campaign Director reports to the Executive Committee of Promote the Vote Action.

Requirements & Responsibilities:

●      Create and develop a strategic plan and budget for a statewide field and communications operation that moves voters toward an electoral victory in 2022.

●      Build a broad, effective grassroots campaign including, but not limited to, coalition building, volunteer recruitment, and event planning. 

●      Oversee all aspects of the implementation of a statewide campaign plan.

●      Hire and manage campaign staff and define roles and negotiate contracts with all vendors and consultants, including fundraising, field, and communications.

●      Lead a fundraising team in identifying and soliciting campaign 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 an aggressive earned media campaign.

●      Represent Promote the Vote Action in meetings, conversations and communications with new and existing stakeholders.

●      Organize get-out-the-vote activities.

●      Collaborate with a diverse set of organizations to create a common vision and purpose that leads to electoral victory.

●      Staff the campaign’s executive committee and ensure its members are consulted on key strategic financial and operational decisions.

●      Enable executive committee members to proactively engage with their networks to support and implement field operations. 

●      Manage all aspects of fiduciary oversight, legal administration and adherence to campaign finance reporting requirements.

●      Ensure rigorous program evaluation and quality control — formulate and implement corrective action as needed.

Qualifications:

A demonstrated commitment to Promote the Vote Action’s core values: non-partisanship; voting is more accessible, secure and fair; diversity; 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; and who is 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 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 improvement, 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.

Demonstrable knowledge of effective and successful field plans, including targeting, voter contact, GOTV and best practices with each.

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.

Experience:

4 years or more of political organizing/campaign management experience, including experience on a statewide campaign where volunteer-executed programs played a central role in the campaign.

Experience running statewide, large scale, data-driven field operations.

A proven track record in coalition building, and grassroots or field campaign organizing.

Experience in public speaking, media purchase, production, and media relations.

Demonstrated fundraising experience, knowledge of campaign funding sources, budgeting and financial oversight.

Demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities, serve as a team leader, and maintain a sense of humor.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume, one writing sample, three 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 to info@promotethevotemi.com with “Campaign Director” in the subject. Applications reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Promote the Vote Action is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, LGBTQA+ persons, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.