National Democracy Manager, Voting Rights & Democracy Program

Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Jan 03, 2019
Closes
Feb 02, 2019
Job Function
Advocacy / Lobbying
Position Type
Full Time

Position Location: Washington DC strongly preferred. Exceptional candidates from other locations may be considered. Candidates must be available to travel extensively.

About CPD + CPDA

The Center for Popular Democracy promotes equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. We currently work with more than 53 affiliates and partners across 131 cities in 34 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC. and build the strength and capacity of democratic organizations to envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. CPD is a rapidly-expanding, changing organization that partners with organizations across the country to build political power and win tangible victories that improve the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and communities of color.

About the Position:

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action (CPD/CPDA) is seeking an experienced organizer and advocate to help drive national program development and support federal, state and local campaign development on a range of issues, including automatic voter registration, rights restoration, public financing, redistricting and other innovative democracy reforms. The National Democracy Manager will work as part of our Voting Rights and Democracy team and work closely with our state affiliates across the country, as well as other allied state and national organizations to develop, support and implement program strategies, policy development and advocacy. The National Democracy Manager will support the Director of Voting Rights and Democracy in developing and executing strategies to support democracy work including fundraising, affiliate capacity building, building and maintaining national relationships and campaign development. This position will report to the Director of Voting Rights and Democracy.

Primary Responsibilities

The National Democracy Manager will:

  • Help the drive assessment & planning for prospective/potential future campaigns and program activities;

  • Work with Director, VR&D Team, state partners and close national allies to develop and execute national strategies to advance a multi-issue democracy reform agenda at the state, federal and local level;

  • Serve as the primary lead for CPD’s federal policy advocacy and campaign work;  

  • Support the development and fundraising efforts for state affiliate democracy efforts including state and local campaigns;  

  • Support and help manage Campaign Manager’s work with state affiliates on a range of state and local money in politics and voting rights campaigns;

  • Provide strategic and technical campaign assistance including field, communications, policy and legislative strategy to meet the federal and support state campaign goals and priorities of active democracy campaigns;

  • Work with targeted state affiliates to expand the participation and leadership of communities of color and low-income communities in state and local advocacy efforts to advance proactive democracy reforms;  

  • Help build tools to use across state campaigns including campaign tools, training, communication/messaging materials and evaluations to use across state campaigns; and

  • Coordinate with CPD program staff in other issue areas to find opportunities for aligned work and cross-campaign coordination.

Job Qualifications

Applicants should possess:

  • Commitment to social and racial justice issues, building the power of communities and understanding of challenges facing immigrant communities, communities of color, and low-and moderate income families; 

  • Minimum of 10+ years of strategic issue advocacy experience including developing programs and strategies to advance policy reform at the national and state level;  

  • Experience developing multi-faceted national and multi-state strategies that include policy research, issue advocacy, organizing and communities;

  • Experience running legislative issue campaigns or ballot initiatives, including developing state-level issue campaign plans that include lobbying, grassroots mobilization, field, fundraising communications and policy implementation strategies;

  • Familiarity with voting rights and/or money in politics policy and advocacy;

  • Excellent relationship-building skills with significant experience building and sustaining diverse coalitions to advocate for policy change;

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a broad and diverse set of state partners, allies and others;

  • Experience facilitating planning processes with diverse stakeholders and leaders;

  • Significant project management experience and the ability to juggle multiple projects at a time and work in a fast-paced work environment;  

  • Independent self-starter and go-getter who can drive projects and teams internally and externally;

  • Experience working in diverse communities and with grassroots organizations;

  • Excellent writing and communication skills; and

  • Experience with fundraising preferred.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 15 vacation days per year, 10 sick days per year, 12 paid holidays per year, and contribution to individuals’ 401K plan.

CPD/A is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community.