Executive Director Emerge Virginia

Remote / Virginia
Up to $65,000 per year + benefits
Oct 11, 2019
Nov 10, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%


We are seeking a dedicated and skilled individual to serve as the full-time Executive Director. This position will report to the Emerge America Affiliate Director and the Board Chair of Emerge Virginia. The primary responsibilities include but are not limited to: fundraising and development, training program promotion and implementation, class recruitment, board management, public relations, information management, and support for program members and alumnae, and execution of the Emerge Virginia training programs.


The Executive Director oversees all aspects of the Emerge Virginia training program and is responsible for expanding and maintaining the organizational infrastructure and network. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Program & Communications

  • Recruit, train, and inspire Democratic women to run for office;
  • Execute the Signature 7-month and weekend candidate training programs, including recruiting program members, managing all training logistics, scheduling, and preparing trainers;
  • Provide ongoing support, coaching, and continuing education to alumnae as they embark on running for office or advancing in politics;
  • Serve as spokesperson for the organization and manage all external communications & media relations, including social media;
  • Represent the organization at coalition meetings and with partner organizations and develop & maintain relationships with stakeholders.

Fundraising & Administration

  • Manage day-to-day operations for the organization;
  • Direct all fundraising efforts, with Board involvement, including: event management and donor solicitation in person or via phone, email, and mail;
  • Cultivate and maintain relations with donors;
  • Create and oversee the organization’s annual budget and finances;
  • Maintain the organization’s files, data, and information

Organizational Development

  • Build and manage relationships with the Emerge Virginia Board of Directors and oversee all Board governance, including scheduling and preparing for board meetings, participating in board recruitment, development, and training;
  • Support and engage Emerge Virginia program members and alumnae;
  • Maintain and grow a vibrant, inclusive network of diverse Emerge alumnae, women in office, male supporters, donors, trainers, mentors, recruits, and others to ensure meaningful connections for Democratic women in Virginia;
  • Ensure that Emerge Virginia is actively participating with the national Emerge America organization; Identify opportunities to expand programmatic offerings.


  • Relevant educational and/or professional training & experience;
  • Demonstrated commitment to Democratic ideals;
  • Strong fundraising and organizational skills;
  • Passion for and knowledge of women’s political leadership issues and Virginia politics;
  • Comfort with public speaking and excellent written and oral communications;
  • Experience running for office or working on a political campaign;
  • Non-profit management experience in some of the following functions: boards of directors, staff, budgets, administrative functions, program development and fundraising;
  • Ability to develop trusted and effective working relationships with diverse constituencies, including Board members, staff, donors, volunteers, supporters, and stakeholders.
  • Ability to handle confidential matters with a high degree of tact and discretion;
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task, by self-motivated, as well as work collaboratively with colleagues around the state and country;
  • A valid driver’s license and insured vehicle. In-state travel and limited out-of-state travel is required, although expenses are reimbursable.



  • Familiarity with database tools, NGPVAN, WordPress, etc. a plus;
  • Experience with the Emerge program a plus;


This position is remote but must be based in Virginia. Evening and weekend work will be required.


For consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references to contact@emergeva.org. Include Emerge Virginia - Executive Director in your subject line.

Interested candidates can address questions to Emerge Virginia’s Search Committee Chair Alexsis Rodgers (contact@emergeva.org).


Emerge Virginia is a highly effective candidate training program whose mission is to recruit, train and inspire Democratic women in Virginia to run for public office at the local, state and national levels. Emerge Virginia has been training women since 2013 and in six years has trained 209 Democratic women; 26 of whom serve in elected office. 67 are currently on the ballot in 2019.

Emerge Virginia is an affiliate of Emerge America, a dynamic and growing national network of affiliates currently working in 25 states. 415 Emerge America alumnae won their general election races in 2018, including five women in Congress and nine statewide offices across the country. The Executive Director will be an employee of Emerge America.

For more information about Emerge Virginia and the entire Emerge America network, please visit www.emergeva.org.

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