JOB TITLE: National Organizing Director
FLSA STATUS: Exempt/Full-Time
LOCATION: Washington, DC
UPDATED: June 2019
The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a nonpartisan membership organization that has operated at the federal, state and local levels for nearly 100 years. With over 700 local and state affiliates, the League works to improve governance and to increase the public’s engagement with its government. At the national level, League activities are coordinated and staffed by two distinct but complimentary organizations: The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF).
The National Organizing Director is a new position based at the national office, responsible for developing and driving the League of Women Voters’ organizing strategy to build the long-term grassroots power at the state and national levels necessary to secure transformative wins that address the fundamental inequities built into our democracy. Key components of the job include working to deepen the engagement of our members and activists, building a strong cadre of volunteer leaders across the United States, developing and managing field campaigns, and expanding the League’s role as a leader in our core issue areas. The National Organizing Director works closely with the Legislative & Advocacy Team, coordinates with other LWVUS programs and departments, and integrates campaign/organizing work with national priorities.
The National Organizing Director is a senior level management position. This is a supervisory position that directs national LWVUS organizing staff, and in major priority campaigns, works closely with state and local volunteer field teams.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Leadership and Strategy
- Develop and drive organizing strategy to help LWV achieve legislative, advocacy, and program wins, and build grassroots organizing power;
- Lead efforts to expand LWV presence in key states and strengthen state League capacity;
- Work to further develop and grow volunteer leadership and capacity at the state and local levels to advance organizing work;
- Develop strategic campaigns that continue to grow LWV’s engagement with young people and people of color;
- Collaborate with Communications team to build integrated targeted campaigns, effectively utilizing digital strategies and tools in organizing work;
- Engage allies to create a unique and diverse set of partnerships that further advance LWV’s mission;
- Build and deepen relationships with organizing directors from partner organizations;
- Represent LWV in national coalitions as needed;
Management and Supervision
- Conceptualize and construct plans for organizing department including shared goals, budgets, work plans, and overall timelines; Manage overall field organizing and operations, tracking performance to goals, for campaigns;
- Nurture organizational alignment and achievement of goals; Establish accountability systems in the field to ensure that campaign goals are met, including the implementation of post-campaign debriefs and assessments;
- Maintain regular communications with Leagues on progress-to-goals and ensure there is a state to national feedback loop of timely information;
- Work with state Leagues to assess and develop capacity to implement effective campaigns as needed; Develop and implement strategies to streamline resources to support field campaign activity and to avoid duplicative campaign work;
- Manage, develop and train national organizing staff and state and local League staff and volunteers.
Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
- Minimum of 10 years demonstrated success running organizing campaigns, at least 4 of which include working as a national or regional organizing director;
- At least 5+ years of experience in senior management role, partnering with executive staff in the development and implementation of management strategies;
- Strategic and adept leader with strong strategic and operational/implementation skills;
- Strong knowledge of and experience developing and implementing organizing programs with heavy digital organizing components; Experience working with Voter Action Network (VAN) a plus;
- Experience creating and/or implementing organizing training, drafting organizing/field plans including budgets; ability to develop, monitor, and evaluate field plans, with strong metrics and benchmarks, and adapt as necessary;
- Demonstrated ability to build, motivate, mentor, and supervise staff and volunteer teams;
- Excellent listening, interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills;
- Demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts while maintaining important and effective relationships;
- Strong working knowledge of federated and/or affiliate organizations with large member base;
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in politically sensitive and high-pressure environments;
- Demonstrated ability to exercise excellent political judgment and discretion;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Commitment to LWV mission and goals and contributing to a workplace environment in which diversity is valued and supported;
- Ability to travel as-needed (estimated @1x per month but may be more or less at times).
This position is primarily sedentary and is performed in an office setting. The physical demands of this position are limited to the ability to use a computer, telephone and standard office equipment, lift up to 25 lbs., bend, stoop, and carry materials used in financial activities. Routine travel within the United States is necessary.
How to Apply
Email cover letter, resume, and salary requirement to [email protected]