- Job Title: Political Director
- Supervisor: Executive Director
- Type: Non-Exempt, Regular
- Schedule: Full-time
- Benefits: Vacation, Health, Dental, Sick & Safe Leave, Employee Assistance Program
- Salary Range: $65,000-$75,000 annually
Pro-Choice Washington, a 501c4 nonprofit organization, is the leading grassroots advocacy organization for reproductive freedom in Washington state. We believe every person deserves equitable access to affordable, unbiased, quality abortion and reproductive healthcare within their community.
Pro-Choice Washington’s advocacy work is complemented by the Pro-Choice Washington Foundation and the Pro-Choice Washington Political Action Committee. The Pro-Choice Washington Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and the research and education arm of our movement, focusing on grassroots capacity building, community and lawmaker issue education, policy change, and leadership development.
The Pro-Choice Washington Political Action Committee (PAC) helps elect reproductive rights and justice champions at all levels of state and local government. It directs financial and in-kind contributions to candidates endorsed by Pro-Choice Washington and who are aligned with our values and our communities’ needs. Our organization is powered by the voices of more than 25,000 members across the state who are speaking up for reproductive rights through advocacy, community engagement, and education. You can learn more about our organization on our website, prochoicewashington.org.
The Political Director oversees the planning and execution of Pro-Choice Washington’s legislative and electoral goals through strategic program planning and analysis, project management, relationship building, and daily collaboration with staff, members, and community and organizational partners. They also center our members when designing political actions to help achieve clear and relevant political wins.
The Political Director will serve in a leadership position working in partnership with our Executive Director, lobbyist, program staff, community leaders, and funding partners to advance Pro-Choice Washington’s coalition-based policy and electoral strategies in Washington. This position will also build political power through membership engagement and mobilization.
They will also provide departmental oversight and will help build a strong team culture, manage strategy and political relationships, and facilitate the goals of statewide and community-led partners. The Political Director will report to the Executive Director and will supervise and develop external contractors and the Senior Organizing Manager.
A successful Political Director will be excited by the opportunity to be creative while strengthening existing partnerships and organizing models. Pro-Choice Washington is committed to living our values throughout our work, so a successful Political Director will center racial, economic, gender, and social equity, and will believe in non-competitive coalition work and collaborative movement building.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Political, Policy, and Electoral Work
- Lead the development of Pro-Choice Washington’s public policy direction and focus, informed by existing state and local advocacy efforts, input from community leaders and stakeholders, and other relevant data
- Research, monitor, analyze and respond to regional, state, and local issues related to reproductive freedom in Washington
- Design and implement Pro-Choice Washington’s political plan, including facilitating creation of legislative agenda, managing coalition engagement, and coordinating staff to achieve legislative goals in rapidly-changing political environment
- Organize and engage members, other nonprofits, and policy makers in public policy efforts related to Pro-Choice Washington’s core issues
- Coordinate with contract lobbyist on legislative strategy and design political actions that support this strategy
- Design and implement Pro-Choice Washington’s electoral plan, including determining electoral strategy, identifying key districts and directing the allocation of Pro-Choice Washington’s in-kind resources
- Draft testimony and position pieces on public policy issues
- Oversee Pro-Choice Washington PAC – including staffing PAC, managing PAC fundraising, coordinating the Pro-Choice Washington endorsement process, and supporting our operations team in ensuring PDC compliance
- Manage and support Organizing team to achieve co-developed annual goals related to regional activist groups, student activist groups, activist leadership development and programming events on key issues
- Coordinate with the organizing team to develop robust and relevant learning and membership events related to the reproductive freedom landscape
- Coordinate with communications team to request timely emails and social media posts in support of political priorities, and to inform the content of organizational communications
- Advise the Executive Director, board of directors, and other team members on the state and local policy landscape and implications for Pro-Choice Washington’s goals
- Build and maintain relationships with members, allies, partner organizations, coalitions, and associations across Washington to achieve shared goals informed by our community members
- Build and maintain relationships with legislators, candidates, representatives and staff, and other key decision makers
- Respond to requests from key stakeholders
- Contribute to strategic planning and budget development processes
- Assist Executive Director in presenting to and engaging the board on the programmatic work of the organization
- Support Executive Director and development team in creating proposals for project-specific funding from individual donors and foundations
- Support other tasks as needed
Desired & Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Deep commitment to equity, racial, economic, gender, and social justice, and strong alignment with our organizational values
- Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, members, and partners
- Demonstrated success at cultivating and sustaining respectful relationships with a wide range of diverse stakeholders, while centering values of collaboration, empathy and direct communication
- Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or substantial related work experience and education equivalent to a bachelor’s degree
- A minimum of four years of experience in organizing volunteers or activists on issue-based or electoral campaigns
- A minimum of three years of experience in policy advocacy, preferably in Washington state
- A minimum of two years of experience in direct management
- Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, writing, and communication skills
- Interest in mentoring staff and volunteers
- Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment while nurturing and sustaining a team culture built on trust, collaboration, flexibility, and humor
- Commitment to the mission and vision of Pro-Choice Washington, and a deep understanding of the intersectional components of reproductive freedom
- Knowledge of Washington state and local policy environment, and experience navigating politics in Olympia
- Strong understanding of how public policy initiatives can impact outcomes across our state
- Experience developing and implementing public policy, political, and electoral strategies
- Experience designing campaign plans
- Mastery of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, climb stairs and occasionally lift up to 25 pounds from floor to waist high. Work is primarily performed in a small office environment while operating standard office equipment. Full-time position, but some flexibility in hours possible for the right candidate. Occasional evenings and weekend work are likely. Infrequent travel within Washington state.
Please email a cover letter, addressed to Kia Guarino, Executive Director, and resume to email@example.com with the subject line “Political Director” as soon as possible and no later than January 5, 2022, as the position may be filled sooner.
All applications will be reviewed, but only those demonstrating a strong alignment with the position description will be contacted for additional information. We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet all of the requirements – commitment to the mission and a willingness to problem-solve are highly valued. Referrals to potential candidates are welcome. No phone calls please.
Pro-Choice Washington is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or any other protected factor. We also engage in anti-discriminatory hiring practices, folks who are women, queer, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, people of color, parents, have different abilities, are immigrants are encouraged to apply.