About the Role
In 2021, Represent Us is ramping up our efforts to defend democracy by combatting gerrymandering in key states across the country. We’re looking for a talented organizer, project manager and campaigner ready to lead a team to work beyond partisanship to secure fair maps in the 2021 Pennsylvania redistricting process.
The Lead Organizer must be located in Pennsylvania (PA) and will be responsible for managing a field program to build organizing infrastructure in favor of fair redistricting practices. Following the redistricting process, they will be responsible for coaching and supporting volunteer leaders to run and win state and local campaigns to take on the corrupt political system and work for a democracy that is fair, accountable, and effective. The PA Lead Organizer will ultimately be responsible for meeting RepresentUs’ short and long term political and organizing goals in the state.
What You’ll Be Doing
Run a field program to build public support in the state for fair district maps in 2021, and future campaigns in 2022 and beyond.
Recruit, develop and coordinate teams of volunteer leaders in the state.
Organize grassroots lobby days, house parties, phonebanks, town halls, press conferences, volunteer trainings, rallies and more.
Coordinate statewide training and events as necessary for volunteer leaders.
Representing RepresentUs to press, partners and in coalitions.
Develop relationships with political stakeholders, allied organizations, and local coalitions.
Gather information regarding the most strategic approach to meet RepresentUs’ goals in the state.
Secure media coverage. Execute media events, organize volunteers to write and place letters to the editor, report back to RepresentUs with media opportunities as you identify them.
Participating in strategic planning, administrative tasks, and internal meetings as necessary.
Planning – Work with the Organizing Director to develop appropriate field plans for your state.
Reporting – Track campaign progress, hours and qualitative updates with daily and weekly reports as required by the Organizing Director.
Skills and Experience
3-5 years of experience organizing in electoral, advocacy or related campaigns, ideally in the field of voting rights, campaign finance reform, and/or good governance issues. .
Strong personal connection to Pennsylvania. You live or have lived and worked in the state.
Excellent interpersonal communication skills, with experience working with diverse coalitions or teams to accomplish shared goals.
Self starter and problem solver. You’re not afraid of a challenge and will hit the ground running.
Commitment to working beyond partisanship – experience with cross-partisan coalitions is preferred.
Must have valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle, and be able to travel regularly around the state.
Additional Desired Qualifications
Passion for voting rights, campaign finance reform, and/or good governance issues.
Willingness to work occasional nights and weekends as needed to accommodate event schedules.
Political relationships and lobbying experience in your state.
1+ years of staff management experience.
Compensation and Benefits
We’re committed to bringing in top talent from all sectors. Accordingly, we offer competitive salaries and pretty awesome benefits, including health and dental insurance, a health reimbursement account, wellness perks, a dependent care account, a health concierge benefit, and a retirement benefit. Plus disability and life insurance.
Oh, and we have this wild idea that we’ll do better work if we have time to see our friends and families, so we get four weeks of paid vacation a year, plus personal and sick time. This position is part of the bargaining unit represented by Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 153 (OPEIU). RUEF voluntarily recognized the union recently and collective bargaining is just getting underway. Therefore, there is not yet a collective bargaining agreement in place.
The annual salary range for the PA Lead Organizer position is $84,000-$90,000.
RepresentUs is committed to supporting employees of varying abilities and to providing reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to thrive at RepresentUs.
The requirements of this role, related to its physical demands, described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
All employees must be able to operate a computer and use a cell phone. For roles that include frequent business travel expectations, we can discuss reasonable alternatives to travel in some instances. Most roles also require communicating with key external stakeholders of the organization in person, via the telephone, or via email. Applicants with questions about accommodations may request to speak with our ADA liaison, Ellie Collinson (email@example.com).
Essential functions of the role include:
Working from a computer for long periods of time;
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may also frequently be required to communicate using the telephone, email, and in person with stakeholders; and
This position has less than 10% overnight travel expectations and is eligible for flexible work hour arrangements.
Please apply online at represent.us/careers and be prepared to submit a cover letter and resume.
No phone calls please.
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