Sacramento-Northern California Area Director

Location: California

Application Deadline: Rolling

Desired Start Date: October

Type: Full Time 


Bernie 2020 is seeking a motivated, dynamic Sacramento-Northern California Area Director to join our California team. Our campaign has an ambitious goal: to build the largest national grassroots operation in campaign history. This will require empowering volunteers, activist leaders, and supporters to organize their communities to take on Trump and the billionaire class at an unprecedented scale.


The Area Director will oversee the overall state strategy in this region with a particular focus on designing a calculated operation on the ground that has the appropriate communication mechanisms to be cohesive and nimble to ensure state victory. We encourage you to apply for this position if you are passionate about leading a high performing team through a complex political environment to accomplish a multitude of goals. The ideal candidate excels at effective communication, hiring and managing high level talent, state level relationship cultivation and long term strategizing. 


Essential Duties:

  • Spearhead the area team to a primary victory
  • Directly recruit, hire and manage staff within respective area 
  • Direct, confer, and support area staff about area strategy, staff performance, departmental goals, and area budget and hold accountable
  • Support and develop strategies and culture of meeting and exceeding innovative tactics and measurable goals 
  • Ensure area hiring of diverse staff, create efficient collaboration and communication procedures for the area, and design and support a high performing area team 
  • Assist communication and collaboration between area teams and staff with statewide staff and departments 

  • Ensure financial integrity and adherence to approved area budget
  • Cultivate professional relationships with senior state staff to foster collaborative environment and identify opportunities for increased coordination 
  • Collaborate and coordinate with national departments and staff to ensure maximization of campaign resources 
  • Court and cultivate relationships with relevant political players and secure endorsements where necessary 
  • Building relationships with news media and be prepared to represent the state campaign through traditional communication streams, including television, print and radio interviews and stories
  • Work with Area Field Director to set, meet and exceed benchmarks for voter contact, volunteer recruitment, grassroots engagement and GOTV.
  • Work with and support Area Field Director to build a massive field program that can recruit and activate volunteers and volunteer leaders to grow our voter contact program and mobilize voters at scale.
  • Work with Area Field Director to ensure campaign is executing high quality training program for volunteers to build powerful, persuasive volunteer teams and teach the campaign’s theory of change.
  • Report directly to the California State Director
  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Duties:

  • Supervise 3-10 area level staff


Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in political electoral, community, labor, or movement organizing at a senior level
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills. Ability to maintain a personable and professional demeanor
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced environment, and ability to navigate complex and nuanced situations
  • Strong capacity to manage and delegate responsibilities to senior state staff and departments
  • Commitment to building strong relationships across race, gender, class, and other group identities. Understanding of and self-awareness around the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and other identities 
  • Ability to thrive in a high-pressure environment that may include long hours, nights, and weekends

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience managing high level staff 
  • Experience building high performing teams that are interdependent, strategic and nimble 
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Experience organizing in Northern California
  • Experience building multiracial organizing efforts and prior training equity and inclusion. 
  • Public speaking skills and/or experience leading trainings for medium-sized or large groups. 


Salary: $132,000


Full time staff are eligible for the campaign’s benefits package, including health insurance, dental, vision, and ancillary coverage; as well as paid time off, and more. 


Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


This campaign is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in hiring, in programming, and in all other aspects of the work we do. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are deeply connected to our mission, our success, and to serving the American people. Some organizational priorities include:


  • Building policies, procedures and services that uplift and protect everyone and do not lead to inequalities;
  • Creating teams and relationships among staff, volunteers, and supporters that are reflective of the populations we serve;
  • Increasing engagement of communities of color, women, those with disabilities, and all  people historically shut out of electoral and caucus processes;
  • Prioritizing the inclusion of diverse communities in internal leadership; 
  • Fostering a culture of open-mindedness, compassion, and inclusiveness;
  • Creating and maintaining opportunities for engagement, education, and discourse related to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion; and
  • Changing the historical culture of inequity and exclusion pervasive in political campaigns.


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