For Our Future (“FOF”) and For Our Future Action Fund (“FOFAF”) are seeking a Deputy National Field Director as a senior member of the state management team to run a robust, multi-state independent field program for the 2018 cycle.
FOF aims to win elections and regain political power by engaging and mobilizing people and community-based organizations on progressive issues. In 2017, FOFAF has continued to engage on community issues with a focus on establishing permanence and economies of scale to be leveraged. Building off of our 2016 campaign in five battleground states, FOF will continue its unique and now-proven model to build infrastructure and power for progressive issues and candidates in 2018 and 2020, expanding to new states along the way. The model is to work with and through community-based organizations and local activist networks, with a focus on field and earned media. Our goal is to turn communicators into connectors, engage communities in policy fights, and turn out voters for progressive issues and champions for Election Day victories.
For Our Future Action Fund (“FOFAF”), a non-profit “social welfare” organization, & For Our Future (“FOF”), a federally registered “independent expenditure” political action committee that incorporates both issue advocacy and electoral programming, respectively.
The Deputy National Field Director will report directly to the National Field Director. The Deputy Field Director will be the primary staff member responsible for managing the process by which states project programmatic capacity on- and off-cycle and set qualitative and quantitative field goals. In addition, the Deputy Field Director will work with the data department to craft field program reports to measure progress toward those goals. In addition, the Deputy National Field Director will execute overall communication flow to, from, and among FOF state leadership and DC staff. Lastly, the Deputy National Field Director will serve as the primary source of support and oversight for state field directors in managing statewide independent grassroots issue and electoral campaigns for the 2018 cycle until national regional field staff are hired. Lastly, the Deputy National Field Director will help recruit, hire, and manage the national field department, including regional directors.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
- Manage multiple projects connecting states and national operation including reporting on work in states.
- Work with National Field Director to manage and execute process of setting quantitative and qualitative goals and regularly measuring progress toward those goals, including internal and partner programs.
- Serve as primary field point of contact for data and training teams to ensure states have support they need from these departments to be successful.
- Work with state staff, National Field Director, and National Training Director, and FOF’s operations team to support and strengthen state field staff hiring process.
- Manage approval process for scripts and other field-related materials for all programs in all FOF states.
- Promote a strong and inclusive culture and a team that is mission-driven, well-trained and set up for success in states.
- Support and manage the flow of information via calls, emails, and other modes to, from, and among state directors and state field directors.
- Work with the National Field Director to recruit, hire and manage team of national regional directors and other national field support staff.
- Performs other duties and responsibilities as designated by the National Field Director.
Qualifications & Experience
- Enthusiasm for Building Progressive Power - A firm understanding of state legislative processes and political landscape, and the path to building power in states. Ability to work and adapt to a changing political and policy landscape.
- Staff Management - Ability and demonstrated success recruiting, hiring, and managing large, multi-tier staffing structures.
- Strategic Planning - Ability to develop short and long-term program plans, set objectives and metrics, track progress toward achieving objectives, and align those strategies with other progressive efforts in state. Ability to get buy-in and build consensus among a diverse group of stakeholders for that plan is required.
- Commitment to the Mission - Dedication to grassroots, local organizing and empowering state/local organizations to lead our work. Understanding of local community-based organizations and respect for their leaders and programs.
- Organizer at Heart - Inclination to lead via organizing rather than by decree. Ability to build strong teams to accomplish goals without a need to bottom-line everything.
- Program Management - Experience executing or managing issue advocacy campaigns, and working within or managing issue coalitions.
- Demonstrated knowledge of effective and successful data driven electoral field plans, including targeting, voter contact, GOTV and best practices with each.
- Solutions-oriented approach, with a willingness to take initiative, while juggling several priorities that may change quickly. Multi-tasker with excellent time management skills and ability to hit deadlines.
- Communication Skills - Strong oral and written communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to write compelling program reports, fundraising/marketing documents, and program debrief reports. Demonstrated ability in building relationships and maintaining communication with key statewide stakeholders required. Demonstrated ability to navigate conflict and work toward resolution required.
- Coalition Work- Experience working in a coalition setting, particularly coalitions with labor partners, strongly preferred. Experience in engaging and understanding the unique nature of individual unions and how they fit into the greater progressive landscape. Experience in engaging progressive organizations in dense urban areas, as well as suburban and rural areas, is preferred.
- Candidates should have 3-4 cycles of campaign experience or comparable issue advocacy experience.
The Deputy Field Director position is located in Washington, D.C. Must be willing to travel and work long hours.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. FOFAF offers a competitive salary and benefits package consistent with experience, skills and demonstrated abilities.
How to Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to https://app.greenhouse.io/jobapps/916450