Women are on the cusp of becoming the most powerful force in America. But to fundamentally transform this country, we need to pull together the millions of women and amplify and expand their civic engagement. Supermajority Education Fund is a new effort to build women’s power across the country by training and mobilizing a multiracial, intergenerational community who will lead the fight for gender equity. We will provide women with the tools, resources, and knowledge they need to channel the energy and activism of this moment and build it into a long-term movement for change.
Our goal is to engage millions of women and others who share common values on the need to achieve gender equity. Supermajority Education Fund will provide the training and community-building to help people both stay engaged and also increase their skills and confidence as advocates and grassroots organizers. We seek to build a national cohort of leaders that is multiracial and intergenerational, representing the diversity of our country, who learn from us and from each other about the powerful possibility of women. Through ongoing exposure to leaders, community efforts and issue education, we will create a united force across America that can work together to create the will to make substantive progress on issues that affect millions of women – from reproductive equity to affordable child care to equal pay. Supermajority Education Fund was created out of the belief that women know how to solve these problems but we need a trained, organized and united national movement in order to make real lasting change.
Supermajority Education Fund seeks a dynamic, experienced and entrepreneurial Political Director to build and lead our political program. Reporting to the Managing Director of Politics and Organizing, the Political Director will bring deep knowledge about and passion for progressive electoral politics, experience building a political program, commitment to racial equity, and exceptional relationship and coalition building skills. Travel is required.
Essential Responsibilities and Activities:
Develop & Lead Organizational Political Strategies
- In partnership with senior leaders and other key staff, develop and implement issue advocacy strategies and related candidate and elected official accountability efforts.
- Track and learn from the national, state, and local electoral organizing landscape, including developments and best practices surfaced by other national organizing intermediaries and networks, national constituency organizations, election protection organizations, and allies in the labor, faith, and civil rights arena.
- Monitor demographic and political trends related to voting and civic participation amongst women.
Develop & Maintain Political/Partner Relationships
- Build and manage relationships with key stakeholders, including progressive organizations, grasstops leaders across the country, labor leaders, constituency leaders, trainers, and more.
- Provide technical assistance to key partner organizations on a range of electoral capacities, including, but not limited to, list management, plan writing, goal setting, targeting, and building a field infrastructure.
- Advance aligned efforts in coalition with key partners and represent the organization at key local, state and national tables.
- Represent the organization in speaking engagements, and prepare the senior leadership to do so as well.
- Other projects, as needed.
**This position may also involve engaging in the following activities through employment by an associated 501(c)(4) organization, the Sixteen Thirty Fund:
- Build and manage relationships with key stakeholders, candidates and campaigns, elected officials, and political party infrastructure.
- In partnership with senior leaders and other key staff, recommend, develop and help lead overall organizational political, voter engagement and voter contact strategies.
- Develop and lead major political/voter engagement activities, including, but not limited to, our September 2020 Week of Action.
- Work with staff to build their understanding and use of electoral tools and strategies in the context of community organizing.
The successful candidate must demonstrate the following experience and skills:
- Deep passion for and knowledge about electoral politics and the progressive movement infrastructure: You are excited to put your skills and relationships to work in the context of the Supermajority mission and priorities.
- Experience building and leading an organization’s political program: You can demonstrate previous experience and are ready to incorporate learnings and best practices. You can set goals and put a plan in place, and direct both strategy and people to execute towards that end.
- Strong racial equity analysis, skills and practice: You consistently integrate a deep understanding of key racial equity concepts into work projects and interactions by addressing structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions on race, class and other group identities within the context of job responsibilities and projects.
- Self-initiative and advanced project management skills: You are self-directed and thrive in dynamic and ambiguous environments. You can delegate effectively, manage multiple priorities, organize a large volume of work and keep it flowing through the pipeline. You are tenacious and proactive with the ability to get things done.
- Excellent relationship building skills: You are able to build positive, enduring relationships with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and organizations and leverage those relationships in service of organizational goals.
- Ability to communicate and collaborate virtually: You are efficient and comfortable with Slack and Google Suite, responsive via email, and willing to participate in virtual meetings as needed.
The most competitive candidates will demonstrate several of the following skills and experiences:
- A robust network of key staff in politics and the progressive infrastructure.
- Experience working on gender equity issues.
- Political campaign experience.
- The annual salary starts at $150,000.
How to Apply:
Please submit a resume and a cover letter. Please include the following questions in your cover letter: 1) tell us why you are uniquely qualified for this position; and 2) an example of a stakeholder communication; you may also 3) share an idea for how Supermajority can contribute to the political dialogue in 2020. Applications will be reviewed as they come in. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 20th, 2019.
New Venture Fund Careers:
Supermajority Education Fund is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The New Venture Fund is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. The New Venture Fund's work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.
Super Majority Education Fund collaborates and shares resources with Sixteen Thirty Fund’s Supermajority project.