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 who are already engaged and amplify and expand their civic engagement. Supermajority Education Fund is building women’s power across the country by training and mobilizing a multiracial, intergenerational community who will lead the fight for gender equity. We provide women with the tools, resources, and information they need to channel the energy and activism of this moment and build it into a long-term movement for change.
Since our founding in April 2019, Supermajority Education Fund and our related 501(c)(4) organization, Supermajority, have reached more than a million women through in-person conversations and online outreach. In August 2019, over 75,000 people from all 50 states completed our Women’s* Poll, which led to the creation of the Majority Rules, a set of values to help us build the country we deserve. In December 2019 we welcomed Pantsuit Nation, an online community of more than 3 million women and allies, into our organization.
In 2020, we ran the country’s largest woman-to-woman voter engagement program by offering strategic digital tools, training, and information to women and allies around the country. In 2021, we are continuing the work of engaging and mobilizing women across the country, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and it’s disproportionate impact on women, specifically women of color.
Supermajority Education Fund is seeking a Managing Director, Politics and Organizing that will be a critical leadership role as Supermajority scales its work and impact. You will spearhead the ambitious work of expanding the women’s voting block by 3% over the next 4 years, while making women the highest prioritized constituency in the 2024 election cycle.
You will build our political program, overseeing all political and organizing operations - which will include multiple strategic campaigns and an array of initiatives over the coming years. You will play a key role in holding and deepening Supermajority’s political relationships and we continue to build a best-in-class modern digital-first organizing strategy. You will also be a key internal leader at Supermajority, shaping culture & helping keep a high bar for work quality and operational excellence across the organization.
This role reports to Supermajority’s Executive Director, and the preferred location post-COVID is Washington DC, although strong candidates based in other locations will be considered.
Responsibilities and Tasks
As Managing Director, Politics & Organizing, you will...
Partner with the Executive Director to inform organizational strategy and act as a key leader of the organization.
- Coordinate regularly with the Executive Director to develop plans, respond to events on the political landscape, and update organizational priorities.
- Help prepare budgets, reports, and other key information for the Executive Director, Board, key partners, and other stakeholders.
- Represent Supermajority in speaking engagements and political events, and support other org leaders in doing so as well
Translate Supermajority’s strategic plan into strong organizational performance through effective goal-setting, team management, and accountability systems.
- Develop & maintain an operating plan for Supermajority’s organizing and political priorities.
- Cultivate the organizational conditions where everyone on the team is aligned around roles, objectives, key results, and behaviors. This means you are creating the organization-wide conditions where open communication, high levels of ownership and responsibility, and high-functioning collaboration are taking place. People believe their best is being brought out, and the workplace is low-drama and low-politics.
- Design & run regular team meetings (all-staff, departmental, 1:1s) to ensure the Supermajority team is fully aligned and working as effectively as possible.
- Develop or update tracker(s) and other methods of reporting results and KPIs, such that the Supermajority team can see progress-to-goals and obstacles to progress are addressed quickly.
Lead Supermajority’s political & organizing operations.
- Oversee the development and execution of a political and organizing program that expands the progressive women’s voting block by 3% over the next four years.
- Expand and deepen our value proposition for local and state-based groups.
- Co-create an advocacy program with national partners to add capacity to key issues in the fight for gender equity.
- Build and manage relationships with key stakeholders in Supermajority’s coalition, including progressive organizations, grasstops leaders across the country, labor leaders, constituency leaders, trainers, and more. You will be the go-to person for holding and activating these relationships.
- Ensure that Supermajority cultivates best-in-class use of digital tools in our organizing efforts and plans.
- 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.
- Work with staff to build their understanding and use of electoral tools and strategies in the context of community organizing
Act as a key shaper of - and champion for - Supermajority’s team and culture.
- Lead by example in setting a high bar for quality of work product, and thoughtful approach to prioritization to unlock effectiveness.
- Develop your own understanding of, and contribution to, cultivating Supermajority’s distinctive culture, which is dedicated, entrepreneurial, and laser-focused on building political power for women in the United States.
- Lead the team in more deeply incorporating aspects of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging into all aspects of the organization and our community.
- Invest time and attention in mentoring and developing your direct reports and team members, through formal systems (e.g. well-designed performance reviews) and informal conversations and mentorship.
- Foster a culture of feedback, growth, and calculated risk-tolerance for the team.
- Contribute to hiring & recruiting processes, partnership with Director of Talent & Culture, as the team grows.
- You will report to the Executive Director.
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You’re exactly who we’re looking for, if you...
- Are deeply committed to building political power for women in the United States, and are excited to do that work at Supermajority.
- Have a rolodex of trusted progressive political relationships that you’re excited to harness and activate in pursuit of Supermajority’s mission.
- Have substantial relevant operating experience in organizing and campaigns, and a track record of wins - for candidates, and/or on key progressive issues.
- Have experience with membership-based organizations, business models, or communities, and experience being accountable to a key constituency.
- Have substantial experience using polling and voter file data to make strategic decisions; ideally you have run data team(s) at some point in your work.
- Have an effective, low-ego approach to leadership and management, including a focus on accountability and operational excellence in the teams that you run.
- Love team building, developing people, and mentoring. You have experience hiring at least a dozen people for various roles, and you have experienced productive and high-energy work cultures.
- Have experience working with and managing distributed teams of staff and consultants.
- Have experience developing, owning, and managing a budget.
- Are happy to travel as needed (post-COVID) to meet the fullest potential of this role.
- Have strong virtual communication and collaboration skills. Efficiency and comfort with Slack and Google Suite, responsiveness via email, and willingness to participate in weekly group calls or as needed.
- Are committed to working toward racial equity. 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.
- Salary for this position is between $200,000 - $220,000, and is commensurate with experience.
- Supermajority Education Fund, a fiscally sponsored project of the New Venture Fund, provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, 3% employer match on 401k contributions, pre-tax transportation benefits, and paid holidays, vacation, sick, and volunteer time off.
How to Apply
Please submit a resume, by June 20th, 2021, via the link below. Candidates may be asked to submit writing samples and/or complete a written assessment as part of the interview process. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
New Venture Fund Careers
Supermajority Education Fund is a project of the New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF 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. NVF'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.
The person holding this position may also work part-time for a coordinated project, Supermajority Project, in the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization, under a resource sharing agreement between the New Venture Fund and Sixteen Thirty Fund. The responsibilities under that position will be overseen by Sixteen Thirty Fund.