Full-Time Political Director
NVF Project Name: The League
Position: Political Director
Reports to: Founder
Location: Remote, with a preference for DC or NYC
Status: Full Time, Exempt
The League is a social impact collective with one goal: inspire people to live a civic life. We work to do what politics alone can’t: change hearts and minds by changing culture. Our work is in service to people of color, women, young people, LGBTQ+ communities and more–the diverse coalition that is leading America into the future, both politically and culturally. We work with activists, progressive movement and social justice organizations, celebrities, corporations, film makers, philanthropists and thought leaders to design and execute creative campaigns and strategies that reach our audiences where they are.
We are seeking an experienced Political Director to join our high-impact, low-ego team. This person will play a key role on all campaigns and projects, bringing sharp political analysis to shape our goals and strategies. The right fit is someone who wants to put their experience and relationships in the progressive movement to work to advance racial and gender justice and to drive increased civic engagement among the New American Majority. The Political Director will represent The League in political, social justice, and progressive movement spaces, both nationally and in states. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with leadership development or political training organizations that focus on Black, Indigenous and women of color (BIWOC).
We are looking for someone who is passionate about creating a just, equitable America, and who believes that using culture is a powerful way to connect with people and move them to action. We are a growing organization with bold, ambitious goals, and the right fit will be someone who has an appetite for working with a creative, nimble team that loves to try new things.
The League is a remote team. The Political Director will report to the Founder.
We have always been a remote work team, but with COVID-19, like many others, we are adapting in real-time to the reality of our team’s work/life situations. This requires a whole new level of flexibility and understanding, and we are committed to ensuring our team has the support and grace needed to navigate this unprecedented time we find ourselves in.
Essential Responsibilities and Tasks
- Oversee a new initiative focused on increasing the political power of BIWOC. This will include convening of a cohort of organizations focused on the political power of BIWOC, building strong relationships, managing a shared planning process, and identifying opportunities for collaboration and cost savings.
- Help launch and expand The League’s Hometown Labs, a new initiative that will organize and resource local culturemakers to inspire civic engagement in their home communities.
- Design data-driven civic engagement campaigns that leverage cultural organizing strategies and oversee their evaluation.
- Oversee the execution of campaigns and strategies in key states, working closely with state-based partners.
- Identify and assess opportunities for rapid response campaigns, with a particular focus on gender justice issues.
- Manage The League’s relationships with social justice organizations, progressive movement partners and more, and identify opportunities for strategic collaboration
- Lead the work to identify and reach out to national and state-based partners to engage them in specific projects or campaigns.
- Develop The League’s strategy for bringing our culture-first, intersectional lens into social justice and progressive movement spaces.
- Represent The League in political, social justice and progressive movement spaces–both nationally and in states–including tables, coalitions, and meetings with partners.
- Stay abreast of developments and best practices in electoral and issue-based organizing and monitor demographic and political trends related to voting and civic participation.
Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability
- At least 12 years’ experience in electoral, civic engagement, or political campaigns, with some relevant connection to community, labor, or other non-candidate politics
- Demonstrated commitment to social, racial, and gender justice issues
- Has a strong political network and relationships with leaders in the progressive movement, both nationally and in states
- Familiarity with BIWOC-led/focused organizations
- Experience working with state-based organizations
- Demonstrated ability to drive processes that engage senior level stakeholders and result in shared outcomes
- Strong facilitation, coalition-building, and management skills
- Familiarity with civic engagement data, the latest tools and technology, and current best practices in the field
- Deep knowledge of the legal parameters around 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) activities
- A demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex projects at once
- Exceptional communication skills
- Experience working across teams within an organization
- Comfort working with a remote team
- Ability to travel domestically (post-COVID in 2022)
Valued and Non-Essential Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Ability
- Love of culture–whether that’s TV, movies, music, sports, food, literature, or more–and the ability to approach it with an analytical eye
- Likes to work independently but is an excellent collaborator
- Takes initiative and gets things done
- Has a high level of judgment and is diplomatic
- Is flexible and willing to roll with the punches
- Holds self accountable and owns mistakes
- Has an appetite for trying, and learning from, new ideas and approaches
- Has a good sense of humor
We are looking to fill this position ASAP. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
The salary range for this position is $120,000-$150,000, based on experience. We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes 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.
New Venture Fund Careers
The League is a project of 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.