Director of Congressional Affairs
About the Director of Congressional Affairs
For twenty years, the Working Families Party has built power at the state and local level in a growing number of geographies by electing progressive champions in order to deliver meaningful gains for working people, from raising the minimum wage to police reforms, taxing the rich to climate protection.
In 2020, crisis after crisis boiled over in America, from the pandemic to the economic collapse to violent policing and wildfires. Working families face challenges that can’t be solved at the state level alone. At the same time, new progressive WFP-endorsed candidates were elected to Congress. Together, this provides WFP with the imperative and the opportunity to engage much more deeply in federal policy fights.
The WFP Director of Congressional Affairs is a new, director-level position, responsible for designing and overseeing the WFP’s work with WFP champions in the US Congress, and ensuring coordination between our work in Congress and the rest of the political, advocacy, and organizing work the WFP does. The new Congressional Affairs team will provide capacity to WFP champions in Congress and support their strategic alignment and coordinated action, as well as strengthen connections between progressive champions in Congress and other organizations and coalitions, around both legislative and electoral work.
The overall mission of the Congressional Affairs team will be to support and strengthen the WFP champions in Congress, in order to build the WFP and progressive elected leaders’ collective power to advance a people’s agenda. The Director will lead this work, building and managing a team that will initially include two other staff members (and could grow beyond that depending on resources), as well as collaborating with other teams across the WFP.
The Director of Congressional Affairs will report to WFP’s National Campaigns Director.
Expectations and Responsibilities
- Develops close relationships with WFP champion Members of Congress and especially their Chiefs of Staff.
- Facilitates the creation of aligned objectives and strategy across WFP champion Members of Congress, and supports the execution of those strategies.
- Coordinates with other WFP senior staff to ensure alignment between WFP and elected WFP champions in Congress.
- Exercises leadership in identifying pathways to success in legislative and other fights within Congress as a whole and the Democratic conference in particular.
- Represents WFP in partnerships and coalition spaces with allied organizations.
- Develops key relationships with Congressional offices beyond the WFP champions, in order to help advance our goals and campaigns.
- 7+ years experience in legislative, electoral, and organizing work. Preference for significant experience in legislative campaigns or experience working in Congress or another legislative body.
- Ability to absorb and synthesize large amounts of information, especially related to legislation, parliamentary procedure, and other matters of concern to Members of Congress.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
- Management experience.
- Excellent listening and interpersonal skills, including facilitation.
- The ability to work independently and hold yourself accountable in a remote, entrepreneurial work environment .
- A commitment to building independent political power for and with the multiracial working class.
What Else Should You Know?
Applicants must either live in the DC metro area, be willing to move to the DC metro area, or be able to travel to DC on a frequent basis.
$90,000 – $110,000/yr depending on experience. We also offer a competitive benefits package includes health, dental, vision, and life insurance and matching contributions into a 401(k) retirement plan, plus paid holidays, vacation, and sick time. Opportunities for advancement, travel, and additional training are available.
About the Working Families Party
The Working Families Party is the progressive party for the multiracial working class, fighting for a nation that works for the many, not the few. Our People’s Charter spells out our roadmap to a nation that cares for all of us. We recruit, train, and support transformational candidates up and down the ballot — and run them to win.
The WFP is made up of individual and organizational members who come together to build a new political movement to change America.
Working Families is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to economic and social justice. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Any applicant who requires an accommodation in order to apply for or perform the essential functions of the job should contact us to request such an accommodation.
Learn more here
Job posted: 2020-12-31