Director of Advocacy
- Design and drive FairVote’s state advocacy campaigns to advance ranked choice voting.
- Execute FairVote’s plans for the ongoing state engagement and program coordination with current and new partner organizations
- Play a key role in developing and overseeing strategies for partners to advance RCV in state legislatures and city halls and for the major parties to use RCV in their presidential nomination processes.
- Work with the strategic partnership team as it builds support for FairVote reforms among individuals in states and finds opportunities to partner with state and local groups.
- Identify opportunities for partners to advance proportional RCV in local and state government
- Work with the EVP Policy and Programs along with other Program Directors to utilize the resources of FairVote Action in support of FairVote’s reform vision.
- Manage the advocacy team and leverage other program departments to advance FairVote’s advocacy goals.
- Represent FairVote at external convenings and serve as a spokesperson
- Develop and sustain short-term and long-term strategic plans that grow and extend state advocacy and program goals and agendas with overall FairVote strategies and initiatives in collaboration with the Senior Executive Team.
- Utilize cohorts of grasstops and organizational leaders whose purpose is to drive, inform and advance strategies and facilitate networking connections
- Oversee the development of work plans and staff assignments to guide the implementation of initiatives.
- Assist the Senior Executive Team with the overall management of the department, including strategic planning, coordination of cross-program initiatives, and the identification and cultivation of prospective funders
- Develop and manage information collection networks
- Develop and manage key personnel within a framework of FairVote’s advocacy strategies
- Educate the staff on new and existing strategic advocacy strategies
- Define and establish measures to evaluate the achievement of program strategy and goals. Use advocacy data and analytics to track and assess the impact of ongoing programs.
- Provide timely reporting and analysis, advocacy engagement
- Guide and direct the assigned staff members, contractors, and volunteers to plan and complete the necessary work to support overall program strategies and priorities. Define individual work goals, expectations, priorities, and measures for success.
- Lead and create an environment that fosters positive team culture, team development, and growth.
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field and 7+ years of in-depth practical experience in program area, or Master’s degree in a related field.
- At least 3 years of experience leading the planning, implementation, and administration of a nonprofit program.
- Possesses required technical knowledge within assigned program areas
- Experience drafting/writing program documentation, contract proposal, and management reports
- Ability to interact effectively with members, representatives of other organizations, elected officials, consultants at all levels of FairVote staff
- People management experience is a must
- Strong public speaking experience required
The successful candidate will bring creativity, entrepreneurial energy, outstanding personal skills, emotional intelligence, a can-do attitude, and a strong commitment to FairVote’s mission and values. S/he will have the ability to multitask and be equally effective working virtually and onsite, independently and as a team member, keeping both details and the big picture in mind.
S/he must have the ability to identify and set priorities while building and managing a wide variety of relationships and stakeholders. The candidate must be an intelligent, persuasive, hardworking advocate and ambassador for FairVote.
FairVote, headquartered in Takoma Park near the metro, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is electoral reform that gives voters a greater choice, a stronger voice, and a more representative democracy. Since 1992, FairVote has been the national leader in developing and distributing the educational tools and analysis necessary to increase public appreciation of the value of ranked choice voting (RCV). We value nonpartisanship and wish to attract candidates who can work across the political and ideological spectrum to advance FairVote reforms.
FairVote is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against. Candidates must be employable in the US as required by the Department of Homeland Security.
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Job posted: 2021-11-14