Vice President of Politics & Advocacy

09 Nov, 2021


Vice President of Politics & Advocacy

Indianapolis, IN

As Vice President of Politics and Advocacy, you will serve as a leader of our small team by creating and executing a political strategy that advances our unique mission. This in-person role, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, will focus on RISE’s electoral and advocacy campaigns and training programs.

You will direct the overall field, community organizing, and government relations strategies in Indianapolis, maximizing outreach to key constituency groups.

Major areas of responsibility include:

Campaign Plan Design and Execution
  • Build on RISE’s success in all four 2020 Indianapolis Public Schools Board of Commissioners elections
  • Coordinate multiple candidate campaigns, including for the three 2022 Indianapolis Public Schools Board of Commissioners elections
  • Carry out strategic advocacy campaigns to support RISE-endorsed education legislation, policies, and public spending
  • Conduct generic voter registration drives and community education campaigns to increase awareness of public school issues and participation in elections for education offices.
  • Recruit and train prospective candidates, campaigners, and advocates, and oversee RISE’s signature Circle City Leaders program
  • Oversee candidate endorsement and campaign contribution processes
Staff, Consultant, and Vendor Management
  • Recruit, train, and manage teams of field and community organizers (6-10) and volunteers (200+)
  • Supervise in-house campaign data and staff
  • Serve as the direct manager for RISE’s Director of Organizing and Data Director roles
  • Select and coordinate digital, mail, polling, research, and lobbying contractors (10-20) to ensure efficient use of resources
  • Implement reporting standards and track progress on daily, weekly, and quarterly targets
External Partner and Government Relations Liaison
  • Coordinate with key partners to ensure alignment on strategy and messages
  • Meet with and educate community groups and civic leaders, including local, municipal, and state elected officials, about public education
  • Build coalitions and facilitate discourse on Indianapolis education issues
  • Advocate for policies, laws, and funding for RISE-supported proposals


  • Strong applicants will have the following skills and experiences:
  • An unwavering commitment to community-driven change and advancing racial equity
  • 10+ years professional experience
  • 3+ years political, legislative, and/or public affairs experience across varying levels of government (e.g., local, municipal, state legislature, statewide office, federal)
  • 4+ cycles of campaign manager, field director, or comparable electoral campaign experience
  • Proven success with voter contact programs
  • Preference given to applicants with community organizing experience, especially diverse communities
  • Education-related campaign/organizational management preferred
  • Expertise in EveryAction/NGP VAN campaign & voter file software and tracking reporting processes
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office suite
  • Access to reliable transportation, full clean driving license preferred
  • Ideal candidate is flexible and an adaptable executor with an entrepreneurial spirit


Six values guide RISE’s culture and our work together:

  • Passion: We lead with our hearts and minds in the pursuit of excellence for students and families.
  • Excellence: We hold ourselves to a high standard of work for our community.
  • Humility: We are in service to something greater than ourselves.
  • Respect: We honor the lived experiences of all we encounter.
  • Honesty: We speak truth in all situations, no matter the outcome.
  • Accountability: We are clear on agreements and responsible for outcomes in our work with coalitions, community, and each other.

Three core education ideas guide all of our conversations, advocacy, and actions. We have built strong, diverse coalitions who share these values and are committed to collaborative, community-centered work to build a prosperous, inclusive, anti-racist, safe, and interconnected city.

  • Students will be centered in all education discussions.
  • Families should be empowered to choose and advocate for what’s best for their children.
  • Educators should have autonomy and flexibility to meet the needs of students.

We recognize the power and significance of having a diverse team that represents the communities our work impacts. We encourage candidates of color, first-generation college graduates, bilingual people, and others to apply.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a resume and brief cover letter or video that responds to the questions below to

  1. What makes you a great potential fit for this role?
  2. Why are you interested in advancing the mission of RISE INDY?
  3. What is your proudest accomplishment when it comes to empowering marginalized communities (e.g. electing underrepresented candidates, shifts in political attitudes, policy change)?
  4. Please explain which of our six organization values most align with your personal core values.

Job posted: 2021-11-09