Overview

POSITION DETAILS

Title: Political Director

Exempt/non-exempt: Exempt, full-time, salaried

Supervisory role: Yes

Salary: $67-70k

Location: Fully remote, must be located in Texas

Benefits: As a regular employee of Deeds Not Words, you will be eligible to participate in several organization-sponsored benefits. These include:

Health and dental insurance – 100% paid premiums for employees under the PPO plan
Four-day work week (with some exceptions during Legislative Session and GOTV)
Unlimited PTO, plus one self-care day per month
$1,000 employee professional development budget
1% matching retirement plan

DEEDS NOT WORDS

Founded in 2016, by former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, Deeds Not Words is a non-profit that seeks to empower and activate the voices of young people in public and political discourse. Deeds is an intersectional community that stands for freedom from violence, reproductive autonomy, economic opportunity, and equitable representation. Guided by intersectional core values rooted in gender justice, we envision a future for young leaders of color where they have the autonomy to reach their full potential. Through college and high school civic engagement and advocacy programs, young people can gain real-world advocacy training. Deeds believes in providing the next generation with the tools needed to make change today, while also developing the skills needed to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Millennials and Gen Zers represent one of the largest untapped voting blocks in the country. Deeds provides them with resources and support so that they will not only vote themselves but also enlist their peers. The work of Deeds is rooted in connecting the desire to drive change on issues with participation at the ballot box. Creating today’s Changemakers and tomorrow’s leaders is achieved by galvanizing the power and building the leadership of young people through organizing, policy-making, art, and voting.

THE ROLE

The Political Director is a position at Deeds Not Words that  blends policy advocacy with electoral campaigning. This role will be responsible for creating and leading the organization’s political strategy, with the goal of building the power of young people across Texas. The Political Director will lead local campaigns, push Deeds Not Words policy agenda at the State Legislature, and spearhead state-level electoral campaigns. This role will have a major impact on shaping the political and policy goals of the organization. The Political Director will supervise a Policy Associate, and eventually a team of Regional Organizers across the state. This role requires strategic thinking, creative problem-solving, and an aspirational vision for the future of Texas.

DUTIES + RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Creating the overall vision and strategy for the organization’s political programs
  • Supervising the Policy Associate and providing mentorship and coaching in order to develop the skills of their direct report
  • Hiring, managing, and mentoring a team of Regional Organizers across the state
  • Mentorship: Mentor young advocates, demystifying the legislative process, guiding storytelling exercises, aiding in communication with legislators, attending hearings, supporting OpEd writing, and facilitating entry into policy advocacy.
  • Build a candidate endorsement plan during elections
  • Policy Agenda Development: Create and steward a policy agenda for local and state initiatives. While providing guidance on key entry points for youth advocate engagement
  • Collaboration: Work closely with the Senior Youth Manager to guide student activists in legislative and electoral advocacy.
  • Communication Skills: Collaborate with the Digital Director to communicate policy objectives effectively to a digital audience.
  • Strategic Planning: Work with elected officials and allied organizations to develop future strategies in non-legislative years.
  • Voter Engagement: Support voter engagement and education initiatives through event planning and execution.
  • Create and drive our strategy around local ballot proposition campaigns
  • Provide political and policy education for Deeds’s base of young people
  • Stakeholder Coordination: Coordinate with various stakeholders (students, lawmakers, educators, media) to identify core policy focus areas.
  • Maintaining and analyzing data regarding partnerships and Deeds Not Words trainings, legislative and electoral successes and more to guide outreach strategy and accurately report metrics of success to funders

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience working in electoral, issue advocacy, policy, organizing, and/or legislative spaces
  • Knowledge of political process and governmental processes
  • Relationship Building: Forge and manage relationships with policy-makers and advocacy organizations.
  • Fluency in c3/c4 compliance regulations
  • Organizing experience, either electoral, advocacy, labor or a combination of these.
  • Experience building political campaign plans
  • Good public speaking and writing skills
  • Ability to educate young people on how they can advocate and use their power
  • Experience with voter engagement and GOTV efforts
  • Experience working in coalition
  • Ability to analyze policy and then translate it to an everyday audience
  • Demonstrated experience with collaborative leadership and team management
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including an ability to navigate and resolve conflict in a manner that values and respects relationships
  • Ability to create a culture of community and trust in which all team members can thrive and freely express themselves
  • Ability to spend the majority of your workday in front of a computer

Characteristics

  • Committed to gender and racial justice and operates from an anti-racist framework
  • A deep belief in the power of young people and commitment to developing the leadership of young people, in particular, young women of color
  • Organized and systematic – you excel at creating efficient systems, time management, and independently completing multiple tasks at a time
  • Innovator and problem solver – you are not daunted by complex problems or ambiguity and instead, view them as opportunities for growth, learning, and innovation
  • Emotionally intelligent – you understand and value your feelings and the feelings of others, while also prioritizing relationships in decision making
  • Inspirational and optimistic – you see the best in people and help others see the best in themselves in order to support their growth and learning
  • Honest and transparent – you openly communicate your thoughts, feelings, and ideas, as well as not afraid to admit when you don’t know the answer or were wrong

NICE TO HAVE QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS

  • Experience coaching junior staff or emerging leaders, particularly experience managing field organizers
  • Understanding of the abortion movement, particularly with knowledge of local challenges and legal limitations
  • Ability to read and understand complex documents such as bills
  • Experience testifying in front of governmental bodies
  • Experience working on local ballot initiatives
  • Experience working with campaign data in EveryAction/VAN, as well as voter contact tools such as peer-to-peer texting and MiniVAN
  • Experience with hiring and onboarding staff
  • Comes with a network of connections in Texas with legislators, advocates, and other movement organizations

HIRING PHILOSOPHY

Economic opportunity is a core tenant of Deeds Not Words. With that in mind, the Deeds hiring process has been thoughtfully designed in partnership with Disruptor Collaborative to foster a culture of equity, authenticity, and transparency from the beginning. While there are some core competencies outlined below, it is not expected that one person will have every required and nice-to-have skill.

We not only encourage, but also boldly request that people who possess some, but not all of the skills and/or experiences outlined in this job description still apply. People from marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply, because historically these groups have been kept from employment, despite consistently fighting for everyone’s liberation.

EEOC STATEMENT

Deeds Not Words is an equal-opportunity employer. It does not discriminate based on race, color, faith, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, tribal affiliation, disability, veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction. It is committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment and one that honors and promotes a culture of equity and a wide array of diversity. It is engaging in ongoing equity and anti-racism work

Deeds Not Words is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to people living with disabilities. If you require accommodations, please email jobs@deedsnotwords.com with your needs.

APPLICATION + HIRING PROCESS

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, three references, and work samples (if you choose) as PDFS to jobs@deedsnotwords.com. Please name the subject line “Political Director” and include in your email body where you found out about the role (e.g. Idealist, Deeds instagram, etc.). Guidance on creating a successful application is listed below. While this position will remain open until it is filled, priority will be given to applications submitted by January 2 at 11:59 pm CT. The hiring process is listed below. Please reach out with any accommodations needed to navigate the process.

We are moving very quickly with this hiring process and have an anticipated start date for the role on March 18, 2024.

January 2- Priority application deadline
January 2 thru 16- Phone interviews with Disruptor consultants
January 24 thru February 7 – Virtual interview with the Deeds team + Reference check
Those moving on to the final interview will be asked to complete a skills test. Candidates will be compensated for their time.
February 14 thru February 23- Virtual interview with Deeds Acting Executive Director
March 1- Make an offer

Please note, this is a tentative schedule, and subject to change.

RESUME

Here are aspects of a successful resume:

It includes your full name, email address, phone number, and where you’re located.
Your work experience is listed in reverse chronological order, with the most recent experience at the top. Each experience includes an organization name, title, and dates worked.
Use action-oriented language when describing your duties and responsibilities at a job.
Be specific when describing your duties and responsibilities. Give examples of goals and projects you accomplished on the job, with an emphasis on providing metrics.
Example: Organized a rally for abortion rights that was attended by 1,500 people
Include experiences from non-work settings (such as volunteering), awards, trainings you’ve attended, speaking engagements, skills, or any other accomplishments that demonstrate relevant expertise.
At a minimum, make sure your formatting is clean, consistent, and easy to read.
For best results, use a program such as Canva to make a more visually appealing resume. Using a template will also allow you to fit more information on one page.

COVER LETTER

A cover letter is your opportunity to tell us your story, focusing on your why. Why did you take the path that you took? Why was that job or experience important in your professional growth? Illustrate examples of what you learned or how you accomplished something. The goal is to show, not tell, and to give a richer, fuller understanding of your experiences that can’t be conveyed through a resume. This is a chance for us to get to know your personality and hear your voice and perspective. There is no one right template or formula for a cover letter.

WORK SAMPLES

This section is optional, as not all people may have examples of their work that they are allowed to share. We encourage you to submit anything that demonstrates skills and expertise relevant to the position, it does not have to be a polished, public-facing document. A work sample could look like a spreadsheet you created to track expenses, a budget you wrote, or a training guide. Essentially, this is a chance to show off.

You can include these samples as their own standalone PDF documents, or you could include links on the second page of your cover letter.

REFERENCES

Please list your references on the second page of your cover letter document. Make sure to include the person’s name, pronouns (if comfortable sharing), phone number, email address, organization, and title. Please also provide one to two sentences of context as to how this person worked with you. We would like at least one reference to come from someone who directly supervised you, and at least one reference from either someone you supervised or someone you worked with as a lateral teammate.

Please ask for permission to list someone as a reference. Not doing so is not only disrespectful, it doesn’t set you up for success. We recommend sending this job posting to your references in advance so they know which of your experiences and skills are relevant for them to highlight. Your references should be people that have worked with you in a professional context, so please don’t list people that have only known you in a personal capacity.

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@deedsnotwords.com

About Deeds Not Words

Founded in 2016, by former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, Deeds Not Words is a non-profit that seeks to empower and activate the voices of young people in public and political discourse. Deeds is an intersectional community that stands for freedom from violence, reproductive autonomy, economic opportunity, and equitable representation. Guided by intersectional core values rooted in gender justice, we envision a future for young leaders of color where they have the autonomy to reach their full potential. Through college and high school civic engagement and advocacy programs, young people can gain real-world advocacy training. Deeds believes in providing the next generation with the tools needed to make change today, while also developing the skills needed to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Millennials and Gen Zers represent one of the largest untapped voting blocks in the country. Deeds provides them with resources and support so that they will not only vote themselves but also enlist their peers. The work of Deeds is rooted in connecting the desire to drive change on issues with participation at the ballot box. Creating today’s Changemakers and tomorrow’s leaders is achieved by galvanizing the power and building the leadership of young people through organizing, policy-making, art, and voting.