Overview

PA Stands Up is an independent people-powered organization, by and for the many. We organize working people—Black, white, and brown—across Pennsylvania’s cities, towns, and rural areas. Our chapters develop grassroots leaders and organization to make a difference on issues and in elections. Together we’re building the durable infrastructure that’s needed to win governing power and enact a bold agenda for the common good.

Reports to: Executive Director

Key Relationships: Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, Managing Director, Communications and Narrative Director, external partners

Location: Eastern Pennsylvania, but flexible for ideal candidate

Application Deadline: ASAP

Start date: January 15, 2020

Compensation: $75,000-$90,000 annually

Essential Responsibilities

Electoral Strategy, Leadership Development and Strategic Planning

  • Collaborate with statewide and local leadership teams to create a strategic political plan and power mapping to determine which electoral seats we should target and build towards.
  • Implement yearly political plans by working with the Organizing team and the Delegates Assembly in the planning, execution and evaluation of our political programs.
  • Identify, develop and invest in a cohort of electoral leaders who are serious about building political power in their communities with a particular focus on racial, gender, and geographic diversity of the working class.
  • Develop chapter staff and leaders into powerful political strategists to win elections locally.
  • Develop strategic plan for contesting for power within the Democratic Party (cuts through all buckets of work)

Develop Delegates Assembly into powerful political body within statewide organization

  • Develop shared political analysis within DA and build capacity of delegates to lead this process within their chapters
  • Revise and solidify organizational endorsement processes.
  • Facilitate delegates’ engagement in strategic planning with PA Stands Up board of directors

Develop a candidate and staff pipeline

  • Build and maintain relationships with present and future movement candidates and staff who seek the support of our chapters.
  • Recruit and train a network of community leaders from our base to run for office in key geographies.
  • Develop and execute electoral training academy focusing on field and narrative strategy
  • Develop a robust set of tools and systems to support our candidates’ field, fundraising and communications work.
  • Ensure training program meets clear goals around developing Black and POC staff.

Labor, Organizational and Elected Official Relationship Building and Navigation

  • Develop, nurture, and manage relationships with key political leaders, other stakeholders and decision-makers.
  • Build and maintain relationships with other organizations, labor unions and community groups.
  • Move organizations, labor unions and community groups in alignment with our candidates and issue campaigns.

Develop and implement a co-governance strategy with movement electeds

  • Establish and maintain legislative relationships with movement electeds and their staff
  • Manage legislation tracking and rapid response campaigns.
  • Build out systems of co-governance and deep community accountability
  • Build out a political training academy for elected officials and legislative staff
  • Create progressive bloc of movement electeds

Skills and Qualifications

  • A minimum of five years of relevant experience in grassroots organizing, labor, and/or electoral campaigns, preferably with experience in building grassroots political power with a culture of democracy and debate. Experience running for office or managing a electoral campaign preferred.
  • A willingness to pick open and principled fights with entrenched economic and political power (including a fight over the leadership and direction of the Democratic Party), while talking explicitly about how the powerful are using racism and fear to divide us.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and experience working in rural areas and/or communities of color
  • Strong commitment to racial, social, economic and gender justice
  • Strong commitment to independent, innovative political action by and for working people
  • Proven track record of planning, managing and executing electoral campaigns preferred.
  • Experience managing team members in a supportive and accountable environment
  • A goal-driven, detail-oriented self-starter and problem-solver with ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team
  • Experience with and knowledge of Pennsylvania politics and relationships with elected, movement, labor and community leaders preferred.
  • Experienced institutional and grassroots fundraiser.
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $75-90,000 FTE. PA Stands Up offers a competitive benefits package including healthcare and generous time off policies.

How to Apply:

Please submit a RESUME and LETTER that describes your experience, commitment, and any relevant personal background to jobs@pastandsup.org. Put “Political Director” in the subject line.

Source: Pennsylvania Stands Up Jobs