About Run for Something
Run for Something recruits and supports young progressives running for down-ballot offices in the United States. Since launching in 2017, we’ve recruited 116,000+ young people who want to run, and we’ve endorsed over 2,200 candidates across all 50 states + DC. We’ve elected 640 candidates across 48 states – 56% are women, 58% are BIPOC, and 21% are LGBTQIA+. and all are under the age of 40. Our alumni have meaningfully and intentionally made life better for millions of Americans across the country. We are a high-reaching, hungry team changing the face of politics in America. Learn more about our work in this clip.
The Run for Something network includes Run for Something (a 527 non-federal PAC), Run for Something Action Fund (a 501c4), and Run for Something Civics (a newly launched, non-partisan 501c3).
We have ambitious plans for 2022 and beyond. Read about them in our Strategic Plan here.
We highly encourage all job applicants to visit our Careers page to learn about our work environment, values, compensation and benefits policies, interview process, and more. The application deadline for this role is August 14.
Position Name: Democracy Program Manager
Reporting Structure: This role reports to the Political Director
Location: Remote (U.S.)
Job Classification: Full time, exempt
The primary responsibilities include executing a strategic recruitment plan for offices that are central to the stability of democracy and the democratic process, tracking and maintaining project related metrics and records, and planning and innovation for our future work.
Run For Something is currently hiring for a Democracy Program Manager. In this role, you will report to the Political Director. This role will play an instrumental part in our multi-year strategy to save democracy by recruiting candidates to run for local election administrator or other down-ballot offices that safe-guard our institutions and processes. The primary responsibility in this role will be to assist in the execution of our recruitment plan by conducting research, completing tactics and collaborating with external partners that will advance our mission and accomplish our stated goals. This position will also track and maintain project related metrics, in order to provide meaningful updates to the political director and other internal and external stakeholders. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the development of future plans and strategies that will expand our recruitment efforts to other down-ballot offices.
Democracy Manager will help RFS accomplish our strategic imperatives via:
- Diverse candidate recruitment of local election officials (70%)
- Work across multiple departments to manage and support the execution of a strategic recruitment plan for offices that are central to the stability of democracy and the democratic process
- Working with the Senior Political Manager as well as RFS leadership to identify and nurture strategic partnerships to advance the goals of our recruitment plan
- Conduct accurate and independent research on other down-ballot offices where we can recruit candidates in identified target states
- Maintain and grow our “democracy champion” designation for “clerk work” candidates. This includes recruiting candidates to apply for said designation and facilitating specialty training and resources.
- Tracking and maintaining project related metrics, records and correspondences (15%)
- Compose weekly memo to note progress and meaningful updates to key stakeholders and external partners.
- Maintain a reservoir of project (clerk work/local election official) related materials, content and data
- Develop/engage tool(s) that will track progress to goals and report out to the department director on a regular basis.
- Planning & Innovation (15%)
- Identify opportunities for Run for Something to scale local election official recruitment work
- Research data related to other offices that are central to preserving democracy (filing deadlines, electoral processes, etc. related to positions such as library board, school board, or university regent)
Success in this role will look like:
- Assisting in the management and coordination of our plan to recruit local election administrators – activities towards this end include but not limited to: Overseeing microsite for clerk work recruitment, securing 25 “Democracy Champion” designations, carrying out tactics associated with a public education campaign, assisting in maintaining partner relationships, developing future phases of recruitment strategies
- Expanding strategic partnerships that can help identify warm leads for candidate recruitment
- Assisting in the creation of recruitment plans and strategies for other elected offices that are central to preserving democracy
- Multi-year experience with political (or issue-based) campaigns
- Strong research skills
- An ability to cultivate and maintain strategic (project specific) partnerships
- Familiarity with navigating G-Suite application
- Unwavering commitment to democracy and our democratic institutions
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Comfortable with navigating ambiguity
- Strong critical thinking and analytical skills
- Ability to assess, prioritize and anticipate workload based on assigned deadlines and overall goals
- An ability to make connections or draw parallels between two things to advance a particular goal (strategic thinking)
- Experience leading a project from start to finish that produces favorable results
- Demonstrated ability to work in and contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment
- Ability to demonstrate Run for Something’s organizational values: Bold & Fearless; Open & Honest; Supportive & Respectful; Progressive & Diverse; Long-term & Strategic.
- Ability to work independently for extended periods of time in a remote environment
- Strong commitment to the Run for Something mission.
- Experience managing a political (or issue-based) campaign
- Experience staffing local elections (whether in a paid or volunteer capacity)
- Strong network of grassroots organizations in multiple states.
Run for Something is committed to building teams that reflect the diversity of our candidates, and to building equitable and inclusive environments that fully leverage the skills, potential, and unique perspectives of our employees. We strongly encourage applications from members of marginalized communities who have been disproportionately affected by lack of representation in elected office, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color, women, and the LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities. Learn more about our commitment here.
In order to prioritize the health and safety of our employees, all Run for Something employees are required to provide proof of COVID vaccination. Run for Something will discuss reasonable accommodations with employees who may be unable to receive a vaccine due to disability, the advice of a medical provider, or sincerely held religious beliefs.
Run for Something is (and always has been and will be) a remote office environment; you will collaborate with colleagues who are based across the United States. You should be prepared to either work from home or a location of your choosing.
When it is safe to do so, this position will require attendance at approximately 2 all-staff events per year, which may include overnight travel.
This position requires the ability to work core hours, Monday through Thursday. The standard office hours at Run for Something are 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. based on the time zone that you reside in. This position will require some nights and weekends work.
Learn more about what it’s like to work at Run for Something at our Careers page.
Essential Physical Requirements
- As this is a remote position, the person in this position must be able to communicate with colleagues and partners via phone, including conference and video calls, as well as written communication such as Slack and email.
- The position requires the ability to work on a computer for all or part of the work day.
- The position requires the ability to attend events which may encompass all or part of the work day.
- This position will include travel, as described above.
Compensation & Benefits
Salary for this position is set at $98,100. In order to counter pay inequality and uphold internal parity, salaries are non-negotiable for new and current employees. Run for Something salary bands for a given staff level are benchmarked to the 75th percentile for our sector, and all new employees are paid at the entry point of those bands. Employees then have the opportunity to progress through current salary bands through annual cost of living increases and performance-based pay increases, and into new salary bands through promotions.
Learn more about our compensation policy here.
Benefits at Run for Something include:
- Four Day Work Week (learn more here)
- Unlimited Paid Time Off policy
- Platinum Medical Insurance (100% of premium covered for employees; 50% of premium covered for dependents)
- Dental and Vision Insurance (99.9% of premium covered for both employees and dependents)
- Professional Development Stipend
- Treat Yourself Stipend ($500 a year to do something that brings you joy)
- Equipment Stipend
- Work from Home Stipend
- Cell Phone/Internet Stipend
- 12 weeks paid family leave
- Paid Sabbatical (after 3 years of service to RFS)
- ~ Four weeks in organization-wide holiday closures, including a two-week winter break
- Flexible, remote work environment
We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, with priority review given to earlier applications. The deadline for applications is August 14.
Learn more about our interview process here.
No phone calls, emails, or social media inquiries, please. Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries. We know that applying to jobs is difficult, and we do our best to alert every applicant as to their status in the process. However, be aware that you may not receive a response from us until after the application deadline has passed.
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