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 priority deadline for applications is August 14.
Position Name: Managing Director
Reporting Structure: This role reports to co-executive director/co-founder Amanda Litman
Location: Remote (U.S.)
Job Classification: Full Time, Exempt
The primary responsibilities include overseeing fundraising and communications programs (and possibly the tech program for a limited time), coordinating across departments, and acting as the co-executive director/co-founder’s proxy when needed.
Run for Something is currently hiring for a Managing Director. In this role, you will report to the Co-Founder. You will be directly overseeing the day-to-day management of the communications and fundraising programs (and potentially temporarily overseeing the day-to-day management of the tech program as well). You will also be supporting the co-executive director, and in many cases, acting as their proxy in meetings and approval processes. You will be facilitating cross-team coordination across departments, in partnership with the Chief Campaigns Officer and other members of RFS leadership.
As a member of RFS leadership, this position must also contribute, integrate, and hold themselves and their department accountable to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) goals that Run for Something has established, and actively contribute towards the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture.
The managing director is a senior level role and leader on the RFS team, and will ensure that programs and stakeholders are moving efficiently and effectively in the same direction.
- Oversee Communications and Fundraising programs (50% of time):
- Create a cohesive and connected vision and strategy for external relations at Run for Something, consisting of communications and development
- Work with the co-founder/co-executive director, head of development, and head of communications to set the long-term strategic vision for the programs and align on short- and medium-term priorities
- Run planning processes for the departments and support team leads in budgeting and resource allocation
- Clear the paths: Ensure the development team has what it needs in order to meet its revenue goals and support the communications team in reaching its strategic imperatives. This might include hard conversations, connecting the dots across departments, refining processes, solving personnel issues, or managing up to the co-executive directors
- Management and leadership (35% of time):
- As a member of RFS leadership, contribute to organization-wide strategy and initiatives; be an active leader and advocate for RFS’ philosophy, mission, values, culture, and DEI goals throughout the organization
- Directly manage the head of communications and head of development (and potentially the head of technology for a limited time)
- Manage, mentor, and coach staff in line with RFS values and performance management standards to ensure relevant key performance indicators are met; identify and support areas for professional development; as a manager of managers, ensure RFS performance standards and values are apparent through all departments
- Manage and oversee a team of contractors and consultants
- Facilitate cross-team coordination across departments, in partnership with the Chief Campaigns Officer and other members of RFS leadership
- Develop quarterly board reports for Co-Founder/Co-Executive Director as well as presenting to the board as-needed.
- Working with high-level stakeholders (15% of time):
- When needed, connect with outside partners (including donors and/or members of the media) in support of the program’s goals, or as proxy for the co-executive director.
- Represent Run for Something at external events as-needed; this could include travel when safe to do so
- Present to Run for Something’s board of directors as needed
- All members of the communications and fundraising teams are aligned on expectations, roles, and responsibilities, under a cohesive External Relations vision and strategy
- Departments under the MD are hitting their own quantitative goals that they’ve set in partnership with the MD, including revenue goals
- Successful coaching and management of team leads and support in their respective management
- Smooth cross-team facilitation in support of hitting key performance indicators
- Experience with campaigns, political/advocacy organizations, and/or non-profits or other large complex organizations with a track record of success in responsible leadership
- Past experience serving on an executive leadership team
- Experience managing large teams (5+ members), especially managing other managers and coaching staff
- Experience working through sticky personnel management and supporting managers through personnel management
- Understanding of 501c3, 501c3, and 527/PAC structures and basic compliance
- Direct experience running either communications, fundraising or tech teams (or some combination of the three)
- Effective at both managing up and managing laterally
- Strong communication skills, especially in written/digital formats
- Strong project management skills and experience, which includes being organized, detail-oriented, coordinating across multiple departments, managing divergent stakeholders with competing goals, and holding folks accountable to deadlines
- Experience managing budgets
- Effective problem-solver with judgment and discretion; able to quickly triage crises and identify which can be solved independently and which require input, and from whom
- Experience managing relationships with deep emotional intelligence and maturity
- 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
- 10+ years work experience
- Experience as an executive director, managing director, CXO, or comparable title
- Experience managing or working with fully remote teams (especially prior to the pandemic)
- Comfort and experience with on-the-record work in the press
- Comfort and experience working directly with major donors
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. Other travel (1-2x quarterly) may be required as needed.
This position requires the ability to work core hours, Monday through Thursday. 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 $198,100. 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 priority 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.
This search is being led by NRG Consulting Group.