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 126,000+ young people who want to run, and we’ve endorsed over 2,300 candidates across all 50 states + DC. We’ve elected 793 candidates across 49 states – 57% are women, 57% are BIPOC, and 21% are LGBTQIA+. and all are age 40 or younger. 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 2023 and beyond. Read about them in our Strategic Plan on our website.
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 deadline for applications is May 21.
Position Name: National Mobilization Director
Reporting Structure: This role reports to the Vice President of Leadership Networks
Location: Remote (U.S.)
Job Classification: Full Time, Exempt
Essential Duties: The primary responsibilities include driving prospective candidate, supporter, and volunteer growth – opening paths of participation to individuals new to RFS, both online and offline.
Run for Something is currently hiring for a National Mobilization Director to join the Leadership Networks department. In this role, you will report to the Vice President of Leadership Networks. This newly created position will play a critical role in scaling Run for Something’s impact to create a more just Democracy and support young progressive candidates in down ballot races by mobilizing grassroots supporters and encouraging young progressives from historically marginalized communities and those traditionally discouraged from running to actually run for office.
This role will set an inspiring vision and strategy on how we reach new audience and expand who to bring into our movement who are:
- Young progressives who are passionate about making change in their communities and encouraging them to run for local office
- Progressive volunteers/activities ready to support young, progressive candidates in the field or online.
- Grassroot supports passionate about our values who want to be involved in innovative ways
This position will develop grassroots (on-the-ground) and digital strategies to reimagine how we mobilize and grow our community and tap into people’s passion and sense of purpose to take meaningful action to build long-term sustainable power for Democrats. Our National Mobilization Director will develop the overarching strategy and collaborate with different teams, including our States, Political and Communications teams, to shape how we steward people from their first touchpoint with Run for Something to express interest in running for office, become a volunteer or grassroot supporter.
Our National Mobilization Director will play an integral role in serving as the bridge between the on-the-ground organizing efforts led by our States and Political team, digital strategies led by our Communications team, and our overarching organizational goals to mobilize more prospective candidates, volunteers and grassroot supporters.
They will also collaborate with our National Digital Organizing Director who will focus on deepening engagement with prospective candidates, volunteers and grassroot supporters once they’ve decided to commit to our movement at Run for Something (RFS).
We’re looking for fearless leaders committed to long-term movement building and who understand the transformational power of engaging grassroot supporters, volunteers and potential candidates to create lasting change across our country.
As a member of RFS leadership, this position must also contribute, integrate, and hold themselves and their team 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 National Mobilization Director will help RFS accomplish our strategic imperatives via:
Prospective Candidate and New Supporter and Volunteer Recruitment (40% of time)
- Develop overarching vision and strategy on how we expand, grow, and reach new audiences when it comes to young progressives and encouraging them to run for office, volunteers and grassroot supporters
- Design and lead grassroots (in-person) and digital strategies to recruit young, diverse potential candidates to run for office and mobilize people passionate about progressive politics to take action
- Design and lead relational recruiting strategies with our alumni network, who were previously endorsed by RFS
- Grow and diversify prospective candidates, volunteers and grassroot supporters
- Create standardized processes, guidelines, and practices for online and offline recruitment of supporters, potential candidates, and active and potential volunteers
- Partner with our National Digital Organizing Director, who will focus on deepening engagement with this group
Managing coordination and communications with key internal teams and stakeholders (45% of time)
- Collaborate with different teams, including our States, Political and Communications teams, to shape how we reach new audiences across the country to encourage them to think about running for office, and bring in new volunteers and grassroot supporters
- Design the coordinated approach and processes to implementing strategies to connect the dots, drive efficiencies and ensure internal alignment and smooth coordination among key stakeholders
- Generate new and innovative ideas for expanding our community of prospective candidates, volunteers and supporters and present proposal to key stakeholders
- Make strategic recommendations on tactics, platforms, and mobilization tools and collaborate with key internal stakeholders (ie RFS staff, contractors, partner) to set and attain engagement goals across the country and in our priority states
- Test and pilot experiments and refine based on learnings
- Convene regular interdepartmental and intra-departmental meetings
Leadership and management (15% of time)
- Assess and build the vision for where additional staffing resources are needed and lead the hiring and management of staff
- 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
- Supporting broader Leadership Network departmental tasks as needed
- Determining and documenting team processes, including setting priorities, aligning content across platforms, building budgets, and leading cross-team collaborations
- Tracking, measuring, and reporting data
- Managing vendors and vendor relationships
- Analyzing metrics and outcomes; recommending new actions and opportunities based on needs and goals
- Build a comprehensive strategy for growing our community of potential candidates, volunteers and grassroot supporters
- Partner with key internal stakeholders to implement strategy
- Develop processes and systems that enables smooth collaborations with relevant stakeholders across the organization
- Evaluate RFS digital organizing practices and programs and provide recommendations, with a focus on increasing new candidate endorsement applications
- Develop and execute organizing strategies with the goal of expanding engagement rates from young supporters from historically marginalized communities
- 5+ years of organizing (advocacy/labor/electoral) experience in both online/digital and in-person with the goal of mobilizing to make positive change, as well as experience in 2+ election cycles
- Mastery of digital acquisition best practices
- Strong understanding of the full digital landscape and how to adjust goals and build strategies to reach growth goals
- Demonstrated experience growing and diversifying audiences
- Active engagement with and enjoyment of digital culture
- Previous experience managing teams and budgets
- Experience setting team goals, building processes, and assigning priorities
- Experience influencing others without formal authority toward a shared goal
- Experience quickly scaling up program to achieve a big goal
- Strong project management skills and experience, which includes organized, ability to turn a vision into tangible next steps, detail-oriented, coordinating across multiple departments, and managing multiple stakeholders with competing priorities
- Strategic thinking with a proven ability to develop diverse tactics that move people to action
- Ability to independently balance competing priorities, complex situations and deadlines
- Ability to build strong and collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders
- Strong writing and editorial skills
- 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
- Previous experience developing innovative strategies to address complex topics
- Ability to decide when to pivot and adjust timelines and deliverables based on needs and goals, including in response to breaking news
- Understanding of accessibility best practices in the digital space
- Champion of people-centered and ethical storytelling
- Ability to think creatively, identify barriers and roadblocks, and propose solutions and recommendations
- Experience using any of the following platforms or similar platforms: Trello (project management), Spoke (peer-to-peer texting platform), Zapier (website integration)
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 on our website.
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. The position involves attendance at a minimum of 3 departmental events which may encompass all or part of the work day, including overnight travel when necessary.
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, partners, and donors via phone, including conference and video calls, as well as written communication such as Slack and email.
- This position requires the ability to work on a computer for all or part of the work day.
- This position requires the ability to attend events which may encompass all or part of the work day.
- Travel may involve transportation via airplane, car travel, or trains.
- This position serves as an event representative for Run for Something, and requires the ability to lift 25 pounds, to transport supplies from location to location, and to support load in/load when on-site for events
Compensation & Benefits
Salary for this position is set at $132,600. 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 on our website.
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
Given campaign finance restrictions, candidates for this position must possess valid work authorizations, and cannot be foreign nationals. This means that we are legally prohibited from hiring anyone for this position who is not a US citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder).
We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, with priority review given to earlier applications.
Learn more about our interview process on our Career Page.
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