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: Vice President of Leadership Networks
Reporting Structure: This role reports to the Chief Campaigns Officer
Location: Remote (U.S.)
Job Classification: Full Time, Exempt
The primary responsibilities include management and oversight of the Leadership Networks team, program design and execution of the Leadership Networks team strategy, and program management.
The Vice President of Leadership Networks is primarily responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management and design for the Run for Something’s national campaign operations. This portfolio includes candidate recruitment, candidate pipeline work, volunteer organizing, and alumni programs. The VP of Leadership Networks will also be responsible for co-creating an overarching programmatic vision and strategy with the Chief Campaigns Officer as well as state’s team staff. This role will eventually oversee five director-level staff, all of whom will oversee their own teams. Those teams include political programs, candidate recruitment, candidate pipeline, organizing, and alumni. This team will function similar to a “HQ” on a national political or advocacy campaign.
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 VP of Leadership Networks will help RFS accomplish our strategic imperatives via:
- Program design and execution of the Leadership Networks team strategy (40% of time):
- As part of RFS’ overall capacity expansion, lead work to reimagine Run for Something’s recruitment, pipeline, volunteer, and alumni programs. This includes building a cross-team program to steward a candidate funnel that takes young, diverse progressives along a pathway from their first touchpoint with Run for Something, to expressing interest in running for office, to becoming candidates, to becoming former candidates.
- Work with the Chief Campaigns Officer and VP of States to develop and execute an overarching strategy for RFS national work in alignment with our state-based program
- Evaluate all RFS national campaigns through a customer service perspective. This will include thinking through how each possible stakeholder (broader public, people in our pipeline, alumni, volunteers, and partners) currently interacts with the organization; comparing that to what we want their experience to look like; and building a strategy and plan for execution
- Management and oversight of the Leadership Networks team (50% of time):
- Manage a program that will include political programs, candidate recruitment, pipeline work, volunteer organizing, and alumni programs.
- Manage a team of five managers; in the first 6 months, hire and onboard a Movement Building and Organizing Director, Recruitment Director, Pipeline Director, and Alumni Director
- Develop team goals and KPIs; lead the team to successful achievement of those goals
- 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.
- 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
- Project management (10% of time):
- Work across functions with States team and other organizational leadership to ensure smooth coordination and collaboration; convene regular interdepartmental and intra-departmental meetings in pursuit of this goal
- Build systems and processes to ensure relevant organizational stakeholders are in the loop
- Build a comprehensive strategy for RFS national campaigns work: assess current the experience of all stakeholders, set goals for the ideal experience, and build the plan to close the delta.
- Hire and onboard a Director of Recruitment, Director of Pipeline, Director of Alumni, and Director of Movement Building and Organizing
- Develop processes and systems that allow the Leadership Networks team to consistently gather and share data and information to relevant parts of the organization.
- Maintain a seamless experience for users in the transition between the current program and the transformational vision built by the VP of Leadership Networks
- Experience managing teams of more than 3-4 people, which includes overseeing managers
- Experience in customer service, especially in an online environment. Ability to manage strategic planning to support user experience.
- Familiarity with human centered design or user experience project management.
- Experience with digital organizing, whether in politics/advocacy or in the private sector
- Experience managing and overseeing the work of contractors
- Ability to manage and manage up in a remote environment
- Experience quickly scaling up program to achieve a big goal
- Strong project management skills, which includes being extremely organized, ability to turn a vision into tangible next steps, and ability to coordinate across multiple personalities, departments, and interests
- Strong communications skills
- Strong relationship-building skills via email, phone, and video
- Ability to coach and mentor managers as well as staff
- Experience creating and managing budgets
- Experience with developing program plans
- Strong commitment to the RFS mission
- Ability to work in and contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment
- Experienced leader who understands how to leverage their influence toward a collaborative, supportive culture of excellence
- Ability to work with internal and external stakeholders with a high level of trust, accountability, and transparency
- Ability to demonstrate Run for Something’s organizational values: Bold & Fearless; Open & Honest; Supportive & Respectful; Progressive & Diverse; Long-term & Strategic.
- Demonstrated ability to work in and contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment
- Strong commitment to the Run for Something mission
- 8-10 years of experience with state-based campaigns, political/advocacy organizations, and/or nonprofits.
- Understanding of 501c3, 501c4, and 527/PAC structures and basic compliance
- Leadership experience in a digital-first organization
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 as well as quarterly travel to different target states to see our work in action.
This position requires the ability to work core hours, Monday through Thursday. This position may also require occasional night and weekend hours to support election watch across various time zones.
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 $162,100. 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.
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