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 deadline for submissions is September 4th.
Position Name: Michigan State Director
Reporting Structure: Upon hire, the Michigan State Director will report to the Midwestern Pod Director
Classification: Full time, Exempt
Location: Remote in Michigan
Essential Duties: The essential duties of the Michigan State Diretor are Campaign Support + Candidate Development Coaching, Management of In-State Partnerships, and Candidate Recruitment and Endorsements
RFS State Directors help young first, second, and third-time candidates to understand the key tactics and strategies needed to run effective campaigns for local office. Some of the key responsibilities for this role include:creating plans to support the recruitment and development of candidates for local office (with a special emphasis on offices related to election administration), the facilitation of RFS’ candidate endorsement process in the state, and the cultivation of state and local level partnerships across the state. State Directors are expected to have campaign management expertise and experience working directly with local campaigns. Ideal candidates for this position will also have a passion for grassroots progressive politics, strong communication skills, and demonstrated commitment to RFS’ core mission. This position must also hold themselves to their DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) goals and contribute to a culture of DEI.
Campaign Support + Candidate Development Coaching (60% of time):
– Develops and executes plans to increase the number of young people running for local office within the state; with a special emphasis on candidates running for offices related to election administration.
– Serve as RFS’ primary point of contact for endorsed campaigns within the state; ensure endorsed candidates are onboarded and receive high-level support across all facets of their campaigns
– Engage with campaigns to evaluate the campaign’s strategy and plans. Ensure all endorsed campaigns understand the fundamental mechanics needed to run a winning race; facilitate access to relevant resources, professionals, and partners
– Provide interpersonal support to endorsed candidates and their staff; help them navigate challenges faced throughout the campaign
– Collect and analyze data from endorsed campaigns. Keep candidate tracking database up-to-date; provide regular written and verbal updates on progress within the state
– Ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion is centered in our work by prioritizing outreach to women, people of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and folks from other underrepresented communities
– Travel approximately 20% of the time in order to provide in-person, on-the-ground support with candidates and partners.
In-State Partnerships (15% of time):
– Work to develop partnerships with a wide variety of organizations across the state
– Ensure that relationships are maintained with a diverse mix of partners at the state and local level. This includes partnerships with State Democratic Parties, legislative caucuses, local county/city parties, aligned movement and issue organizations, local progressive leaders, and grassroots organizers
– Work with partners to identify and recruit potential candidates for targeted seats, beyond traditional pipelines. Host joint candidate training and recruitment events with partners; provide early coaching support for select recruits via office hours
– Work with partners to seek out current and potential candidates who fit the Run for Something standards; ensures local RFS-eligible candidates have an opportunity to apply for endorsement
– Represent RFS at local partner events, conferences, and relevant state table meetings. Uphold Run for Something’s reputation as a good actor in the ecosystem
– Travel to deepen relationships with on-the-ground partners in targeted states
– Keep partnership tracking database up-to-date; provide regular written and verbal updates on partnership progress within the state
Endorsements + Candidate Pipeline Support (15% of time):
– Take a lead role in RFS’ endorsement vetting process within the state; work with other RFS departments and local partners to thoroughly assess candidates for endorsement
– Send endorsement notifications and manage communication around public roll-out, within the state
– Support the development of innovative methods to help grow and diversify RFS’ candidate pipeline within the state; occasionally supports the planning and execution of pipeline-facing trainings and capacity-increasing programs, events, and webinars
Reporting, Internal Projects, and Events: (10% of time):
– Submit reports on the progress of candidate and partner support weekly; come to weekly department meetings prepared to discuss key updates
– Identify surfacing political trends, good stories, and other anecdotes that would benefit the broader organizational interests
– Represent Run for Something at public events like trainings, conferences, and relevant state table meetings
– Help RFS’ communications team generate media coverage within the state
– Ensure candidate and partnership benchmarks are met, tracking databases are updated weekly, and that internal reports are submitted in a timely manner
– Provides occasional support for wider RFS initiatives
– Occasionally represents RFS at community and press events
– Manage the RFS endorsement process for candidates within the state
– Maintain communication with and support for a large portfolio of endorsed candidates throughout the entirety of the election cycle
– Evaluate and understand the dynamics around multiple races throughout the election cycle – based on factors including, but not limited to: campaign progress, candidate needs, and election competitiveness. Allocate time and resources accordingly
– Cultivate and sustain relationships with partners at the state and local level
– Play a leading role in the vetting and endorsement process for candidates in the state
– Ensure candidate and tracking databases are updated weekly
– Prioritize on the ground support for Run for Something’s election administration program
– The Michigan State Director will need to live in the state full-time
– Three or more cycles of campaign experience, preferably at the state or local level
– At-least one full cycle of management-level campaign experience in Michigan
– Thorough understanding of state and local level politics in Michigan
-Proven track record of building relationships with progressive organizations, grassroots activists, and elected officials
– Experience developing and executing full campaign plans
-Strong relationship-building skills and the ability to manage multiple projects
– Ability to work independently for extended periods of time in a remote environment
Willingness to travel up to 20% of the time
– Commitment to diversity in our candidates and partners
Strong commitment to the RFS mission
– 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. (Learn more about our Values in our Strategic Plan.)
– Candidate recruitment and training experience
– Fluency in more than one language
– Labor or community organizing experience
– More than one cycle of campaign experience in the state
– Experience running for a local or state level office
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 may include travel, as described above.
Compensation & Benefits
Salary for this position is set at $120,000. 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 September 4th.
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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