Location: Remote, in OR
Compensation: This is a full-time leadership position at Vote Run Lead with a salary range from $80,000 – $95,000, commensurate with experience. In addition, Vote Run Lead offers an excellent benefits plan, including health insurance, home office stipend, restorative summer break, paid travel expenses, 403b retirement plan, flex-time work arrangements, and generous paid time off policies (including your birthday and all-year summer Fridays!).
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About the Organization
Launched in 2014, Vote Run Lead was founded with the central tenet that at every level of government, more women’s representation means greater impact and efficiency. Leveraging their award-winning Run As You Are curriculum, Vote Run Lead trains women to run for office, and win. To date, Vote Run Lead has worked with over 55,000 women – nearly 60% of whom are women of color and 20% of whom are from rural America. Their alumni are proudly serving on city councils, county boards, state houses, supreme courts, and in Congress.
Today, Vote Run Lead has grown six times since its founding and is in the process of expanding to meet a heightened demand for women political leadership training. With a deepened commitment to transform the leadership of our public offices, Vote Run Lead has implemented the Run/51 Project, a moon-shot goal of gender parity in all 50 state legislatures. RUN/51 is now the primary focus of Vote Run Lead’s programming.
Vote Run Lead is seeking State Directors who have extensive experience working in politics and at both strategic and tactical levels, and along the continuum from grassroots to statewide scales. The ability to work toward a big-picture vision while working collaboratively and effectively across all levels of the organization is critical. Vote Run Lead is interested in hardworking and mission-focused leaders with experience working in fast-paced environments and proven track records of delivering measurable, impactful results.
Vote Run Lead’s State Directors provide skilled leadership for all aspects of Vote Run Lead’s programming and training partnerships in their respective states and prioritize implementing the Vote Run Lead RUN/51 Project – transforming the state legislature into a women-led majority.
The State Director in MI reports to the Chief Political Officer. The State Directors in AZ, NM, OR, and WA report to the Regional Head, West. State Directors serve as key members of Vote Run Lead’s Political team, and collaborate closely with other organizational leaders, including the operations, development, and communications teams.
The RUN/51 Project houses market-tested and delivers innovative, data-driven methodologies, tools, and technology to ensure all 50 states achieve and maintain gender parity in state legislatures. The project is a testing lab for marketing, recruitment, community-building, and other activities to grow the representation of women in state legislatures. To achieve this goal, Vote Run Lead deploys trainings for both potential candidates and campaign managers in target RUN/51 states and nationally using our Run As You Are curriculum.
Opportunities for Impact:
Strategy–In coordination with the Chief Political Officer and state teams, determine the state’s strategy and programs for achieving the RUN/51 goal of gender parity in the state legislature; Implement the organizational plan and budget for the RUN/51 Project in the respective state; Manage all in-state Vote Run Lead programming;
Partnerships–Reach out, develop, and deepen relationships in communities across the state to build a strong pool of women candidates and campaign managers; Manage existing and establish new partnerships with strategically identified state and local organizations;
Trainings–Build a diverse pipeline of potential women candidates for the state legislature, including through training partnerships with community organizations; Lead on implementing Vote Run Lead trainings in the state; Identify, train, and provide ongoing encouragement to potential women candidates and campaign managers according to the RUN/51 Project goals, and pipeline building goals; Ensure “best in class” quality and consistent delivery across all training programs; recruit trainers from in-state;
Staff Management–Manage and/or supervise Vote Run Lead in-state staff, interns, and volunteers as needed;
Data Collection–Ensure that all metrics related to the RUN/51 Project are properly tracked and collected; Design quarterly Objectives and Key Results (OKR) for the state’s programming, and evaluate and assess achievements and shortfalls; Meet data integrity standards across all in-state programs;
Communications–In collaboration with the Vote Run Lead Communications team, represent Vote Run Lead on the state stage and in the media;
Values– And most importantly, employ an anti-racism approach to all programs; support continued development of Vote Run Lead’s racial and cultural equity competencies, and contribute to fostering an inclusive environment for all who work in, with, and alongside Vote Run Lead.
Key Personal and Professional Attributes:
Women of color and bi-lingual candidates are encouraged to apply. Research shows members of underrepresented groups may not apply to a role unless they meet 100% of the listed qualifications. We recognize that no one meets all the listed requirements and encourage you to apply if you have most of the following attributes:
Minimum of five years of experience in a senior management or similar leadership role;
History working in the state and demonstrated expertise in state and local politics;
Direct experience working with communities of color and women to increase civic engagement and political representation;
Strong project management skills, with the ability to coordinate across multiple groups and respond to real-time priority shifts;
Demonstrable passion to drive change, pursue game-changing goals, and create meaningful impact around women’s political leadership;
Proven commitment to work collaboratively and simultaneously with a variety of constituent groups, including program participants, staff, board members, volunteers, donors, alumnae, and other supporters and partner organizations;
Demonstrable and quantifiable track record of past success in similar role or roles;
Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills;
Creativity and fearlessness.
Overview of the Hiring Process:
Apply on our job portal.
Interview with a Recruiter. We’ll get to know more about you and your background.
One-way Video Interview. A recruiter will guide you through this process. We’ll dig in deeper to your experience.
Interview with the Chief Political Officer and Chief Operating Officer. We’ll explore fit and collaboration dynamics. You’ll learn more about Vote Run Lead and the role.
Exercise. We’ll assign an exercise to see you at work.
Final Panel Interviews. You’ll present your work to the team.
Vote Run Lead is an equal opportunity employer. Vote Run Lead prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law. As an organization committed to building a reflective democracy, we strongly encourage women of color and bi-lingual candidates to apply.
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