JOBS

Lead Regional Director

Position Summary

Run for Something recruits and supports young progressives running for down-ballot offices in the United States. After launching in January 2017, we have recruited more than 16,000 potential political candidates, endorsed more than 100, and are responsible for 35 new elected officials around the country. We are a high-reaching, hungry team seeking to change the face of politics in America. As Lead Regional Director, you will play a pivotal role in making that happen.

You’ll report to the Chief Program and Recruitment Officer in this role. Your primary responsibilities include recruiting, engaging candidates, and assessing campaign strategies of candidates who are running for state legislative and local offices for RFS.

Responsibilities

  • Identify and recruit candidates for state and local office.
  • Develop state plans to increase the number of young people, women, and people of color running for elected office.
  • Assess candidates for endorsement.
  • Engage with candidates and campaign staff of RFS endorsed candidates to evaluate their fundamental mechanics on what it takes to build a winning campaign plan.
  • Develop strong relationships with state legislative caucus leadership, in-state labor leaders, progressive leaders, and other allied organizations.
  • Provide recommendations for endorsements.
  • Assess needs and develop strategy  for what it will take to win in RFS targeted races.
  • Manage day-to-day work of up to three Regional Directors.
  • Develop accountability processes for up to three Regional Directors.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Six to eight years of campaign and electoral experience.
  • On-the-ground campaign experience at the staff level.  
  • Thorough understanding of state politics.
  • Strong relationship-building skills and the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Commitment to diversity of our candidates.
  • Strong commitment to the RFS mission.

Pluses

  • We value diversity at our organization. Women, people of color, trans/genderqueer, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Strong public speaking skills.
  • Experience in local politics in more than one of the states in your region.

Work Environment

You should be prepared to either work from home or find a workspace on your own. Additionally, you will need to live in the region that you are representing. Your position will require travel approximately 25-30% of the time.

This is a senior-level position on the Campaigns Team. The position is for the election cycle, which ends on November 30, 2018. Salary is commensurate with experience, with a range of $70,000 – $90,000 per year.

To apply

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Development Director

Position Summary

Run for Something recruits and supports young progressives running for down-ballot offices in the United States. After launching in January 2017, we have recruited more than 15,000 potential political candidates, endorsed more than 100, and are responsible for 35 new elected officials around the country. We are a high-reaching, hungry team seeking to change the face of politics in America. As Development Director, you will play a pivotal role in making that happen by leading our fundraising efforts.

You’ll work closely with the leadership team in building, maintaining and expanding fundraising from major donors, grassroots donors, foundations, and any other possible funding source to support Run for Something and Run for Something Action Fund programming, along with any other entities affiliated with the organization.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a record of success in the cultivation and solicitation of major individual and institutional donors, and the management of successful development programs, including volunteer management and event planning.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute Run for Something’s fundraising plan
    • Set clear monthly and quarterly targets, and maintain open and honest lines of communication about progress to goal
  • Secure financial support from any and all possible sources — high net-worth individuals, foundations, partners, etc.
  • Build and maintain a database of donors and communication tracking
  • Schedule and handle logistics for meetings; prepare briefings for RFS leadership team as needed
  • Attend high-level fundraising meetings and major events as needed to support follow up and fulfillment
  • Design and implement a donor engagement program to ensure all supporters — at every level — are sufficiently thanked and communicated with on a regular basis
  • Organize and execute high- and low-dollar events, with support from the Events Manager
  • Provide input to merchandise program in coordination with Operations and Communications teams
  • Run point on all collateral needed for fundraising efforts
  • Work with legal and compliance firms and COO to ensure our fundraising doesn’t break any laws
  • Maintain a strong relationship with RFS board members
  • Support candidates with fundraising questions as they arise

Qualifications

  • Do you have excellent written and oral communication skills?
  • Do you have the ability to influence a wide range of people and build long-term relationships?
  • Do you love what we’re doing?
  • Are you creative? Strategic? Methodical? Responsive?
  • Do you believe in taking the initiative and running multiple projects at a time?
  • Do you have experience developing budgets and/or leading teams?
  • Are you scrappy? Can you take on big tasks with limited resources and still find a way to “yes”?
  • Are you detail-oriented?
  • Do you view challenges as opportunities and roll with the punches?
  • Do you strive to be honest and upfront with others, even when telling the truth is difficult?
  • Do you operate with the mindset that no task is too small?

Pluses

  • We value diversity at our organization. Women, people of color, trans/genderqueer, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Experience with fundraising from high net-worth individuals
  • Background in donor prospecting and research
  • Experience overseeing the design and production of fundraising materials
  • Interested in exploring creative fundraising channels and tactics

Note: Professional political experience is not necessary, but passion for the mission is.

Work Environment

You should be prepared to either work from home or in a professional office environment as the organization evolves. Ideally, you’re based in NYC or DC, but do not let that keep you from applying — we will consider other locations for the right person.

This is a senior level full-time position at Run for Something; salary is commensurate with experience.

To apply

Please send your resume to jobs@runforsomething.net with the subject line “FIRST NAME LAST NAME wants to help RFS raise money”