JOBS

About Run for Something 

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 30,000 potential political candidates, endorsed more than 800, and are responsible for over 200 new elected officials around the country. We are a high-reaching, hungry team changing the face of politics in America.

We have ambitious plans for 2019-2020. Read about them in our Strategic Plan here.

Open Positions:

Northern Regional Director
Midwestern Regional Director
Communications/Digital Contractor
Development & Events Intern


 

Northern Regional Director

APPLY HERE!

Position Summary

As a Regional Director, you will play a pivotal role in bringing our Strategic Plan to life.

In this role you will report to the Lead Regional Director. Your primary responsibilities will include recruiting and engaging candidates who are running for – or should run for – state legislative and local offices, assessing campaign strategies of candidates, ensuring candidates are utilizing RFS resources, and supporting candidates throughout their campaigns. You’re the beating heart of the RFS team — your work with our candidates is the meat and potatoes of our program.

Run for Something is currently hiring for two Regional Director positions. The Northern Regional Director is responsible for the following states:

PA, NJ, DE, MD, DC, NY, CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, ME

 

Responsibilities

Regional Directors will help RFS accomplish our strategic imperatives via:

Candidate Recruitment:

  1. Seeking out current and potential candidates who fit the Run for Something standard.
  2. Determining and executing on innovative methods to recruit candidates beyond conventional or traditional pipeline.

Candidate Support:

  1. Ensuring current candidates receive high-level support on all facets of their campaigns.

Partner Relationships:

  1. Upholding Run for Something’s reputation as a good actor in the ecosystem in order to leverage our connections for our candidates
  2. Expanding the scope of existing relationships to include new groups.

 

To service those efforts, Regional Directors will be expected to:

  1. Develop and execute state plans to increase the number of young people, especially young women and people of color, running for elected office.
    • Regionals will write a comprehensive plan for engagement and be expected to update it annually.
    • These plans will detail how the Regional will accomplish recruitment, support, and partnership goals across every state in their region in a way that contributes to our 2019-2020 Strategic Plan.
    • Regionals are encouraged to identify and track key metrics pertaining to their region, candidates, and/or the organization as a whole.
  2. Engage with candidates and campaign staff of RFS endorsed candidates to evaluate their campaign plans for the fundamental mechanics needed to run a winning race, and connect them to useful professionals, trainings, and other resources.
  3. Assess candidates for endorsement.
    • Utilize a thorough vetting process to determine which candidates shall receive the Run for Something endorsement.
  4. Develop strong relationships with state legislative caucus leadership, in-state labor leaders, progressive leaders, and other allied organizations.
    • RFS has active partnerships with groups across the country. For new staff, an introduction will be made to facilitate the growth of a given relationship with existing partners.
    • Regionals will be expected to identify organizations RFS does not currently have any or limited relationships with and cultivate them.
  5. Identify and surface trends, good stories, and other anecdotes that would benefit the broader organizational interests.
    • Examples could include: Discovering a school board with 4 straight high school seniors as elected members; a candidate on the doors convincing an undecided voter who then ends up helping the candidate finish their canvass list; a group of parents running for office in the same area who also help one another with childcare throughout the campaign.
  6. Maintain an active presence in Staff and Candidate Slack channels.
    • Answer questions posed by coworkers, interns, volunteers, and candidates.
    • Offer advice and share news stories relevant to the RFS mission and candidates.
    • Replying to daily and weekly automated Slack prompts.
  7. Represent Run for Something at public events like trainings, conferences, and community meetings
    • Frequency to be determined by schedules and necessity. 
    • In 2018-2019, Regional Directors attended over a dozen of these events.
  8. Track communications with candidates and partner groups:
    • Update status of communications on a weekly basis by maintaining an internal system for documenting how candidate and partner interactions are progressing.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Key Goals 

Success in this role will look like…

  • Maintaining communication with and support for candidates throughout the entirety of the election cycle
  • Evaluating and understanding the dynamics of multiple races throughout the election cycle based on factors including, but not limited to, candidate needs and election competitiveness, and allocating time and resources accordingly.
  • Cultivating and sustaining relationships with dozens of local, state, and national partners.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • On-the-ground campaign experience at the staff level, preferably on the local or state level
  • Thorough understanding of state politics.
  • 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. Each quarter, Regional Directors are expected to take up to four multi-day trips to states within their region.
  • Commitment to diversity of our candidates.
  • Strong commitment to the RFS mission.
  • 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.) 

 

Pluses

  • We value diversity at RFS, and strongly encourage applications from folks who are a part of marginalized communities who have been disproportionately affected by lack of representation in legislative bodies, including people of color, women, and the LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities.
  • Experience in local politics in more than one of the states in your region.
  • Two to four cycles of campaign and electoral experience
  • Fluency in more than one language
  • Strong public speaking skills.

 

Work Environment

Run for Something is 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. Additionally, you will need to live in or relocate to the region that you are representing. We are currently hiring for two positions: the Northern Regional and Midwestern Regional. Your position will require travel approximately 25-30% of the time. Employees will be required to attend the annual Run for Something staff retreat in addition to other in person events throughout the year.

Salary is commensurate with experience, with a range of $75,000 – $85,000 per year.

Run for Something is not just an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are 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. 

 

Essential Physical Requirements 

  • As noted above, this position requires frequent travel; this may include airplanes, car travel, or trains. The candidate must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to travel throughout areas that require transportation by car. 
  • The person in this position frequently communicates with candidates, staff, and partner groups via phone, including conference and video calls. Candidate must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.
  • 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.
  • The position requires occasionally lifting supplies of 10-20 pounds.

 

Benefits 

  • Unlimited Paid Time Off policy 
  • $500/year professional development stipend 
  • $500/year Treat Yourself Stipend (that is what it sounds like — $500 to do something that brings you joy!) 
  • Medical Insurance (up to 90% premium covered) 
  • Dental and Vision Insurance (100% of premium covered) 
  • In addition to unlimited Paid Time Off, nearly three weeks in organization-wide holiday closures, including December 24-January 2.
  • Summer Fridays
  • 12 weeks paid family leave
  • Flexible, remote work environment 

APPLY HERE!

*We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis; however, the submission deadline is July 25th. 


 

Midwestern Regional Director

APPLY HERE!

Position Summary

As a Regional Director, you will play a pivotal role in bringing our Strategic Plan to life.

In this role you will report to the Lead Regional Director. Your primary responsibilities will include recruiting and engaging candidates who are running for – or should run for – state legislative and local offices, assessing campaign strategies of candidates, ensuring candidates are utilizing RFS resources, and supporting candidates throughout their campaigns. You’re the beating heart of the RFS team — your work with our candidates is the meat and potatoes of our program.

Run for Something is currently hiring for two Regional Director positions. The Midwestern Regional Director is responsible for the following states:

ND, SD, NE, KS, MN, IA, MO, WI, IL, MI, IN, OH

 

Responsibilities

Regional Directors will help RFS accomplish our strategic imperatives via:

Candidate Recruitment:

  1. Seeking out current and potential candidates who fit the Run for Something standard.
  2. Determining and executing on innovative methods to recruit candidates beyond conventional or traditional pipeline.

Candidate Support:

  1. Ensuring current candidates receive high-level support on all facets of their campaigns.

Partner Relationships:

  1. Upholding Run for Something’s reputation as a good actor in the ecosystem in order to leverage our connections for our candidates
  2. Expanding the scope of existing relationships to include new groups.

 

To service those efforts, Regional Directors will be expected to:

  1. Develop and execute state plans to increase the number of young people, especially young women and people of color, running for elected office.
    • Regionals will write a comprehensive plan for engagement and be expected to update it annually.
    • These plans will detail how the Regional will accomplish recruitment, support, and partnership goals across every state in their region in a way that contributes to our 2019-2020 Strategic Plan.
    • Regionals are encouraged to identify and track key metrics pertaining to their region, candidates, and/or the organization as a whole.
  2. Engage with candidates and campaign staff of RFS endorsed candidates to evaluate their campaign plans for the fundamental mechanics needed to run a winning race, and connect them to useful professionals, trainings, and other resources.
  3. Assess candidates for endorsement.
    • Utilize a thorough vetting process to determine which candidates shall receive the Run for Something endorsement.
  4. Develop strong relationships with state legislative caucus leadership, in-state labor leaders, progressive leaders, and other allied organizations.
    • RFS has active partnerships with groups across the country. For new staff, an introduction will be made to facilitate the growth of a given relationship with existing partners.
    • Regionals will be expected to identify organizations RFS does not currently have any or limited relationships with and cultivate them.
  5. Identify and surface trends, good stories, and other anecdotes that would benefit the broader organizational interests.
    • Examples could include: Discovering a school board with 4 straight high school seniors as elected members; a candidate on the doors convincing an undecided voter who then ends up helping the candidate finish their canvass list; a group of parents running for office in the same area who also help one another with childcare throughout the campaign.
  6. Maintain an active presence in Staff and Candidate Slack channels.
    • Answer questions posed by coworkers, interns, volunteers, and candidates.
    • Offer advice and share news stories relevant to the RFS mission and candidates.
    • Replying to daily and weekly automated Slack prompts.
  7. Represent Run for Something at public events like trainings, conferences, and community meetings
    • Frequency to be determined by schedules and necessity. 
    • In 2018-2019, Regional Directors attended over a dozen of these events.
  8. Track communications with candidates and partner groups:
    • Update status of communications on a weekly basis by maintaining an internal system for documenting how candidate and partner interactions are progressing.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Key Goals 

Success in this role will look like…

  • Maintaining communication with and support for candidates throughout the entirety of the election cycle
  • Evaluating and understanding the dynamics of multiple races throughout the election cycle based on factors including, but not limited to, candidate needs and election competitiveness, and allocating time and resources accordingly.
  • Cultivating and sustaining relationships with dozens of local, state, and national partners.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • On-the-ground campaign experience at the staff level, preferably on the local or state level
  • Thorough understanding of state politics.
  • 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. Each quarter, Regional Directors are expected to take up to four multi-day trips to states within their region.
  • Commitment to diversity of our candidates.
  • Strong commitment to the RFS mission.
  • 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.) 

 

Pluses

  • We value diversity at RFS, and strongly encourage applications from folks who are a part of marginalized communities who have been disproportionately affected by lack of representation in legislative bodies, including people of color, women, and the LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities.
  • Experience in local politics in more than one of the states in your region.
  • Two to four cycles of campaign and electoral experience
  • Fluency in more than one language
  • Strong public speaking skills.

 

Work Environment

Run for Something is 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. Additionally, you will need to live in or relocate to the region that you are representing. We are currently hiring for two positions: the Northern Regional and Midwestern Regional. Your position will require travel approximately 25-30% of the time. Employees will be required to attend the annual Run for Something staff retreat in addition to other in person events throughout the year.

Salary is commensurate with experience, with a range of $75,000 – $85,000 per year.

Run for Something is not just an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are 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. 

 

Essential Physical Requirements 

  • As noted above, this position requires frequent travel; this may include airplanes, car travel, or trains. The candidate must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to travel throughout areas that require transportation by car. 
  • The person in this position frequently communicates with candidates, staff, and partner groups via phone, including conference and video calls. Candidate must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.
  • 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.
  • The position requires occasionally lifting supplies of 10-20 pounds.

 

Benefits 

  • Unlimited Paid Time Off policy 
  • $500/year professional development stipend 
  • $500/year Treat Yourself Stipend (that is what it sounds like — $500 to do something that brings you joy!) 
  • Medical Insurance (up to 90% premium covered) 
  • Dental and Vision Insurance (100% of premium covered) 
  • In addition to unlimited Paid Time Off, nearly three weeks in organization-wide holiday closures, including December 24-January 2.
  • Summer Fridays
  • 12 weeks paid family leave
  • Flexible, remote work environment 

APPLY HERE!

*We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis; however, the submission deadline is July 25th. 


 

Communications/Digital Contractor

APPLY HERE!

Summary of Services Required

The successful candidate will work to assist the national communications team to support our paid and organic digital work, create graphics and videos, maintain our presence across platforms, and provide support wherever needed. 

They’ll possess superb technical skills, be constantly curious about emerging platforms, and be passionate about digital storytelling. No task will be too big or small to be done well. 

The successful candidate will demonstrate a proven track record of completing projects on time and have a dedication to working in the progressive movement.

Responsibilities

Specific services to be performed by the Communications/Digital Contractor will be set out in a Consulting Agreement with RFS. The below are illustrative of the services for which RFS seeks support:

  • Work with communications team to produce our graphic assets for social media (ie endorsement and event graphics) across departments (communications, events, program).
  • Light editing of video projects, such as National Run for Office Day promotions and other partner collaborations, and recruitment videos.  

Key Goals 

  • Coordinate with Digital Manager to successfully execute a social media program that leads to candidate recruitment, list building and increased online donations.
  • Continue to demonstrate that RFS is a standard bearer for social media engagement and a thought leader in the progressive space.
  • Excite Millennials and Gen Z to become candidates, volunteers and supporters by using emerging platforms.

Details

  • RFS Primary Point of Contact: Digital Manager
  • Location: DC strongly preferred
  • Job Type: Independent Contractor
  • Compensation: RFS anticipates a monthly service fee of $800.00. Estimated 10 hours per week.

Term: RFS anticipates a contract term through December 2019, with terms regarding the potential to renew.

We value diversity at Run for Something and are committed to equal opportunity in our work with consultants. We strongly encourage applications from members of marginalized communities who have been disproportionately affected by lack of representation in legislative bodies, including people of color, women, and the LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities. 

APPLY HERE!


 

Development & Events Intern

APPLY HERE!

Position Summary

As a Development & Event intern, you will get a first-hand look at how that happens by working closely with our national Development & Events team. 

You’ll work closely with the national Development & Events team to support our day to day work to plan and execute an ambitious slate of fall fundraising and community events, and provide support wherever needed. 

The successful candidate will demonstrate a proven track record of completing projects on time and have a dedication to working in the progressive movement.

Depending on location and availability, you may also be expected to travel and be available in our offices as may be required by Run for Something PAC from time to time.

This is an unpaid, non-employment position, although we are excited to be able to offer a stipend to help defray your expenses for participating in the program and in recognition of your service. 

Overview 

  • Internship Supervisor: Marsha Gonzalez, Events and Special Projects Senior Manager
  • Location: Remote; preference in Washington, DC area. Reporting to a manager in Tulsa, OK.
  • Hours: 10 hours per week. We will work with the intern to establish a consistent schedule that works with the intern’s specific availability and educational commitments/obligations.
  • Term: Targeting September 3rd – December 20th. Term is flexible based on the intern’s schedule and availability.
  • Stipend: $150/week

Responsibilities

  • Manage event attendance for concurrent events — includes pulling daily reports on RSVP progress, updating multiple event trackers, and more.
  • Prospect potential donors and event hosts in targeted markets as directed by manager.
  • Work with Development & Events team to create comprehensive event briefings for fundraising trips and events.
  • Take on special projects related to development, which may include data entry and management and analysis.
  • Research and interact with vendors.
  • Attend and support events as needed (based on location and availability).

Learning Environment 

This is a hands-on learning opportunity. In addition to working with your direct manager, you’ll participate in weekly Intern Program calls, including guest “ask me anythings” from various political spaces, cross-departmental trainings, and professional development discussions. RFS provides career counseling and resume review for interns at the end of the summer term. RFS also invites interns to participate in webinars and trainings during internship hours. We are also happy to work with you if you may be eligible under your educational program’s criteria to receive academic credit for your participation in this internship opportunity.

Work Environment 

Run for Something is 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. This position’s direct supervisor is based in Tulsa, OK. Other RFS staff members that this position will closely collaborate with are based in Brooklyn, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, D.C.; and Napa, CA.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Excellent written, oral communication, and research skills
  • Event planning experience (high school, college, and extra-curricular activities count!)
  • Commitment to the mission of the organization
  • Self-driven
  • Creative
  • Able to execute tasks in a fast-paced, remote environment
  • Detail-oriented
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Mindset that no task is too small
  • Enthusiastic and positive attitude
  • Intermediate knowledge of Google Suite
  • Demonstrated ability to work in and contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment 

Pluses

  • We value diversity at Run for Something. We strongly encourage applications from members of marginalized communities who have been disproportionately affected by lack of representation in legislative bodies, including people of color, women, and the LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities. 
  • Experience on a political campaign or working with candidates
  • Knowledge of AirTable, Eventbrite, Google Docs, and donor CRMs

APPLY HERE!