JOBS

Open Positions:

  • Western Regional Director
  • Director of Product and Technology

See below for job descriptions.

Regional Director – West Region

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 300, and are responsible for 36 new elected officials around the country. We are a high-reaching, hungry team seeking to change the face of politics in America. As Regional Director, you will play a pivotal role in making that happen.

You’ll report to the Lead Regional Director 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.

Women, people of color, trans/gender-queer, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are especially encouraged to apply.

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.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • 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

  • Two to four cycles of campaign and electoral experience
  • 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. Currently, we are hiring for someone in the Western Region. 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 December 31, 2018. Salary is commensurate with experience, with an equivalent range of $70,000 – $80,000 per year.

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Director of Product and Technology

Position Summary

Run for Something is hiring a Director of Product and Technology.This position will be responsible for establishing the long-term RFS product vision, realizing the technical needs of the organization, and building scalable products that help RFS achieve its programmatic goals in recruiting and helping candidates to win.

This person will be the organization’s primary technology champion – they should be comfortable evangelizing technology internally (to RFS staff, volunteers and candidates) and externally to the broader progressive community. The Director of Product and Technology will lead technical direction by charting our vision for the future and building upon our existing product foundation. They will work closely with individual teams within RFS to understand their goals and achieve them by building valuable tools, applications and services. This includes defining and executing on RFS’ product roadmap which covers candidate recruitment, campaign & candidate success, volunteer recruitment & management, digital marketing, brand expansion, fundraising, and internal infrastructure.

This position will also evaluate and utilize appropriate external products and platforms that will help our mission. They should be familiar with existing campaign, community, recruiting and mobilization tools and are savvy with managing a lean technology budget. In 2018, RFS needs to build out a full product stack to better manage and report on data coming in/out of the organization, build on our peer-to-peer SMS program, establish a new blast SMS program, create a best-in-class vetting pipeline for the 1,000+ candidates we will be endorsing, creatively figure out ways to provide low-cost voter file and texting tools to our candidates, and continue to grow our online fundraising programs. The Director will lead definition and execution of these efforts in partnership with RFS senior staff and advisors.

In addition to owning and executing the product vision, the Director of Product and Technology will be responsible for stewarding our talented tech volunteers. The right person understands the power of a passionate volunteer community and can harness that power to expand on RFS’ product vision. Candidates should be familiar with open-source communities and successful tactics to lead a squad of committed tech volunteers around the country. In addition to managing the tech volunteer community, the Director will manage any agencies or paid contractors brought on to design, develop and deploy technical projects. They should be comfortable hiring and retaining great talent in-line with RFS’ mission and goals.

Candidates should have an inquisitive approach to understanding the power and limitations of technology, and will bring an innovative sensibility to how RFS should build excellent products. The Director is not only an engineer but also a great product manager. They naturally understand the necessity of prioritization, the balance of pursuing innovation while establishing product maturity and thrives within constraints by figuring out clever and cost-effective solutions.

This is a full-time role but we are open to starting on a contract basis and ramping up.  

Women, people of color, trans/gender-queer, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are especially encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities

  • Partner with leadership to establish the product vision for the organization
  • Define, maintain and execute on the Run for Something product roadmap
  • Establish requirements and success metrics for major initiatives while leading talented staff and volunteers in building solutions
  • Creatively use quantitative data analysis and qualitative user research tactics to understand how RFS products are performing and iterate on them for greater impact as well as establishing new product opportunities
  • Directly manage tech volunteers and harnessing them for greater and more sustained impact
  • Identify new opportunities where technology can help with RFS programmatic goals
  • Partner with technology leaders in peer progressive organizations in order to share, learn and improve holistically
  • Activate strategic product and technology partnerships that will lead to more effective candidate recruitment and support

Qualifications

  • At least 4 years in political campaigns, technology in the public or private sector, or both
  • Have held senior technical or product leadership roles that includes setting organizational strategy, leading teams and evangelizing publicly
  • Comfortable with the product development workflow and can work nimbly within constraints (remote staff, limited budgets, short timelines)
  • A strong familiarity with leading and facilitating open-source communities in building technical products
  • Understands the power of both qualitative and quantitative feedback – is comfortable analyzing data and if familiar with common user research tactics
  • Is an excellent communicator (written, verbal and presenting). You understand how to best communicate progress, priorities and vision to your team and peers.
  • Exhibits excellent emotional intelligence and can easily handle high-stress situations and short timelines.
  • Must have a commitment to the diversity of our candidates, membership, partners and staff
  • A passion for helping to elect diverse, progressive, Democratic candidates

Pluses

  • We value diversity at our organization. Women, people of color, trans/genderqueer, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Experience working with PAC or 501c4 entities, small businesses, and/or startups
  • 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, but we will consider other locations for the right person.

Compensation

This is a full-time role but we are open to starting on a contract basis and ramping up.  For a full-time position, the salary range is $80-115K, commensurate with experience. RFS provides a monthly healthcare reimbursement and unlimited paid time off.

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