Job Announcement: Political Director

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Open Feb 20, 2011
Start date March 2011 (open until Filled)

Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (MIV) is a non-partisan California coalition of organizations based in immigrant communities that work to advance the broader movement for social change by building immigrant voting power. MIV strategies include building the capacity of community-based organizations working with low-income immigrant communities of color to educate and mobilize their constituents to vote; linking these efforts with ongoing community work; shaping the debate on immigrant civic participation; and developing models for collaboration. MIV launched its work in 2004 as the first-ever multi-ethnic, immigrant-based coalition building the electoral capacity of community-based organizations in California.

To increase our impact in the next dynamic phase of immigrant empowerment, MIV has created a new position of Political Director. The right candidate will have the drive and experience to lead high-impact media and electoral campaigns on issues important to immigrant communities across California and the nation. Join our team!

Political Director for Statewide Campaigns

  • Leads and implements statewide and regional civic engagement, Get out the Vote and electoral campaigns
  • Leads and implements earned & paid media strategy in service of those campaigns
  • Develop spokespeople and trainers for members & leaders
  • Coordinate statewide campaign team and media team to get input and implement campaigns
  • Work with immigration organizations and allies

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  1. Campaign Leadership (30%)
    The Political Director is responsible for leading and implementing statewide GOTV field and electoral campaigns for MIV overall and specific regional initiatives

    • Develop and coordinate MIV electoral campaigns with partners across state
    • Build alliances throughout the year - jointly plan and evaluate campaign opportunities and goals
    • Coordinate MIV resources and links among partners to meet regional priorities
    • Represent the organization externally to the media, movement allies and partners
    • Coordinate statewide campaign team with partners to implement campaign strategies
  2. Strategic Communications (60% FTE)
    Communications Leadership

    • Lead development of strategy to shift the statewide issue environment toward a social justice immigrant agenda
    • Engage MIV partners in 3 critical areas of communications: earned media, online organizing, and paid media
    • Maintain contact with partner organizations to document stories for media relations work, website, annual report and other materials
    • Supervise 2-3 staff / interns
    • Provide guidance to campaign teams and partners in developing effective strategies, messages and workplans
    • Coordinate statewide media team with partners to implement communications strategies

    Communications Materials and Media Work

    • Cultivate relations with media: ethnic, mainstream, online and alternative outlets
    • Respond to print and broadcast media inquiries
    • Initiate media coverage and editorial commentary as appropriate
    • Arrange media interviews with spokespeople and orient spokespeople as needed
    • Plan press conferences and media events, write and edit press materials; write op-ed pieces and letters to the editor and recruit co-signers
    • Final edits and approval of campaign materials
    • Develop and execute mail and phone campaigns for issue and electoral campaigns
    • Prepare talking points, speeches and presentations as appropriate
  3. Organizational leadership role (approximately 10% FTE)
    • Participate in organizational leadership meetings, and consult on strategic questions beyond the scope of campaigns and communications; Support E.D. in strategic planning and evaluating/refining programs to meet overall mission
    • Share responsibility with E.D. for staff retreats and partner convenings, including development of the agenda and leading meetings
    • Participate in board development by attending board meetings as needed and preparing and reporting on program updates
    • Participate in fundraising giving input to proposals and writing reports, participating in grassroots fundraising, and negotiating contracts with partners

Required Experience and Qualifications

  • At least 5 years leadership experience in electoral campaigns and strategic communications; ability to motivate and train staff and volunteers.
  • Strategic thinker with ability to take initiative in driving strategies and overcoming obstacles. Problem solver and risk taker.
  • Experience and commitment to working with low-income immigrant communities of color and on immigrant issues.
  • Excellent skills in working with diverse individual and organizational cultures, political analysis and strategy, writing, public speaking, and coaching and staff supervision.
  • Roots in labor, community organizing strategies, and coalition building a plus.
  • Willingness to travel frequently, within California and nationally.
  • Familiarity with 501c3, 501c4 and PAC structures and Fundraising experience a plus.
  • Bilingual or multilingual language skills preferred.

Compensation and Benefits
Competitive salary DOE and generous benefits package. Excellent working environment that encourages teamwork and values high-quality work. Start date negotiable, but sooner is better!

To apply, please email cover letter, resume, 3 references and a brief writing sample to :
Search committee at [email protected]. Preference given to applications received by March 31.
Please send documents in MS Word or Adobe pdf.


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