National Democracy Manager, Voting Rights & Democracy Program

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Position: National Democracy Manager, Voting Rights & Democracy Program

Position Location: Washington DC. Candidates must be available to travel extensively.

About CPD + CPDA

The Center for Popular Democracy promotes equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. We currently work with more than 53 affiliates and partners across 131 cities in 34 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC. and build the strength and capacity of democratic organizations to envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. CPD is a rapidly-expanding, changing organization that partners with organizations across the country to build political power and win tangible victories that improve the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and communities of color.

About the Position:

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action (CPD/CPDA) is seeking an experienced campaigner and advocate to develop national Voting Rights & Democracy program, drive CPD/A’s role in federal democracy reform campaigns, and support state and local campaigns for reforms that include automatic voter registration, rights restoration, public financing, redistricting, and other innovative democracy reforms. The National Democracy Manager will bea senior member of our Voting Rights and Democracy team, working closely with our state affiliates across the country, allied  national organizations, and coalitional campaigns. 

The National Democracy Manager will drive CPD/A federal democracy campaigns and play a lead role in developing and implementing  democracy program strategies, issue campaigns, and advocacy. Additionally, with the Director of Voting Rights and Democracy, the National Democracy Manager will build our network’s leadership on democracy issues through activities including fundraising, affiliate capacity building, building and maintaining national relationships, and developing innovative campaigns. This position will report to the Director of Voting Rights and Democracy.

Primary Responsibilities

The National Democracy Manager will:

  • Develop and execute national strategies to advance a multi-issue democracy reform agenda at the federal, state, and local levels, in collaboration with the Director, team, affiliates, and national allies;

  • Lead and manage CPD/A’s federal democracy policy advocacy and campaigns work;  

  • Support state affiliates’ leadership in driving federal democracy campaigns goals, as well as state and local money in politics and voting rights campaigns;

  • Provide strategic and technical campaign assistance including field, communications, policy, and legislative strategy to meet the federal and support state campaign goals and priorities of active democracy campaigns;

  • Develop (and coordinate the development of) resources for state campaigns, including campaign tools, training, communication/messaging materials, and evaluations; 

  • Coordinate within CPD/A (across campaigns, political, public affairs and base-building departments)  to find opportunities for aligned work and cross-campaign coordination; and

  • Support the development and fundraising efforts for program and state affiliate democracy efforts.  

Job Qualifications

Applicants must possess:

  • Commitment to social and racial justice issues, building the power of communities, and understanding of challenges facing immigrant communities, communities of color, and low-and moderate income families; 

  • Minimum of 5+ years of strategic issue advocacy/issue campaigning experience including developing strategies and campaigns to advance policy reform at the national and state level;  

  • Experience developing national and multi-state campaign strategies that include issue advocacy, organizing, policy research, communications and community education;

  • Experience running public legislative issue campaigns or ballot initiative campaigns, including developing state-level issue campaign plans that include grassroots mobilization, lobbying, field, fundraising communications and policy implementation strategies;

  • Excellent relationship-building skills with significant experience building and sustaining diverse coalitions to advocate for policy change;

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a broad and diverse set of state partners, allies and others;

  • Experience facilitating planning processes with diverse stakeholders and leaders;

  • Significant project management experience and the ability to juggle multiple projects at a time and work in a fast-paced work environment;  

  • Independent self-starter and go-getter who can drive projects and teams internally and externally;

  • Experience working in diverse communities and with grassroots organizations; and

  • Excellent writing and communication skills. 

Strongly preferred:

  • 7+ years of strategic issue advocacy/ issue campaigning experience; 

  • Experience lobbying and running grassroots lobbying efforts at the federal level;

  • Deep familiarity with voting rights and/or money in politics policy and advocacy; and 

  • Fundraising experience. 

Salary and Benefits

The salary range for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 15 vacation days per year, 10 sick days per year, 12 paid holidays per year, and contribution to individuals’ 401K plan.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit your cover letter and resume.

CPD/A is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community.


Location: Washington, DC
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