Position Overview

State Voices has an important and compelling story to tell―its history, its scope, and its goals. It is important to establish an identity and a voice, and then use both to drive a comprehensive communications strategy that will strengthen, support, and build the network with financial and public support―all on behalf of the larger mission of building multi-racial power in the service of racial and gender equity.

The Regional Capacity Building Manager will provide general oversight of the organization’s 2019-2020 multi-state voter registration program in communities of color. This position will support the voter registration program 50% of the time. This position will be responsible for working with national and state table staff, as well as partners, to develop, implement, and monitor voter registration quality control systems for the State Voices network. The Regional Capacity Building Manager will also spend 50% of their time working directly with the State Capacity Building Department to ensure that State Tables have the capacity and skills to build power and win. This position will report to the Senior Manager of State Capacity Building and will help the department meet its annual strategic goals by building individualized plans for states, creating and facilitating trainings, and supporting in-person gatherings. In 2020, the role will move into more fully supporting our voter registration program at 100% time.

The Regional Capacity Building Manager will report to the Senior Manager of State Capacity Building.

Primary Functions

1.) Voter Registration Program: Build capacity and support table staff to provide on-site resources.

  • Kickoff/regional/ongoing trainings: Lead and co-facilitate in-person trainings scheduled throughout the state and throughout the cycle.
  • Support state table voter registration managers through training, regular check-ins and creating opportunities for cross-state collaboration throughout the program.
  • Maintain regular contact with voter registration Program Managers and strategize to meet statewide goals.
  • Support voter registration planning process for 2020 cycle, including budgeting, narratives and field plans.

2.) State Voices Capacity Building Support: Work with Sr. Manager to meet the broader capacity-building goals within the department.

  • Support the implementation of the State Capacity Building Department re-design.
  • Support State Directors and the network to expand cross-network learning and power building strategies.
  • Support the State Capacity Building Department so it may meet its strategic annual goals.
  • Leverage voter registration program resources for the benefit of the entire SV network.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • One or more cycles of voter registration program and or quality control experience or equivalent field experience;
  • Broad and deep knowledge of, and commitment to, the principles of community organizing, including building the power of low-income communities and communities of color;
  • Commitment to social justice;
  • Effectiveness in alliance-building among community organizing groups, as well as in building relationships with other types of organizations;
  • A collaborative and facilitative approach to leadership, including the ability to effectively facilitate and manage participatory decision-making processes;
  • Strong strategic thinking and planning abilities;
  • Ability to work well with people from diverse communities, and particularly with staff and leaders from grassroots community organizations rooted in communities of color;
  • Must be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the issues presented by a large scale voter registration program;
  • Should have experience with online canvas management and voter registration tools such as VAN’s Voter Registration tool or similar software;
  • Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends, as needed;
  • Willingness to travel (approximately 14-16 days per month);
  • Problem solving skills and ability to work and stay poised under pressure;
  • Bilingual capacities in English and Spanish a plus.

To Apply:

Please send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: [email protected] Please also note how you found out about the position. To ensure your submission is properly routed, your subject line should be: “Regional Capacity Building Manager.” Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled; however, preference will be given to resumes received by May 3, 2019. No calls please.

Compensation is $60,000-$75,000 annually, depending on experience. State Voices provides a competitive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, and 401(k).

State Voices is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

About State Voices:

Why We Exist

American democracy is being distorted and threatened by wealthy special interests that disproportionately impact public policy, and negate the power of individual advocacy. Deliberate obstacles are being placed on voter access, along with gerrymandered districts to thwart fair representation that accurately reflects the changing US demographics. These regressive tactics are making it increasingly difficult to engage a diverse citizenry necessary for a government of the people, by the people and for the people to flourish.

This systemic, relentless disenfranchisement mainly targets communities of color, along with young adults, LGBTQ people, and single women. As a result, these populations collectively register to vote, and participate in the electoral process at lower rates when compared to the general population. Cloaked in the false rhetoric of election integrity, 24 states have passed laws making it harder for these populations to vote since 2011. Constituent cynicism is reflected in dismal approval ratings for politicians generally speaking, and the legislative branch in particular. Too many lack faith that our electoral system wants to address their community needs and interests.

What We Do

Despite this bleak outlook, State Voices is motivated to respond to this full assault on our democracy, and mount campaigns that galvanize people to act with the same fervor as the opposition. To do so, our approach to Civic Engagement will be revolutionized to meet the moment. State Voices plays a crucial role as the strategic and shared resources hub; or, the national backbone organization in this model. With a network commitment to Integrated Voter Engagement  – the seamless and continuous coordination of electoral, base-building, and issue advocacy strategies – our 23 State Tables and more than 900 network partners produce more life long voters, increased capacity of community-based organizations and their leaders, and win on issues that affect impacted communities.

State Voices is presently positioned to offer support and solutions in three core areas: Capacity BuildingTable infrastructure; e.g. leadership development – expanding the skill base of local leaders from impacted communities to build their power base and achieve their objectives; and, resource development; Data & Technology – upgraded design of tools and programs to meet the needs of 21st-century organizing; Strengthening Democracy – Civic Access, Civic Engagement and Civic Representation  –  defending and expanding voting rights; coordinating voter registration, turnout, and voter protection, and fighting for full representation through census and redistricting.

Who We Are

State Voices is a national network of permanent, nonpartisan, state-based coalitions, or Tables, working year-round to create a more accessible, inclusive, and representative democracy. At the helm is Alexis Anderson-Reed, a rising leader in the social justice movement, whose career has been dedicated to community organizing, coalition building, public policy, and strategic planning in the context of racial equity and the politics of power and privilege.