Position Overview

State Voices seeks an experienced, innovative organizer with a proven track record of success managing talented staff, developing and facilitating trainings, leading civic engagement and issues campaigns to serve as the Sr. Director of State Capacity Building (Sr.). The Sr. will manage a dynamic team of three (3) capacity building organizers and one deputy director to ensure the department is supporting 23 state partners to strengthen organizational infrastructure, deepen and amplify leadership, and create a thriving and connected network. The ideal candidate will lead with an organizer’s orientation, build strong relationships with myriad stakeholders, implement innovative ideas and bring good energy into this newly redesigned department. Moreover, the Sr. must have a demonstrated track record of and commitment to leading with racial and gender equity principles and practices. The Sr. is an integral part of the State Voices senior management team and will report to the Managing Director.

Primary Functions:

  • Lead the implementation of the State Capacity Building Department’s redesigned role, work and team to ensure that States are building political power on election day and beyond.
  • Manage relationships with state table directors, table staff, leadership teams and boards to ensure that SCB and SV is working in good partnership with states.
  • Direct, manage and support team to effectively implement their work plans and meet departmental and professional development goals.
  • Develop and maintain deep on-going knowledge about state table operation and programs and connect them to opportunities as they emerge.
  • Ensure that SCB is a conduit that supports and coordinates leveraging SV national staff expertise in service of state table directors, staff and partner needs.
  • Strategically align work with data and technology, development, policy, strategic partnerships and operations team to foster a healthy and collaborative organizational culture.
  • Develop strategy for effectively tracking and evaluating programming, staffing and departmental impact.
  • Oversee and monitor departmental strategies, objectives and activities which include:
    • Organizational Development: Build the organizational infrastructure and health of State through detailed state plans;
    • Cross-Network Movement Building: Create deeper political alignment and cultivate movement building to ensure that the network is innovative, impactful and equity-centered .
    • Leadership Development: Develop the civic engagement leadership of tomorrow by convening state directors, staff and partners to hone critical leadership skills.
    • Resource Development: Support states to build robust and effective fundraising strategies that go beyond annual fundraising and seek to raise the viability of state programming, state table leadership and partners.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will possess many, if not all, of the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity and track record of success working with communities of color, women, low-income people, LGBTQIA individuals, and other historically marginalized communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to bring strategic thinking skills, problem solving abilities and a solutions-oriented work style.
  • 7 or more years working in the fields of civic engagement, community organizing and issue advocacy.
  • 3 or more years of experience in a leadership position with staff management responsibilities.
  • Proven ability to manage competing priorities and ability to support and lead staff in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience in overseeing the design and implementation of voter engagement programs.
  • Experience in overseeing the design and implementation of engaging training curriculum and facilitation.
  • Experience in overseeing the design and implementation of organizational development infrastructure and management
  • Experience working in or with state-based organizations.
  • Experience working with national organizations
  • Experience in preparing and managing program budgets
  • Experience in managing remote staff.
  • Excellent communication, reading, research, writing and analytical skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and an attention to political and physical details.
  • Ability to work well independently and with teams
  • Dedication and ability to work flexible hours
  • This position requires the ability to travel 40% of the time. 

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.

To Apply:

Please Include “Director of State Capacity Building Department” in the subject line and email your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to jobs@statevoices.org.

  • Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled; however, preference will be given to those who apply by April 15, 2019.
  • Please, no phone calls.
  • Women, people of color, and LGBTQIA individuals are encouraged to apply.

Compensation: The Sr. Director position has a starting salary of $120,000 and is negotiable based on background, skills and experience. This position includes a full benefits package.

Reports To: Managing Director

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.