Organization Overview

State Voices is a national network – built from the states up – that helps grassroots organizations win civic engagement victories and build long-term political power. Since 2008, we’ve been employing the principles of collective impact, building the capacity of partners with data analysis and shared resources, and strengthening our democracy by amplifying the voices of marginalized communities.

State Voices sustains a dynamic ecosystem of 23 state tables comprised of 784 partner organizations. We provide the organizations in our network with the data, tools, and support they need to help create a healthy and thriving democracy through a racial equity lens. We advance this work through three national programs: Civic Engagement (voter registration and turnout, issue advocacy and constituency engagement), Civic Access (voting rights and election administration) and Civic Representation (census and redistricting).

It’s our collective duty to end the systemic, relentless disenfranchisement targeting communities of color, young adults, LGBTQ people, and single women. That’s why State Voices works year-round to create a more accessible, inclusive, and representative democracy.

Position Overview

The State Capacity Building Deputy Director (SCB Dep) will be an experienced, innovative organizer with a proven track record of success managing talented staff, developing and facilitating trainings, leading civic engagement and issue campaigns. The SCB Dep. will manage a dynamic team of two (2) capacity building team members in order to ensure the department is supporting 23 state tables 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 a myriad of stakeholders, implement innovative ideas and bring good energy into this recently redesigned department. Moreover, the SCB Dep. must have a demonstrated record of and commitment to leading with racial and gender equity principles and practices. The SCB Dep. will report to the Senior Director of State Capacity Building.

Primary Functions

  • Support the continued implementation of the State Capacity Building department’s redesigned role, work, and team to ensure that state tables are building political power year-round
  • Manage relationships with state table directors and table staff to ensure that SCB and State Voices are working in good partnership with state tables
  • Direct, manage, and support capacity building team members 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
  • Help ensure that SCB is a conduit that supports and coordinates leveraging the expertise of State Voices national staff in service of state table directors, staff, and partner needs
  • Strategically align work with Data and Technology, Development, Policy, Strategic Partnerships, and Operations teams to foster a healthy and collaborative organizational culture
  • Support the tracking and evaluating of programming, staffing, and departmental impact
  • Support departmental strategies, objectives, and activities which include (but are not limited to):
    • Organizational Development: Build the organizational infrastructure and health of State Tables through detailed annual 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 state tables 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
      Civic Engagement Strategies: Develop robust programming designed to provide expertise and resources to state tables in order to engage our broad constituency of impacted communities, and win progressive policies


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
  • Five (5) or more years working in the fields of civic engagement, community organizing, and/or issue advocacy
  • Two (2) 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, implementation and facilitation of engaging training curriculum
  • Experience in overseeing the design, implementation, and management of organizational development infrastructure
  • Experience working in or with state-based organizations
  • Experience working with national organizations
  • Experience preparing and managing program budgets
  • Experience managing remote staff
  • Excellent communication, reading, research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Relationship-oriented, ability to develop authentic relationships built on trust and accountability
  • Excellent strategic thinking in a political and movement context
  • Big, visionary ideas and ideals, and the capacity to convert these into solid strategies and action
  • An adaptive leadership style, with the ability to problem-solve, navigate complex situations and relationships, and take advantage of strategic opportunities
  • Ability to manage several tasks/projects concurrently, and to prioritize work effectively
  • Skills in talent management, team-building, mentoring, delegation, and developing staff leadership
  • A self-starter, willing to work long and irregular hours, and travel as needed (up to 40% of the time)

To Apply

  • Send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: [email protected].
  • To ensure your submission is properly routed, use the subject line “State Capacity Building Deputy Director”
  • Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled; however, preference will be given to resumes received by 7 February 2020.
  • No calls please.

Compensation: Compensation is $75,000 – $90,000 based on background, skills, and experience. This position includes a full benefits package.

Location: Washington, D.C. with regular travel

Reports To: Senior Director of State Capacity Building

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.