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

State Voices seeks an experienced, innovative organizer with a proven track record of success developing and facilitating trainings, and leading civic engagement and issues campaigns to serve as the State Capacity Building Manager (CBM). The CBM will play a key role in ensuring the department is supporting 23 state tables to strengthen organizational infrastructure, support civic engagement work, 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 CBM must have a demonstrated track record of and commitment to leading with racial and gender equity principles and practices. The CBM will report to the State Capacity Building Deputy Director.

Primary Functions

  • Support the continued implementation of the State Capacity Building department’s redesigned role, work, and team to ensure that States are building political power year-round
  • Manage relationships with state table directors and table staff to ensure that SCB and State Voices is working in good partnership with states
  • Develop a strategic work plan to 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: Support the organizational infrastructure and health of States 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
    • Civic Engagement Strategies: Execute 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 a 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
  • Three (3) or more years working in the fields of civic engagement, community organizing, and/or issue advocacy
  • Proven ability to manage competing priorities and the ability to support and lead staff in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience in overseeing the design and implementation of voter engagement and civic engagement programs
  • Experience in overseeing the design, implementation and facilitation of engaging training curriculum
  • Excellent communication, reading, research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Relationship-oriented, with the ability to develop authentic relationships built on trust and accountability
  • Excellent strategic thinking in a political and movement context
  • 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 and projects concurrently, and to prioritize work effectively
  • A self-starter, willing to work long and irregular hours, and travel as needed (up to 40% of the time)

While not required, exceptional candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Experience working in or with state-based organizations
  • Experience working with national organizations
  • Experience preparing and managing program budgets
  • Skills in talent management, team-building, mentoring, delegation, and developing staff leadership

To Apply

  • Send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: [email protected].
  • To ensure your submission is properly routed, use the subject line “Capacity Building Manager”
  • 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 $65,000 – $75,000 based on background, skills, and experience. This position includes a full benefits package.

Location: State Voices’ headquarters is located in Washington, DC; however, we will also consider remote candidates (with regular national travel)

Reports To: State Capacity Building Deputy 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.