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Director of Elections

Organization Name: Courage Campaign
Website: couragecampaign.org/who-we-are/jobs
Job Post Date: 09 Aug 2019
Job Terms: Full Time
Salary: Depending on experience, between $72,000 and $88,000 annualy.
Anticipated Start Date: As soon as possible

Job Description

The Director of Elections will lead Courage Campaign’s work to elect progressive candidates in California. This will involve developing and executing a strategy for recruiting, advising, and endorsing candidates who are running for open seats or challenging incumbents (particularly Democrats) that are failing to accurately represent their constituents, especially in the California Legislature.

You will also oversee voter mobilization strategy for our endorsed candidates and ballot measures. In 2018, Courage Campaign called 400,000 voters and texted 400,000 voters in California House races, primarily targeting young people, people of color, and self-identified progressives. This mobilization helped fuel a Democratic wave that ushered seven California Republicans out of office. In 2020, we have increased our goals to 1,000,000 calls and 1,000,000 texts.

Courage Campaign works in deep collaboration with allies, so a critical piece of the work will be coordinating our programs and analysis with those of partner organizations.

Organization Description

Founded in 2005, Courage Campaign organizes on a wide variety of issues and envisions California as a model of progressive, equitable, and truly representative democracy that sets the standard for our country. To get there, Courage Campaign believes that we must call out corruption and oppression, improve coordination and collaboration between progressive organizations, and demand that our representatives be both accountable to and reflective of the people they seek to serve.

Courage Campaign’s analysis emphasizes the fact that most modern elections are not decided by ideology, as commonly presented in the media. Instead, in order to win, we must engage underrepresented base voters -- particularly young adults, people of color, and self-identified progressives -- who will provide more votes and support bolder policy solutions when compared with older, whiter, more conservative, “swing” voters. By expanding the base, Courage knows that we can win without sacrificing our values or transformational policy.

Courage also prioritizes deep collaboration with partners, constantly working to ensure that our policy goals reflect the needs of our communities, that our campaigns highlight work led by others, and our programs complement those of our allies. Lastly, Courage leverages cutting-edge technology to engage voters through innovative tactics and messaging via online, mobile, and social platforms/tools.

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please submit your application ASAP to jobs@couragecampaign.org. The application deadline is Friday, August 23, 2019. ?No cover letters, please.

Please put “Director of Elections” in the subject line and attach: 1) your resume? (or the URL of your LinkedIn profile) 2) responses to the application questions below. Please use the following format to name the file(s) you attach: “First_Last_Resume" and "First_Last_Questions."

APPLICATION QUESTIONS:
1. Pick a Democratic state legislator in California that you believe is failing their constituents. (Feel free to consult our legislative report card ?CourageScore.org?.) Write a concise analysis (300 words or less) describing why they should be primaried and what issues the challenger should emphasize during their campaign.
2. We're looking for applicants that are connected to the many diverse communities of
California -- including communities of color, immigrant and migrant communities, and queer and trans communities to name a few. What are the networks and communities that you are a part of? (150 words or less)
3. Why are you interested in leading Courage Campaign’s elections program? (150 words or less)
4. What experience(s) have prepared you for this position? (150 words or less)
5. We want to learn how applicants find out about our job openings. How did you learn
about it? One word answers are fine. (i.e. Idealist, a specific person)

Email: jobs@couragecampaign.org
Application Due: Fri, 23 Aug 2019
Job Post Online Expiration: Fri, 20 Sep 2019 03:47pm

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