Job Title: Coalitions Manager (Priority AAPI)
Reports to: Coalitions Director
Salary: $55,000-$65,000/annually, Plus see below for details on the DPW generous benefits package
Location: Milwaukee/Madison (Please note: Employment with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin requires residence or willingness to relocate to the state of Wisconsin.)
Start date: January 2024
Application Deadline: Winter 2023 (Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Deadlines may be shortened or extended as necessary. There is no guarantee this posting will remain open until the deadline or be closed on the deadline. This is a suggested timeframe based on organization needs.)
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About The Democratic Party of Wisconsin: WisDems is nationally recognized as one of the country’s highest-performing and most pivotal political organizations. During the 2024 cycle, WisDems will drive massive programs to defend the Democratic majority in the United States Senate by re-electing Senator Tammy Baldwin, to re-elect President Biden for a second term, elect progressive candidates up and down the ballot, and work to build volunteer-led coalitions for the long term. WisDems’ work is grounded in inclusion, respect, and empowerment across race, gender, other dimensions of identity, and the rural/suburban/urban divide. Our work continues year-round, collaborating with partners to build a movement that delivers meaningful change for all Wisconsinites. We seek outstanding applicants who share our values and vision to join the team, help win elections, and build a future where everyone can thrive.
The Opportunity: As a Coalitions Manager, you will have the opportunity to maintain and grow long term programming to build long term organizing power in underrepresented communities for the 2024 Presidential cycle. This role will primarily consist of conducting individual outreach to established networks and reaching out to new stakeholders, hosting regular coalition events and actions, and attending community events on behalf of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. The end goal of these responsibilities is to create long term engagement and activism through our coalitions program. We are looking to hire for four of these positions that will encompass four primary constituencies: Black, Latino, AAPI and Native American but will manage additional outreach portfolios.
- Manage and execute Coalition focused outreach plans, engaging underrepresented communities across the state of Wisconsin with a strong emphasis on Southeastern WI.
- Work with the Coalitions Director to determine best practices in organizing specific communities across the state of Wisconsin.
- Host recurring meetings with community leaders across the state as well as local elected officials in assigned communities while establishing new connections.
- Provide support to assigned constituency Caucuses and execute on efforts to recruit and build volunteer leadership in assigned Coalitions.
- Host Community Service Initiatives and Voter Education Events to strengthen relationships and engage new community members.
- Increase Democratic presence and engagement by implementing high traffic canvassing and other tactics while attending community events, and festivals.
- Advise and execute Coalition-specific relational organizing and volunteer recruitment and engagement programs in-person and digitally.
- Collaborate with our Organizing Department to establish in-language phone banks and Coalition-specific community canvasses.
- Maintain and build organized state wide lists of contacts for outreach, storyteller, and surrogate engagement.
- Actively seek opportunities to include historically marginalized voices in DPW programming and local elected policy initiatives.
- Provide context for memos and briefings for principals and high-level surrogates.
- Execute and manage special projects assigned to the Political Department as directed that can range from State Convention assignments, Surrogate Events, Story Teller Recruitment, and more. (Note: Political Department staff members often are involved in projects that have a connection to our work but do vary based on the time of year.)
- Manage direct reports in all aspects of their work and support their success in the role by conducting relevant coaching conversations, providing and receiving feedback, and creating an inclusive and engaging team culture. More specific tasks could include but are not limited to:
- Managing and reviewing time off requests
- Hiring new team members
- Having constructive conversations with team members on performance
- Building rapport and trust within your team
- Leading projects and delegating tasks
- On year requirements include working outside of normal work hours; including canvassing and other election-preparation as necessary.
- Growth Mindset – Ability to take and implement feedback.
- Relentlessly Goal-Oriented – Enjoys working toward and achieving ambitious goals. Keeps calm in stressful situations. Has the capacity and willingness to work long hours during peak season, rolling up their sleeves and getting the work done.
- Cultural Competency – Able to build authentic relationships across lines of difference, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, gender identity, citizenship status, or other identities. Understands how to take an inclusive lens into all aspects of work.
- Management Skills – Ability to manage relationships within your team, bring out the best in your employees, and treat employees equitably across lines of difference; including but not limited to feedback, performance, and engagement.
- Building Quality Relationships – Experience effectively building meaningful relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders, which may include Elected officials, local influencers, government agencies, businesses, non-profits, or community organizations.
- Strengthening Communities – Demonstrated record of building power within historically marginalized communities.
- Strong Interpersonal Skills – Positive customer service attitude and ability to communicate with people from many backgrounds.
- Ability to Multitask – Can manage details and stay on top of multiple tasks, large and small, at once.
- Successful experience conducting outreach for a political campaign, government department, business, non-profit or community organization.
- Access to reliable transportation and willingness to travel statewide.
- Fluent in Hmong (written and verbal)
Benefits: Great benefits including; excellent health care ($1/month), dental ($1/month), vision ($1/month), life insurance (free), short term and long-term disability (free), TalkSpace virtual therapy, free Calm premium subscription, mileage reimbursement, monthly cell phone stipend, paid vacation days (starting at 10 days), retirement plan with 3% employer match, 4 floating holidays, 9 paid holidays.
Equity and Inclusion: The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has a vision for a deeply inclusive and diverse party organization, membership, and electorate. In order to be successful at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin candidates must have the cultural competence to successfully work with a diverse array of constituency groups. We especially strongly encourage applicants with close ties to Black, Indigenous, AAPI, Latinx, Muslim, non-English-speaking, disability, and LGBTQIA+ communities. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Note on COVID-19: Candidates will be required to verify that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment, except where prohibited by law. Fully vaccinated includes receiving any booster shots recommended by the CDC or other public health authorities within the timeframe recommended. Reasonable accommodations due to disability, medical condition, or bona fide religious belief will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law.