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Coordinated Deputy Political Director


Job Title: Coordinated Deputy Political Director
Reports to: Wisconsin Political & Coalitions Director
Salary: $90,0000/annually, generous benefits package
Location: Madison or Milwaukee, WI (Please note: Employment with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin requires residence or willingness to relocate to the state of Wisconsin.)
Start date: April 2024
Application Deadline: March 31, 2024. 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 organizational needs.

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, re-electing President Biden for a second term, electing progressive candidates up and down the ballot, and working 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 the Coordinated Deputy Political Director, you will implement programs for stakeholder management, coalitions outreach, and surrogate relationship management. We are looking for someone highly motivated, passionate about democratic politics, and who has applicable experience.  

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Work with the Presidential and Coordinated Campaigns to implement the campaign’s political and coalitions plan which includes stakeholder management, a coalition outreach program, and a surrogates program.
  • Craft and recruit for the campaign’s key coalition groups for events earned media, and paid communications opportunities.
  • Empower activists and coordinate with local elected officials across the state of Wisconsin.
  • Assist the Wisconsin Political & Coalitions Director in developing storyteller & surrogate recruitment metrics to build an ongoing list of potential validators.
  • Manage incoming storyteller and surrogate requests by working with political department teams to recruit through their networks.
  • Assist the Wisconsin Political & Coalitions Director in creating national surrogate requests and managing trip logistics.
  • Conduct additional outreach to support campaign programming and build trusted relationships with validators and community leaders.
  • Create pathways for members of various constituency groups to become more involved in the issue and electoral efforts of the Coordinated Campaign.
  • 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.

Qualifications (Required):

  • Growth Mindset – Able 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 – Able 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.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with multiple teams with different priorities to achieve a common goal.
  • Commitment to Community – Has demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice and an understanding of the issues facing communities of color, immigrant communities, and low to moderate-income families.
  • Proven Project Management Skills – Able to work on multiple projects simultaneously with strict deadlines.
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills – Has strong written and verbal communication skills; can communicate complex ideas and situations.
  • Access to reliable transportation and willingness to travel statewide.

Qualifications (Preferred): 

  • Experience effectively building meaningful relationships with Elected officials, local influencers, government agencies, businesses, non-profits, or community organizations.
  • Experience in community outreach for a political campaign, government department, business, or community organization.
  • Experience in recruiting surrogates & storytellers for a political campaign or advocacy group.
  • Experience in building & managing databases with complex information and tracking.

Benefits: Great benefits include; 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, 3 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. 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 under applicable law.