Deputy Executive Director

Job Title: Deputy Executive Director
Reports to: Executive Director
Salary: $125,000-$140,000, Plus see below for details on the DPW generous benefits package
Location: Madison, WI
Start date: As soon as possible
Application Deadline:  June 27, 2022 (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.)

About The Democratic Party of Wisconsin: WisDems is nationally recognized as one of the country’s highest-performing and most pivotal political organizations. In the 2022 election cycle, WisDems will continue to build a massive program to re-elect Governor Tony Evers, defeat Ron Johnson to ensure a Democratic US Senate majority, elect candidates up and down the ballot in spring and fall elections alike, and advocate on policy issues. 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: We are seeking a leader that is excited to maintain and grow the organizational strength of the WisDems by staying at the cutting edge of political tactics and technology, continuously optimizing the internal party structure, and deepening a culture of excellence, inclusivity, and innovation. As the Deputy Executive Director, you will be responsible for helping to manage the WisDems team to execute the Party’s ambitious and exciting six-part strategic BADGER plan:

  • Build the bench and build the party, year-round, across race and place
  • Advocate for democracy and the Democratic agenda
  • Deliver a second term for Governor Evers
  • Grow Democratic strength down-ballot
  • End Ron Johnson’s political career (and elect a Democrat to the Senate!)
  • Rally for the long term

Job Responsibilities (Please list at least 3-5 responsibilities):

  • Partner with the Chair, Executive Director and Executive team to ensure systems and procedures of the party are efficient, effective, equitable, and inclusive.
  • Drive the ongoing work of the party to be a more actively anti-racist organization.
  • Manage a complex working environment in the time of COVID while transitioning to in-person activities, ensuring safety for staff and volunteers while also maximizing the party’s political effectiveness and building the interpersonal connections that are essential to political success.
  • Assist the Executive Director to maintain transparency and partnership, with the Administrative Committee (the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s governing board), the staff, and the broader party membership.
  • Other tasks as needed.

Qualifications (Required):

  • Strategist’s Mind (Growth Mindset) – Has a successful track record of taking a concept from idea to implementation. Quickly grasps the subtleties of complex issues and identifies patterns in challenges. Comes up with insightful, pragmatic, equitable, and sustainable ways to tackle common challenges and produce positive change. Ability to take and implement feedback.
  • Strong Sense of Ownership and Resilience (Relentlessly Goal-Oriented) – Plans ahead and finds alternative paths, when needed, to get to the finish line. Enjoys working toward and achieving ambitious goals. Bounces back from setbacks and rejections. Holds a high bar even when things are hectic. Has the capacity and willingness to work long hours during peak season, rolling up their sleeves and getting the work done.
  • Racial, Equity, and Inclusion Values (Cultural Competency) – Experience or educational background with identifying decisions, policies, or practices that have disparate impacts based on identity. Has demonstrated ability to build authentic relationships across lines of difference, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, gender identity, citizenship status, or other identities.
  • Clear, Precise, Compassionate Communication – Speaks clearly on behalf of the organization and advocates for/with community members. Communicates well with others, including sharing context and asking questions to understand others’ perspectives.
  • Coach and learning mentality: Helps others grow. Uses coaching, training, and feedback to develop others and support problem-solving. Sees mistakes as learning opportunities. Seeks and engages well with feedback.
  • Excellent Organizational Skills – Experience demonstrating the ability to prioritize and manage details to efficiently multitask. Exceptionally strong time management and organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities simultaneously under strict deadlines.
  • Attentive, Empathetic Leadership –  Enthusiasm for meeting and engaging with people. Empathizes with the communities we serve. Able to put people at ease, especially when there are lines of difference. Listens closely to understand needs or concerns and takes steps based on that input. Takes pride in providing clear, helpful information.
  • Effective Management Skills – Ability to manage relationships within your team, bring out the best in your employees, and treat employees equitably across lines of difference. Commitment to the ideal of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, as embodied in the state party constitution and platform.

Qualifications (Preferred):

  • Models and Inspires Accountability – Inspires and motivates others to take action and meet goals. Delegates skillfully. Holds the team accountable and acknowledges growing edges (in self and others).
  • Community Organizing – Demonstrated experience working to build political power within Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color, and to remove barriers to political participation by marginalized communities. Experience working with rural communities
  • Political Background – Experience as either a political candidate or a senior staff member for an election campaign, coordinated campaign, or party organization
  • Wisconsin Familiarity – Lived experience with and familiarity with Wisconsin; strong relationships with Democratic Party of Wisconsin members, elected officials, unions, and grassroots leaders throughout the state and across lines of race and place.

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), free Better Help virtual therapy, free Calm premium subscription, monthly cell phone stipend, 10 days paid vacation, retirement plan with 3% employer match, 3 floating holidays, 9 paid holidays, plus more!

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 LGBTQ communities. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Note on COVID-19: Candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment, except where prohibited by law. 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.