Rural Coalitions Manager

Job Title: Rural Coalitions Manager
Reports to: Coalitions Director
Salary: $50,000 – $60,000/annually, generous benefits package
Location: Madison, WI, Milwaukee, WI or elsewhere in Wisconsin
Start date: July 11th 2022
Application Deadline:  June 15th, 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: As a Rural Coalitions Manager you will play a key role in ensuring the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and Coordinated partners prioritize engaging with and mobilizing rural voters in Wisconsin. You will be building and rebuilding relationships with rural constituents to turn out the voter in rural counties and build cross-county connections for Democrats.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage and execute a rural outreach program, based on stakeholder input as well as including but not limited to the findings and recommendations of the WisDems Ad Hoc Rural Advisory Committee.
  • Work with the Coalitions Director and County Party leaders to determine best practices in organizing, voter protection efforts and engaging with communities across the state of Wisconsin.
  • Provide support for cross-county collaboration efforts and construct innovative opportunities to increase Democratic voter participation in rural communities
  • Maintain and build a statewide community contact network in different regions of the state in collaboration with other departments and stakeholders for relational organizing
  • Identify rural voices for communications and paid media programming statewide.
  • Host recurring meetings with rural community leaders across the state as well as local elected officials.
  • Provide context for memos and briefings for principals and high-level surrogates.
  • Additional tasks as instructed by the Coalitions Director.

Qualifications (Required):  

  • Growth Mindset – Ability to take and implement feedback.
  • Relentlessly Goal-Oriented – Enjoys working toward and achieving ambitious goals. Keep 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.
  • Exceptional Interpersonal Skills – In particular, effectively building meaningful relationships with Elected officials, local influencers, government agencies, businesses, non-profits, or community organizations; customer service attitude; ability to communicate with people from many backgrounds.
  • Attention to Detail – Ability to manage details and stay on top of multiple tasks, large and small, at once.
  • Dedicated to Democratic Values – Deeply believes that racial equity and social justice are important and is driven to act on this belief.

Qualifications (Preferred):

  • Demonstrated record of working in rural midwest communities whether in agriculture, business, community organizations, political campaigns, personal life experiences etc.
  • Successful experience conducting outreach for a political campaign, government department, business, non-profit  or community organization.
  • Access to reliable transportation and/or willingness to travel statewide.

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.