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15 Nov 2021

Full-Time Political Director

SMesoSolutions – Posted by SMesoSolutions Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job Description

Political Director

About Run for Something 

Run for Something recruits and supports young progressives running for down-ballot offices in the United States. Since launching in January 2017, we have recruited more than 80,000 potential political candidates, endorsed over 1,800 and elected more than 600 — and over half of those candidates are women, over half of them are BIPOC, and 21% are LGBTQIA+. Our alumni have meaningfully and intentionally made life better for millions of Americans across the country. We are a high-reaching, hungry team changing the face of politics in America. Learn more about our work in this clip.


The Run for Something network includes Run for Something (a 527 non-federal PAC), Run for Something Action Fund (a 501c4), and Run for Something Civics (a newly launched, non-partisan 501c3).


We have ambitious plans for 2021-2022. Read about them in our Strategic Plan here


Run for Something Values: Bold & Fearless; Open & Honest; Supportive & Respectful; Progressive & Diverse; Long-term & Strategic


We highly encourage all job applicants to visit our careers page to learn about our work environment, values, compensation and benefits policies, interview process, and more. The priority deadline for applications is November 29th.


Position Name: Political Director

Reporting Structure: This role reports to Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director Ross Morales Rocketto.

Essential Duties: Oversight and execution of Run for Something’s election administrator program (70%), development of new political programming (10%), and management & leadership (20%).

Job Classification: Full Time, Exempt


Position Summary

Run for Something is currently hiring for a Political Director. In this role, you will report to the Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director. Your primary responsibilities are threefold. First, you will be responsible for overseeing and executing all current RFS political programs, which includes our new program recruiting and supporting election administrators. Second, you will be responsible for supporting the RFS Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director on the development of new political programming. Third, you will serve as a high level leader in the RFS team, including managing the Senior Political Manager.

As a member of the RFS Leadership Team, the Political Director must also contribute, integrate, and hold themselves and their department accountable to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) goals that Run for Something has established, and actively contribute towards the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture.


The Political Director will help RFS accomplish our strategic imperatives via:

  • Election Administration Program Management (70%):
    1. Oversee and execute day-to-day responsibilities related to Run for Something’s election administration work. This will include coordinating with existing team members and partners as well as ensuring the program hits its stated goals.   
    2. Facilitate regular cross-team meetings to ensure all involved team members are aligned and executing their work. 
    3. Lead regular check-in meetings with key external partners to provide updates, answer questions, and get alignment on key elements of the program.
    4. Oversee the work of multiple contractors who will be executing various pieces of the work. 
    5. Regular check-ins with the Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director to update on the status of the program. 
  • New Political Programming Development (approximately 10%):
    1. Thought partnership and development of written materials for future political programs. For example: a potential school board program. 
    2. The scope of this work will likely expand after the 2022 election cycle and include activities such as development of new political programming ideas with the help of RFS leadership, as well as oversight over those new programs. 
  • Management & Leadership (approximately 20%):
    1. As a member of the RFS Leadership Team, contribute to organization-wide strategy and initiatives; be an active leader and advocate for RFS’ philosophy, mission, values, culture, and DEI goals throughout the organization
    2. Manage, mentor, and coach Political team staff (currently, a Senior Political Manager) in line with RFS values and performance management standards to ensure relevant key performance indicators are met; identify and support areas for professional development
    3. Oversee the Political team’s work and ensure the work remains on-track. That work includes strengthening existing partnerships and building new ones for the purpose of recruiting candidates, supporting candidates, and brand-building to do the other two things. Additionally, the Senior Political Manager oversees the RFS Ascend program, RFS’s direct candidate contribution program that currently operates in TX, PA, and VA (and may expand in the future). 
    4. Vet, hire, onboard, and oversee program consultants 
    5. Create and manage program and department budgets, including management of any restrictions related to non-partisan vs. political programming


Key Goals 

Success in this role will look like…

  • Consistent transparency across RFS on the election administration project as well as any additional political programming. 
  • Successful coaching and management of the Senior Political Manager, ensuring they have what they need to be successful and that the partner program remains on-track.
  • Successfully executing the election administration program, which consists of recruiting and supporting election administration candidates to run for office and win.


Minimum Qualifications

  • 7+ years working either on campaigns or at political/advocacy organizations
  • At least two cycles working on electoral campaigns 
  • Experience managing at least one full-time staff member
  • Experience managing and overseeing the work of contractors 
  • Ability to manage and manage up in a remote environment 
  • Experience in either leading the development of a new program, or experience on a team that had to develop a new program
  • Strong project management skills, which includes being extremely organized, ability to turn a vision into tangible next steps, and ability to coordinate across multiple personalities, departments, and interests   
  • Strong communications skills 
  • Strong relationship-building skills via email, phone, and video
  • Ability to prioritize and stay focused on the most important work
  • Ability to work independently for extended periods of time in a remote environment
  • Strong commitment to the RFS mission
  • Ability to work in and contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment 
  • Experienced leader who understands how to leverage their influence toward a collaborative, supportive culture of excellence 
  • Ability to work with internal and external stakeholders with a high level of trust, accountability, and transparency
  • Ability to demonstrate Run for Something’s organizational values: Bold & Fearless; Open & Honest; Supportive & Respectful; Progressive & Diverse; Long-term & Strategic. (Learn more about our Values in our Strategic Plan.) 


We value diversity at RFS, and strongly encourage applications from folks who are a part of marginalized communities who have been disproportionately affected by lack of representation in legislative bodies, including people of color, women, and the LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities.


In order to prioritize the health and safety of our employees, all Run for Something employees are required to provide proof of COVID vaccination. Run for Something will discuss reasonable accommodations with employees who may be unable to receive a vaccine due to disability, the advice of a medical provider, or sincerely held religious beliefs. 


Work Environment

Run for Something is (and always has been and will be) a remote office environment; you will collaborate with colleagues who are based across the United States. You should be prepared to either work from home or a location of your choosing.


When it is safe to do so, this position will require attendance at approximately 2 all-staff events per year, which may include overnight travel. 


This position requires the ability to work core hours, Monday through Friday. This position may also require occasional night and weekend hours to support election watch across various time zones. 


Essential Physical Requirements 

  • As this is a remote position, the person in this position must be able to communicate with colleagues and partners via phone, including conference and video calls, as well as written communication such as Slack and email. 
  • The position requires the ability to work on a computer for all or part of the work day.  
  • The position requires the ability to attend events which may encompass all or part of the work day, including overnight travel when necessary.
  • This position will include travel, as described above.



Compensation for the position of Political Director is $97,500. In order to counter pay inequality and uphold internal parity, salaries are non-negotiable for new and current employees. Run for Something salary bands for a given staff level are benchmarked to the 75th percentile for our sector, and all new employees are paid at the entry point of those bands. Employees then have the opportunity to progress through current salary bands through annual cost of living increases and performance-based pay increases, and into new salary bands through promotions.


Learn more about our compensation policy here.  


Run for Something is not just an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building teams that reflect the diversity of our candidates, and to building equitable and inclusive environments that fully leverage the skills, potential, and unique perspectives of our employees. 


Benefits at Run for Something include:

  • Unlimited Paid Time Off policy 
  • Platinum Medical Insurance (100% of premium covered for employees; 50% of premium covered for dependents) 
  • Dental and Vision Insurance (99.9% of premium covered for both employees and dependents)
  • 401k
  • Professional Development Stipend
  • Treat Yourself Stipend ($500 a year to do something that brings you joy)
  • Equipment Stipend
  • Work from Home Stipend
  • Cell Phone/Internet Stipend 
  • Half Day Fridays (year-round!)
  • 12 weeks paid family leave
  • Paid Sabbatical (after 3 years of service to RFS)
  • ~ Four weeks in organization-wide holiday closures, including a two-week winter – break
  • Flexible, remote work environment 


To Apply

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, with priority review given to earlier applications. The priority deadline for applications is November 29th. The target start date for this position is February 2022.


Learn more about our interview process here.


No phone calls, emails, or social media inquiries, please. Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries. We know that applying to jobs is difficult, and we do our best to alert every applicant as to their status in the process. However, be aware that you may not receive a response from us until after the application deadline has passed.

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Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

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