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National Civic Engagement and Politics Manager

The Center for Popular Democracy


Posted: 09/24/2019

Application Deadline:



About the Position:

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action (CPD/CPDA) is seeking an experienced electoral organizer to run a sophisticated training and support program for political staffers of our affiliates around the country. The CE and Politics Manager will support our affiliates to develop and implement their political plans (c3 and c4), develop and coordinate gatherings where affiliate staff can meet as peers to share their best work and lessons, and deliver trainings that increase our network’s capacity in the field.

The CE and Politics Manager will work as part of our Politics Team, supporting national strategy, but also investing heavily in the state by state priorities of our network affiliates, traveling frequently and identifying resources and opportunities for affiliates to improve their work. This position will run the Political Directors Cohort, in which lead political staff of each organization gather several times per year to share strategies and learn from each other. Working with our Data Director, the position will help our partners’ take advantage of the best voter technologies, and data to conduct their programs. The Manager will also work closely with  our Organizing and Capacity-Building Team to coordinate programs offering support to affiliates.

Primary Responsibilities

The National Civic Engagement and Politics Manager will:

  • Convene and Facilitate the Political Directors Learning Community, made up of 30-40 Political leads from affiliates;

  • Travel extensively to affiliate organizations to support political plan development, support and implementation;

  • Serve as the lead staff identifying and confirming civic engagement training for affiliates; 

  • Provide 1-on-1 strategic and tactical advice to affiliates and to national staff on civic engagement strategies;  

  • Support the consolidation of a “Political Organizing Model” across affiliates and the network as a whole, through consultation, documentation and electoral analysis

  • Coordinate with CPD program staff in other issue areas to find opportunities for aligned work and cross-campaign coordination.

Job Qualifications

Applicants should possess:

  • Commitment to social and racial justice issues, building the power of communities and understanding of challenges facing immigrant communities, communities of color, and low-and moderate income families;

  • Minimum of 7+ years of integrated civic engagement experience at local, state levels;  

  • Experience developing annual and multi-year electoral plans for community organizations, including ballot initiatives, independent expenditures for/against candidates, GOTV, voter registration efforts;

  • Experience with the wide range of electoral tactics employed by community organizations, including canvassing, phonebanking, direct mail, SMS, digital ads, earned media, volunteer and paid operations;

  • Familiarity with legal frameworks for 501c3 and 501c4 eligible activities

  • Excellent relationship-building skills with significant experience building and sustaining working relationships across geography and with community leaders and organizers of color;

  • Experience with front of the room participatory meeting and training facilitation

  • Significant project management experience and the ability to juggle multiple projects at a time and work in a fast-paced work environment;  

  • Independent self-starter and go-getter who can drive projects and teams internally and externally;

  • Excellent writing and communication skills; and

  • Experience with fundraising preferred.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 15 vacation days per year, 10 sick days per year, 12 paid holidays per year, and contribution to individuals’ 401K plan.

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit your cover letter and resume through our hiring portal:

CPD/A is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community.

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