FairVote is experiencing a surge of interest in its mission, with new resources that position us for significant growth and impact. We are doubling down on our effort to encourage the adoption of RCV in national elections while supporting movements and campaigns in states and cities. With new senior leadership and attention to building a healthy and robust organization with real potential to transform American democracy through RCV and the Fair Representation Act, we are looking for a leader to join our Programs team to build and lead our Partnerships Program.
FairVote seeks a Director of Advocacy with a proven track record of developing campaigns and building coalitions. This position involves successfully developing and executing national reform and change strategies in states and cities, on targeted issues, electoral and legislative campaigns.
With the majority of the work housed in our 501 c(4). The Director of Advocacy will play a leading role in our campaign to make ranked choice voting (RCV) the norm for national, state and local elections. Working collaboratively with FairVote’s reform allies, the Director will collaborate with our growing program team to advance the long-term vision for change to secure RCV in presidential elections, collaborate with state and local partners, campaigning for RCV and proportional RCV at all levels, and support our government affairs agenda to secure RCV in Congressional elections. The Director will help shape advocacy strategies for state and local wins and identify opportunities for collaboration with other stakeholders as a basis for executing a holistic strategy toward a tipping point for national adoption of RCV. The Director will have excellent communication skills and an understanding of modern campaign and legislative advocacy strategy and tactics, especially those that balance the use of grasstops and grassroots strategies. This role works with FairVote’s Senior Executive Team (SET) and reports directly to the Executive Vice President (EVP) for Policy and Programs.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Design and drive FairVote’s state advocacy campaigns to advance ranked choice voting.
- Execute FairVote’s plans for the ongoing state engagement and program coordination with current and new partner organizations
- Play a key role in developing and overseeing strategies for partners to advance RCV in state legislatures and city halls and for the major parties to use RCV in their presidential nomination processes.
- Work with the strategic partnership team as it builds support for FairVote reforms among individuals in states and finds opportunities to partner with state and local groups.
- Identify opportunities for partners to advance proportional RCV in local and state government
- Work with the EVP Policy and Programs along with other Program Directors to utilize the resources of FairVote Action in support of FairVote's reform vision.
- Manage the advocacy team and leverage other program departments to advance FairVote’s advocacy goals.
- Represent FairVote at external convenings and serve as a spokesperson
- Develop and sustain short-term and long-term strategic plans that grow and extend state advocacy and program goals and agendas with overall FairVote strategies and initiatives in collaboration with the Senior Executive Team.
- Utilize cohorts of grasstops and organizational leaders whose purpose is to drive, inform and advance strategies and facilitate networking connections
- Oversee the development of work plans and staff assignments to guide the implementation of initiatives.
- Assist the Senior Executive Team with the overall management of the department, including strategic planning, coordination of cross-program initiatives, and the identification and cultivation of prospective funders
- Develop and manage information collection networks
- Develop and manage key personnel within a framework of FairVote's advocacy strategies
- Educate the staff on new and existing strategic advocacy strategies
- Define and establish measures to evaluate the achievement of program strategy and goals. Use advocacy data and analytics to track and assess the impact of ongoing programs.
- Provide timely reporting and analysis, advocacy engagement
- Guide and direct the assigned staff members, contractors, and volunteers to plan and complete the necessary work to support overall program strategies and priorities. Define individual work goals, expectations, priorities, and measures for success.
- Lead and create an environment that fosters positive team culture, team development, and growth.
- Bachelor's degree in a related field and 7+ years of in-depth practical experience in program area, or Master's degree in a related field.
- At least 3 years of experience leading the planning, implementation, and administration of a nonprofit program.
- Possesses required technical knowledge within assigned program areas
- Experience drafting/writing program documentation, contract proposal, and management reports
- Ability to interact effectively with members, representatives of other organizations, elected officials, consultants at all levels of FairVote staff
- People management experience is a must
- Strong public speaking experience required
The successful candidate will be passionate about the mission of FairVote. S/he must be a strong leader with a track record of success and capacity to coordinate and provide thought leadership to varied efforts across a broad array of organizational departments and initiatives and maneuver effectively in an environment of notable change and organizational development.
The successful candidate will bring creativity, entrepreneurial energy, outstanding personal skills, emotional intelligence, a can-do attitude, and a strong commitment to FairVote's mission and values. S/he will have the ability to multitask and be equally effective working virtually and onsite, independently and as a team member, keeping both details and the big picture in mind.
S/he must have the ability to identify and set priorities while building and managing a wide variety of relationships and stakeholders. The candidate must be an intelligent, persuasive, hardworking advocate and ambassador for FairVote.
The work schedule includes some evening and weekend meetings and engagement opportunities, as necessary. Candidates requiring a 9 to 5 fixed schedule will not be a good fit for this position, even as we expect reasonable work hours overall. This is a full-time benefits-eligible position.
FairVote, headquartered in Takoma Park near the metro, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is electoral reform that gives voters a greater choice, a stronger voice, and a more representative democracy. Since 1992, FairVote has been the national leader in developing and distributing the educational tools and analysis necessary to increase public appreciation of the value of ranked choice voting (RCV). We value nonpartisanship and wish to attract candidates who can work across the political and ideological spectrum to advance FairVote reforms.
FairVote is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against. Candidates must be employable in the US as required by the Department of Homeland Security.