Compliance Manager


Job Title: Compliance Manager
Reports to: Compliance Director
Salary: $56,000 – $70,000/annually, generous benefits package
Location: Madison, WI (Please note: Employment with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin requires residence or willingness to relocate to the state of Wisconsin.)
Start date: June 2024
Application Deadline: May 31, 2024 (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. During the 2024 cycle, WisDems will drive massive programs to defend the Democratic majority in the United States Senate by re-electing Senator Tammy Baldwin, to re-elect President Biden for a second term, elect progressive candidates up and down the ballot, and work to build volunteer-led coalitions for the long term. 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 Compliance Manager, you will be responsible for ensuring adherence to federal and state campaign finance regulations. Coached and mentored by a team of experienced operations professionals, you’ll support the preparation of campaign finance reports, track financial transactions, facilitate legal reviews, and develop and implement compliance task management workflows. The Compliance Manager collaborates closely with internal and external stakeholders, provides compliance training and support to team members, and contributes to strategic decision-making. This opportunity offers significant exposure to operational and political experts; strong leadership skills and experience with campaign finance regulations are essential for success in this role. This position requires some flexible hours and eagerness to assist with any task.

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Collaborate with the Compliance Director and greater Operations team to ensure compliance with federal and state campaign finance laws, ensuring all payables, receivables, advertisements, and scripts are properly tracked and follow internal compliance controls.
  • Support the preparation and submission of accurate and timely campaign finance reports to the Federal Election Commission and Wisconsin Ethics Commission. 
  • Work with DPW legal counsel to facilitate the legal approval process, coordinating with partners to expedite the review process when necessary.
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of compliance processes and procedures, identifying areas for enhancement and implementing solutions to streamline operations, proactively addressing compliance-related challenges, and working collaboratively to develop effective solutions.
  • Collaborate with the Compliance Director on budgetary oversight, contributing to the development and monitoring of DPW’s budget, and providing insights and recommendations to inform decision-making processes.
  • Provide training and develop resources for internal and external partners on campaign finance laws, compliance procedures, and accounting best practices, fostering a culture of compliance throughout the organization by promoting awareness and education.
  • On year requirements include working outside of normal work hours; including canvassing and other election-preparation as necessary.

Qualifications (Required):

  • Growth Mindset – Able to take and implement feedback.
  • Relentlessly Goal-Oriented – Enjoys working toward and achieving ambitious goals. Keeps 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 – Able to manage relationships within your team, bring out the best in your employees, and treat employees equitably across lines of difference; including but not limited to feedback, performance, and engagement.
  • Campaign Finance Knowledge – Experience working with State and Federal Campaign Finance Regulation and reporting.
  • Accounting/Compliance Databases – Experience using accounting, compliance, or donor databases, knowledge of NGP/EveryAction and/or QuickBooks Online (QBO).
  • Analytical Skills – Strong analytical skills with the ability to interpret and apply complex regulations effectively.
  • Detail Oriented – Meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to accuracy in all compliance-related activities.

Qualifications (Preferred): 

  • 2-3 years of experience working with State and Federal Campaign Finance Regulation and reporting.

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), TalkSpace virtual therapy, free Calm premium subscription, mileage reimbursement, monthly cell phone stipend, paid vacation days (starting at 10 days), retirement plan with 3% employer match, 3 floating holidays, 9 paid holidays. 

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

Note on COVID-19: Candidates will be required to verify that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment, except where prohibited by law. Fully vaccinated includes receiving any booster shots recommended by the CDC or other public health authorities within the timeframe recommended. 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.