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Deputy Organizing Director (Coordinated)


 

Job Title: Deputy Organizing Director 
Reports to: Organizing Director
Salary: $6,500/month, $78,000/year, generous benefits package
Location: Madison or Milwaukee, WI|
Start date: June 2024 (Please note: Employment with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin requires residence or willingness to relocate to the state of Wisconsin.)
Application Deadline: June 21, 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 a Deputy Organizing Director, you will build local grassroots teams that will then engage in direct voter contact, volunteer recruitment and volunteer retention. You will be responsible for executing a field program and managing a team of Regional Organizing Directors that work to elect Democrats up & down the ticket by building & maintaining the local volunteer infrastructure necessary for success in the November 2024 General Elections and beyond.

Job Responsibilities:

  • In consultation with the DPW Organizing Director, effectively manage, support & coach your Regional team (Regionals, Field Organizers, Fellows & Volunteers) in building local grassroots teams that will then engage in direct voter contact, volunteer recruitment and volunteer retention.
  • Support our Engagement Organizing program by supporting the implementation of grassroots relational and digital organizing tactics, including managing and executing effective activities, such as friend banks, virtual voter contact events, organizing meetings, community events & phone banks. 
  • Create a strong progressive presence in communities within your assigned turf.
  • Ensure regions are building the local volunteer infrastructure necessary for success in the Spring Elections, November General Elections, and beyond. 
  • Implement grassroots field tactics, including managing and executing effective activities, such as phone banks and canvasses.
  • Meet or exceed metrics based goals for volunteer recruitment & retention as well as direct voter contact.
  • Work with the Organizing Director to develop and maintain a plan to reach underserved populations across Wisconsin.
  • Develop and maintain volunteer and staff-facing training including, but not limited to, webinars, conference calls, Statewide Leadership Conferences, as well as one-pagers, packages and programs as needed.
  • Quickly & effectively address statewide volunteer needs including, but not limited to, outreach to volunteers who approach the DPW through our website and/or other methods, working with Neighborhood Action Teams, coaching county parties on recruitment & retention etc.
  • Support for Neighborhood Action Team Actions, including but not limited to: votebuilder, research required for Rapid Response, script and report format creation, training and step-by-step instructions for actions etc.
  • Assist Organizing Director with all event logistics, including surrogate and press needs.
  • Work with the Organizing Director on all hiring of Regional Organizing Directors, Field and Engagement Organizers
  • Responsible for executing the 2024 statewide organizing and outreach programs across Wisconsin.
  • Manage direct reports in all aspects of their work and support their success in the role by conducting relevant coaching conversations, providing and receiving feedback, and creating an inclusive and engaging team culture. More specific tasks could include but are not limited to:
    • Managing and reviewing time off requests
    • Hiring new team members
    • Having constructive conversations with team members on performance
    • Building rapport and trust within your team
    • Leading projects and delegating tasks through multiple layers
  • Be a representative of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and our policies, including neutrality as directed.
  • On year requirements include working outside of normal work hours; including canvassing and other election-preparation as necessary.

Qualifications (Required):

  • Growth Mindset – Ability 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.
  • Strong Interpersonal Communication Skills – Namely, can connect with others, motivate & quickly gain trust with volunteers, staff, community members, and coalition partners, including in particular across lines of difference.
  • Management Skills – Ability 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.
  • Technical Proficiency – Proficiency in Votebuilder (VAN), Google Suite, and general computer competencies.
  • Previous Organizing Experience – Demonstrated ability to manage a large and diverse organizing team to achieve high goals in high pressure, rapidly changing circumstances such as Get Out the Vote.

Qualifications (Preferred):

  • Applicants should have access to reliable transportation, and be willing to travel frequently.

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 BetterHelp 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 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.