Los Angeles, California
The Campaign for College Opportunity (the Campaign) is seeking a skilled, highly proactive, strategic, energetic, and experienced Political Director with a mix of public policy advocacy and issue-based campaign experience to increase the visibility and prominence of higher education issues with policymakers and candidates seeking state and local office, especially the candidates for Governor in the 2018 California Election.
The Campaign for College Opportunity is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) broad-based, bipartisan coalition, including business, education, and civil rights leaders, that is dedicated to ensuring all Californians have an equal opportunity to attend and succeed in college to build a vibrant workforce, economy and democracy. Our mission is focused on substantially increasing the number of students attending two- and four-year colleges in the state and who complete their college education. Every day, the Campaign fights to make public policy changes that will help more California students enter and complete college. The Campaign maintains offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento.
The Campaign is seeking a Political Director who will be responsible for coordinating candidate engagement. The next Governor of California can shape higher education in the state for years to come. With the backdrop of a looming statewide workforce shortage of one million bachelor degrees by 2025, it is imperative that all candidates for Governor or public office in the state have a deep understanding of the key issues in higher education and have the technical support, expertise and resources to act.
The Campaign Manager will play a key role for the organization, shaping the overall political outreach strategy, and holding primary responsibility for implementation of the strategy that supports working with our policymakers to set an attainment goal for higher education, influencing state budget and policy solutions that results in concrete actions to improve higher education attainment while closing racial equity gaps, strengthening oversight and coordination of public higher education and strengthening the states’ student data infrastructure in order to measure student progress and improve outcomes.
The Political Director will help build a statewide bipartisan coalition, utilize online mobilization techniques, identify high-visibility opportunities for raising higher education priorities with candidates for state office, and support strategic communications.
The Political Director will report to the Senior Vice President, will coordinate with external public affairs and communications consultants, and manage Campaign fellows and interns.
The position will be based in Los Angeles and travel within the state will be required. It is a temporary two-year position with full benefits. The position may become permanent based on performance and availability of resources after the initial two-year period.
- Plan, integrate and execute an overarching campaign plan that targets candidates such that the above-mentioned goals are achieved;
- Consistently monitor, assess, and modify (if necessary) the campaign strategy based on knowledge of current issues or in anticipation of future issues;
- Track and analyze positions, statements and engagement in issues related to higher education by candidates;
- Track and analyze candidate activity through news research, analysis of polls, and relationship building;
- Refine and manage a process to evaluate candidates’ positions on key higher education issues including the development of candidate surveys and informational policy memos as appropriate;
- Design and implement a strategy for ongoing education of candidates and newly elected officials and their staff on higher education issues;
- Create opportunities for the organization’s Board of Directors, staff, and coalition to directly engage with candidates and their senior staff via one-on-one meetings, coalition meetings, forums, debates, etc.;
- Identify key influencers and develop and execute a plan to educate them on higher education issues and secure their endorsement of the organization’s efforts;
- Build, sustain, and activate a broad-based coalition supportive of making higher education a priority issue in the gubernatorial election and committed to deeply engaging with the gubernatorial candidates through the election and upon election;
- Work with the organization’s communications consultant and communications team to develop a robust online campaign presence and opportunities for the voting public to get involved in calling on candidates to prioritize higher education;
- Develop a voter guide outlining the gubernatorial candidates’ positions on key issues in higher education for publication and wide dissemination;
- Be a leading representative of the organization to the candidates, staff, and coalition partners. Serve as a regular spokesperson at events, with the media, and in other coalition opportunities;
- Clearly define roles and deliverables for public affairs, communications consultants, and campaign staff.
- A commitment to the mission and goals of the Campaign for College Opportunity, and a demonstrated commitment to college opportunity and racial equity;
- Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Public Affairs, Political Science, Public Relations, or related field;
- Minimum three years political organizing/campaign management experience. Experience with a statewide campaign preferred;
- Minimum five years working in a leadership position within the public policy or issue advocacy space;
- Finely honed and highly strategic political and campaign skills and high-level experience in leading, designing, and implementing significant political campaigns and effective coalition-building strategies;
- Proven record of accomplishment in coalition building including experience working with organization from a broad range of ideological positions, creating agreements among partners, developing shared plans, coordinating external and internal communications, understanding internal political dynamics among partner groups, masterfully facilitating partner groups, and engaging coalition partners with respect;
- Knowledge of current political alignments and opportunities for collaboration with a broad range of groups;
- Experience working closely and effectively with all media platforms and familiarity with social media as a communication and organizing tactic;
- Excellent project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-moving, intellectually intense, team oriented environment;
- Attentive to detail;
- Excellent written and oral communicator;
- Good judgment, can-do resourceful attitude, and high integrity that is both a leader and a do-er;
- Quick study with flexibility and comfort in ambiguity, open to new ideas and approaches i.e. willingness to experiment and learn;
- Experience with Constant Contact – Email Marketing database or similar platform;
- Experience with Microsoft Dynamics – Contact database or similar platform;
- Experience with Hootsuite- Social Media Scheduler and Tracker database or similar platform;
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
$65,000 to $75,000, final annual salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Campaign offers generous medical, dental, vision, and retirement benefits. The Campaign provides three weeks paid vacation and annual professional development opportunities as approved by your Supervisor.
The Campaign for College Opportunity will accept applications for the position beginning September 27, 2017. Interested parties should forward a cover letter and resume indicating “Political Director” in the subject line by email to:
Stacey Holderbach, Development and Administrative Manager
All candidates selected for an interview will be required to submit work samples which may include policy/issue memos, campaign collateral, earned media or opinion editorials. Three professional references will be requested, previous education and work experience will be verified.
The Campaign for College Opportunity is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified persons of every background. All applicants should visit our website to learn more about the Campaign at www.collegecampaign.org before submitting a cover letter and resume.
No phone calls please.