Western Regional Director
CA, OR, WA, UT, ID, AK, HI, or NV /
About Run for Something
Run for Something recruits and supports young progressives running for down-ballot offices in the United States. Since launching in 2017, we’ve recruited 126,000+ young people who want to run, and we’ve endorsed over 2,300 candidates across all 50 states + DC. We’ve elected 793 candidates across 49 states – 57% are women, 57% are BIPOC, and 21% are LGBTQIA+. and all are age 40 or younger. Our alumni have meaningfully and intentionally made life better for millions of Americans across the country. We are a high-reaching, hungry team changing the face of politics in America. Learn more about our work in this clip.
The Run for Something network includes Run for Something (a 527 non-federal PAC),Run for Something Action Fund (a 501c4), and Run for Something Civics (a newly launched, non-partisan 501c3).
We have ambitious plans for 2023 and beyond. Read about them in our Strategic Plan here.
We highly encourage all job applicants to visit our Careers page to learn about our work environment, values, compensation and benefits policies, interview process, and more. Deadline to apply is January 16th.
Position Name: Western Regional Director
Reporting Structure: The Western Regional Director position reports to the Central Plains Pod Director
Essential Duties: Campaign Support and Candidate Development Coaching, Management of Regional Partnerships, Candidate Recruitment and Endorsements
RFS Regional Directors help young first, second, and third-time candidates to understand the key tactics and strategies needed to run effective campaigns for local office. Some of the key responsibilities for this role include:creating plans to support the recruitment and development of candidates for state legislative and local offices, the facilitation of RFS’ candidate endorsement process within assigned states, and the cultivation of state and local level partnerships across the assigned region. Regional Directors are expected to have campaign management expertise and experience working directly with local campaigns. Ideal candidates for this position will also have a passion for grassroots progressive politics, strong communication skills, and demonstrated commitment to RFS’ core mission. This position must also hold themselves to their DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) goals and contribute to a culture of DEI.
The Western Regional Director is responsible for the following states: CA, OR, WA, UT, ID, AK, HI, and NV
Classification: Full time, Exempt
Campaign Support + Candidate Development Coaching (60% of Time):
- Develops and executes plans to increase the number of young people running for local office within assigned region; prioritizing women, people of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and folks from other underrepresented communities
- Serve as RFS’ primary point of contact for endorsed campaigns within assigned region; ensure endorsed candidates are onboarded and receive high-level support across all facets of their campaigns
- Engage with campaigns to evaluate the campaign’s strategy and plans. Ensure all endorsed campaigns understand the fundamental mechanics needed to run a winning race; facilitate access to relevant resources, professionals, and partners
- Provide interpersonal support to endorsed candidates and their staff; help them navigate challenges faced throughout the campaign
- Keep candidate tracking database up-to-date; provide regular written and verbal updates on regional progress
- Travel approximately 15% of the time (4-8 regional trips per quarter) in order to provide in-person, on-the-ground support with candidates and partners.
Regional Partnerships (15% of Time):
- Work to develop partnerships with progressive organizations in each state in the assigned region
- Ensure that relationships are maintained with a diverse mix of partners at the regional, state, and local level. This includes partnerships with State Democratic Parties, legislative caucuses, local county/city parties, aligned movement and issue organizations, local progressive leaders, and grassroots organizers
- Work with partners to identify and recruit potential candidates for targeted seats, beyond traditional pipelines.
- Host joint candidate training and recruitment events with partners; provide early coaching support for select recruits via office hours
- Work with partners to seek out current and potential candidates who fit the Run for Something standards; ensures local RFS-eligible candidates have an opportunity to apply for endorsement Represent RFS at regional partner events, conferences, and relevant state table meetings. Uphold Run for Something’s reputation as a good actor in the ecosystem
- Travel to deepen relationships with on-the-ground partners in targeted states
- Keep partnership tracking database up-to-date; provide regular written and verbal updates on regional partnership progress
Endorsements + Candidate Pipeline Support (15% of Time):
- Take a lead role in RFS’ endorsement vetting process within assigned region; work with other RFS departments and regional partners to thoroughly assess candidates for endorsement
- Send endorsement notifications and manage communication around public roll-out, within assigned region
- Support the development of innovative methods to help grow and diversify RFS’ candidate pipeline within the assigned region; occasionally supports the planning and execution of regional pipeline-facing trainings and capacity-increasing programs, events, and webinars
Reporting, Internal Projects, and Events: (10% of Time):
- Submit reports on the progress of regional candidate and partner support weekly; come to weekly department meetings prepared to discuss key updates
- Identify surfacing political trends, good stories, and other anecdotes that would benefit the broader organizational interests
- Represent Run for Something at public events like trainings, conferences, and relevant state table meetings
- Help RFS’ communications team generate media coverage within the region
- Provides occasional support for wider RFS initiatives
- Occasionally represents RFS at events
- Manage the RFS endorsement process for candidates across assigned states
- Maintain communication with and support for a large portfolio of endorsed candidates throughout the entirety of the election cycle
- Evaluate and understand the dynamics around multiple races throughout the election cycle - based on factors including, but not limited to: campaign progress, candidate needs, and election competitiveness. Allocate time and resources accordingly
- Cultivate and sustain relationships with local, state, and regional partners
- Play a leading role in the vetting and endorsement process in the assigned region
- Ensure candidate and partnership benchmarks are met, tracking databases are updated weekly, and that internal reports are submitted in a timely manner
- Three or more cycles of campaign experience, preferably at the state or local level
- At-least one cycle of management-level campaign experience
- Thorough understanding of how politics works at the state and local level
- Experience developing and executing field, finance, and communications plans for multiple political campaigns
- Proven track record of building relationships with progressive organizations, grassroots activists, and elected officials
- Ability to work independently for extended periods of time in a remote environment
- Excellent written, verbal and presentation communications skills
- Willingness to travel regularly
- Commitment to diversity in our candidates and partners
- Strong commitment to the RFS mission
- Demonstrated ability to work in and contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment
- Ability to demonstrate Run for Something’s organizational values: Bold & Fearless; Open & Honest; Supportive & Respectful; Progressive & Diverse; Long-term & Strategic. (Learn more about our Values in our Strategic Plan.)
- Candidate recruitment and training experience
- Fluency in Spanish
- Labor or community organizing experience
- Experience running for a local or state level office
Run for Something is (and always has been and will be) a remote office environment; you will collaborate with colleagues who are based across the United States. You should be prepared to either work from home or a location of your choosing.
When it is safe to do so, this position will require attendance at approximately 2 all-staff events per year, which may include overnight travel, as well as additional regional travel as described above.
This position requires the ability to work core hours, Monday through Thursday. This position will require some nights and weekends work.
Essential Physical Requirements
- As this is a remote position, the person in this position must be able to communicate with colleagues and partners via phone, including conference and video calls, as well as written communication such as Slack and email.
- The position requires the ability to work on a computer for all or part of the work day.
- The position requires the ability to attend events which may encompass all or part of the work day.
- This position requires frequent travel, as described above. The candidate must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to travel throughout areas that require transportation by car. The candidate must be able to conduct overnight travel when necessary during these trips.
Compensation & Benefits
Salary for this position is set at $120,000. In order to counter pay inequality and uphold internal parity, salaries are non-negotiable for new and current employees. Run for Something salary bands for a given staff level are benchmarked to the 75th percentile for our sector, and all new employees are paid at the entry point of those bands. Employees then have the opportunity to progress through current salary bands through annual cost of living increases and performance-based pay increases, and into new salary bands through promotions.
Learn more about our compensation policy here.
Benefits at Run for Something include:
- Four Day Work Week (learn more here)
- Unlimited Paid Time Off policy
- Platinum Medical Insurance (100% of premium covered for employees; 50% of premium covered for dependents)
- Dental and Vision Insurance (99.9% of premium covered for both employees and dependents)
- Professional Development Stipend
- Treat Yourself Stipend ($500 a year to do something that brings you joy)
- Equipment Stipend
- Work from Home Stipend
- Cell Phone/Internet Stipend
- 12 weeks paid family leave
- Paid Sabbatical (after 3 years of service to RFS)
~ Four weeks in organization-wide holiday closures, including a two-week winter break
- Flexible, remote work environment
Given campaign finance restrictions, candidates for this position must possess valid work authorizations, and cannot be foreign nationals. This means that we are legally prohibited from hiring anyone for this position who is not a US citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder).
We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, with priority review given to earlier applications. Deadline to apply is January 16th.
Learn more about our interview process here.
No phone calls, emails, or social media inquiries, please. Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries. We know that applying to jobs is difficult, and we do our best to alert every applicant as to their status in the process. However, be aware that you may not receive a response from us until after the application deadline has passed.
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