State and Local Finance Director

Washington, DC /
Campaigns - State and Local /
Reports to: Senior Director, State and Local Fundraising 
Supervisory Responsibilities: N/A
FLSA Status: Exempt
Union Position: Yes

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, is searching for a State and Local Finance Director to join our State and Local Campaigns team. The State and Local Finance Director assesses the fundraising and campaign operations of down ballot constitutional, state legislative, and some key local races in their assigned region of the country. This position also serves as a lead trainer for advanced fundraising trainings.

This position will require extensive travel. The State and Local Finance Director position is a remote position. Most travel will occur in the northeast. Candidates should reside near a major airport after hiring. If applicable, willingness to relocate to the northeast is preferred. 

At EMILY’s List, you’ll be part of a dynamic team committed to electing Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot. Read on for more details about the job and about EMILY’s List.

This is a cycle position with an end date of December 31, 2022.

Essential Job Functions

    • Working with, advising, and training candidates, campaign managers and finance directors on all aspects of fundraising; 
    • Writing fundraising plans using foundational tools and strategies with measurable goals; 
    • Building a finance operation and process that is effective and meets the budgetary goal;
    • Establishing strong call time programs, including tracking systems, script development, and call time observation;
    • Setting up databases to maintain campaign fundraising records;
    • Writing effective fundraising solicitation and re-solicitation mail and email that are in compliance with all state finance laws as needed;
    • Hiring finance consultants, setting up contracts, and other related business aspects of the fundraising operation;
    • Developing and assessing overall campaign budgets in conjunction with the Regional Director. 
    • Recruiting, training and identifying qualified and well-suited finance directors and other fundraising staff in partnership with campaign leadership and when necessary, key partners;
    • Tracking cash flow, progress to goal, and other measurements of progress in fundraising operations; 
    • In tandem with Regional Directors, build and maintain working relationships with appropriate staff in the caucuses and other key partners in state;
    • Developing an intimate understanding of state- and locality- specific campaign finance laws as necessary with the program priorities;
    • Utilize EMILY’s List database software and tracking systems to maintain records across region;
    • Identifying innovative tools and strategies for effective and efficient campaign fundraising;
    • Collaborating with the Run to Win team to present fundraising best practices to the Run to Win Community;
    • Working with the Regional Directors and EMILY’s List communications team to highlight fundraising strength of our targeted races when appropriate;
    • Assist with and help lead the EMILY’s List fundraising training program, including training and curriculum development;
    • Travel extensively as needed;
    • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications

    • The State and Local Finance Director must be a self-starter and results-oriented with a minimum of three years of campaign fundraising experience with demonstrated growth in skills and responsibilities. 
    • Candidates must have served as in-house Finance Director on at least one campaign at the state or federal level;
    • Must have experience in writing and executing a strategic finance plan which includes principal call time, events and digital solicitation;
    • Must have experience working directly with candidates, including principal management;
    • Must have extensive Excel skills and familiarity with NGP Software and ActBlue;
    • All candidates should possess a commitment and passion to elect Democratic pro-choice Women, as well as a commitment to the diversity of our candidates, membership, partners, and staff.

Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience in managing donor research programs and expanding new donor networks preferred;
    • Experience in training and managing staff preferred;
    • Fundraising event planning experience preferred;
    • A fundamental knowledge of state election laws preferred;
    • Experience in facilitating individual and group training sessions preferred;
The salary for this position is $90,000-$95,000 and comes with a comprehensive benefits package. The starting pay for this position is equal to others at the same level throughout the organization. 

Applications received by 7/22/2022  will be given priority. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted directly. No calls, please.

About EMILY’s List

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 159 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.

EMILY’s List is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values a multicultural, diverse working environment. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

EMILY’s List prohibits discrimination of employment, promotion, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment based on gender, disability, race, age, national origin, color, creed, sexual orientation, sex (including marital and parental status), gender identity and expression, religion, economic status, ethnic identity, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the person holding this position.  This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. EMILY’s List reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary.