Political Director

Political Director

 For 30 years, LGBTQ Victory Fund and LGBTQ Victory Institute have helped to train, place, and elect thousands of openly LGBTQ public officials at every level of government. Our leaders have been catalysts for expanding legal rights for LGBTQ people across the country, and they have transformed our nation’s policies and shifted our political landscape towards equality, one election at a time. Today, over 975 LGBTQ Americans are serving in elected office due to the work of Victory, including 8 Members of Congress, and two of the nation’s U.S. Senators. Victory’s work continues as LGBTQ people are severely underrepresented in all levels of government – serving in only 0.19% of all elected offices in the United States. 

Victory Fund is seeking a Political Director to help manage interactions with the ever-increasing number of LGBTQ candidates. In conjunction with the VP of Political Programs and/or the President & CEO, the Political Director will create and guide a long-term organizational strategy to boost Victory’s impact as the continued electoral leader in LGBTQ politics as envisioned in Victory Fund’s Strategic Plan. The Director will identify and map strategies to grow the organization, target and prioritize key races, oversee the pipelining and endorsement process of LGBTQ candidates, and manage Candidate and Campaign Services and regional staff executing them. 

The ideal candidate will have experience in campaign management and/or knowledge of all aspects of successful campaigns (field, fundraising, polling, etc.) as well as general campaign finance rules. They will be skilled in national stakeholder relationship management and have an understanding of the unique challenges facing LGBTQ people/minority candidates. 

General Responsibilities 

Developing and Executing Political Strategy 

  • Utilize existing national relationships and Victory’s political pipeline and partnerships to forecast priority races and efforts for Victory to engage. 
  • Execute a program to highlight and prioritize Victory candidates who will be top opportunities for higher and more impactful offices in cycles to come. 
  • Make recommendations for direct contributions to candidates. 
  • Represent Victory at national level cooperative tables when appropriate. 
  • Act as a resource and oversee endorsement presentations to the Victory Campaign Board, working with the Victory Campaign Board Manager. 

Candidate and Campaign Services 

  • Ensure that candidate support efforts are tracked and consistent. 
  • Ensure that candidate interactions with Victory Fund are substantial and in line with set expectations based around level of endorsement. 
  • Grow services that can benefit endorsed candidates and LGBTQ candidates writ large. 
  • Conduct regular check-ins with regional staff to map and execute candidate engagement and opportunities.
  • Supervise the maintenance of the Victory Fund endorsed candidate portal and the resources contained within, including lists of vendors, tools, and guidance on winning campaign messaging.
  • Oversee the Political Manager and Political Associate in tracking all services provided to candidates by the Political department, including cross-organization efforts on behalf of those candidates.
  • Occasionally deploy to assist key Victory Fund electoral priorities in targeted states and oversee all Victory led engagement in a campaign. 

Cross Departmental Engagement 

  • In conjunction with the Communications department, leverage stakeholder relationships to garner support and earned media for our endorsed candidates 
  • In conjunction with the Development department, ensure alignment and focus of fundraising for candidates, PAC accounts, and fundraising events. 

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university, plus six to eight years of significant campaign experience, ideally with some portion of that time spent at a large PAC, statewide organization, party committee, or candidate’s campaign; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience. 
  • Wide range of electoral experience including campaign planning, communications, and fundraising as well as knowledge of general campaign finance law. 
  • Experience managing staff 
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, campaign-oriented environment. 
  • Approaches work with commitment, flexibility and diligence. 
  • Sincere commitment to Victory’s mission. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, volunteers, candidates, and partner organizations. 

Position is based in Washington, DC. 

The salary for this position is $70,000 to $80,000. Please include salary requirements in your materials. Full-time staff are eligible for Victory’s comprehensive benefits package including medical, vision, dental, health reimbursement account, medical flexible spending account, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, 401k, parental leave and generous paid time off. 

To Apply: 

Victory is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. Please send a résumé and cover letter, along with salary requirements and how you learned about this opportunity to jobs@victoryfund.org. No phone calls or walk-ins please.