The Bus Needs You.
Does the thought of enfranchising a new generation get you up in the morning? Do you wash down your Wheaties with a tall glass of civic engagement? Do you thrive in small teams of dedicated activists, hustling to get the job done day-in-day-out? Then get yourself on the Bus, friend.
All jobs are fast-paced, high-intensity, and a little ridiculous—sometimes absurd. We take our work very seriously and ourselves far less so. It’s hard, but man, it’s super fun.
We also recommend taking a peek at our annual summer fellowship: PolitiCorps, a 10 week political organizing bootcamp.
The Bus Project is hiring a Political Director to guide our electoral and legislative efforts to move Oregon forward. This role will be responsible for leading election year campaign efforts and legislative year policy efforts, including developing campaign strategies and writing a campaign plan in coordination with the Executive Director, staff and board policy committee; hiring and managing key staff roles; managing a budget; working within existing coalitions; and executing campaign plans to meet goals.
- Salary: Starting at $45,000 with room to move up DOE.
- Position will remain open until filled
- Full time, exempt salaried position
- Reports to Executive Director
The Bus Project is an energetic, youth-led organization. Successful staff leaders bring a passion for the work, high standards for both individual and team performance, and an ability to combine self-direction with collaborative decision-making.
- Electoral campaign management: 3+ years successful electoral campaign and field management experience, preferably in tightly contested candidate or ballot measure races, at local or statewide level. Experience writing a campaign plan, including field, communications, volunteers, coalition building, and budget. Understanding of campaign planning, roles, communications, and coordination.
- Legislative campaign management: 2+ years legislative campaign and lobbying experience. Understanding of the dynamics within a legislative body (city, county, or state) and the processes needed to pass legislation.
- Voter Engagement: At least one year of experience running or coordinating a major voter engagement program, including voter registration, education and GOTV. Experience with managing a voter registration team, including both canvassing and data tracking staff.
- Staff management: Experience managing a field team toward achieving concrete objectives, including hiring, training, accountability and firing, running one-on-one and group check-ins, and supporting staff skill development. Clear, direct and open communication style.
- Committee coordination: Experience coordinating work in collaboration with an actively engaged volunteer board committee, including timely and clear communications, agenda-setting, and managing decision-making on tight timelines.
- Volunteer leadership development: Experience building campaign plans that create inclusive and engaging ways for volunteers to contribute meaningfully to achieving concrete objectives. Ability to create engaging trainings for adults who want to develop skills while volunteering to make a concrete impact.
- Coalition building and coordination: Experience working in a tightly knit coalition, creating MOUs among partners, developing shared plans, coordinating external and internal communications, understanding internal political dynamics among partner groups and engaging coalition partners with respect.
- Basic understanding of policies that impact the next generation: The next generation is profoundly impacted by the costs of higher education, a broken housing market, poor employment prospects and labor laws that have not kept up with the changing labor force. They care deeply about issues of basic equality and fairness, such as marriage equality and immigration reform. They need stronger voter access and participation laws to fully engage in the political process. The Political Director should have some basic understanding of most of these issues.
- Competency in racial justice and social equity work: The Political Director should be able to work effectively in a team environment that is committed to racial justice and social equity.
The Bus Project is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive workplace.
Print-ready job description: Oregon Bus Project – Political Director Job Description
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to those received before July 1, 2013. Please email resume, cover letter, and three professional references to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please no phone calls.
Qualified applicants will be contacted by July 5th.