Political Director - Nonprofit
SEIU United Long Term Care Workers - Santa Cruz, CA

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Political Director

Purpose: To assist ULTCW in strengthening its electoral, legislative and worksite infrastructure and capacity programs at the state and local levels. The Political Director will work in conjunction with local leadership and staff to contribute to the development of the overall ULTCW political, legislative and grassroots program.

  • Plan, integrate and execute targeted electoral and legislative campaigns that will help to develop legislation supportive of the mission and goals of ULTCW for the Long-Term Care Industry
  • Track and analyze local, state and federal candidates and legislation.
  • Refine and manage process to evaluate candidates requesting support or endorsements from ULTCW, including coordination and direction of political activities for the organization on behalf of ULTCW endorsed candidates and issues
  • Design, implement, and/or advise on Strategic involvement in ballot initiative campaigns at state and local level
  • Design, implement, and/or conduct ongoing political education and training programs for staff and members
  • Evaluate achievement of legislative goals and recommend appropriate courses of action
  • Conduct political research on candidates and campaign-related programs
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with allied groups on political and legislative campaigns at the national, state and local level.
  • Design, implement, and/or conduct targeted polling to members and public on Long-Term Care issues.
Position Requirements The Political Director may come from a variety of other leadership experiences, including having been a Senior level political position of another major not-for-profit organization, labor or political organization, senior-level government position, or campaign consultant. It is imperative, wherever experience has been gained, that he/she posses the leadership, motivational skills to unite the organization to achieve a comprehensive set of political objectives.

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in political science, economics or related degree and at least seven (7) years of related work experience and/or a combination of education and experience that would provide for the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Extensive experience developing and implementing candidate, issue and/or legislative campaigns.
  • Applied experience working with polling instruments, data and developing appropriate targeting strategies, both for public and member polling
  • Knowledge and experience in use research, targeting, direct mail, opposition research.
  • Experience working collaboratively with community groups and allied organizations.
  • Experience in developing political and legislative training programs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience working on state legislative issues, as well as state and local elections.
  • Working experience ensuring compliance with state and local campaign laws, including campaign finance laws.
  • Knowledge of unions, political campaign management, government bodies, issue campaigns concerning working families, and/or progressive organizations and their operations.
  • Knowledge and experience with managing voter contact and field campaigns
  • Ability to communicate effectively and develop and maintain good working relationships and to work in a team.
  • Ability to manage and assess multiple programs and priorities and meet deadlines
  • Ability to manage and help develop electoral and grassroots campaign plans, logistics and timelines
  • Ability to engage, nurture and encourage a diverse staff and membership.
Specialized Knowledge and Training:
The Political Director position requires a high level of proven leadership and judgment and must demonstrate knowledge of grassroots political organizing. S/he must have experience in developing and implementing comprehensive political plans. Additionally, S/he must have the capacity to work independently with Leadership and staff in complex political situations. Experience working in diverse work environments a plus. Women and people of color urged to apply. Bilingual skills a plus.

Expected Behavior:
The Political Director is expected to embrace, promote and demonstrate the organizations’ core values - Excellence, Diversity, Accountability, Transparency, Empowerment--, which include but are not limited to:
  • High ethical standards
  • Train, develop, nurture and mentor all staff and members
  • Encourage team work and participation by all staff and members
  • Lead by example
  • Ensure outstanding representation of the organization to internal and external allies and constituents.
Physical Requirements:
Work is generally performed in the field with members and outside constituents. Long and irregular hours required. Travel required.

Scope and Nature of Supervision:
The Political Director reports directly to the Director of External Affairs and or his/her Chief of Staff.

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Contact Information

Contact: Jim Potterton

Address: 330 Sims Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 91773

Phone: (831) 332-9324

Email: jpotterton@sbcglobal.net

Website: http://ultcw.org/

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