Jobs

Represent South Dakota currently has openings for a Statewide Campaign Manager and a Statewide Field Director. 

Statewide Campaign Manager

Represent South Dakota is a grassroots anti-corruption campaign, bringing conservatives, progressives, and independents together to pass the South Dakota Voter Protection and Anti-Corruption Amendment. Right now, big donors and lobbyists hold all the power - the Amendment puts the voters of South Dakota back in charge. It will ban foreign money in elections, fight corruption, and hold politicians accountable. “Under God the People Rule” is more than our state motto. It’s our marching orders.

Description

The Statewide Campaign Manager (SCM) is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all aspects of the statewide ballot campaign, including budget management, communications strategy, fundraising, grassroots/field management, coalition building, recruitment, and internal campaign administration. SCM is the eyes and ears for the campaign, the central point of contact for key stakeholders, including the Executive Committees.

The ideal candidate is a rare combination of creative, strategic, proactive and disciplined, accomplished as both a people and project manager, with proven experience in developing and running ambitious campaigns that stays within the budget and meets the strategic goals of the Executive Committee. This is a contractual position, requiring long hours including night and weekend work.

Responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing and coordinating all aspects of the statewide ballot campaign, including budget management, fundraising, communications/media, grassroots/field work, coalition outreach and maintenance, and internal campaign administration.
  • Utilizing a campaign toolkit, drafting and implementing campaign plan.
  • Drafting and overseeing campaign budget; drafting and implementing fundraising plan.
  • Recruiting, managing and motivating a volunteer fundraising committee.
  • Hiring and supervising any paid campaign staff and coordinating use of in-kind organizational staff.
  • Managing all contracts and maintaining regular communication with outside vendors and consultants.
  • Hosting and facilitating all campaign Executive Committee meetings and providing regular, comprehensive updates on campaign activities.
  • Hosting all stakeholder meetings, including but not limited to steering and subcommittee meetings, and ensuring adequate and timely communication systems are built and utilized throughout the network.
  • Working with legal advisors to ensure full compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and ordinances impacting the campaign, including those concerning ballot initiatives, campaign finance, and internal campaign administration.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of campaign management experience; previous experience managing statewide ballot campaigns strongly preferred; previous experience working in management on competitive campaigns strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated success at meeting fundraising targets for large-scale electoral/ballot campaigns and managing a campaign budget, particularly for an underdog or competitive campaign.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse individuals and communities, including the ability to facilitate diverse coalition meetings and to build consensus among all political affiliations.

Pay is commensurate with experience. This description is intended to convey essential information and scope of work.  It is not meant to communicate a comprehensive list of responsibilities associated with this role.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to mitchell.richter@gmail.com with the subject line “Statewide Campaign Manager”. We will conduct rolling interviews as positions open until they are filled.

 

 

Statewide Field Director

Represent South Dakota is a grassroots anti-corruption campaign, bringing conservatives, progressives, and independents together to pass the South Dakota Voter Protection and Anti-Corruption Amendment. Right now, big donors and lobbyists hold all the power - the Amendment puts the voters of South Dakota back in charge. It will ban foreign money in elections, fight corruption, and hold politicians accountable. “Under God the People Rule” is more than our state motto. It’s our marching orders.

Description

The Statewide Field Director (SFD) is responsible for crafting and executing the field plan for a statewide ballot campaign, including volunteer and staff management, coaching and training. SFDs are grassroots eyes and ears of the campaign, and are the central point of contact for engaging supporters as volunteers for letters-to-the-editor, voter contact events, and Get-Out-the-Vote.

The ideal candidate is a rare combination of creative, strategic, proactive and disciplined, accomplished as both a people and project manager, with proven experience in volunteer recruitment and leadership development. This is a contractual position, requiring long hours including night and weekend work. The Statewide Field Director reports to the Executive Committee until a Campaign Manager is hired.

Responsibilities include:

  • Writing and implementing a comprehensive, data-driven field plan;
  • Managing and training a team of Field Organizers and overseeing field offices;
  • Coaching Field Organizers to create and maintain a productive and robust volunteer infrastructure;
  • Implementing systems of accountability to ensure that regional goals are consistently met;
  • Designing and standardizing best practices for data management using the campaign’s voter file software;
  • Executing the state field plan;
  • Coordinating regional events and volunteer trainings on a local level;
  • Establishing and maintaining strong relationships with political stakeholders, allied organizations, and other coordinated partners;
  • Hiring Field Organizers and providing ongoing training throughout the cycle.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • 2+ cycles of campaign field experience;
  • Extensive experience managing and training high performing staffers;
  • Experience designing, maintaining and improving a goal-oriented accountability structure without compromising staff autonomy or innovation;
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, meeting frequent deadlines;
  • Extensive experience with and ability to train on Votebuilder (VAN);
  • Strong communication and organizational skills, showing attention to detail;
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills; successful at motivating staff to meet recruitment and voter contact goals;
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable access to a vehicle.

Pay is commensurate with experience. This description is intended to convey essential information and scope of work.  It is not meant to communicate a comprehensive list of responsibilities associated with this role.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to mitchell.richter@gmail.com with the subject line “Statewide Field Director”. We will conduct rolling interviews as positions open until they are filled.