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Oregon State Director

Working Families Party

Working Families Party

Oregon, USA
Posted on Saturday, September 30, 2023
About the Working Families Party
The Working Families Party (WFP) is the progressive party for the multiracial working class, fighting for a nation that works for the many, not the few. We recruit, train, and support transformational candidates up and down the ballot — and run them to win.
We believe that no matter where we come from or what our color, most of us want the same things. We want to earn enough to thrive, not just survive, and leave a better future for our kids. We want healthy food and clean water, safe neighborhoods and a safe world. We want to be free.
The Working Families Party is regular people coming together across our differences to make a better future for us all. We’re a multiracial party that fights for workers over bosses and people over the powerful. We want an America which realizes the promise – unrealized in our history – of freedom and equality for all.
The OWFP State Director is responsible for building one of the flagship chapters of the Working Families Party in alignment with National Working Families Party’s vision of a mass base party of the multiracial working class while maintaining the fusion and institutional power of a legacy organization. The State Director drives the strategy and vision for the development, growth, stability and power of the Working Families Party Oregon.
In this role, the State Director will eventually support recruiting and managing a diverse and talented team, oversee the legal and administrative functions of the Party’s fusion and infrastructure, drive issue and electoral campaign activities, support a robust and aggressive communications program, build WFP as a organizing shop with strong member engagement and grassroots power, and raise funds for the Party’s program.
The State Director leads an elected officer body of leaders from the State Committee to endorse WFP aligned candidates each year and build strong organizational alignment and internal democracy. Serving as the political and legislative strategist for the Working Families Party/Working Families Organization within the state, they work with the Regional Director of the Northwest, the OWFP State Committee, senior staff, officers, members and affiliates to develop the state’s political strategy and oversee that strategy’s implementation in a complex, competitive, high-intensity political environment.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • With the support of the NW Regional Director and the Oregon state committee sets the organizational priorities for the state and implements effective strategies to advance the mission of Working Families within the state;
  • Develops and staffs the OWFP state committee of key institutional partners to guide the organization’s electoral and issue campaign priorities. Is accountable to that state committee, which they keep informed of significant developments;
  • Devises and executes the electoral and issue strategy of the organization;
  • Builds a political network: cultivates relationships with allies, partners, constituency leaders, elected officials and their staff, stakeholders, donors, and foundations to expand Working Families’ base of support;
  • Constructs and raises a statewide budget;
  • Raises approximately $200,000-$500,000 to carry out the objectives of the organization and to grow the capacity of the organization to set more ambitious goals over time;
  • Recruits, hires, trains and manages talented staff to carry out the organization’s mission;
  • Ensures that the organization operates according to democratic rules of governance;
  • Serves as a spokesperson for the Party and the broader progressive coalition; generates media attention and build public awareness of Working Families initiatives and campaigns;
  • Ensures full compliance with state and local election and campaign finance laws;

Skills and Qualifications

  • Eight or more years of relevant professional experience, post graduation. Relevant experience includes (but is not limited to) working in political, policy, union, advocacy, legal, journalistic, or government settings;
  • At least 3 years of supervisory experience;
  • Fundraising experience;
  • Experience with multi-faceted and broad-based planning processes;
  • Excellent analytical skills and sound judgment;
  • Strong verbal and writing skills; the ability to communicate persuasively in a charged atmosphere;
  • Must be a results-oriented self-starter able to work under pressure on several projects at one time;
  • Fluency in a second language, preferably Spanish is encouraged.
  • Commitment to social and economic justice.

What Else Should You Know

  • Location: The position is full-time and based in Oregon.
  • Salary: The salary range for this position is $75,000 to $95,000. The final salary will be determined based on an internal equitable scale that takes into consideration years of experience, geographic location, and final job description. We also offer a robust benefit package for full time employees including paid time off; health, dental, vision, and life insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement plan options; professional development funding; and remote work support.
  • Union Affiliation: WFP is a unionized workplace. This is a managerial role, not included in our bargaining unit. WFP's union employees are represented by the New York Metropolitan Area Joint Board, Workers United union.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Working Families is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to economic and social justice. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Any applicant who requires an accommodation in order to apply for or perform the essential functions of the job should contact us at jobs@workingfamilies.org with the subject line "Application Accommodation" to request such an accommodation.