Assistant PAC Director
Bend the Arc
Reports to: Washington Director
Location: Remote (DC a plus, office access in NYC)
Classification: Full-time (40 hours per week), exempt, union eligible
Salary Range: $87,000-95,000
About Bend the Arc
Bend the Arc is building a multiracial, multiethnic, intergenerational movement of Jews and allies across the country who are rising up to build an American future free from white supremacy, antisemitism, and racism. We’re investing in systems that keep our communities safe and divesting from systems that uphold white supremacy. We organize, advocate, and develop the leaders that America needs to finally build a true multiracial democracy. And we’re fighting for the joyful future we deserve: one where Black liberation is realized and where all of us — within and beyond our Jewish community — are safe and thriving.
The Bend the Arc family of organizations consists of Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, our 501(c)(4) organizing and advocacy arm; Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC, the first and only Jewish PAC to advocate exclusively for progressive policies in the U.S.; and Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, our 501(c)(3) education and leadership arm. We are proud to be a Union shop and to be working with the Non-profit Employees Union (NPEU) toward finalizing a Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Headquartered in New York City, we have remote staff nationwide with clusters in Los Angeles and Washington DC, along with a network of staffed chapters, volunteer-led local groups, and affiliates organizing across the country.
Working at Bend the Arc
As a Bend the Arc staff member, you will be part of an intentional, learning-immersive culture that seeks to embody and practice the values of justice and equity that animate our mission and our work. You will have opportunities to regularly be in cross-disciplinary spaces with your colleagues aimed at becoming a pro-Black organization through regular staff meetings and trainings, ad-hoc and standing cross-team committees, and through our shared work.
All staff participate in our race equity transformation work and apply shared principles, practices, and tools in executing their everyday job responsibilities. Staff are held accountable to a set of competencies that are regularly assessed through our evaluation process.
We are creating a culture of resilience, self-awareness, and ongoing learning to meet the political moment and to move toward our north star: a multiracial democracy where Black liberation is realized and where everyone can live and thrive.
About the Position
We’re looking for someone excited to mobilize Jewish political donors toward advancing social and racial justice in the United States. The ideal candidate is a successful political fundraiser who understands the workings of PACs, is knowledgeable about Jewish community politics, and has a passion for social and racial justice. The Assistant PAC Director will oversee and execute Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC’s fundraising efforts and will work with the Washington Director to formulate the PAC’s overall strategy for each election cycle by tracking Congressional elections/polling, researching Congressional candidates, and suggesting endorsements consistent with Bend the Arc’s campaign goals. They will draft political memos, fundraising emails, candidate profiles, website content, along with managing Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC’s endorsement process, donors and leadership.
- Ensure the PAC hits its fundraising targets, in collaboration with Washington Director and Development Team
- Track political landscape to proactively identify opportunities to motivate political donors and grow the PAC
- Meet with and solicit donors in-person and virtually
- Conceive and implement in-person and online events to cultivate donor relationships and meet fundraising goals
- Work collaboratively with the development team to coordinate strategy for current major donors, and identify and develop prospective major donors
- Collaborate on message development and content for email blasts, website, and other communications products, including PAC donor communications
- General stewardship of current PAC donors (in collaboration with Development Team, where appropriate)
- Advise PAC donors on candidate investment strategies aligned with their own giving goals
- Work with the Washington Director and volunteer leaders of the PAC Committee on the endorsement process and strategy
- Manage disbursements to candidates
- Ensure FEC and other compliance reports are filed properly
- Be detail-oriented, ensuring that all communications and actions are highly professional reflecting a top-tier organization and political operation
Election Strategy and Endorsement Process:
- Work with Washington Director to plan endorsement strategy and implement endorsement process
- Keep current on Bend the Arc’s policy and advocacy issue priorities and campaign goals, the political climate, and the relative strength and weakness of all potential federal target races in order to make well-grounded recommendations to the Washington Director on potential endorsees
- Work with and Bend the Arc staff and volunteer leaders to court endorsees
- Manage the candidate interview process, including but not limited to scheduling, ensuring completion of candidate questionnaires, and coordinating and leading interviews between potential endorsees and the PAC committee
- Liaise with candidates’ campaign staff following endorsement, as well as with DNC staff and other PAC staff, to foster productive relationships
Skills and Qualifications
Successful candidates will demonstrate the following qualities, skills, and experiences:
- PAC fundraising experience, including working with donors and maintaining donor relations; digital fundraising experience is also a plus
- Experience cultivating and maintaining ongoing relationships with candidates and campaign staff
- Commitment to the mission and vision of Bend the Arc, specifically around mobilizing Jewish communities around racial and social justice
- Minimum of 3-5 years of experience working in the fields of political advocacy, political fundraising, and/or campaigns
- Experience with PAC operations, including disbursements, FEC compliance and communications
- Understanding of the Congressional and American Jewish political landscapes, including staying up-to-date on developments within them, connecting them to fundraising opportunities, and the ability to explain them to others
- Knowledge of and existing contacts within the American Jewish community and progressive political donor community
- Highly organized, able to prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines, and impeccable attention to detail
- Experience working collaboratively in a fast-paced, team-oriented, and goal-driven environment
- Ability to work in interdisciplinary teams to advance organizational strategy
- Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
- Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to articulate Bend the Arc’s mission, values, and programs to key stakeholders
- Proficiency in Google platforms and Microsoft Office Suite
Bend the Arc is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals and will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and interview process and to perform essential job functions. Please advise in writing of any needs at the time of application by emailing [email protected].
Must be able to operate a computer, video platforms, and other office machinery throughout working hours. Must be able to identify, discern, and communicate across different platforms (chat, email, phone, and video conferencing), and collect and analyze information in databases and spreadsheets. Some busy rapid response and/or heavy campaign periods may require long and/or irregular hours. Position requires travel to attend conferences, events, and an annual staff retreat in accordance with organizational guidelines.
Compensation, Benefits, and Work Schedule
This is a full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice’s collective bargaining unit. The work schedule will include some evenings when needed and occasional weekends, including travel. The annual salary range is $87,000-95,000 commensurate with experience, and includes a comprehensive benefits package:*
- Medical, dental and vision benefits fully paid for by Bend the Arc for individual coverage and employer contribution of 80% toward monthly premiums for dependent and family coverage;
- Long and short term disability benefits fully paid for by Bend the Arc;
- Paid time off including:
- 15 vacation days during your first three years with an increase to 20 vacation days in your fourth year
- 12 sick days per year
- Federal and Jewish holidays
- Caregiving / Personal Leave of Absence policy with a Paid Leave Benefit that covers up to 12 paid weeks after 90 days on staff
- Fully paid Sabbatical of up to 12 weeks for long-term employees;
- Adoption Assistance Program providing reimbursement of up to $1,500 for qualified adoption expenses;
- Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account;
- Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account for eligible health related expenses;
- Commuter Benefits;
- Employee Assistance Program;
- Life Insurance fully paid for by Bend the Arc;
- Access to professional development funding;
- Access to funding for home office equipment;
- Monthly utilities stipend
*subject to change depending on the Collective Bargaining Agreement currently being negotiated
In addition to this benefits package, Bend the Arc has a commitment to an intentional organizational culture where staff can thrive, as well as a commitment with staff and board to be in ongoing practice and learning around racial equity and inclusion.
Bend the Arc has been working remotely since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and does not currently have a set date for returning to regular in-person work. We offer a stipend to facilitate remote work, if needed. We regularly update our policies for in-person gathering to reflect CDC guidelines and best practices.
Research suggests that women and structurally marginalized and/or underrepresented groups of people believe they need to meet 100% of the requirements in job postings to even apply. Bend the Arc encourages anyone who believes they have the skills and motivation necessary to succeed here to apply for this role, even if you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications, as no one applicant ever does. We look forward to hearing from you.
Please submit your resume and a cover letter to [email protected] with “Assistant PAC Director” in the subject line of your message. Your cover letter should highlight:
- Why you would be a good fit for this specific role
- Why you are excited to help Bend the Arc strengthen its PAC program
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through March 3, 2024.
Due to the number of applications we typically receive, we sincerely regret that someone from our hiring team will not be able to respond to all applicants. Only those considered for the position will be contacted to interview. No phone calls please.
Bend the Arc values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture because we recognize that diversity within our staff helps us organize and work well with diverse Jewish and progressive constituencies. Candidates should be willing to work within the Jewish community, but may be of any (or no) faith or background.
Bend the Arc provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction, or any other legally protected status. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, or responsibilities associated with the position.