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Chief of Staff

Middle Seat

Middle Seat

People & HR, Operations
Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Middle Seat is a recognized digital media and fundraising leader, serving many of the nation’s most prominent progressive candidates and causes. We’re a full-service firm with email, advertising, creative, social, texting, web development and operations teams. We’re 40+ writers, designers, coders, and strategists, all passionate about creating real and lasting change. In just seven years, we’ve raised hundreds of millions of dollars with grassroots donors and helped elect or re-elect some of the nation’s most powerful voices for change.

We’re hiring a Chief of Staff to help lead us into our next chapter. We’re looking for candidates with extensive experience in management and decision-making roles who can earn the team's confidence on day one. As Chief of Staff, you’ll steer our team of department leads and take responsibility for the success of the company as a whole.

Middle Seat is proud to be driven by our values, and we’re looking for a Chief of Staff as passionate about making progressive change as our clients and teammates. Check out a sample of our client list below, and if this opportunity sounds like a good fit, please apply today.

  • 350.org
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
  • Bob Casey
  • Bob Ferguson
  • Community Change
  • Courage to Change
  • Cut Cruz PAC
  • Forward Montana
  • Green New Deal Network
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Janeese Lewis George
  • John Fetterman
  • Justice Democrats
  • Katie Porter
  • Lead Locally
  • Lina Hidalgo
  • Lucas Kunce
  • March for Our Lives
  • MoveOn
  • National Nurses United
  • Powered by People
  • Pramila Jayapal
  • Rob Bonta
  • Sarah McBride
  • Sister District
  • Squad Victory Fund
  • The Hub Project
  • Wes Moore
  • Women’s March

Strategic Leadership

  • Takes the lead on high-level decision making, setting the corporate direction and strategy in coordination with our management team
  • Creates and maintains strategic growth plans for the company
  • Works with partners and management team to mold and set the company’s values, vision, and direction
  • Reviews the performance of all operations, comparing them with the company's objectives and recommending appropriate measures to improve performance and results.
  • Takes the lead on internal initiatives in collaboration with team managers

People Management

  • Leads and directs agenda development for management level meetings
  • Manages team leads for ads, email, creative, web development, social+texting, accounting, and people+culture teams at Middle Seat
    • Conducts weekly check-ins with team leads
    • Sets professional growth goals for team leads
    • Sets revenue, staffing, and process growth goals for team leads
    • Conducts 6-month performance reviews for leadership level staff
    • Hold or schedule regular trainings for managers to help them establish effective supervisory relationships and leadership skills
  • Creates new job descriptions at the management level
  • Work closely with People and Culture lead to foster and implement internal equity and inclusion strategies
  • Work with management team to plan and execute staff trainings
  • Develop cross-departmental processes for managing and forecasting capacity needs
  • Think holistically about the culture and health of Middle Seat and new processes to improve efficiency and staff retention
  • Work with People and Culture lead and department leads to develop new structures and role definition within departments
  • Work with the People and Culture director and department leads to discipline and handle termination of employees as per the organization’s policies

Financial Oversight

  • Works with our accounting team to shape and execute on firmwide and department-specific budgets, goals, and projections
  • Works with the partners to establish short-term objectives and long-range goals, and related plans and policies
  • Presents regular reports on the status of the company's operations to the partners and management team
  • Identifies opportunities to maximize revenue or reduce costs inside of budget
  • Identify and scope out new areas for business growth, sales and expansion

External Relations

  • Manage external vendors, partners and projects including but limited to: legal teams, CPA firms, data firms, security firms, anti-racist firms, and anti-harassment firms
  • From time to time, represent the business at sales meetings, in concert with Special Assistant, relevant team leads, and partners
  • Work with partners and management team to identify prospective client leads
  • As needed, take the lead on generating publicity for the firm — how can we tell our story on our website/social media, how can we tell our story in our proposals
  • Leads on union-leadership relations
    • Takes the lead in responding to labor management committee meeting questions
    • Work to develop a proactive relationship with union representatives and staff to create a sustainable work environment
    • Represents the management team in collective bargaining negotiations