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NY State Director



New York, NY, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 22, 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 NY State Director is responsible for leading the flagship chapter of the Working Families Party, a political party of, by and for the multiracial working class. The State Director drives the strategy and vision for the development, growth, stability and power of the Working Families Party and Working Families Organization in New York State. In this role, the State Director recruits and manages a diverse and talented team of staff and consultants, oversees the legal and administrative functions of the Party’s ballot line and infrastructure, drives issue and electoral campaign activities, supports a robust and aggressive communications program, builds WFP as an organizing shop with strong member engagement and grassroots power, and raises funds for the Party’s program. The State Director leads an elected officer body of seven to ten leaders from the State Committee to endorse hundreds of 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 National Executive Director and NY 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 and Responsibilities

  • Sets the organizational priorities for the state and implements effective strategies to advance the mission of Working Families within the state;
  • Raises approximately $2-$4million to carry out the objectives of the organization and to grow the capacity of the organization to set more ambitious goals over time;
  • Serves as the chief spokesperson for the Party and the broader progressive coalition; generates media attention and builds public awareness of Working Families initiatives and campaigns;
  • Develops and staff and elected executive board of key institutional partners to guide the organization’s electoral and issue campaign priorities.
  • 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;
  • Holds values-based alignment and processes to move stakeholders through complex decision making and process;
  • High emotional intelligence and ability to meet a wide range of WFP stakeholders where they are, from staff to elected officials to Party leaders and beyond;
  • 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 and in compliance with local, state and federal laws;

Skills and Qualifications

  • Required:
  • 10 or more years of relevant professional experience. 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
  • Some fundraising experience with an ability to lead a team of fundraising staff
  • 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 significant pressure on several projects at one time
  • Commitment to organizing in the pursuit of social and economic justice
  • Preferred not required:
  • Desirable fluency in second language, preferably Spanish or one spoken by the multiracial working class
  • Network of potential funders, individual donors or supporters who would tap in to the work of the New York Working Families Party

What Else Should You Know

  • Location: The position is full-time and based in the NY Metro area.
  • Salary: The salary range for this position is $125,000 to $150,000. 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.
COVID Policy
Working Families Party policy requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to reasonable accommodation under federal, state, and local law. Accommodations may not be possible for positions that require in-person contact with other staff or members of the public.
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.
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