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Delaware Progressive Governance Director

Working Families Party

Working Families Party

Delaware, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 6, 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 Working Families Party seeks to be a national, left political force. Everywhere that means winning elections for candidates who prioritize the multi-racial working class. In Delaware, we have won enough of those elections that WFP champions and allies can wield significant governing power. The Progressive Governance Director will lead the work to support these WFP electeds in DE. The Progressive Governance Director will maintain relationships with aligned elected officials, especially state legislators, to help them develop progressive policy, communicate powerfully, organize in solidarity with one another, create shared strategy, and effectively engage their constituents year round. They will also be responsible for mobilizing the resources of the local WFP chapters to support and flank elected leaders.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead WFP’s work to support progressive legislators in DE.
  • Develop trusting working relationships with allied legislators.
  • Analyze and strategize the legislative landscape in DE.
  • Develop strategy and determine objectives for program.
  • Schedule, plan, and facilitate meetings of elected officials.
  • Connect WFP electeds to outside advocacy groups and coalitions, national policy expertise, and cohorts of like-minded electeds across state lines.
  • Help WFP electeds navigate unexpected events around policy and their district.
  • Track priority legislation.
  • Identify opportunities to advance shared messages.
  • Create talking points and toolkits on priority issues.
  • Support electeds in their communication to their districts.
  • Support electeds in fundraising for and planning their re-election campaigns.
  • Lead WFP incumbent defense electoral work.
  • Work with activists to take on roles supporting WFP electeds and legislation.
  • Train staff, activists, leaders, and newly elected candidates on the workings of the legislature and power building in the legislative context.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Required:
  • At least 3 years of experience in advocacy, politics, or organizing.
  • Ability to work closely with elected officials to pass progressive policy.
  • Ability to build solidarity and shared strategy across differences.
  • Ability to quickly learn new contexts and policy areas.
  • Ability to make decisions with consequences in nuanced political settings.
  • Strong sense of empathy and ability to build collaborative relationships.
  • Excellent problem solving skills, with excellent judgment in moments of conflict.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once and prioritize work.
  • Preferred:
  • Experience in and knowledge of the political landscape in DE.
  • Experience in electoral campaigns.
  • Valid license, access to a car, or ability to travel frequently to Dover.

What Else Should You Know

  • Compensation: The salary range for this position is $60,000 to $84,000. 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.
  • Location: The position is full-time and based anywhere in the state of Delaware.
  • Schedule: Full Time and Permanent
  • Union Affiliation: WFP is a unionized workplace. This is a nonmanagerial role eligible to join WFP's staff bargaining unit after six months of employment. 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.