Director of Federal Affairs and Treasurer of the PAC
Accounting & Finance
Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Saturday, July 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.
WFP launched its Federal Affairs team in late 2020, after making major contributions to the election of several new progressive members of Congress. The Federal Affairs team exists to bring a specifically federal focus to WFP’s work, with a core focus on electing new WFP champions to Congress, protecting existing champions, and facilitating the strategic alignment of WFP champions in Congress, with the overall goal of maximizing the size and power of a WFP-aligned bloc of members that can drive a progressive governing agenda with and for the multiracial working class. The Director of Federal Affairs oversees all aspects of the WFP’s federal work, as well as serving as a member of WFP’s Senior Leadership Team and its Political Team.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Develops and maintains close relationships with WFP champion Members of Congress and their staff, both Congressional and political.
- Develops and maintains relationships with members of Congress who national WFP and/or WFP state chapters have endorsed.
- Facilitates the creation of aligned objectives and strategy across WFP champion Members of Congress, and supports the execution of those strategies, including directing the work of WFP’s Congressional strategic communications consultant.
- Leads development and execution of WFP’s federal coordinated electoral program, including identifying priority races, supervising WFP staff involved in those efforts, and representing WFP within the campaigns of priority candidates.
- Coordinates with other WFP senior staff to ensure alignment between WFP and elected WFP champions in Congress.
- Exercises leadership in identifying pathways to success in legislative and other fights within Congress.
- Represents WFP in partnerships and national coalition spaces with allied organizations, including both coalitions focused on advocacy and legislative strategy and electoral coalitions.
- Supports the development and execution of WFP’s federal communications strategy, including engaging with reporters and serving as an on-the-record spokesperson.
- Fundraises for the Federal Affairs team’s programmatic budget as well as WFP’s coordinated side federal electoral program.
- Helps WFP champion federal candidates with their fundraising efforts.
Skills and Qualifications
- 7+ years experience in legislative, electoral and organizing work. Preference for significant experience in legislative campaigns or experience working in Congress or another legislative body.
- Significant experience with electoral campaigns.
- Ability to absorb and synthesize large amounts of information, especially related to legislation, parliamentary procedure, and other matters of concern to Members of Congress.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
- Management experience.
- Excellent listening and interpersonal skills, including facilitation.
- The ability to work independently and hold yourself accountable in a remote, entrepreneurial work environment.
- A commitment to building independent political power for and with the multiracial working class.
What Else Should You Know
- Compensation: The salary range for this position is $110,00 to $145,000. 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 located in Washington, DC. We have a strong preference for applicants who either live in the DC metro area or are willing to move there. We will consider applicants who do not live in the DC metro area but can travel there at least once per month. The role involves some travel in connection with WFP’s federal electoral program.
- Schedule: Full Time
- Union Affiliation: WFP is a unionized workplace. This is a managerial position, not included in our bargaining unit.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Application Accommodation" to request such an accommodation.