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WFP Western PA Political Director

Working Families Party

Working Families Party

Pennsylvania, USA
Posted on Friday, May 24, 2024
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 Western PA Political Director builds progressive power across Western PA. Through working with progressive candidates, supporting allied partners, and building power locally across the region, this person is the lead staffer on the ground representing WFP. They are committed to fighting for racial and economic justice and can build a coalition to drive progressive electoral organizing in Western PA. The Western PA Political Director’s scope of work includes communicating to WFP leadership bodies (PA State Committee, PA Executive Committee) and senior staff the needs of the region and identifying opportunities to further build progressive power by identifying candidates and campaigns to support. In addition, this person builds WFP locally by bringing in community members and activists into coordination for the party’s goals.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Electoral
  • Identification with support from WFP leadership of key strategic opportunities and priority electoral races
  • Candidate recruitment and vetting including mobilizing candidates to support WFP and ally issues
  • Building an organizing and endorsement committee for WFP and aligned elected officials and movement organizations to connect across Western PA
  • Manage WFP’s political relationships to fulfill the organizational goal of identifying, training, and inspiring progressive activists in Western PA to consider running for office each year
  • Organizing
  • Build the Western PA movement table and cohere a common political and electoral strategy across membership organizations, labor unions etc.
  • Develop short, medium and long-term strategic and organizing plans that help grow our membership and build the WFP in Western PA.
  • Work in conjunction with WFP regional leaders to identify and recruit a diverse group of strategic leaders from labor and community organizations as well as the broader public.
  • Fundraising
  • Contribute to planning funder meetings and the development of fundraising proposals for Western PA WFP, with a goal of raising $50,000 per year for Western PA WFP programs.
  • Media and Communications
  • Serve as organizational spokesperson for community events and media relations to engage the public in organizational priorities as it relates to Western PA.

Skills and Qualifications

  • 5 or more years of experience organizing with increasing responsibilities
  • Serious legislative and community organizing experience, crafting campaigns, working on legislation and bringing coalitions together
  • Experience drafting and analyzing electoral plans
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate powerful relationships and build alliances
  • An understanding of campaign database tools (EveryAction, VAN/votivate)
  • Familiarity with the goals and expectations of the Working Families Party

What Else Should You Know

  • Compensation: The salary range is $66,000 to $85,000. final salary for this role will be determined based on our Pay Scale, which takes into consideration years of experience, geographic location, and final job description. The final salary assumes the employee lives in the Pittsburgh metro area. 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 and Travel: HYBRID NO OFFICE You may work remotely, but you must be located in or near Allegheny County, PA in order to attend in person meetings and events approximately 2 days per week
  • Schedule: The position is temporary and full time.
  • 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.
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.