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Organization Overview

As the nation’s leading pro-choice advocacy group, NARAL Pro-Choice America is dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans, including abortion access.

Along with more than one million member activists from all 50 states and network of state affiliates, NARAL works to guarantee that each woman has access to the full range of reproductive freedoms. This means we’re on the front lines in the fight to expand access to abortion, make contraception more affordable, prohibit discrimination against pregnant woman, and ensure all parents have access to paid leave. In recognition of our work defending the constitutional right to abortion, Fortune Magazine rated NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”

At NARAL, we don’t operate or litigate; we organize and mobilize. Working together, we push our friends to be bolder, lift up the champions fighting with us on the front line for true reproductive freedom, and we shine a spotlight of accountability on bad actors that works to impose their ideological agenda on others.

Summary

The political director will be responsible for organizing around the power of reproductive freedom for NARAL Pro-Choice America through at least 2018. With the number of attacks on reproductive freedom at an all-time high, it is essential to identify, educate, and mobilize a new generation of repro-activists to engage in the political process and bring true reproductive equality to America.

The ideal candidate will be an innovative, passionate, and detail-oriented self-starter that wants to continue building the Iowa presence of one of the most progressive institutions in the American political system. The position will be responsible for hiring and managing a team of organizers and canvassers to build NARAL membership, engage with current members, and advance reproductive freedom as a key issue during political and legislative campaigns. The position will be responsible for the implementation of the door-to-door canvass as well as overseeing the field efforts to leverage both c3 and c4 campaigns to build power for NARAL.

Reports to Iowa State Director

This is position is: Exempt, Non-Union, Management Level  VI, through November 2018.

Responsibilities

  • Work directly with the existing membership to identify organizing, political, and communication opportunities and develop plans and strategies that capitalize on those.
  • Work with state director to develop and implement political strategy including endorsements.
  • Build on existing institutional partnerships and develop new progressive allies to further reproductive freedom across Iowa.
  • Develop trainings for activists to became engaged with NARAL on campaigns and become leaders in their communities.
  • Manage organizers to achieve goals and ensure program metrics are being met. Includes the operation of a c3 educational canvass and a c4 political canvass.
  • Breakdown of work will be approximately:
    • Organizing – 60%: Creating and implementing strategies to engage members in relevant NARAL campaigns through community events, 1-on-1 meetings and utilizing phone; mail, and online communications to grow and activate reproductive freedom advocates. This work will include organizing around legislative fights and opportunities at all levels of government.
    • Partnerships – 20%: Working with existing progressive organizations to better leverage NARAL’s power and build strong brand identity as a political powerhouse.
    • Strategy – 20%: Developing and implanting a political plan to best leverage NARAL’s membership will be a key component to the job. This will include preparing materials for relevant stake holders and ensuring that NARAL’s work is being seen by interested political actors.

Qualifications

  • B.A./B.S. or relevant experience with demonstrated interest in community organizing, politics, and reproductive rights.
  • At least 5 years as an organizer with documented success.
  • One full cycle of political campaign experience while managing staff
    • Multiple cycles of experience at various levels
  • Knowledge of c3 and c4 non-profit rules a definite plus
  • Exemplary communication skills a must, including writing, proof reading and public speaking with a wide range of audiences and in diverse environments.
  • Understanding of all successful campaign elements from organizing to fundraising to communications – working knowledge of state legislative process a definite plus.
  • Highly organized, self-starter that is detail-oriented and metrics driven.
  • High level of computer literacy with VAN & NGP experience.
  • Commitment to NARAL Pro-Choice America’s goal of building a political constituency to protect and promote the right of all women to exercise the full range of their reproductive choices, including abortion.
  • A commitment to contributing to a workplace environment in which diversity is valued and supported.

This position will be a contract position running through November 30, 2018 with possible extension beyond dependent on funding. NARAL Pro-Choice America is an equal opportunity employer with a strong emphasis on diversity.

Application Process

To apply for this position, please send a resume, cover letter and 3 professional references to:

Email to: iajobs@prochoiceamerica.org
Subject line: Political Director
Job Code: 20174

NARAL Pro-Choice America does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or political affiliation.  Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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