Independent Expenditure Deputy Director


EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, is searching for an Independent Expenditure Deputy Director to join our WOMEN VOTE! Team. EMILY’s List has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY’s List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 150 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,100 women to state and local office. Nearly 40 percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. During the historic 2017-2018 cycle, EMILY’s List raised a record-breaking $110 million and launched a record independent expenditure campaign. We helped elect 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue victories; enough seats to have delivered the U.S. House majority alone. Since the 2016 election, more than 50,000 women have reached out to EMILY’s List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state and national offices.


This is a cycle-position with an end date of December 31, 2020.


Principal Responsibilities


The Independent Expenditure Deputy Director will assist the Vice President in designing and implementing independent expenditure campaigns in assigned states and districts.


Specific Duties

·         Manage independent expenditure campaigns in assigned states and districts, including overseeing the research, polling, targeting, and paid communications;

·         Serve as the central information hub for IE communications, programs and status for assigned races for the department and the organization;

·         Track campaigns in the media, such as local news outlets, blogs, social media, TV and radio advertisements, as well as public polling;

·         Facilitate the selection process of polling, media, online, mail and phone consultants for the 2018 cycle;

·         Work with research and legal teams to ensure our communications are factually accurate and meet federal or state requirements;

·         Work with finance and compliance teams to ensure our communications are within the approved budget and filed properly according to federal and state requirements;

·         Work with other progressive organizations to coordinate independent activities and maximize resources in assigned states/districts;

·         Represent the department on consultant calls and at coalition meetings;

·         Write plans and other documents to summarize independent expenditure projects to various audiences including EMILY’s List leadership, staff and donors;

·         Shepard voter contact content and programs through internal and external processes;

·         Other duties as assigned. 




·         Extensive campaign experience (a minimum of three full cycles and/or 5 – 7 years), including experience managing consultants, interpreting polling data and managing paid communications;

·         Experience with independent campaign activity (not coordinated with a candidate) is a plus;

·         Excellent written and oral communication skills;

·         Demonstrated sound political judgment;

·         Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task and juggle multiple large projects and deadlines;

·         Deep experience with Microsoft Office systems;

·         A proven commitment to electing pro-choice Democratic women;

·         Applicants must be motivated self-starters, well-organized, detail-oriented and able to work and thrive in a fast-paced environment handling multiple assignments with tight deadlines.

·         Candidates must have a commitment to diversity of our candidates, membership, partners, and staff.


This is a cycle-position with an end date of December 31, 2020.



EMILY’s List offers a competitive salary and a strong benefits package. To apply, email resume and to wvjobs@emilyslist.org, with the subject line including your first and last name.  No calls, please.


EMILY’s List is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values a multi-cultural, diverse working environment.  Applicants of diverse backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to apply.