Community Manager

Website runforsomething Run for Something

Supporting young, diverse progressives to run for office

About Run for Something 
Run for Something recruits and supports young progressives running for down-ballot offices in the United States. Since launching in January 2017, we have recruited more than 80,000 potential political candidates, endorsed over 1,800 and elected more than 600 — and over half of those candidates are women, over half of them are BIPOC, and 21% are LGBTQIA+. Our alumni have meaningfully and intentionally made life better for millions of Americans across the country. We are a high-reaching, hungry team changing the face of politics in America.

The Run for Something network includes Run for Something (a 527 non-federal PAC), Run for Something Action Fund (a 501c4), and Run for Something Civics (a newly launched, non-partisan 501c3).

We highly encourage all job applicants to visit our Careers page to learn about our work environment, values, compensation and benefits policies, interview process, and more. The priority deadline for applications is December 10th, 2021.

Position Name: Community Manager
Reporting Structure: This role reports to the Candidate and Alumni Senior Manager.
Essential Duties: The primary responsibilities of this role are Candidate cohort meeting facilitation and management (35%); Managing candidate, alumni, and recruitment programs (50%); and Community building (approximately 15%).
Job Classification: Full Time, Exempt

Position Summary
The Community Manager’s primary role is to build a sense of community and facilitate connections between future candidates, current candidates, and alumni (previously endorsed candidates). By organizing and facilitating virtual events and meetings, the Community Manager will create opportunities for dialogue, sharing of experiences, and learning within and across these constituencies. This work will have a particular focus on election administrator candidates in 2022, who will have dedicated, regular check-ins and one in-person convening, in order to provide them with enhanced training and support from peers, alumni, mentors, and partners.

As a member of the Community Team, this position will also engage alumni in outreach and recruitment conversations with local potential candidates around election administration roles in their area, facilitate components of the Run for Something endorsement process, coordinate our alumni mentorship program, and manage our virtual alumni community to encourage dialogue and engagement.

Run for Something is currently hiring for a Community Manager. In this role, you will report to the Candidate and Alumni Senior Manager, as part of the Community Team.

Your primary responsibilities are:

Candidate cohort meeting facilitation and management (approximately 35%):
– Manage group communications to endorsed election administrator candidates to share resources and upcoming opportunities for support
– Coordinate and facilitate quarterly virtual check-ins with election administrator candidates to build relationships and share experiences
– Coordinate and facilitate monthly small-group meetings between election administrator candidates to create a peer support network during their campaigns
– Support with coordination of one in-person convening of all election administrator candidates in summer 2022 to help form strong bonds and offer opportunities for skill development around campaigns and elected responsibilities
– Coordinate with network of potential supports – including regional directors, mentors, external partners, alumni, and other RFS staff – to make resources and training available to this candidate cohort

Manage candidate, alumni, and recruitment programs (approximately 50%):
– Manage the Alumni Advisor program to pair new, first-time endorsed candidates with prior RFS candidates (alumni) who can share their perspectives and experiences as peers to help them navigate the challenges of running for office; recruit alumni to serve in the alumni advisor role; identify effective matches based on shared election or candidate characteristics or concerns; communicate with paired alumni and candidates to confirm successful introductions
– Coordinate “See Yourself Running” virtual events 6-9 times a year to inspire underrepresented and/or marginalized segments of the candidate pipeline to commit to running; invite and prepare alumni panelists; coordinate communications to candidate pipeline audience and any partner organizations; manage live event logistics and follow-up. In 2021, See Yourself Running events featured alumni from the Black, AAPI, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, and disabled communities. In addition, in 2022, RFS is exploring expanding the program to speak to candidates running in rural districts, running for specific types of offices, and running for office with non-traditional career paths.
– Coordinate and present weekly candidate introductory candidate webinar for new sign-ups and potential candidates interested in learning more about how to prepare to run for office
– Coordinate key internal processes around new candidate endorsements; follow-up with endorsed candidates to ensure timely form submissions; review and edit endorsed candidate biographies for publication

Community building (approximately 15%):
– Facilitate conversation and engage RFS candidates and alumni in online discussions and relationship-building via Facebook and/or Slack groups
– Identify and facilitate opportunities for virtual convenings of alumni groups to connect about shared interests or challenges (i.e. elected school board members)
– Plan and coordinate recurring workshop for new alumni to help transition from campaigns after election day

Key Goals 
Success in this role will look like…
– Consistent engagement with election administrator candidates during the 2022 election cycle to build deeper connections and more opportunities for targeted development
– Creating and maintaining internal team processes around recurring programs, keeping key stakeholders and team members informed and updated
– Clear and compelling external communication with candidates and alumni
– Regular and meaningful engagement with and between alumni as peers as part of a shared virtual network

Minimum Qualifications
– Experience organizing and facilitating effective meetings and/or events, particularly in a remote or virtual setting
– Strong communications skills, including written skills and verbal presentation skills, both in a virtual setting and in-person setting
– Ability to stay on top of multiple projects
– Strong relationship-building skills via email, phone, and video calls
– Extremely organized, detail-oriented, and deadline-oriented
– Experience working with diverse constituencies; ability to build relationships and facilitate discussions with demographically and geographically diverse participants
– Significant experience on one or more electoral campaigns, especially at the local and/or state legislative level (volunteer experience counts!)
– Ability to manage up in a remote environment
– Ability to work independently for extended periods of time in a remote environment
– Strong commitment to the RFS mission
– Ability to work in and contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment
– Familiarity with technology tools like Google Suite and ability to learn and use new platforms quickly
– Ability to demonstrate Run for Something’s organizational values: Bold & Fearless; Open & Honest; Supportive & Respectful; Progressive & Diverse; Long-term & Strategic. (Learn more about our Values in our Strategic Plan.)

– Experience managing or engaging online communities and/or organizing community members in a virtual setting
– Experience coordinating with team members in a remote office environment
– Experience working cross-departmentally, especially in matrixed organizations and/or remote environments
– Experience in candidate recruitment
– Experience working with Action Network (or similar CRM/email management system), AirTable, and Google Suite

In order to prioritize the health and safety of our employees, all Run for Something employees are required to provide proof of COVID vaccination. Run for Something will discuss reasonable accommodations with employees who may be unable to receive a vaccine due to disability, the advice of a medical provider, or sincerely held religious beliefs.

We value diversity at RFS, and strongly encourage applications from folks who are a part of marginalized communities who have been disproportionately affected by lack of representation in legislative bodies, including people of color, women, and the LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities.

Work Environment
– Run for Something is (and always has been and will be) a remote office environment; you will collaborate with colleagues who are based across the United States. You should be prepared to either work from home or a location of your choosing.
– When it is safe to do so, this position will require in-person attendance at approximately 2 all-staff events per year, which may include overnight travel. Additional overnight travel related to the job responsibilities listed above may be required.
– This position requires the ability to work core hours, Monday through Friday. This position will also require occasional night and weekend hours to support special events typically conducted on ET timelines, including facilitating one-hour online sessions 4-5 times per month outside of core hours.

Essential Physical Requirements 
– As this is a remote position, the person in this position must be able to communicate with colleagues, partners, and candidates/alumni via phone, including conference and video calls, as well as written communication such as Slack and email.
– The position requires the ability to work on a computer for all or part of the work day.
– The position requires the ability to attend events that may encompass all or part of the work day, including overnight travel when necessary.
– This position may include travel 2-4 times a year, as described above.

Compensation & Benefits
Salary for the position of Community Manager is $67,500. In order to counter pay inequality and uphold internal parity, salaries are non-negotiable for new and current employees. Run for Something salary bands for a given staff level are benchmarked to the 75th percentile for our sector, and all new employees are paid at the entry point of those bands. Employees then have the opportunity to progress through current salary bands through annual cost of living increases and performance-based pay increases, and into new salary bands through promotions.

Run for Something is not just an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building teams that reflect the diversity of our candidates, and to building equitable and inclusive environments that fully leverage the skills, potential, and unique perspectives of our employees.

Benefits at Run for Something include:
– Unlimited Paid Time Off policy
– Platinum Medical Insurance (100% of premium covered for employees; 50% of premium covered for dependents)
– Dental and Vision Insurance (99.9% of premium covered for both employees and dependents)
– 401k
– Professional Development Stipend
– Treat Yourself Stipend ($500 a year to do something that brings you joy)
– Equipment Stipend
– Work from Home Stipend
– Cell Phone/Internet Stipend
– Half Day Fridays (year-round!)
– 12 weeks paid family leave
– Paid Sabbatical (after 3 years of service to RFS)
~ Four weeks in organization-wide holiday closures, including a two-week winter break
– Flexible, remote work environment

To Apply
Apply at this link. Only applications received through this link will be accepted. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, with priority review given to earlier applications. Priority review will be given to applications received by December 10th, 2021. The target start date for this position is April 4, 2022. Please note that the Run for Something offices are closed from December 20th-January 3rd. Screener interviews will not be scheduled until the week of January 10th.

No phone calls, emails, or social media inquiries, please. Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries. We know that applying to jobs is difficult, and we do our best to alert every applicant as to their status in the process. However, be aware that you may not receive a response from us until after the application deadline has passed.

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