About Montana Voices & Votes
Montana Voices is a civic engagement project committed to ensuring that every Montanan is able to participate fully in our democracy. Our mission is to build a civically powerful statewide network of nonpartisan organizations that collaborate on civic access and voting rights, voter modernization, civic engagement and leadership development. Our mission is centered on engaging and empowering underrepresented communities, building sustainable power needed to eliminate barriers to civic participation, and guaranteeing that policy-making is guided by the public. Montana Voices is fiscally sponsored by Western Organization of Resource Councils Education Project and is an affiliate of State Voices.
Montana Votes is a statewide network committed to ensuring that every Montanan is able to fully participate in our democracy. Montana Votes is a model for coordination among advocacy, community and grassroots organizations. We focus on strategically persuading and mobilizing voters through data-driven and evidence-based tactics to achieve electoral wins. Our mission is to recruit and elect public leaders to build the power needed to eliminate barriers to civic participation and guarantee that policy-making is guided by the public. Montana Votes is fiscally sponsored by Western Organization of Resource Councils and is an affiliate of America Votes.
The Table Director manages the Montana Voices and Votes coalitions and is responsible for facilitating collective strategy between our partner organizations. The Director plays a vital role in fostering the development of collaborative programs that maximize the priorities, resources and effectiveness of all partners, and reduces duplication of efforts in the areas of civic engagement, voter outreach, persuasion, and voter turnout. This coordination happens through regular in-person and remote meetings of Montana Voices and Montana Votes coalitions. Once programs have been developed, the Table Director is responsible for identifying resources (ie. funding, staffing, and systems) to support execution.
In addition to the partner coordination, the Table Director manages staff, which currently consists of two data staff, two program staff, and a program assistant, ensuring that their work aligns with strategic priorities and oversees the administration of the Table including fundraising, budgeting, management of our Leadership Team (a board of elected partners), and organizational health. Finally, the Table Director maintains relationships with key allies in-state and nationally and serves as the representative for the Montana Voices and Votes coalitions as appropriate.
An ideal candidate for this position is a diplomat who possesses a keen awareness of political opportunities and threats with a well-developed ability to facilitate groups to build consensus and strategically disagree. They will have a strong sense of ownership and resilience with respect to planning ahead, finding alternative paths when needed, and bouncing back from setbacks and rejections.
Duties and Responsibilities
Community Building & Coalition Management: Enhance and maintain systems that facilitate relationship building and accountability toward shared program amongst partners and between partners and staff; Plan, host, and facilitate regular in-person and remote meetings of the coalition; Identify opportunities and advocate for effective cross-partner programs; Work with the Leadership Team to identify strategic new partners to join the coalition and engage them in an onboarding program; Support the Leadership Team in coalition governance, including the implementation of our governance documents & procedures; Actively collaborate with national affiliates (America Votes & State Voices) and work to strategically engage in-state and national partners in our collaborative work.
Strategic & Collaborative Program Management: Facilitate partners to develop and implement collaborative program plans that meet our strategic objectives; Enhance systems and documentation for monitoring progress, evaluation of strategies, and peer accountability; Identify pivot points and programmatic gaps; Manage and develop staff to program goals; Represent the Montana Voices and Votes coalition at appropriate national and in-state meetings.
Organizational Health & Administration: Develop, track, implement, and review an annual budget and fundraising plan; Manage grants and identify, cultivate and steward institutional & individual donor relationships; Hire, manage, and offboard staff to ensure high quality work products, processes, and relationships; Coordinate regular meetings of the Leadership Team.
The successful candidate will have the following background and abilities, which include:
Experience and demonstrated ability in facilitation, consensus decision making, and coalition governance and management;
Demonstrated commitment to and passion for building political power across a multi-issue, multi-constituency coalition and an ability to manage 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), and PAC budgets and programing while maintaining legal compliance;
Experience building and executing successful large scale or statewide candidate or political campaign;
Working knowledge of federal, legislative, and electoral processes;
Experience & demonstrated commitment to building power alongside those who have been systematically left out of the political system, especially Indigenous people, people with disabilities, young people, and low-income people;
Experience managing staff and a commitment to investing in their professional development;
Experience cultivating both individual & institutional donors & successfully raising funds for an organization or campaign;
Exceptional strategic judgment, discretion and decision-making skills.
These qualities are not required, but will make a candidate’s transition into the position more successful.
Experience in Montana political strategy, organizing, and/or advocacy and knowledge of Montana’s political landscape and community;
Experience in grant management, including successful prospecting, writing, tracking, and reporting;
Familiarity with best practices in campaigns, political data and latest technologies, including VAN & Google Suite;
Experience managing relationships with vendors.
Location: Work remotely anywhere in Montana with consistent internet access
Schedule: Full-time, exempt position at 40 hours a week; This position requires monthly travel in state and occasional travel out of state. It may require work on nights and weekends.
Employer-paid health insurance
Paid parental leave, sick leave, sabbatical leave, and generous paid time off
Flexible Spending Account
Employer-paid 401k distribution after 1 year of service
Professional development funds
Monthly cell phone & internet stipend
Remote work stipend
Reports to: Leadership Team, an elected body of MT Voices & MT Votes coalition partners
Direct Reports: Associate Data Analyst, VAN Administrator, Pro-Democracy Policy & Program Lead, Political Mobilization Coordinator, Program Assistant
Application Instructions: A resume & cover letter should be submitted via our online portal. In order to be considered in the first round of application review, please submit your application by Thursday, July 20th at midnight Mountain Time. Applications received after this date may still be considered. The cover letter should address the following questions:
What draws you to working in Montana politics?
What excites you about leading a multi-issue, cross-constituency coalition?
Questions can be sent to Heather O’Loughlin, Leadership Team Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Montana Voices and Votes are equal opportunity employers. We especially encourage people of color, Indigenous people, LGBTQ2S+ people, women, and people with disabilities to apply.