Senior Political Manager

United States
Full Time

Position Title: Senior Political Manager

Position Location: CPD/A has offices in NYC and DC, but for this role, we will consider candidates who live outside our office areas but within the US.

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action is seeking a Senior Political Manager. This is a full-time, exempt position.

About CPD + CPDA:

The Center for Popular Democracy and CPD Action (together, CPD/A) work to promote equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. We work with nearly 50 affiliates in over 30 states and Puerto Rico to build the strength and capacity of democratic organizations that envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. We are a rapidly-expanding, changing organization that partners with organizations across the country to build political power and win tangible victories that improve the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and communities of color.

About the Position:

We are seeking a Senior Political Manager to join our Politics and Civic Engagement Department.

The Senior Political Manager is responsible for maximizing the support CPD/A provides to affiliates across the network by sharing information and opportunities with political staff of CPDA affiliates, convening affiliates for cross-learning meetings, and maintaining ongoing communication with affiliates regarding their specific challenges and needs for support. COVID depending, it is expected that the Senior Political Manager will travel and attend in person meetings and events with CPD/A affiliates and partners.

We estimate that candidates will have about 12 years of relevant experience, but our review of candidates for this role will focus on whether they can fill the needs of the position, not years of experience.

The Senior Political Manager will report to the Chief of Politics & Civic Engagement.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Represent CPD/A in national political and civic engagement spaces and tables.
  • Share resources and information both within CPD/A and across the CPD/A network regarding training and funding opportunities and new research on civic engagement best practices.
  • Organize (primarily virtual) convenings of staff at CPD/A affiliates who hold responsibility for the political work at their organizations to share best practices and facilitate cross-organization learning.
  • Maintain relationships with affiliate political and civic engagement staff and share information regarding opportunities and needs with relevant colleagues at CPD/A.
  • Provide project management and administrative support to the Politics and Civic Engagement team, including supporting effective collaboration and communication with other departments and with the organization as a whole.
  • Take on special projects and rapid response political opportunities.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

  • A strong understanding of current strategies, tactics, and best practices in the field of electoral work and civic engagement. 
  • Familiarity with the national progressive landscape and ecosystem within which CPD/A and our affiliates operate.
  • Familiarity with the methods and practices of state base power building organizations like the ones that make up the CPD/A network.
  • Familiarity and functionality with basic civic engagement and political tools and tech systems.
  • A good listener with strong relationship building skills and high emotional intelligence.
  • A strong attention to detail and ability to hear and track information with precision.
  • COVID depending, the ability to travel occasionally (approximately 3-5 times/year).
  • A demonstrated commitment to social, racial, and economic justice and a deep understanding of challenges facing low-wage workers, immigrant communities, communities of color, disabled people, LGBTQ+ folks, and people at the intersections of the above communities.

Salary and Benefits:

This position is included in a collective bargaining unit represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild. Specific employment terms are subject to a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Salary under the CBA will be determined according to a salary scale that takes into account years’ experience, location, job category, and other factors, but is expected to be $95,000-$110,000 and category 4. The Collective Bargaining Agreement is available here

We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 15 vacation days your first year, 10 sick days per year, 13 paid holidays per year, and contributions to individuals’ 401K plans. 

CPD/A is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, womxn, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTIQAA+ community.


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