Political Director:  Western Native Voice (WNV)

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Political Director: Western Native Voice (WNV)

 We are looking for an energetic, motivated individual to join our team! 

 Job Title: Political Director 

Position Status: Full-time, permanent 

Location:Billings, Montana 

Reports To: Executive Director 

Compensation:$40,000 - $55,000, DOE 

Western Native Voice (WNV) is a non-profit grassroots organization formed in 2011. We are committed to inspiring Native leadership so our communities flourish through civic engagement, leadership development, and public policy advocacy. We work on all seven tribal nations in Montana, and Billings, Missoula, and Great Falls. We strive to promote social, racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice to preserve our land, water, culture and way of life for future generations. 

JOB DESCRIPTION 

The Political Director’s primary responsibility is the development and implementation of WNV’s Civic Engagement and Voter Participation programs. The Political Director reports to the WNV Executive Director and is a professional salaried position under the WNV personnel policies. Our theory of change recognizes that a more sustainable and just society will happen when our own Native leaders have a constant representation and presence in driving change, from homes to policy making platforms. Together with our allies across the country we are building a powerful Native American voting bloc.

  MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES 

● Lead staff for Voter Participation Program and Civic Engagement team 

● Integrate Civic Engagement activities with WNV campaigns 

● Assist in fundraising 

● Participate, as needed, in the WNV training team and conduct training sessions 

● Establish relationships with WNV leaders/members, provide one-on-one training on best campaign practices, and provide regular on-going consulting.

 ● Develop and implement a non-partisan voter registration campaign, an early-vote campaign, a get-out-the-vote effort, and election protection effort for Montana's Native Americans. 

● Participate in local and statewide working groups of allies working in the elections and maintain key relationships. 

● Maintain frequent communication with the staff team and member leaders. 

● Prepare progress reports to funders, donors, the board, staff meetings, etc. as needed and directed. 

● Become familiar with and become a resource for others on Montana campaign finance and election laws, as well as ensure your activities and the activities of volunteers under your supervision comply with all applicable laws, rules, and organizational policies. 

 ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS 

● Deep knowledge of Native American communities 

● Commitment to Western Native Voice mission and values

● Familiarity with and commitment to organizing and the empowerment of local people through participation in the political process

● Experience working on one or more political campaigns

● Strong interpersonal communication skills

● Ability to work in a team management environment

● Familiarity with and working knowledge of personal computers and software, especially voter files and databases.

● Valid driver's license (or ability to obtain one) and ability to travel with regular overnight stays, occasional long hours and weekend work assignments.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

● Experience developing grassroots leaders

● Demonstrated proficiency in election data analysis, opposition research, persuasive writing, and editing

● Staff management experience

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The salary depends on experience. Benefits for full-time employees include health insurance, 20 days vacation, 12 days sick leave, a pension program after 1 year of full-time employment; up to a 3-month sabbatical after 5 years of full-time employment, board approved.

APPLICATION MUST INCLUDE:

● Cover letter (tell us why you want the job)

● Resume

● Short writing sample (eg, a letter-to-the-editor)

● Contact information for 3 professional references

Send application materials to: khill@westernnativevoice.org with “Political Director” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. All documents should be in either Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or .pdf format. Open until filled.

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