Open until filled. Priority deadline is January 31.

Women Legislators' Lobby (WiLL) Director

Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) is seeking candidates for the position of WiLL Director. Reporting to the Executive Director, this position leads the WiLL program in recruiting, organizing, educating, and activating a vigorous nationwide network of women state legislators.

 

About WAND
Women’s Action for New Directions is a national nonprofit organization that seeks to empower women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism and to redirect excessive Pentagon resources toward unmet human and environmental needs. 

WAND operates two nonprofit organizations with one united vision. WAND Education Fund is a 501c3 organization that educates Congress, state legislators, and the public on progressive national security issues. WAND Inc. is a 501c4 organization that engages the grassroots in the political process to advocate for national security policy change. The Women Legislators' Lobby (WiLL), a program of WAND, is a national nonpartisan network of women state legislators who work together to influence federal policy and budget priorities.

Overview

The WiLL Director is an executive level position responsible for leading the WiLL program by engaging women state legislators through events, trainings, and communications.  Overseeing the planning, budgeting, funding, and execution of a biennial national conference of legislators and activists is a significant component of this staff position, as well as planning, organizing, and executing national, regional, and in-state events to reach our legislator constituents.  The WiLL Director conducts briefings on WAND issues at state capitol events (virtual and in person) and organizes content and skills trainings for legislators. Many of these activities that require travel and have typically been held in person are currently being held virtually and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future.  

 

The WiLL Director is also responsible for fundraising for the program. Collaborating with the WAND Executive Director, this person will identify and cultivate major donors, corporate, and labor sponsors to support WiLL activities and events. 

 

The ideal candidate will have significant experience working with, for, and around elected officials at the federal, state, or local level. This person will have a clear understanding of the American political system and structure and have experience working in and/or around it. They will be creative in their pursuit of growing the WiLL Program and enthusiastic in their approach to engaging the membership. This candidate should be ardent in their support of women elected officials and skilled at developing content that captivates their interests and helps elevate their voices.

 

This position is full-time, based in Washington, DC, and supervises the WiLL Program Manager. Currently and for the foreseeable future, all work is done remotely.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and WiLL Program Manager, plan, develop and execute member engagement for all WiLL programming. Previous activities have typically included:

    • Educational, professional development, and social webinars & events

    • Monthly State Director calls

    • Regular newsletters

    • Active social media presence

    • Biennial conference (In 2021 may be virtual, in-person, or a hybrid)

    • Develop and seek support for sign on letters and calls to action as appropriate

  • Develop programming for WiLL events and trainings that connects with them and inspires action

  • Develop and execute recruitment and retention plans

  • Secure relevant and interesting speakers for events

  • Plan and schedule lobby days (in person or virtual) on Capitol Hill for WiLL members

  • Lead WiLL fundraising efforts with corporate community and increase financial support for WiLL

 

Qualifications and Skills

  • A minimum of five to seven years experience working in one or more federal, state, or local elected office or with an association or organization that works with elected officials

  • Working knowledge of the federal budget process

  • An understanding of the relationship between federal and state budgets and how federal spending impacts states

  • Proven management experience leading programs, campaigns, or teams

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills

  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to work effectively in an action-oriented office

  • Proven ability to fundraise for events, trainings, and ongoing programming

  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively 

  • Proven ability to manage time effectively and meet project deadlines

  • Commitment to understanding race, class, gender, and other equity issues and the impact these structural issues have on our collective work environment

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Masters or equivalent work experience preferred but not required

  • Ability to travel domestically for events, meetings, and trainings

WAND is committed to a sustainable, inclusive, and diverse environment. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, military service, or any other legally protected class. 

WAND offers competitive employee benefits including employer-sponsored health insurance and a generous time-off policy. 

Salary range of $70,000 to $90,000, depending upon experience.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to nparrish@wand.org .

 


 

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