People For the American Way and its affiliate, People For the American Way Foundation, are progressive advocacy organizations founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values under attack, including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.
Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry. We believe a society that reflects these constitutional principles and progressive values is worth fighting for, and we take seriously our responsibility to cultivate new generations of leaders and activists who will sustain these values for the life of this nation.
The Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network is a program of People For the American Way Foundation and the first and only national initiative to provide support to the newest generation of visionary leaders at every level of elected office. It was founded in 2005 by young elected officials themselves and has since grown from a community of dozens to a national network of over 1,000 members across the country in offices ranging from local school boards to the United States Congress.
The YEO Network provides cutting-edge programming, invests in the full pipeline of leadership, and builds sustained relationships with our members. We provide the resources young elected officials need to effectively impact policy, foster their own development and professional growth, and elevate their leadership in the broader social change movement.
The program is based in Washington, D.C. and works with a network of rising political leaders throughout the country. The YEO Network Communications and Programs Coordinator and Advanced Leadership Coordinator will help manage and coordinate critical portfolios in an exciting growth stage for the program.
- Manage the development and launch of a new national political training for future candidates and operatives, which includes strategic planning and budgeting, and the synchronization of recruitment, selection, curriculum, logistics, communication, evaluation, and other programmatic components.
- Develop and maintain strong networks and relationships with local and national partners and allies.
- Work with senior staff to develop and track relationships, lists, and critical information about program alumni.
- Capture stories and leadership profiles of key alumni and seek out opportunities to showcase their work in the media, at conferences, and with influencers to build the programmatic narrative.
- Manage relationships with program consultants to ensure the successful implementation of contracts and to coordinate consultants’ schedules with fellowship groups.
- Work with senior staff to ensure the department achieves monthly deliverables and annual goals.
- Provide strategic advice and coordination for skills and leadership-based trainings at all YEO events and related programs.
- Support membership department in identifying and recruiting new members to the network, as well as strengthening relationships and communications with key members.
- Support membership department in identifying and communicating advanced leadership opportunities for members, including professional resources, partner trainings, and local leadership positions.
- Preferably three to five years of experience with grassroots, political, or youth training or organizing work; campaign management and event planning experience a plus
- Excellent organization and project management skills and ability to work with staff and partners in multiple locations
- Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, and ability to work with a variety of people
- Excellent writing and editing skills, with special attention to detail
- Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment; must be well-organized and able to effectively manage competing priorities and frequent deadlines
- Ability to work independently, with supervision, and as part of a team
- Entrepreneurial and strong problem-solving ability
- Computer proficiency, including MSOffice, Outlook, and Internet tools; must have database and spreadsheet experience
- Ability and willingness to travel
- College degree required
- Ability and willingness to work campaign hours when needed, including some nights and weekends
- Commitment to the values of the Young Elected Officials Network and People For the American Way Foundation
To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to People For the American Way Foundation, 1101 15th Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls.
People For the American Way Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer