YEO Network: Managing Director

People For the American Way Foundation conducts research, legal, and education work on behalf of First Amendment freedoms and democratic values; monitors, exposes, and challenges the Religious Right movement and its political allies; identifies, trains, and supports the next generation of progressive leaders through its Young Elected Officials Network and its Young People For youth leadership programs; and carries out nonpartisan voter education, registration, civic participation, and election protection activities.

A program of People For the American Way Foundation, the Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network is an organization that works to unite and support progressive elected leaders between the ages of 18 and 35 who share a passion for building communities that reflect the values of freedom, fairness, and opportunity. The YEO Network supports members as they define issues, develop solutions, and respond to the needs of their communities. Through policy and research assistance, skills and issue training, personal and professional development, and meaningful networking opportunities, the YEO Network is working to transform the political vision of our elected leaders into progressive action. The YEO Managing Director position is located in the Washington, DC office, reports to the Director of Youth Leadership Programs and works in collaboration with staff in the People For national office.

The YEO Managing Director, in consultation with the Director of Youth Leadership Programs, will manage staff and oversee program strategy and execution across policy, membership and communications departments.

Responsibilities

Program and Staff Management

  • Produce and review program deliverables, including policy briefings, press releases, newsletters, annual reports and other written materials
  • Oversee the planning and production of National Convenings, Policy Academies and other YEO events and programs
  • Ensure programs are meeting established goals and benchmarks
  • Lead planning of new and expansion programs

Strategic Planning/Vision Implementation

  • Oversee strategic planning and develop action plans to implement 1 to 5 year planning components
  • Work to ensure that YEO program components complement other People For the American Way Foundation issues and programs
  • Ensure YEO Network program is working toward its long-term plan and goals

Policy Direction

  • Develop and manage annual policy platform and agenda
  • Oversee all YEO policy related components of the National Convenings, Policy Academies, and other YEO events
  • Oversee development and production of annual policy resource guide and exchange database
  • Oversee policy support requests from YEO’s
  • Develop innovative methods to expand policy and program supports for YEOs

Strategic Partnerships

  • Develop and maintain relationships with strategic partners
  • Assist in producing and managing YEO Network grant proposals and associated reports
  • Represent the YEO Network at partner organization meetings and conferences

Qualifications

  • Previous experience with government, legislative, or progressive policy work required
  • Research skills, academic or professional, are strongly preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, and ability to work with a variety of people in multiple locations
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Experience in public speaking before a wide variety of audiences
  • Exposure to donor relations as well as foundation grant writing and reporting
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment; must be well-organized and able to effectively manage competing priorities and frequent deadlines
  • Experience managing and directing staff both in-house and remotely
  • Ability and willingness to work long hours when needed, including some nights and weekends
  • Ability and willingness to travel when needed
  • College degree required
  • Commitment to the values and issues of the Young Elected Officials Network and People For the American Way Foundation

To apply, send resume and statement of interest to Human Resources, People For the American Way Foundation, 1101 115th Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005.  Email to hr@pfaw.org. No telephone calls.

People For the American Way Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer