Courage Campaign

Director of Elections

Employment type
2 months ago
Los Angeles

Do you believe that California is uniquely positioned to set the standard for our country by serving as a beacon of progressive, equitable, and truly representative democracy?

Are you deeply frustrated by the failure of many Democrats to demonstrate the political courage necessary to defeat the right-wing assault on our democracy?

Do you believe that political organizing must center the New American Majority (young adults, people of color, and self-identified progressives) and cease pandering to mythical white “swing” voters?

If so, you might be the person Courage Campaign is looking for to lead our endorsement and voter mobilization work around the 2020 election.

THE ORGANIZATION: Founded in 2005, Courage Campaign organizes on a wide variety of issues and envisions California as a model of progressive, equitable, and truly representative democracy that sets the standard for our country. To get there, Courage Campaign believes that we must call out corruption and oppression, improve coordination and collaboration between progressive organizations, and demand that our representatives be both accountable to and reflective of the people they seek to serve.

Courage Campaign’s analysis emphasizes the fact that most modern elections are not decided by ideology, as commonly presented in the media. Instead, in order to win, we must engage underrepresented base voters -- particularly young adults, people of color, and self-identified progressives -- who will provide more votes and support bolder policy solutions when compared with older, whiter, more conservative, “swing” voters. By expanding the base, Courage knows that we can win without sacrificing our values or transformational policy.

Courage also prioritizes deep collaboration with partners, constantly working to ensure that our policy goals reflect the needs of our communities, that our campaigns highlight work led by others, and our programs complement those of our allies. Lastly, Courage leverages cutting-edge technology to engage voters through innovative tactics and messaging via online, mobile, and social platforms/tools.

THE JOB: The Director of Elections will lead Courage Campaign’s work to elect progressive candidates in California. This will involve developing and executing a strategy for recruiting, advising, and endorsing candidates who are running for open seats or challenging incumbents (particularly Democrats) that are failing to accurately represent their constituents, especially in the California Legislature.

You will also oversee voter mobilization strategy for our endorsed candidates and ballot measures. In 2018, Courage Campaign called 400,000 voters and texted 400,000 voters in California House races, primarily targeting young people, people of color, and self-identified progressives. This mobilization helped fuel a Democratic wave that ushered seven California Republicans out of office. In 2020, we have increased our goals to 1,000,000 calls and 1,000,000 texts.

Courage Campaign works in deep collaboration with allies, so a critical piece of the work will be coordinating our programs and analysis with those of partner organizations.

MUST HAVES (Work, volunteer, academic, and life experience are all acceptable):

  • Extensive experience (ideally more than five years) working in electoral politics, including direct experience with candidate campaigns
  • Deep interest in and knowledge of California politics and the progressive landscape, particularly at the state level
  • Experience in and commitment to intersectional organizing, bringing a strong equity lens to all aspects of the work
  • Experience with modern voter mobilization methods, including peer-to-peer text messaging, calling programs, and social media tools
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Sharp strategic instincts, analysis, and judgment
  • Ability to work well on a team with both colleagues and partners
  • Ability to navigate complex partner relationships and agendas while collaborating toward shared goals
  • Experience managing complex projects from start to finish, independently and as part of a team
  • Passion for progressive politics and social justice and interest in a broad set of issues
  • Strong work ethic and a marked ability to produce work independently

LOCATION: California or willing to relocate to California. Courage is a "virtual office," so most employees work from home. Access to a sharedco-working space can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

START DATE: September 2019

PAYMENT AND SCHEDULE: Pay for the Director of Elections will be between $72,000-88,000. This is a full-time, exempt position. Courage’s primary office hours are Monday through Friday, 9am-6pm PT. Hours are ideally worked within that time frame, but the schedule is flexible and changes can often be accommodated.


  • Full health insurance for you and one dependent
  • Two weeks of vacation per year. Additionally, we observe the week between Christmas and New Year's Day as a holiday.
  • One floating holiday
  • Phone reimbursement of up to $100/month ($1200/year)
  • Home internet reimbursement of up to $75/month ($900/year)
  • Home office allowance of up to $200/year
  • Flexible savings account for health care and dependent care, with $500 employer contribution
  • Access to 401K
To apply

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please submit your application ASAP to [email protected] The application deadline is Friday, August 23, 2019. No cover letters, please.

Please put “Director of Elections” in the subject line and attach: 1) your resumé (or the URL of your LinkedIn profile) 2) responses to the application questions below. Please use the following format to name the file(s) you attach: “First_Last_Resume" and "First_Last_Questions."

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, August 23, 2019

1. Pick a Democratic state legislator in California that you believe is failing their constituents. (Feel free to consult our legislative report card Write a concise analysis (300 words or less) describing why they should be primaried and what issues the challenger should emphasize during their campaign.
2. We're looking for applicants that are connected to the many diverse communities of California -- including communities of color, immigrant and migrant communities, and queer and trans communities to name a few. What are the networks and communities that you are a part of (150 words or less)
3. Why are you interested in leading Courage Campaign’s elections program? (150 words or less)
4. What experience(s) have prepared you for this position? (150 words or less)
5. We want to learn how applicants find out about our job openings. How did you learn about it? One word answers are fine. (i.e. Idealist, a specific person)

Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Courage Campaign is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all employees and all applicants for employment. All employment decisions at Courage Campaign are made without regard to race, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, AIDS/HIV status, genetic testing info, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition or political activities or affiliations.