Democratic Party of DuPage County: Executive Director

Location

IL

Salary

35000 / Yearly

Company

Democratic Party of DuPage County

Department

Operations

Employer Type

Party

Application Link

[email protected]

Application Instructions

Application Process Applicants should submit a resume (no cover letter necessary) to [email protected]. Only applications submitted to this email address will be reviewed. Review and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Closing date for applications is May 22. The Democratic Party of DuPage County is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability , military or veteran status, genetic information or other legally protected basis. Given campaign finance restrictions, candidates for this position must possess valid work authorizations and cannot be foreign nationals. This means we are legally prohibited from hiring anyone for this position who is not a US citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder). Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call (331) 806-3180 or submit a request via the application email.

Application Link

[email protected]

Job Description

**Opening: Executive Director**

The Democratic Party of DuPage County (DPDC) is currently seeking applications for candidates for Executive Director of the organization. 

**Position Summary**

DPDC's part-time Executive Director will lead the day to day activities of the organization with dedication to Democratic principles and a deep understanding and experience in organizing and managing political party engagement to build a strong base of volunteers, expand voter engagement and achieve positive results for Democratic candidates in DuPage County. The ideal candidate will have significant experience promoting Democratic values and as an experienced organizer. 

**Job Description**

In partnership with the Chair, and as part of implementing programs and activities developed by the Executive Committee and DPDC Committees, the Executive Director will have the following responsibilities:

- Serve as a lead to implement DPDC's strategic plan;
- Work with the Chair and Finance Committee to manage the organization's finances, track income and expenditures and maintain records and accounts;
- Keep an updated and working knowledge of campaign finance, election and compliance laws to ensure all DPDC activities are compliant;
- Build infrastructure for political organizing and voter engagement;
- Assist with the development, and manage the implementation, of messaging and communications;
- Oversee events;
- Manage staff and volunteers and handle the hiring and engagement of personnel at the direction of the Chair;
- Monitor and in consultation with the Chair, address issues of importance to residents and candidates;
- Assist with the expansion of membership and fundraising;
- Lead DPDC's activities in elections, including overseeing electioneering activities and working with Democratic candidate campaigns;
- Serve as a liaison to the townships, precinct committee persons and party committees;
- Engage, build and maintain good working relationships with key stakeholders, affiliated organizations and political partners;
- Serve as a spokesperson as appropriate

Additional responsibilities will be assigned by the Chair.

**Expectations of the role also include:**

- Scheduling and attending DPDC internal meetings and monthly township meetings (sharing township meeting attendance in coordination with the Chair and Vice Chair)
- In coordination with the Chair, obtaining information and materials from DPDC Committees to implement the strategic plan and assisting with tracking and scheduling for Executive Committee meetings
- Regularly working from the DPDC office 

**Minimum Qualifications**

- At least 5 years electoral political experience
- Proven track record of serving as a senior staff member in a large scale political or non-profit organization
- Project management skills, including planning and tracking projects and adjusting resources
- Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment
- Outstanding people-management skills
- Excellent verbal, written and analytical skills
- Ability to manage several tasks and projects at the same time
- Ability to prioritize and multi-task in a fast-paced environment
- Detail oriented and good follow through on tasks
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact professionally with staff and stakeholders
- Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
- Expert knowledge of Votebuilder, NGP-VAN and ActBlue
- Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Canva and social media platforms
- Significant experience in Illinois Democratic politics
- Resident in DuPage County (or becoming resident within 1 month of beginning work)

Applicants must have access to a vehicle and a valid driver's license because the Executive Director will be required to attend meetings across DuPage County.  Evening and weekend work are part of this job.

The target employment start date is June 1, 2024.

**Preferred Qualifications **

- At least 3 years executive experience working on a coordinated campaign, statewide or congressional political campaign or with a state Democratic political party
- Significant knowledge of DuPage County politics

**Compensation**

This is a part-time role (25 hours minimum) with a salary of **$35,000**/ year.