Democratic Socialists of America: Operations Director




$88,000 / Yearly


Democratic Socialists of America



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The Democratic Socialists of America is a member-run socialist organization with more than 280 groups nationwide engaged in movement-building, public education, direct action, advocacy, and electoral politics. Our immediate goal is to build working-class power against the capitalist class while advancing transformative reforms like a Green New Deal, supporting a robust labor movement, electing socialists to office, and shifting the public framing around capitalism and democratic socialism. DSA is a “big tent,” multi-tendency organization that welcomes everyone committed to democracy and socialism.

The Operations Director is responsible for revising and implementing policies, ensuring compliance with staff union agreements, and improving organizational procedures. They support the Personnel Committee, coordinate with attorneys on legal issues, manage vendor relationships, and oversee operations-related projects. The Director ensures legal compliance across the organization, fosters a fair and accountable staff culture, implements strategic plans from National Conventions and NPC decisions, and provides the board with timely information for governance. Other duties are performed as needed based on the organization's requirements.

- Revise and/or formulate HR, data & technology, financial, and other policies; comply with the collective bargaining agreement of the staff union and other governing documents, and ensure their implementation and compliance across the entire organization.
- Regularly evaluate the efficiency of procedures according to organizational objectives and apply improvements.
- Support the Personnel Committee of the National Political Committee and coordinate with relevant attorneys to assure legalities of personnel-related policies and crisis resolutions.
- Manage relationships/agreements with external vendors.
- Oversee projects of operations-related member committees and organize participation to assure long-term continuity of projects.
- Ensure that the organization and its chapters are run with legality and conformity to established regulations.
- Ensure staff overall experience clear expectations and a culture of both fairness and accountability. 
- Manage the implementation of decisions and strategic plans, such as bylaws amendments, as voted on by the membership of DSA at biannual National Conventions, and through interim decisions made by the NPC.
- Ensure the board has timely and accurate information to make decisions and govern the organization.
- Perform other duties which may arise based on the needs of the organization.

- At least 5 years of managerial position, preferably in a senior level position, within human resources, administrative, or related fields. 
- Working understanding of human resource principles, practices and procedures across multiple jurisdictions.
- Demonstrated experience of successfully managing a stratified team, including developing and retaining at least 5 individuals at one time and project managing work.
- Experience working with legal counsel and/or managing organizational contracts. 
- High level of accountability, responsibility, and dependability.
- Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment.
- Commitment to democratic socialist, feminist, anti-racist, anti-ableist, anti-heterosexist and pro-worker action and identify as a socialist and be grounded in democratic socialist politics; general agreement with the positions and perspectives of YDSA and DSA.

- Experience in an unionized workplace and the demonstrated ability to balance the needs of the organization, a non-traditional leadership structure, and a collective bargaining agreement. 
- Organizing experience in a political and/or labor organization (professional or volunteer).

**Reports to:** National Political Committee
**Work Schedule: **Full-time 
**Location: **Remote
**Salary: **$88,000 exempt + Cost of Living adjustment depending on residence.

**Benefits: **We offer employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and their spouse/partner and/or dependent children, and three weeks of vacation in the first year of employment, then four weeks each year thereafter. Employee contribution equivalent to 1% of wage to a 401k.

**Application Deadline:** June 7th, 2024

Democratic Socialists of America will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of their job if doing so does not result in undue hardship. If you are in need of accommodations during the application process or interview, please contact [email protected]

No phone calls or recruiters, please.

Democratic Socialists of America is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a staff that reflects the working class. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, DREAMers, as well as members of the LGBTQ communities.