Job Opening: Political Director


Montana Conservation Voters Political Director
Application Information and Position Description - December, 2012

Montana Conservation Voters’ Political Director is an exciting position whose main responsibility is to deepen and expand the political power of the conservation and environmental community with Montana elected officials, The Political Director coordinates Montana Conservation Voters’ “Cycle of Accountability” program to help elect and hold accountable pro-conservation legislative, statewide and local officials. The Political Director engages Montana Conservation Voters’ potent membership base in legislative, local and statewide elections and decision making forums affecting Montana’s air, land, water and open spaces, working with the MCV Program Director, Field Director and Executive Director. The Political Director also provides staff support to MCV chapters, members and Conservation Roundtables in eastern Montana. The position reports to the MCV Executive Director and is a full time, exempt position. The Political Director is optimally based in Billings, though location is negotiable. Approximately 1,000 – 1,200 miles per month of travel is expected.

Qualifications for the position include:

  1. An unqualified commitment to Montana Conservation Voters mission;
  2. Understanding of how to win electoral and ballot measure campaigns while building an organization and engaging members and activists;
  3. Previous experience developing and implementing campaigns to elect a candidate(s) and/or win a ballot measure, including direct voter contact, mailings, media;
  4. Field experience: directing door to door voter contact, managing associated data base, and using state of the art campaign tools and technology;
  5. Background in effective civic engagement strategies including voter registration, vote by mail, and early voting;
  6. Community organizing experience, working with diverse individuals and groups;
  7. Experience working as part of a team with staff and organizational leaders and diverse groups and coalitions;
  8. Fundraising experience (small donor, large donor and/or events);
  9. College degree.
  10. Montana Conservation Voters offers a competitive salary, a generous benefit package, and opportunities for advancement and professional development.

To apply, submit resume’, three references and two writing samples to Theresa Keaveny, Executive Director, MCV, Box 63, Billings, MT 59103. 
Application deadline: January 10, 2013
MCV is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Montana Conservation Voters Political Director Job Description – December, 2012
General Tasks: 10 percent 
1. Provide leadership and coordination to the MCV Executive Director, Board of Directors and staff to be engaged in MCV’s political program; 
2. Implement Montana Conservation Voters’ 201302014 Political Campaign and evaluate; 
3. Maintain a strong working knowledge of Montana’s political and environmental group landscape;
4. Participate in staff meetings, Board, PAC, Chapter, MCV membership and League of Conservation Voters meetings as needed.

Political and Accountability Program Direction: 60-70 percent 
1. Coordinate activities of MCV Political Action Committee, providing staff support, leadership development programs (candidate recruitment, endorsements, engagement in elections) and ongoing communication with PAC Chairperson;

2. 2013 City and 2014Legislative endorsements: Complete legislative and local candidate endorsement interviews and coordinate follow up using earned and paid media and social media;

3. Coordinate MCV’s 2013 and 2014 Electoral Campaign, working with Field Director and Program Director, including conducting Independent Expenditures and member communication programs in targeted city and legislative races;

4. Participate in Montana Votes collaborative table;

6. Ensure compliance with state and federal election and campaign laws, including reporting;

7. Implement Legislative Accountability Campaign and Incumbent Protection Campaign with Field Director and Program Director

8. Assist the Field Director in Montana Conservation Voters’ 2013 Legislative Campaign and interim legislative campaign including grassroots and direct lobbying, opposition research, and targeted constituent calling, mailings, emails and social media;

9. Create local city and county accountability program with MCV chapters as possible;

10. Use VAN, MCV’s data base and other electronic tools for electoral and accountability programs;

11. Participate in LCV’s Political Director calls and workshops.
Montana Conservation Voters Chapter support and outreach: 10 - 20 percent
1. Serve as lead organizer for Yellowstone and Gallatin-Park County MCV Chapters, including:
* Work with chairperson and chapter on regular chapter board meetings and chapter annual event 
* Outreach and one-on-ones with chapter leaders and members to engage them in MCV activities
* Engage chapters in candidate endorsement process and electoral and accountability programs;

2. Provide staff support and coordination to the Billings Conservation Roundtable, reaching out to Yellowstone County-area conservation and environmental groups, maintaining email list, coordinating eight – ten programs per year.

Fundraising: 10 percent
1.Participate in MCV’s membership recruitment and renewal program in targeted areas, including the Yellowstone and Gallatin Park MCV Chapter areas;

2. Assist the MCV Executive Director and Development director in identifying donors and assisting in preparation of letters, emails and social media materials.

Staff Development and Orientation: Workshops and training sessions are provided, including political trainings through the League of Conservation Voters, MCV and allied organizations; legal training with the Alliance for Justice; and orientation and training by Montana Conservation Voters staff, leaders, consultants.