The Democratic Party of Georgia (DPG) Voter Protection Director’s (VPD) primary responsibilities are to work with the Executive Director of the DPG to develop and implement a voter protection program. Specifically the VPD will work across the state to identify voter protection and voter accessibility issues and identify strategies for implementing desired changes. She or he will work with the Voter Protection Committee providing technical assistance, organizing and facilitating its work, establishing and leading the poll watching, hotline and boiler room programs during primary, general, municipal and special elections while providing training for staff, volunteers and activists in proper voter protection protocol. The VPD will be responsible for building and sustaining the political and strategic relationship with the appropriate departments of the DNC and candidate voter protection programs as well as generally being a statewide resource and point person for legal, legislative and strategic action against acts of voter suppression, intimidation or other efforts aimed at disenfranchising voters of Georgia. Additionally, the VPD will be responsible for and expected to contribute equally to several office-wide projects including large-scale fundraisers, large events, elections and other DPG gatherings.
Duties of the Voter Protection Director include:
- Assisting with the coordination of Voter Protection Committee meetings;
- Organizing county liaisons, poll watchers and BOE members throughout the state;
- Building and delivering training programs as well as written manuals and other modes of communications to the benefit of the Party;
- Tracking voting legislation and organizing testimony where appropriate during the General Assembly;
- Directing the strategic, technical and operational needs of a Voter Protection boiler room, hotline, social media needs, etc., during active elections;
- Recruiting volunteers, committee members and cultivating lasting relationships with elections experts;
- Liaising with the DNC’s Voter Protection team;
- Working in coordination with other DPG departments to build capacity in the counties, organize volunteers, train Democrats and raise needed funds;
- Maintaining a current knowledge of Voter Protection related lawsuits and current events, as well as a current knowledge of Party activities, goals and of general Democratic political news; and
- Cooperating with the various departments at the DPG to perform all-staff activities such as State Committee Meetings, large fundraisers and the State Convention.
Desired Skills and Qualifications:
- Experience running a Voter Protection Program preferred;
- Experience as poll watcher, trainer or liaison to a BOE preferred;
- Political organizing and/or campaign experience;
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
- Exceptional people skills and patience;
- Strong time management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities simutaneously under strict deadlines;
- Responsive and positive team player who enjoys versatility and constant new challenges;
- Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter and other social media tools;
- Strong public speaking skills;
- Unwavering commitment to accuracy and results;
- Bachelors Degree and at least two years of related work experience, law degree preferred; and
- A strong commitment to Democratic values.
- Must have a valid Georgia’s driver’s license, reliable mode of transportation and the ability to travel extensively at times throughout the state for more than a day at a time;
- Must be able to travel outside of the state, often for several days at a time, to national trainings and events;
- Office hours are 9:00 – 5:00, Monday through Friday, however, evening and weekend hours will be needed regularly; and
- Must have the ability to regularly lift and carry 25lbs.
**Salary & Benefits: **The Democratic Party of Georgia offers a competitive salary and benefit package with the opportunity for growth. The position is currently slated through December 31, 2018 and may be renewed for permanency.
Application and Interview Procedure:
To apply, e-mail a letter describing your interest in the job, your resume, and a list of references to Rebecca DeHart at Rebecca@GeorgiaDemocrat.org by 5:00 pm on Nov 19, 2017. Please do not contact by phone.