State Manager – North Carolina
POSITION OVERVIEW AND ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND
The Black to the Future Action Fund is a 501(c) 4 that works to transform Black communities into constituencies that build independent, progressive, Black political power in cities and states. We work to enact policy that improves the lives of Black people. We work to ensure that Black people have what all people deserve–dignity, safety, and power.
The State Manager carries out the programmatic work of the Black to the Future Action Fund by building strong relationships with organizers and organizations in North Carolina; activating and mobilizing those relationships to meet the programmatic and strategic goals of the organization; and developing new relationships, partnerships, and collaborations. The State Manager is supervised by the Field Director. In addition, this role will manage organizers. The position is based in North Carolina, and some duties may be performed remotely due to the uncertainty of the COVID 19 pandemic. Travel throughout the state is required.
Black to the Future Action Fund is hiring for a shared State Manager position. This is a shared position with Black Futures’ sister organization The Black Futures Lab.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The following responsibilities are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel classified in this manner. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Provide supervision and support to volunteers, temporary staff and state-based organizers through weekly check-ins and weekly planning calls
Train volunteers, temporary staff and state-based organizers to lead effective and efficient organizing campaigns in Black communities
The State Manager designs and and coordinates all state based plans, and ensures collaboration with and implementation by the Lead Organizer
Oversee a volunteer-led organizing program focused on engaging and activating Black voters
Oversee statewide civic engagement, advocacy, and electoral programs in Black communities
Serve as chief strategist on local and state issues
Engage, educate and activate current and potential Black voters across North Carolina, with a particular focus on engaging rural residents in Eastern NC and Durham, Guilford, Orange, Mecklenburg, and Wake counties.
Motivate and inspire new people to become politically engaged in ways that ultimately results in the expansion of the Black electorate and their ability to wield independent, Black political power
Provide thought partnership on developing and executing statewide long term and short term strategic campaigns
Mobilize Black communities to drive policy change efforts at the local and state levels
Collaborate with organizational leadership to develop synergy & alignment across North Carolina focused issue campaigns, policy, movement politics, communications, and power building efforts
Develop and lead activities that connect current and potential supporters to the Black Futures Lab community, while moving them up the ladder of engagement
Conduct nonpartisan voter registration, education and turnout efforts targeting Black voters
Design and achieve metrics and goals
Build Black Futures Lab’s supporter community
Build a local volunteer base through outreach, 1-1 relationship building, leadership development, political education, and regular engagement
Work with the Political Department to develop strategy to get progressive Governors and Secretary of States elected and to govern with progressive values.
Other duties as assigned
Develop relationships and collaborate with elected officials/activists/organizations, and identify opportunities to partner in an effort to build and wield independent Black political power
Represent the organization publicly and in coalitions, in addition to identifying, managing, and growing a portfolio of external allies and partners
Facilitate and maintain relationships with Black-led grassroots organizations
Regularly track and document active campaigns and priority issues for Black Futures Lab’s partner organizations, identifying and implementing ways for the Black Futures Lab to support
Maintain regular communication with and engagement of partner organizations
Represent the organization at local and statewide coalition tables
Facilitate and provide technical assistance on civic engagement with local partners and the greater black-led organizing community in North Carolina
Other duties as assigned
Understands and can demonstrate and teach the mechanics of grassroots organizing — minimum of 5 years of grassroots organizing in Black communities in North Carolina required
Established relationships with and familiarity with North Carolina’s issue landscape, organizing groups, and institutions
5-6 years of demonstrated field organizing and managing organizers and volunteers
Very well organized; excellent written and verbal communication skills
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with colleagues and outside organizations and be able to multitask without sacrificing quality of work
4-5 years of demonstrated experience utilizing traditional and new organizing tactics/strategies to engage black communities (i.e canvassing, house meetings, SMS campaigns & virtual events)
Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
Ability to foster a cooperative, team-oriented work environment
Demonstrated previous experience organizing in black communities in North Carolina, with a particular focus on engaging rural living North Carolina residents in Eastern NC and Durham, Guilford, Orange, Mecklenburg, and Wake.
Proven ability to work in a manner that respects differences in race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance
Experience with organizing databases, VAN, Every Action, Hustle, etc.
Proficiency with G-suite
Ability to work irregular hours, including evening and weekend events as necessary. Willingness to travel.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Pay for this position is commensurate with experience and responsibilities. The salary range for this position is $85,000 – $90,000. This position comes with medical and dental benefits, generous paid vacation, sick time and holidays. This position is full-time, salaried, and exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
We will begin reviewing applications ASAP. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website.
Please send a cover letter and resume through this designated application portal: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=c858a322-00a0-4526-9713-59699ec1e4bf&ccId=19000101_000001&lang=en_US&jobId=9200405479218_1&source=EN
Applications received via email or outside of the designated process will not be considered. Black Futures Lab, Black to the Future Action Fund, and Resilient Strategies LLC are equal opportunity, affirmative action employers. Folks who are queer, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled, parents, are/have been system-impacted, are immigrants, and anyone who has experienced systemic oppression and/or gender-based violence are encouraged to apply.