The Campaign for College Opportunity is seeking a Political Director who will be responsible for coordinating candidate engagement. The next Governor of California can shape higher education in the state for years to come. With the backdrop of a looming statewide workforce shortage of one million bachelor degrees by 2025, it is imperative that all candidates for Governor or public office in the state have a deep understanding of the key issues in higher education and have the technical support, expertise, and resources to act.
The Political Director will play a key role for the organization, shaping the overall political outreach strategy, and holding primary responsibility for implementation of the strategy that supports working with our policy makers to set an attainment goal for higher education, influencing state budget and policy solutions that results in concrete actions to improve higher education attainment while closing racial equity gaps, strengthening oversight and coordination of public higher education and strengthening the states’ student data infrastructure in order to measure student progress and improve outcomes.
The Political Director will help build a statewide bipartisan coalition, utilize online mobilization techniques, identify high visibility opportunities for raising higher education priorities with candidates for state office, and support strategic communications.
The Political Director will report to the Senior Vice President, will coordinate with external public affairs and communications consultants, and manage Campaign fellows and interns.
The position will be based in Los Angeles and travel within the state will be required. It is a temporary two-year position with full benefits. The position may become permanent based on performance and availability of resources after the initial two-year period.
$65,000 to $75,000, final annual salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Campaign offers generous medical, dental, vision, and retirement benefits. The Campaign provides three weeks paid vacation and annual professional development opportunities as approved by your Supervisor.
The Campaign for College Opportunity will accept applications for the position beginning September 27, 2017. Interested parties should forward a cover letter and resume indicating “Political Director” in the subject line by email to:
Stacey Holderbach, Development and Administrative Manager
All candidates selected for an interview will be required to submit work samples which may include policy/issue memos, campaign collateral, earned media or opinion editorials. Three professional references will be requested, previous education and work experience will be verified.
The Campaign for College Opportunity is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified persons of every background. All applicants should visit our website to learn more about the Campaign at www.collegecampaign.org before submitting a cover letter and resume.
The Campaign for College Opportunity is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) broad-based, bipartisan coalition, including business, education, and civil rights leaders, that is dedicated to ensuring all Californians have an equal opportunity to attend and succeed in college to build a vibrant workforce, economy and democracy. Our mission is focused on substantially increasing the number of students attending two- and four-year colleges in the state and who complete their college education. Every day, the Campaign fights to make public policy changes that will help more California students enter and complete college. The Campaign maintains offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento.