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Operations Director

The Mecklenburg County Democratic Party (“MCDP”) is seeking a full-time Operations Director to handle the day-to-day office needs of the county party, oversee volunteers, help organize area events, and help coordinate efforts between various party employees officers and volunteers. The coordinated campaign will develop and execute both short-term priorities and long-term strategic plans to advance the organization and Party objectives through the 2023 Municipal Elections, the 2024 Presidential Election, and beyond. This position reports directly to the Executive Director and works in close collaboration with the County Executive Council (the “Board”) in executing their duties and the day-to-day operations of the Party. Duties also include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborating with the Executive Director to develop and execute an annual fundraising and operations strategic plan and operating budget.

  • Overseeing day to day operations at the party office.

  • Developing standard processes for data entry, running volunteer events, trainings, and other recurring party activities.

  • Directing supervision of operational capacities of the MCDP.

  • Assisting with candidate recruitment.

  • Developing and maintaining key relationships with volunteers, donors, key community groups, elected officials, and candidates.

  • Overseeing all aspects of program implementation with critical project management disciplines-timelines, deliverables, accountabilities.

  • Developing key performance metrics to ensure programs and activities meet MCDPoutreach, leadership development, and fundraising objectives.

  • Consistently reporting to donors on progress towards the strategic plan, fundraising program, and financial objectives.

  • Collaborating with the State Party and Coordinated Campaign to ensure Mecklenburg turns out voter populations that sway statewide outcomes.

  • Ensuring the flow of timely, consistent internal and external communication through a defined editorial calendar.

  • Identifying and providing recommendations on improvements across the organization.

  • Works with the Board to deliver, monitor, and communicate progress towards goals in a structured and disciplined manner.

 

Who are you?

The ideal candidate will be experienced in development and implementation of a strategic plan, a leader with both a professional and volunteer staff, an experienced political operative, highly organized, and a problem solver. They will be a passionate promoter of Democratic Party values. A familiarity with the Mecklenburg and North Carolina political landscape is preferred.

Qualifications

  • Proven success in project management, growth, marketing, or similar role.

  • Experience managing staff and volunteers.

  • Office management experience preferred.

  • Strong project management, strategy, and managerial skills.

  • Demonstrated experience creating and implementing a strategic plan.

  • Experience using VoteBuilder and NGP.

  • Experience managing relationships with principal candidates and elected officials.

  • Ability to read and translate polling data.

  • Preferred experience participating in aligned and allied tables.

  • Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to work in a highly independent environment and juggle multiple ongoing projects, responsibilities, and relationships.

  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and able to adapt quickly to meet project needs.

  • Strong competency with all digital platforms.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Able to handle multiple projects at once, work well under deadlines.

  • Two+ cycles of working in a paid role as staff for the Party or on an electoral or issue advocacy campaign is preferred.

Job Details

Applicants must live in or around Mecklenburg County or agree to move to the area upon hiring. Preference given to applicants who can work in office. Applicants must have the ability to travel to events and meetings in the Mecklenburg area and must have a valid driver's license.

The annual salary range for this role is $70,000 - $78,000 and is commensurate with experience. This position also includes health insurance and paid time off.

 

About the MCDP

The MCDP (home to Charlotte) is at an historic inflection point. With more Democrats than any other county in North Carolina (320,000, as well as 277,000 Independents), Mecklenburg County also has experienced one of the worst turnout rates in the state (93rd out of 100 counties). Tens of thousands of votes are being left on the table here in Mecklenburg County. It’s our job to boost turnout and propel statewide candidates to victory. Mecklenburg is the county that will decide the next election.

 

When we succeed, the results will be big. In 2016, Roy Cooper (D) won the governorship by less than 10,300 votes. In 2020, Chief Justice Cheri Beasley lost her election by only 401 votes of the nearly 5.4 million ballots cast – two votes per precinct in Mecklenburg. Biden lost NC in 2020 by 75,000 votes.

You’ll work with a fresh and dynamic team, one that is open to big ideas, and new ways of thinking. MCDP is excited to empower its staff to innovate and to try new things.

To Apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, their resume, and the contact information for at least three references to julia@meckdems.org. Interviews will be conducted until the position is filled. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted directly. No calls, please.

Additional Information

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the person holding this position. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. MCDP reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary.

 

MCDP is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. MCDP makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities or religious beliefs in accordance with applicable law.

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