Website Power Switch Action

About PowerSwitch Action (formerly Partnership for Working Families)

PowerSwitch Action is a national network organizing to realize and build multi-racial feminist democracies in our cities, towns and regions. Together with our 20 affiliates and one regional project we are driving an agenda to bring the billions of dollars in local public investments under the oversight of the communities most impacted, to expand decision making and power to more of the residents in our regions, to support the building and growth of member- based organizations, and to fight when necessary corporate actors who use their power to extract and cause harm to our communities.

We are seeking an experienced campaigner to join our team and take our work stopping corporate- driven state interference to the next level.

Background

PowerSwitch Action and its primarily women-of-color-led affiliates have helped lead the fight against the increasingly widespread corporate-driven state interference measures that keep democratic power out of reach for our communities. Our affiliates have co-led successful campaigns to repeal state preemption of inclusionary zoning and minimum wage in Colorado and are continuing to advance similar campaigns in other states, including Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Michigan. Our network continues to pioneer popular education and community organizing tools to help build the power we need to win. We have exposed through pathbreaking research and communications the corporate drivers of state interference and the impact of this nefarious strategy on women, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ individuals and lifted up the impacted people and communities leading the fight against state interference and for multiracial feminist democracy. And our legal team has used legal theories that center race and gender justice to contribute to successful legal challenges to state interference laws.

With new resources and ally relationships to support our work, we are poised to lead a transformative campaign that strikes a galvanizing blow against corporate-driven state interference and expands the capacity of campaigns nationwide to confront and rebuff these anti-democratic measures.

Core Responsibilities

This is a director level position coordinating and driving the network and national organization’s work on state interference. The Campaign Director will continue the buildout of a comprehensive national campaign, work closely with several network affiliates to support and advance their campaigns against state interference, oversee campaign specific research, communications and training with corporate campaign focus, and partner with national allies to strengthen the national field. The position reports to the Legal Director. Core responsibilities include:

1. Lead state interference program to win rollbacks of state preemption laws on PowerSwitch Action core issues:

  • Establish and revise program goals, objectives and budget and alignment with our organization’s Mission and vision/Long Term Agenda;
  • Engage in deep strategic partnership with affiliate campaigns in Pennsylvania, Colorado, Tennessee and Michigan to win roll backs of state preemption laws, co-develop and support execution of campaign plans that employ corporate campaigning and build statewide organizing infrastructure;
  • Work with communicators and researchers to advance the campaign’s frame and shift popular understanding through popular education tools, research reports, issue briefs, rapid response communications and other communication tools that expose corporate drivers and center racial and gender justice; and
  • Oversee the work of staff and contracted researchers, communicators and attorneys to advance campaign goals.

2. Lead and participate in the national movement ecosystem challenging state interference:

  • Organize a national convening of organizations challenging state interference that centers PowerSwitch Actions’ approach and affiliate campaigns to organize greater capacity in the national field;
  • Build and maintain partnerships with national allies and coordinate affiliate involvement with allies’ actions and campaigns; and
  • Support the maintenance of organizational relationships with philanthropic funders and prospect for new campaign funding in collaboration with the Executive Director and development staff.

3. Build affiliate infrastructure to drive state interference campaigns:

  •  Coordinate a cohort of affiliate and allied campaigns, including holding regular strategy and resource-sharing meetings;
  • Collaborate with other PowerSwitch programs to put on a training for affiliate campaigns on corporate campaigning methods and tools

Qualifications

  • Winning campaigner, with corporate campaigning expertise: At least 5 years experience and demonstrated ability to design, lead, and win issue campaigns, preferably at the local and state level. Proven expertise leading coalition campaigns, community and worker organizing methods, power analysis and campaign planning; ability to develop and incorporate political and economic analysis into campaign work and use popular education tools to help others do the same; and track record of overseeing successful communications elements of campaigns, such as reports, popular education, and rapid response.
  • Inclusive and visionary leadership: Demonstrated track record of successfully working in settings where women and people of color were in leadership roles (PowerSwitch Action and its affiliates are overwhelmingly led by women of color). Ability to set vision and think multiple steps ahead to develop solutions.
  • Exceptional project management skills: Demonstrated ability to successfully lead multiple long- and short-term projects simultaneously, including setting goals and developing a realistic work plan. Move people to action and hold them accountable with and without formal authority. Highly organized and strong attention to detail. Proven ability to manage a complex schedule and responsibilities with minimal support or oversight.
  • Mission alignment: Alignment with the PowerSwitch Action’s organizational mission and value and demonstrated commitment to social, racial, economic and environmental justice. Experience and issue expertise with state interference is preferred but not required. This job will require monthly travel and periodically odd work hours for major meetings or actions. PowerSwitch Action staff work remotely and are expected to effectively use remote communication tools (like Slack) to work with colleagues, affiliates, and partners.

Compensation and Location

  • This is a full-time position. We offer a competitive starting salary between $97,000-108,000 (based on experience) and generous benefits, including covering full health benefit premiums (health, dental, vision, and life) and a 401k plan with an employer contribution.
  • The position will ideally be located in a city in which one of PowerSwitch Action’s 20 affiliates is located, but we will consider exceptional candidates who are located in other cities and major media markets.

To Apply

Please submit a letter of interest and resume.

No phone calls, please.

PowerSwitch Action is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women and gender non-binary people, people of color including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender/gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.

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