Title: Director of Organizing and Elections
Organization: Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
Summary of Position
The Director of the Organizing and Elections (DOE) Division for the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM) and the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts position facilitates the advancement of PPLM/PPAF’s healthcare/public health mission through community organizing (organizing) and electoral strategic implementation. This role advises the ED of PPAF/EVP of External Affairs and PPLM Executive leadership on local, state, and federal electoral activity and community organizing relationships that directly or indirectly relate to healthcare and public health that impact the mission of PPLM and PPAF. This position reports directly to the ED of PPAF/EVP of External Affairs of PPLM.
The DOE oversees organizing and electoral work for the entire state. They directly supervise the Electoral Program Associate and Organizing Manager for state-wide electoral work and organizing programs for PPAF and PPLM’s External Affairs Department. The DOE is responsible for the strategic development and strategic implementation of statewide electoral work in collaboration with the ED of PPAF/EVP of External Affairs. This role is also responsible for the strategic development and implementation of organizing programs in collaboration with the Organizing Manager, as a direct report, to design and meaningfully advance the healthcare and public health organizational goals and initiatives of PPAF and PPLM to include improving safe equitable access to abortion healthcare services , sexual and reproductive healthcare, building and sustaining PPAF’s power and role with communities and coalitions from across the state in the movement for reproductive rights, health and freedom, and centering PPAF’s programs around health equity and racial justice. This role ensures consistent engagement opportunities exist for supporters across the state to act in support of Planned Parenthood that has Latinx, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, Collegiate, Youth Engagement, and Patient and Provider, and other equity and inclusive-driven organizing advocacy program focus areas.
This role is integral to PPLM/PPAF’s ongoing efforts and initiatives that incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion to address statewide local health disparities. This position leverages the voice and power of communities across the state to further position PPLM/PPAF as a healthcare and public health leader to achieve health equity across the entire State of Massachusetts. This individual engages as a collaborative team partner with the Department’s Communications Division and Health Policy & Government Relations. The DOE also collaborates across PPLM to include engagement that facilitates proactive community organizing planning with PPAF and External Affairs leadership. The team-oriented and collaborative efforts of the DOE will help establish intersectional support with coalitions aligned with PPLM/PPAF mission as the leading expert on abortion access, sexual and reproductive health, comprehensive sex education, and policy.
- Collaborate with ED of PPAF/EVP of External Affairs to develop well-researched and informed electoral and community organizing programmatic strategies.
- Advance the PPLM/PPAF legislative agenda for healthcare and public health electoral and community organizing priorities at the local and state level.
- Ensure equitable regional program implementation and access of all community organizing programs across the State of Massachusetts.
- Develop and manage the Organizing and Electoral budget.
- Develop communications (calls to action, fact sheets, infographics, inclusive of information for digital media activities) in collaboration with the Communications Division related to non-partisan voter mobilization in elections and canvassing, organizing to participate in supportive activities for lobbying, and organized community advocacy.
- Management of health policy and community health analytics related to healthcare and public health with an emphasis on the social determinants of health.
- Monitor changes in the sociopolitical environment at the local, state, and federal levels to determine electoral and community organizing strategic planning and program activities with the Organizing Manager.
- Engage in PPAF and Cross-Departmental PPLM Strategy Development.
- Consult with the Health Policy and Government Relations Division on PPAF electoral legal compliance of all election and campaign finance laws and regulations at the state and federal levels.
- Oversee the management and planning of all PPAF electoral activities (e.g., electoral questionnaire development, endorsement process, ballot initiative development, and electoral field work).
- Evaluate PPAF electoral materials to ensure their accurate reflection of PPAF’s community organizing programming and PPAF’s legislative agenda.
- Manage the process of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and external grant documentation and reporting for Organizing programs.
- Collaborate with Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s (PPFA) electoral and organizing staff and other Planned Parenthood affiliate staff to pursue national public policy goals. Participate in PPFA conference calls and attend national meetings and conferences as necessary.
- Cultivate and manage relationships with individuals and organizations to facilitate new partnerships and advance grassroots strategies.
- Oversee the management of volunteers, interns, and a supporter database using VAN (Voter Activation Network) to coordinate strategic activities with PPAF/External Affairs leadership.
- Coordinate with the Organizing Manager and staff to recruit supporters to attend electoral and healthcare and public health advocacy programs and activities including phone banks, canvasses, and programmatic advocacy activities that support communities and endorsed candidates; in some instances, manage these events.
- Act as a representative of PPAF/PPLM at external events and meetings.
- Participate in Board meetings as needed in coordination with the ED of PPAF/EVP of External Affairs.
- Undergraduate degree and/or significant experience in the field required, advanced degree a plus.
- 5 – 7 years of proven campaign, volunteer/intern management, program management, organizational strategic planning, and advocacy/organizing experience.
- Minimum of two full election cycles or two full years supporting a single candidate or a political issue in grassroots, community organizing or election campaign capacity; experience in both areas a plus.
- Demonstrate a commitment to DEI work. Leadership experience working with DEI initiatives a plus
- Experience with organizational budgetary management and personnel supervisory management
- Familiarity with Massachusetts community coalitions and political landscape strongly preferred
- Experience with analytics and data/database management preferred
- Strong written and verbal communication skills and comfortable making public required
- Must take initiative, be strategic, resourceful, highly analytical, and meet tight and rapid external legislative and coalition due dates.
- Occasional weekend and after hours work as necessary due to external legislative and electoral cycle preparation/engagement.
- Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is strongly preferred; frequent statewide travel is necessary
- Demonstrate ability to work with people of different races, ethnicities, sexual and gender identities and expressions, ages, abilities, and experiences.
- Background/Strong interest in family planning and sexual health policy, reproductive rights, reproductive justice, knowledge of local community, national and state healthcare/public health organizing advocacy activities. Demonstrate ability to work with people of different races, ethnicities, sexual and gender identities and expressions, ages, abilities, and experiences.
- Schedule will vary and include frequent nights and weekends
- Ability to speak additional languages preferred
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