Campaign Manager - Santa Clara, CA

Job Announcement

Campaign Manager for FairVote California
Deadline: January 22, 2018

Accepted on a rolling basis, position will be open until filled


Job Description

The FairVote California Campaign Manager will develop and implement a ballot measure campaign in Santa Clara for June 2018 to adopt ranked choice voting for mayor and city council, with administrative and programmatic support from FairVote’s national staff in Maryland and FVCA staff. The Campaign Manager may be asked to continue to work on other RCV campaigns in California and assist the RCV voter education campaign in the Bay Area (Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, and San Leandro) for elections in November 2018. The position will be based in Santa Clara with an expected start date in early February 2018. We expect to fill this position with a highly capable, experienced community organizer able to meet the following responsibilities:

  • Finalize a Santa Clara campaign plan that includes forming a local campaign committee to carry out the campaign;
  • Manage day-to-day operations and overall campaign plan in Santa Clara, including voter contact field plan, implementation, and effective communication and coordination;
  • Develop relationships with community partners, political leaders, and stakeholders and oversee outreach to community and civic groups;
  • Recruit and manage volunteers for voter education and get out the vote efforts;
  • Assist in the development and training of a speakers’ bureau;
  • Facilitate data management;
  • Attend meetings with community groups, the city, or other key stakeholders as needed;
  • Develop and execute polling and focus groups with partner organizations as needed;
  • Identify and manage earned media, including media events to draw attention to campaigns, and social media opportunities;



  • 2-5 years minimum of experience in policy and/or electoral campaigns;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage grassroots communities;
  • Excellent speaking, writing, presentation, and critical analysis skills;
  • Experience in developing and implementing a campaign plan, including voter contact field plans, coalition building, and community organizing;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaboration with others, including managing volunteers;
  • Strong ties to Santa Clara or surrounding communities;
  • Passion for election reform and voting rights, with experience in these areas a plus;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and political instincts;
  • Flexible, good sense of humor, self-starter and multi-tasker;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage competing, time-sensitive priorities in a high-pressure environment;
  • Working knowledge and proficiency with social media tools including Facebook and Twitter; proficient with Microsoft Office.
  • Willingness to work irregular hours;
  • Bilingual proficiency a plus.


Salary and Benefits

Competitive compensation will commensurate with experience. The position will be based out of Santa Clara, CA and will require irregular hours.


Notice of Non-Discrimination

FairVote is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity. FairVote does not allow any unlawful discrimination against or harassment of our employees or others present at our facilities.

How to Apply / Timing

Please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information of two professional references to Applications will be reviewed immediately, with projected start date as soon as February 1, 2018.


About FairVote California

FairVote California (FVCA) launched in 2016 to seize the opportunity to advance ranked choice voting (RCV) and fairer, more inclusive elections that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all through strategic research, advocacy, organizing, and coalition building. Understanding that the electoral system we use directly impacts the representation that follows, it is imperative that we have fair elections. FVCA continues to be the leading organization advancing RCV in California because it solves many issues facing our democracy today. By giving voters the power to rank their candidates in order of preference, RCV elections promote fairness, foster civil elections, eliminate vote splitting and the spoiler effect, reduce costs, and supports greater voter participation. FVCA is a project of FairVote.


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