Deputy Director of Civic Engagement and Politics

Deputy Director of Civic Engagement and Politics

Position Location: Washington, DC

The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) builds organizing power to transform the local, state and national policy landscape through deep, long-term partnerships with leading community organizing groups and progressive labor unions nationwide.

We seek an experienced and energetic professional who will work the Politics Team to build and strengthen CPD’s civic engagement and political program. The Deputy Director of Civic Engagement and Politics will work closely with CPD core partners to develop and execute political and civic engagement programs. A strong candidate must be able to interpret civic engagement and political data, develop strategies and tools to assist partners in implementation of programs, and review and evaluate new innovations for political mobilization and integrated voter education and engagement. This position will work with CPD core partners on campaign strategy, development of field programs, and campaign tactics and other activities to meet campaign goals and priorities. The strong candidate must have some electoral field experience, effective leadership qualities, and experience working with diverse coalitions.

Primary Responsibilities

The Deputy Director of Civic Engagement and Politics will report to the Director of Civic Engagement and Politics and will:

  • Work with the Director to oversee implementation of civic engagement and political program, including established field tracking, data and accountability systems;
  • Provide high-level strategic advice to Director on program development including targeting, electoral, legislative and ballot initiative opportunities;
  • Identify opportunities for civic engagement activity that supports capacity building among core partners;
  • Assist state partners in the development of comprehensive political plans that engage community members in electoral process including voter education, GOTV, and issue campaigns;
  • Support the overall growth and success of the Political Department;

Job Requirements

  • A demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice issues and understanding of challenges facing immigrant communities, communities of color, and low-and moderate income families;
  • At least 3-5 years experience in electoral, civic engagement, or political campaigns, with some relevant connection to community, labor, or other non-candidate politics;
  • Experience managing large scale or statewide issue campaigns;
  • Familiarity with political data, latest technologies, and best practices in the field;
  • Independent and strong leader that is able to drive project and programs to completion in fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to work within a coalition of diverse organizations and partners;
  • Experience working in diverse communities and with grassroots organizations;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Results-focused and organized;
  • Self-motivated – proven ability to work independently; and
  • Willing to have significant travel schedule

Position will be based in Washington, DC.

Generous salary and benefits package, depending on experience.

How to apply

Please apply online at

CPD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community.