Political Director

Based in Austin, TX

Job Opening: Applications Accepted Until Position Is Filled

Political Director in Austin, TX preferred, but flexible

Workers Defense Action Fund (WDAF) is seeking a full-time Political Director to lead and grow WDAF’s partisan and nonpartisan voter engagement strategy, primarily by developing and executing a strategy to engage low-propensity voters of color throughout Texas’ urban core, by building and maintaining relationships and alliances with strategic partners throughout Texas, and by supervising a high-performing field team of canvassers and field directors throughout Texas.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track-record of engaging voters throughout the state. He or she will be committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment and able to handle a heavy workload and travel. This position is an excellent opportunity to engage Texas voters, statewide ally organizations, candidates, and elected officials.

About Workers Defense Action Fund

Workers Defense Action Fund (WDAF) seeks to build a long-lasting infrastructure that will engage working Texans in the electoral and legislative processes that affect their lives. WDAF educates and informs voters about their rights, advocates for stronger protections for workers and engages historically under-represented voters in campaigns to elect representatives that care about working families' needs.

The Political Director will coordinate statewide 501(c)(4) and political action committee (PAC) eligible voter engagement activities, legislative advocacy, and 501c3 permissible voter engagement activities. The Political Director is responsible for advancing the organization’s policy and electoral campaigns in Texas and engaging low-wage workers in organizing efforts to win better working conditions for construction workers.

Local and Statewide Electoral Campaigns and Legislative Advocacy

  • Develop a multicity, statewide electoral strategy to win progressive policies for working Texans;
  • Execute and oversee a multicity, statewide electoral campaign, including hiring and supervising canvassers and field leads;
  • Draft and execute comprehensive campaign plans and budgets for electoral, legislative, and issue campaigns;
  • Foster, strengthen, and maintain partnerships with allied organizations across the state;
  • Work with Research and Policy Director to develop campaign strategy for local issue based campaigns;
  • Build relationships with policymakers at the city, county, and state level;
  • Develop written materials including policy proposals, fact sheets, white papers and policy memos in support of a local policy campaigns;
  • Support Austin based staff on state legislative efforts through district advocacy; and
  • Engage Workers Defense members in issue-based campaigns through innovative direct action and press strategy.

Outreach and Communications

  • Serve as liaison to partner organizations on statewide electoral campaigns; and
  • Collaborate with Communications Director on messaging for statewide electoral campaigns.

Fundraising and Administration

  • Identify fundraising opportunities for electoral work;
  • Assist development staff with grant writing and reporting on political activities;
  • Attend select fundraising events;
  • Work with bookkeeper to manage financial oversight of related funds;
  • Perform required administrative tasks;
  • Meet all reporting requirements; and
  • Additional tasks as assigned.


  • Two to five years’ experience managing voter engagement activities in Texas;
  • Two to five years’ experience managing financial oversight and reporting requirements for 501(c)(4) authorized activities;
  • Two to five years’ experience cultivating and interacting with individual donors for electoral work;
  • Two to five years’ experience supervising electoral field staff;
  • Extensive experience in public speaking, coalition-building, and writing;
  • Effective political analysis skills; and
  • Extensive experience in political campaign planning, political targeting techniques, budgeting, training, and management.

Preferred Qualification:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish

Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive.

How to apply: Send resume, cover letter and three professional references to jobs@wdactionfund.org. WDAF will conduct a criminal background check after making a conditional offer for this position.

WDAF is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, immigrants, female, and LBGTQ individuals to apply.

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