Flip the 49th: Neighbors in Action
CA-49th Campaign Director

Based in San Diego, CA


In 2016 the CA-49th was the closest congressional race in the country, with right-wing Republican incumbent Darrell Issa winning by less than 1650 votes out of more than 310,000 cast. This fiercely contested district is a #1 target for both Republicans and Democrats. In response to last November’s election and as part of the broader movement to resist the current administration, there has been a historic upsurge in grassroots involvement across the district.  Thousands of people who previously sat on the sidelines have stepped-up to found community groups, attend rallies, and get involved politically. 

To support this upsurge in political participation, and to build towards progressive victories up and down the ballot in 2018, Flip the 49th: Neighbors in Action is advancing five core objectives:

  1. Increasing voter turnout among infrequent progressive and liberal voters;
  2. Engaging potential “swing voters”, particularly those who opposed Trump but supported Issa in 2016;
  3. Expanding voter registration, especially among young people and Latinos;
  4. Strengthening sustainable progressive community activist organizing capacity;
  5. Generating ongoing high-profile and high-impact grassroots protests, advocacy efforts, and other types of public engagement by community members on key progressive issues.

The Organizing Director will lead an innovative organizing program in the closest congressional race in the county.   The Director is responsible for supervising organizing fellows and field organizers, and working collaboratively with primary coalition partners (SEIU, the Democratic Party and a coalition of grassroots groups), to drive forward all aspects of program implementation:

  • The Community Organizing Program is focusing the extraordinary outpouring of progressive activism to train and deploy grassroots volunteers as a cadre of coordinated local Neighborhood Leaders to engage in hyper-local, data-driven, sustained community organizing over the next 18 months.   Community organizing activities include door-to-door canvassing, house parties, tabling at local events and markets, neighbor-to-neighbor coffees, and phone calls.  Neighborhood Leaders engage in issue-based conversations in forming long-term relationships with voters.
  • The 49th District Action Council (https://www.49thactioncouncil.org/) is a new non-partisan, coalition organizing community power to take back political power across California’s 49th Congressional District.  Nurturing and coordinating the Action Council requires extensive ongoing support including: community outreach and engagement; developing and managing the website and all internal and external communications; supporting groups to coordinate mass district-wide actions, protests, issue campaigns and townhalls and mobilizations.
  • ‘Hot Spot’ Strike Teams—Phonebanking, Canvassing, and Voter Registration:  Phonebanking, canvassing and voter registration Hot Spot events are targeted at neighborhoods without a Neighborhood Leader, and at infrequent left-leaning voters and potential swing voters.   Staff responsibilities include scheduling and promoting standing weekly events, collecting data from volunteers, and all aspects of back-end data management (voter targeting, cutting turf, generating voter lists, tracking list assignments to volunteers, and entering data).

The Director is also responsible for working with the campaign Chair and Co-Chair regarding strategy, budgeting/fundraising, and legal compliance.


Applicants should be experienced campaign managers, operations directors, or organizing directors. Applicants must have significant project and team management experience, and be able to oversee and implement complex multifaceted programs in a fast-paced and fluid environment.  Applicants should be team players, and comfortable in leadership and supporting roles within a team, including group facilitation experience, and have strong listening skills.

Experience working on both issues-based community campaigns based on building long-term relationships, and traditional candidate campaigns, is strongly preferred.  Voter data management and analysis skills using NationBuilder, VAN and PDI essential. Additional experience in online organizing, including list management and online campaigning, is highly desirable.  Being conversationally bilingual in Spanish, including political vocabulary, is preferred. 

Term and Compensation
Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.   We encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion, or disability.

Application Process: To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Admin@49thactioncouncil.org. In your cover letter, please include contact information for 2-3 references and explain your relationship to those references.  Please apply by June 14th for full consideration.

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