Virginia Education Association

Virginia Education Association

Government Relations Specialist / Political Coordinator

Based in Richmond, VA


Date of Posting: January 3, 2023
Deadline for Applying: January 12, 2023
Reports to: Director of Government Relations and Research

The Virginia Education Association (VEA) is seeking applicants for the position of GR Specialist / Political Coordinator. VEA is a statewide community of almost 40,000 teachers and school support professionals working for the betterment of public education in the Commonwealth. VEA is the state affiliate of the National Education Association with more than 3.2 million members. See our website at www.veanea.org

Position Description:
The GR Specialist - Political Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing a political program that promotes public education and the VEA. The VEA’s political program is rooted in our nearly 40,000 teachers and school support professional members from across the Commonwealth. The GR Specialist - Political Coordinator also assists with the operation of the VEA’s PAC program. The GR Specialist - Political Coordinator works closely with the Director of Government Relations and Research to run a year-round program that supports the VEA’s legislative and political goals.

The ideal candidate should be an independent and strong leader that is able to drive projects and programs to completion in a fast-paced environment. They also will have experience working with political campaigns, unions, and other membership organizations. All candidates must show a demonstrated commitment to public education.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum B.A. or B.S. degree
  • At least 3 years’ experience in electoral, civic engagement, or political campaigns, with some relevant connection to community, labor, or other non-candidate politics
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Results-focused and organized
  • Demonstrated ability to create, manage and execute strategic political and campaign plans
  • Ability to create excellent working relationships with many stakeholders, including local leaders, partners, legislators, candidates, and campaign staff
  • Familiarity with political data, the latest technologies, and best practices in the field, including VAN
  • Ability to work and travel on evenings and weekends

Core Job Functions:

  • Create and implement robust political campaign plans to elect strong public education candidates in Virginia
  • Establish accountability systems to ensure that all campaign goals are met and provide regular campaign assessments and post-election analysis
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the VEA’s Political Action Committee
  • Develop and deliver training programs in political action for VEA members and staff, especially regarding Campaigns and Elections and PAC fundraising
  • Consult with VEA and NEA legal staff to maintain compliance with campaign finance and election law
  • Assist in the development and execution of paid political communications and legislative accountability programs in support or opposition of elected officials and candidates.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor PAC fund-raising strategies and activities, the candidate recommendation process, and election efforts
  • Assist in the development and management of the PAC budget and other political budgets and resources
  • Assist in the strengthening of the state association and local PAC capacity through the strategic implementation of an effective fundraising strategy
  • Manage the PAC website and social media
  • Assist in the coordination of organizing for VEA legislative priorities
  • Maintain data management on the Voter Activation Network (VAN)
  • Work with the Director of Government Relations and Research, and other members of the Government Relations team to develop an ongoing public policy agenda and strategy.
  • Administer, manage, assist, and participate in events/meetings as assigned by the Director of Government Relations and Research (tasks may include meeting planning, registration, logistics, speaker recruitment, content development, and presenting).
  • Serve on the VEA’s Lobby Team as a registered lobbyist.
  • Attend fundraising and receptions of elected officials to advance the legislative agenda of the VEA.
  • Assist in building and maintaining relationships with key contacts in the public and private sectors, as well as with state and national coalition groups to help achieve the legislative and political goals of the association.
  • Assist in coordinating with external partners to advance the electoral and legislative goals of the VEA.
  • Assist in nurturing legislative and political partnerships with state lawmakers to advance common goals.
  • Assist in researching and analyzing education policy to work with association leadership on how to advance the association’s legislative agenda.
  • Assist in preparing literature for distribution to association staff, leadership, and members on legislative climate and political priorities.
  • Assist in communicating positions on policy matters to Executive and Legislative Branch officials through the creation and development of policy whitepapers, issue briefs, and testimony.
  • Other duties appropriate to the position assigned by the Director of Government Relations and Research.

This position requires a valid Virginia Driver’s License. Travel is required for this position, including some overnight.

Salary and Fringe Benefits:
Effective September 1, 2022, the VPSA Collective Bargaining Agreement has a salary range of $71,740 to $107,555 for 2022-2023. The contract also includes an excellent fringe benefits package.

Application Procedure:
To apply, please visit www.veanea.org and click on the link under About/VEA Careers. A cover letter supporting your qualifications for the position is required.

VEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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