Political Director

Position Description

Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (“NOC”) is hiring a full-time political director to lead on the front-lines of building political power towards justice in under-resourced communities and communities of color. NOC is in a moment of extraordinary growth and momentum, and we seek a high-level, experienced individual with a commitment to movement-building and grassroots leadership.

The NOC political director will harness the energy of NOC’s dynamic community work to build a political program that integrates and connects issue campaigns, electoral politics and grassroots organizing. We seek a long-term strategic thinker who understands politics as a means to build power for under-resourced communities and communities of color. This political director will be responsible for co-visioning, designing, and winning leader-driven campaigns to elect accountable community members to office, directing an efficient and fiscally sound PAC infrastructure and broadly advancing issues of racial and economic justice.

This is a full-time senior staff position with competitive compensation relative to experience and ability and to include excellent benefits. To apply please send electronic cover letter, resume and three references attention Anthony Newby, Executive Director, care of gabriela@mnnoc.org with the subject line POLITICAL DIRECTOR.

Introducing NOC

Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is a grassroots, member-led organization building power in under- resourced communities and communities of color across the Twin Cities and works in an intersection of race, the economy and public policy. NOC is a collaborative, movement-building organization and seeks to leverage issue based campaigns, leadership development, community organizing, and electoral organizing to achieve measurable outcomes leading to a more equitable state and nation.

In 2016, NOC is launching an ambitious project to harness the energy of our powerful campaign work and build the necessary political infrastructure to create the systemic change necessary to close the state’s outrageous equity gaps.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide structure, accountability, and leadership for a new political action committee (PAC), including PAC board development, registration, and fundraising.

  • Co-vision, write, and implement a Minneapolis electoral plan to build the power of people of color through progressive elections and candidates in 2017.

  • Co-vision, write, and implement a Saint Paul electoral plan to build the power of people of color through progressive elections and candidates in 2018

  • Co-vision, write, and implement a statewide electoral plan to build the power of people of color through progressive elections and candidates, including the Minnesota gubernatorial race in 2018.

  • Build an ongoing candidate development pipeline and leadership pool for people of color committed to creating independent, progressive political power.

  • Lead NOC staff, community members, leaders, and volunteers through electoral endorsement processes.

  • Identify strategic opportunities for NOC and communities of color to build political power in Minnesota and nationally.

  • Represent NOC appropriately and strategically with elected official and political partners locally, statewide, and nationally.

  • Work with staff, board and the Political Action Committee to develop long- term political strategy that advances issue and organizing priorities – and wins structural change – over the course of multiple election cycles. Write an annual program plan, identify targeted areas/constituencies to build long-term power.


  • At least 3 years of demonstrated experience leading successful electoral efforts with racial and economic justice-based networks, organizations, and strategic campaigns.

  • A strategic thinker with a proven ability to think, plan and act over multiple election cycles (beyond 2 to 4 years) to build enduring political power.

  • Familiarity with diverse grassroots leadership development models, tactics, and volunteer structures.

  • Proven track record of writing strategic electoral campaign plans.

  • Knowledge of PAC regulations and processes.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of organizational electoral processes and regulations.

  • Basic knowledge of local, statewide, and national campaign finance laws, including regulations pertaining to 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 organizations.

  • Keen understanding of local and statewide electoral and political landscape in Minnesota.

  • Ability to handle multiple deadlines and tasks in fast-paced environment.

  • High level of computer and web literacy with some database and/or CRM experience.

  • High level of judgment, maturity, and relational skills.  Superior accountability.  Able to produce results and solve problems with minimal supervision.

  • Demonstrated accountability to under-resourced communities and communities of color.  Ability to work in multi-cultural, multi-gendered, multi-sexed, and multi-racial settings.  Commitment to leadership by and for black, indigenous, and POC communities.  Have an active and developed analysis of power and structural change.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Brings empathy, passion, and humor to the work.

  • Ability to deliver both numbers-based and leadership-based results in self-directed environment.

  • Willingness to commit to a two-year minimum commitment to the organization.

Preferred Skills

  • Fluency in Spanish, Hmong, or Somali

Physical Demands and Environment

Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Full health, vacation, paid sick time, and dental benefits.

Reports To & Location

This position reports directly to the Executive Director.  Position is located in the NOC North Minneapolis office.


Send electronic cover letter, resume and three references attention Anthony Newby, Executive Director, care of danyale@mnnoc.org with the subject line POLITICAL DIRECTOR.

Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. 

We desire a diverse pool of applicants and particularly encourage applications from women, people of color, the LGBTQ and immigrant communities.

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