Washington Coordinator Application
Full Time • Starts ASAP • Competitive salary and excellent benefits • Based in DC
The Washington Coordinator, working closely with MoveOn.org’s Washington Director, handles incoming and outgoing communication, strategic prioritization, scheduling, administration, and project management of MoveOn.org’s DC advocacy efforts, office, and budget. The Coordinator will also provide periodic support for the Executive Director of MoveOn Political Action. This job requires constant juggling, organization, professionalism, patience, positivity, and calm under fire in the midst of David vs. Goliath battles to save the country.
- Train conductor for MoveOn’s Washington Office: You’ll work in close partnership with MoveOn’s Washington Director, keeping our DC efforts on track and on time—including leadership and strategy on major campaigns; digital, major-donor, and foundation fundraising; relationships with key elected and other political officials; high-level relationships with allies and coalitions; and press work. This means constantly assessing the Director’s priorities and ensuring they’re completed, drafting and updating plans for the day and week, serving as a sounding board and thought partner, and keeping communications flowing through the office even if the DC Director is engaged or away.
- Update writer and in-the-loop keeper: MoveOn’s DC team is a key holder of multiple relationships with key audiences, including many allied organizations, Capitol Hill, funders, and journalists. You’ll collect information about our work from colleagues; draft regular updates for these audiences about MoveOn’s work; make sure the updates get input, revisions, and signoff; and send them out.
- Email and communications superconnector: MoveOn is a virtual organization, with staff working remotely from across the country. The work of MoveOn’s Washington office, by contrast, involves a constant thrum of face-to-face meetings and events around town. By helping track incoming email to the Washington Director and making sure key messages don’t slip through the cracks, you’ll be the connective tissue to make sure MoveOn’s in-person DC efforts stay in sync with the rest of the team.
- Meeting manager: MoveOn doesn’t just campaign. It convenes. You might be called upon to moderate coalition email lists, herd cats, and, for meetings, make sure agendas are circulated in advance, call-in numbers are listed in Google Calendar invitations, and vegan-friendly snacks are plentiful. You might take notes during meetings and calls, and you’ll make sure that everyone understands their follow-ups and actually follows up.
- Schedule ninja: Scheduling is strategy. You will absorb and understand the short and long-term strategic priorities of MoveOn and the Washington Director, make scheduling recommendations that reflect those priorities, and communicate scheduling decisions to all involved in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.
- Team logistician: You’ll book flights, track and manage budgets, make sure contracts get signed, and generally fight the inexorable advance of entropy in the universe. This administrative work will primarily focus on the Washington Director and DC operation, but will also include periodic support for the Executive Director of MoveOn.org Political Action (our PAC).
- DC horizon scanner. You’ll keep a lookout for upcoming opportunities and challenges that MoveOn generally, and the Washington Director specifically, should stay on top of. Conferences and events, protests and hearings, Congressional votes and midnight conspiracy meetings: part of your job is making sure we have a finger on the pulse of progressive Washington.
Required qualities and skills
- Unflappable, de-flap-ifying, and positive. You’re grounded, mature, self-aware, patient, and present. When things get crazy, you get calm and practical. And you keep your verve and sense of humor even in the midst of the inevitable occasional chaos of a campaigning organization.
- An enthusiastic enabler of others’ work. You love working in tandem with people to help them maximize their productivity—vital for a role that includes wrangling the work, time, and attention of our Washington Director. You’re empathic and emotionally intelligent, tuned-in to the people around you.
- Incisive, accurate, and compelling writer with a sense of politics and policy. You can review weeks of MoveOn campaigning on a policy issue and sum it up in bold, dynamic prose tailored to its intended audience. Thank-you note to coalition partners? Grant report? No problem.
- A meticulous, organized planner and a resourceful, flexible executor. You’re methodical. You’re rigorous. If you put something on a to-do list, it doesn’t disappear. You’re outstanding at estimating how long things will take, keeping them on track, and re-shuffling plans when needed.
- Tech-friendly. You’re delighted to learn new ways to use technology to make things happen. Maybe you’ve even got a few tricks in your back pocket already.
- Decisive and communicative. When something needs to get done, you point it out and make it happen. You distinguish forests from trees, and then clear a path forward.
Position is based in Washington, DC. Some travel may be required.
Classification, Salary, and Benefits
The position includes a full-time, competitive salary, plus benefits such as 100%-employer-paid premiums for medical, dental, and vision insurance for all staff and their children; employer-paid premiums for life insurance for all staff; four weeks accrued paid vacation time per year; 10 days accrued paid sick time; and reimbursement of office expenses.
To apply: Please submit your application below.
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