The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative — to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education, and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system. LDF continues to make an impact in the area of public service and was recognized by Fast Company as one of its 2023 Brands That Matter under its public service category.

The Deputy Manager for Civic Engagement will help lead LDF’s civic engagement and voter education efforts through the VRD/PTV Project. The Deputy Manager will develop a strategy and implement LDF’s outreach to voters and partner organizations to encourage participation in democracy through voting, elections, and holding elected officials accountable. We are looking for someone who has great political sense and knowledge of campaigns, elections, politicians, outside groups, and/or voting rights. The ideal candidate should possess a good understanding of the elections process. The Deputy Manager will report to the Senior Deputy Director of Strategic Initiatives.

To learn more about the Voting Rights Defender (VRD) and Prepared to Vote (PTV) projects, visit voting.naacpldf.org.

Responsibilities:

  • Strategize with the VRD Manager to create targeted nonpartisan voter communication plans and materials. Oversee or directly write public content such as emails, newsletters, surveys, social media posts, press releases, video scripts, and more;
  • Supervise a Voting Rights Digital Organizer in their efforts to create engaging and effective voter engagement, public education, and targeted campaign materials and to administer internal systems to manage volunteer and voter outreach efforts;
  • Supervise Voting Rights Field Coordinators in their community engagement and voter outreach efforts;
  • Collaborate with internal partners and other departments to ensure alignment across the organization on all aspects of messaging on all intersecting initiatives, projects, campaigns, and statements; and
  • Other duties as assigned within the general scope of the position.

Qualifications:

  • Advanced Degree, preferred;
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in elections, politics, voting rights, organizing, or communications
  • Commitment to the racial justice mission of LDF;
  • Excellent communication, both written and verbal;
  • Ability to work well under pressure with attention to detail.

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.

LDF offers a rich platform of benefits including medical (Empire), dental (Cigna), vision (NVA), flexible spending accounts (Flex Facts), transit/commuter plan, life insurance, AD&D, voluntary life & AD&D (UNUM), AFLAC, Employee Assistance Plan, and Health Advocate.  As well as the many healthcare benefits, LDF offers a 403b plan with employer match, and a robust vacation, sick, and personal time program to ensure employees have a healthy work-life balance.

Please note that LDF requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination prior to the commencement of employment unless they qualify for a reasonable accommodation for bona fide medical or religious reasons.

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The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, medical condition or disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law.

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