Jobs and Internships

The Nebraska Democratic Party staff and interns build the party, raise resources, train the grassroots, lead on issues important to voters and elect candidates across our state. Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional or educational references to the NDP Secretary, Charlene Ligon: charlene.ligon@nebraskademocrats.org. Please list your salary requirements in the cover letter. Note the close dates for each position.


POSITION TITLE: Executive Director (close date 12/14/18)

REPORTS TO: Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb

LOCATION: Lincoln, Nebraska (with considerable travel across the state, including spending time in the Omaha NDP office)

SCOPE AND SALARY OF POSITION: The Executive Director, working with the State Chair and Officers, oversees all programmatic and fundraising activities of the State Party. The Executive Director is responsible for managing the organization so that it can win elections for Democrats in a complex, competitive political environment. The salary ranges from $50-60,000 per year with a generous vacation package and fully paid health insurance. NDP staff are part of the IBEW union.

EXPERIENCE: To apply for this job, you must have:

•  At least 5 years of professional nonprofit, business or political senior management experience and managed a team of at least 3 people.

•  Been part of fundraising efforts in the range of at least $200,000 in a calendar year.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The position is responsible, at a minimum, for the following:

•  Serve as the chief strategic and tactical executive of the Nebraska Democratic Party. To include managing political relationships across the state and country and writing plans to execute a winning strategy.

•  Hire and manage staff which includes at a minimum–conduct yearly performance reviews, plan staff development/training, as well as reviewing staff functions and restructuring job responsibilities, if necessary.

•  Create an annual budget, with input from the Finance and Compliance Director, Finance Committee and approval from the Chair and other officers Treasurer, State Central Committee (SCC) and State Executive Committee (SEC). Ensure on a daily basis all staff are adhering to the operating budget.

•  Raise the funds needed to run the party organization with the Finance Committee. This includes creating an overall fundraising plan.

•  Develop and execute a plan for weekly messages, press releases, online communications, relationships with journalists, and other innovative ways to ensure NDP connects with voters and keeps Republicans accountable.

•  Recruit and meet with candidates for all levels of elected office.

•  Establish a Coordinated Campaign table that is responsible for recruiting candidates, raising resources, Vote by Mail program, mailings, volunteer management, ad buys, consultant hiring and other required components of a successful coordinated campaign.

•  Attend quarterly Democratic National Committee and the Association of State Democratic Chairs meetings with the Nebraska Party Chair and other officers.

•  Assign and manage staff for activities around the 2020 State Convention and National Convention including planning of Nebraska delegate events during convention.

SKILLS REQUIRED: Candidates must have the following skills:

• A clear understanding of all aspects of winning elections including state-of-the-art campaign techniques, relevant  technology, campaign planning, targeting, polling, election law, grassroots/issue-based mobilizing and get-out-the-vote programs.

• Ability to establish and maintain a credible reputation and high profile presence in the community on behalf of the Nebraska Democratic Party.

• Proven experience in writing proposals and soliciting and securing both small and large donations.

• Proven ability to work well with others in an often high stress environment including the ability to resolve conflict in a respectful and discreet manner.

• Ability to motivate colleagues and elected party representatives to fully participate in furthering organizational goals to elect and register Democrats and fund NDP activities.

• Relationships with state and national partners.

• Media experience with on-air TV, writing of blogs, radio and print interviews.

• Knowledge and understanding of political dynamics within Nebraska or similar rural/urban localities.

• Obsessed about the success of the Democratic Party and the quality of life for Nebraskans.


POSITION TITLE: Party Affairs Director (close date 1/14/19)

REPORTS TO: Nebraska Democratic Party Executive Director

LOCATION: Lincoln, Nebraska (with considerable travel across the state, including spending time in the Omaha NDP office)

SCOPE AND SALARY OF POSITION: The Party Affairs Director, working with the Executive Director, State Chair, party officers and elected officials, oversees all grassroots outreach to build the party. The Party Affairs Director is responsible for working with community, allied groups and County Parties to help win elections for Democrats in a complex, competitive political environment. The salary ranges from $35-45,000 per year with a generous vacation package and fully paid health insurance. NDP staff are part of the IBEW union.

EXPERIENCE: To apply for this job, you must have:

•  At least 3 years of professional nonprofit, business or political experience.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The position is responsible, at a minimum, for the following:

Serve as the main point of contact of the Nebraska Democratic Party for County Party leaders, committee chairs, party leaders, grassroots activists and allied groups with a clear focus on County Party leaders.

Organize all County Party and grassroots projects that build the state party infrastructure to help candidates win elections. This includes helping secure 93 County Party Chairs.

Manages all listserves and databases of party leaders and stakeholders. This includes creating a strong volunteer database and system so when a candidate decides to run for office a list of trained and enthusiastic individuals who can help knock doors, call voters and help with vote by mail programs is sent to the candidate.

Work with the Chairs of the “Blue Bench Project” to coordinate all trainings, conference calls and other ideas around ensuring the Democratic Party supports Nebraskans wanting to serve in office or as a party leader.

Find all national and state resources for training we can then pass on to the counties in their efforts to win elections.

Visit each county party at least once every two years to offer localized training. While in the counties, identify possible candidates and surrogates to help win elections.

Identify and maximize on opportunities to partner with allied groups on issues in the Democratic Platform such as climate change, family farms, felon voter rights, clean energy and college affordability.

Facilitate good communication between party leaders and grassroots activists. This includes regular blog posts, updating event calendars (on the website and Facebook of upcoming trainings, rallies, etc.) and other ideas to keep everyone informed and moving in the same direction.

Attend the State Central Committee meetings and the State Convention serving as a key staff member to execute meetings and trainings.

Attend—as needed—Democratic National Committee and the Association of State Democratic Chairs meetings with the Nebraska Party Chair and other officers.

SKILLS REQUIRED: Candidates must have the following skills:

Excellent listening skills that does not internalize criticism but instead acts on suggestions being brought forward.

Enjoys driving (!) and meeting with rural and urban Nebraskans from all backgrounds.

Track record of bringing creative solutions to the job.

Knowledge and understanding of political dynamics within Nebraska including how the SCC, SEC, Caucus and county party structure works.

• Obsessed about the success of the Democratic Party and the quality of life for Nebraskans.


POSITION TITLE: Grassroots Organizer (ongoing, no close date)

REPORTS TO: Field Director and Constituency Director

LOCATION: Lincoln, Omaha, Grand Island, Fremont

SCOPE OF POSITION: The Nebraska Democratic Party is hiring several Grassroots Organizers for the 2019 election cycle. These are hourly positions and paid $15 per hour. Positions are available in Lincon, Omaha, Grand Island and Fremont.

Grassroots Organizers execute plans to turnout Democrats for the 2019 elections. Grassroots Organizers build relationships between voters and the Party on a long-term basis beyond the election cycle. Grassroots Organizers are responsible for being in the community, with allied issue groups and county parties, to conduct voter outreach programs like vote by mail and educating voters at the doors and community events for federal and state candidates.

EXPERIENCE: To apply for this job, you must have at least 1 years of professional nonprofit, business or political communications experience. Additionally, you must have online and offline communications experience with tools such as Facebook and Snapchat.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Serve as a key staff member to help win federal and state elections by engaging in voter-identification, voter-registration, vote-by-mail and get-out-the-vote efforts at peoples’ homes and at community events (as we say—we talk to voters where they live and where they hang out).

• Identify and maximize on opportunities to partner with allied groups on issues in the Democratic Platform such as climate change, family farms, felon voter rights, clean energy and college affordability.

• Organize on Facebook and social media networks by identifying groups and opinions leaders and then working with these people offline to engage them as volunteers in events and canvassing.

• Canvass on a daily basis and on the weekends (different schedules are set weekly). Keep excellent voter records and sign in sheets for the voter file during every canvass and community event.


POSITION TITLE: Intern (ongoing, no close date)

REPORTS TO: Nebraska Democratic Staff (depends on intern focus)

LOCATION: Lincoln and Omaha

SCOPE OF POSITION: Interns work in various departments with the Nebraska Democratic Party including our 2019 Coordinated Campaign, Communications, Operations, Data and Field. We can work with interns schedules to provide opportunities on weekends, evenings and summer.

EXPERIENCE: To apply for an internship, you must be at least 16 years old and willing to volunteer at least 5 hours a week.

RESPONSIBILITIES: These tasks change on the type of internship the individual wants to learn about–below sample tasks but this changes depending on the department the intern is assigned to at the NDP.

• Work on the 2019 Coordinated Campaign supporting staff and candidates on key roles from canvassing, to yard sign delivery, to developing creative youth vote plans.

• Train volunteers on phone banking and canvassing.

• Write talking points, speeches, blogs, web content, issue narratives and press releases.

• Maintain and expand the press list.

• Create content for social media including SnapChat, Facebook and Twitter account.

• Assist candidates on using social media by setting up accounts and training the candidates.

• Come up with creative events to register voters and educate young people on voting for Democrats.

• Create lists of new party leaders and elected officials.

• Implement systems like sign-in process at meetings and conventions.

• Research candidates issue stances to write blog posts and other forms of communication with the information.

• Recruit and assist Block Captains.

• Register voters.

• Data entry of Vote By Mail Applications and other data collected.