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Do You Want to Be the New Fairfax County Democratic Committee’s Executive Director?

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How would you like to be Executive Director for the Fairfax County Democratic Committee (FCDC) – Fairfax being the largest jurisdiction, by far, in Virginia, and actually larger than several states (Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Delaware, Rhode Island and Montana)? Well, with long-time FCDC Executive Director Frank Anderson moving on to become Braddock District Supervisor James Walkinshaw’s Chief of Staff, you now can apply. Just be aware that this job can be very intense, including running a large committee, plus the fact that Virginia has elections every year. But if that’s your thing, go for it…job application information here and below.

JOB VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Executive Director

JOB VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

Job Title: Executive Director
Compensation: The expected pay range is $50,000 – $60,000, plus benefits, negotiable; a year-end bonus will be awarded based on performance
Closing Date: January 15, 2020
Location: Fairfax County, Virginia with office in the Merrifield area
Starting Date: January 2020

Job Summary and Responsibilities:

The Fairfax County Democratic Committee (FCDC) is seeking an energetic, forward-looking, self starter as a full time Executive Director to manage a broad spectrum of political functions for the County Committee and to manage the operations of FCDC’s office. These duties include, but are not limited to, support of fundraising and volunteer recruiting, organizing volunteers and supervising interns, performing a variety of office and political functions, maintaining internal and external communications, ensuring equipment remains functional and the office operates effectively and efficiently, advising the Chair and Steering Committee on committee business and political operations, organizing various political events, and coordinating with political campaigns in Fairfax County. The Executive Director is currently the only paid staff member of the committee but from time to time may be assisted by volunteers, interns, and contracted staff. The Executive Director works independently with general direction from the committee Chair and FCDC’s leadership.

Qualifications:

FCDC prefers an applicant with at least a bachelor’s degree in political science, public affairs, public administration, or a related field with two or more years of experience working in a Democratic political organization such as a similar political committee or equivalent campaign experience at the campaign manager or field director level.

Knowledge and Skills:
1. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of office business practices including budgeting and contracting.
3. Familiarity with fundraising strategy and techniques and FEC and Virginia fundraising rules and regulations.
4. Knowledge of the uses of technology in an office and political organization including Web site management, voter data bases, Microsoft Office, NGP, and uses of mass emails and social media.
5. Familiarity with Fairfax County and Virginia political organizations and elections.
6. Ability to organize, train, and lead groups of volunteers and interns from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.
7. Ability to work cooperatively with members at all levels of the organization.

Benefits:

Within limits, FCDC will share the costs of benefits, including health insurance. Salary will be commensurate with relevant experience. With satisfactory performance, salary will be adjusted annually for inflation and merit.

Working Environment:

Fairfax County is the most populous county in Virginia with over a million residents. About one of every seven Virginians lives in the county. Known for its quality of life, excellent business climate, and world class school system, Fairfax County has a history of supporting Democratic candidates in most elections but recently has turned almost completely blue.

FCDC is the local political committee and operates under the auspices of the Democratic Party of Virginia. It is one of the largest grassroots political organizations in the state, with over 600 members and an annual budget ranging from $300-500,000. FCDC is governed by an elected chair, various vice chairs, district chairs, and standing committee chairs who are members of steering committee. More information is available on the web at www.fairfaxdemocrats.org.

This is a full-time position. The Executive Director will be expected to maintain regular business hours in the FCDC office on weekdays. However, FCDC operates in a campaign environment, and the Executive Director often will need to attend meetings and events outside normal business hours and at locations around the county, so some flexibility in schedule is required. Unless political events are scheduled, the Executive Director is given time off for federal holidays. The Executive Director will receive two weeks of paid vacation leave and paid sick leave will be accrued at the rate of one day per month.

How to Apply:

Apply by sending your resume and up to one page of supplemental information related to the position’s Knowledge and Skills to the

Personnel Committee
Fairfax County Democratic Committee,
8500 Executive Park Avenue, Suite 402,
Fairfax, VA 22031

or by sending an email directly to personnel@fairfaxdemocrats.org. Email submissions are preferred.

The Fairfax County Democratic Committee does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion, disability, economic status, age, genetic information, veteran status, creed, ancestry, national origin, or ethnic identity, or other non-merit factors.