Sunday, March 8, 2015

Working Families Is Coming To Wisconsin!

Are you sick of the way Scott Walker and his gang of Teahadists are running roughshod all over the state and its people?  Are you tired of the way the corporate Democrats want to sell you out to their plutocrats and oligarchs?  Are you frustrated that truly progressive candidates keep getting the short shrift from the Democrat Party machine?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, do I have good news for you!

The Working Families Party is coming to Wisconsin!

Not only that, but you can be part of this historical opportunity to claim the state back for the people:
Working Families

Working Families is a progressive independent political organization that fights for economic and racial justice -- and wins. Formed by labor unions, community organizations and grassroots activists, our aim is to advance bold policy goals that support dignity and justice for working class communities and communities of color. Working Families combines issue advocacy campaigns with a year-round electoral engagement to win ground breaking policies and elect strong progressive champions.

Wisconsin State Director

Working Families is hiring a State Director to launch and lead a new state based organization in Wisconsin where we seek to challenge to current anti-worker agenda in state government, advance progressive values and the interests of working class communities and communities of color. The ideal candidate will have a deep commitment to economic and social justice, excellent political instincts, entrepreneurial energy required to lead a start-up and build it to scale.

 Job Scope:        

The State Director oversees all issue and electoral campaign activities and the growth and development of the organization.  Serving as the political and legislative strategist for Working Families within the state, s/he works with the National Executive Director and the local Working Families’ board to develop the state’s political strategy and oversee that strategy’s implementation in a complex, competitive political environment. The position is located in either Madison or Milwaukee, WI.

Job Duties:  

  • Set the comprehensive organizational priorities for the state and execute effective strategies and tactics to advance the mission of the Working Families Party within the state;
  • Develop and staff a local board of key institutional partners to guide the organization’s electoral and issue campaign priorities.
  • Identify and prioritize candidate and legislative opportunities within the state and leverage resources to secure political and legislative victories at the local, regional and state level;
  • Build a political network: expand coalitions with local and state progressive organizations, identify and mobilize concerned citizens, and reach out to new constituencies to expand the Working Families Party’s base of support;
  • Cultivate external relationships with political decision-makers, coalition partners, donors, and other stakeholders;
  • Generate media attention and build public awareness of Working Families initiatives and campaigns;
  • Ensure full compliance with state and local election and campaign finance laws;
  • Direct fundraising efforts: design and implement a fundraising plan;
  • Develop and adhere to a statewide budget;
  • Hire, supervise, and train staff, interns and volunteers working on legislative and electoral projects;

 Required education, experience, knowledge, and skills:

  • Commitment to social and economic justice.
  • Five or more years of relevant professional experience, post college.  Relevant experience includes (but is not limited to) working in political, policy, union, advocacy, legal, journalistic, or government settings;
  • Experience with multi-faceted planning processes;
  • Excellent analytical skills and sound judgment;
  • Strong verbal and writing skills; the ability to communicate persuasively in a charged atmosphere;
  • Must be a results-oriented self-starter able to work under pressure on several projects at one time;
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience;
  • Demonstrated staff management experience;
  • Bachelor’s degree required. 

Salary is commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, generous paid time off, and 401k plan.

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to with “WI State Director” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The Working Families Organization is an equal opportunity employers with a commitment to economic and social justice. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply.


  1. Great idea! Let's take the 48% that did not vote for walker and SPLIT IT IN TWO!!!!!!

    If my math is correct, 48/2 equals MORE THAN THE 52% That WALKER GETS.

    Don't tell me, this was some teacher's idea, right?

    1. On the other hand, people could have a candidate that they actually want to vote for and more would turn out to vote.

      What a novel concept that would be!

      Only a Republican or Corporate Democrat (but I repeat myself) would oppose that.

    2. It's encouragong to see progressives starting to take action. If nothing else, it requires the two entrenched parties to acknowledge a paradigm shift in the population's discontent with the status quo and changes the conversation.

      That's a good thing.

  2. Without instant run-off elections, this is wasteful.

    Money controls the state houses, and it is seeping into the county and city levels at a pace unprecedented. Your local school board is getting filled by teahadists, another party trying to pare itself distinct from the nearest major party will drain your limited resources.

    There is a better way than trying to play their game, make yours original.

  3. Unhappy with the Democrats? Fine. Get active with them. Siphon off support to a third party? You're doing the GOPs job for them. Don't think there's much difference between the GOP and the (and as you say,"corporate") Democrats? You're either ignorant or, more likely, delusional. You think your Working Families will affect elections without having to raise money? Get back to me on that.