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Executive Director
Rust Belt Rising in Chicago, Illinois
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Date Posted 10/06/2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Rust Belt Rising (RBR) is committed to helping Democratic candidates win elections for office in the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.  We conduct training programs for all Democratic candidates in the region. We help them craft winning messages to their particular constituents on the core economic issues important to working people and their families like jobs, health care, and education.  For further details, please review our website at rustbeltrisingcom.

Executive Director Position

Rust Belt Rising seeks an Executive Director who will be an operational leader of this large effort. The Executive Director will:

 Recruit candidates throughout the region, enhancing existing partnerships and building new partnerships with local, state and Democratic Party organizations and synergistic organizations

  • Coordinate the design and production of the courses with excellent, deeply qualified presenters and a state-of-the-art online format, drawing on lessons learned from past course sessions

  • Coordinate a mentoring team to provide selected candidates with mentoring.

  • Direct all RBR marketing and other communications

  • Coordinate fundraising efforts, including identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gifts.

  • Manage all administrative functions of Rust Belt Rising, including the managing the organization’s budget and submitting monthly progress reports to the Board of Directors.

  • Source and manage vendors and consultants and any added staff.

  • Develop, coordinate, and enforce administrative systems, policies, procedures, and productivity standards.


RBR is looking for the best combination of the following:

  • Substantial managerial experience with excellent results

  • Experience developing strong relationships with individual and organizational stakeholders

  • Experience in effective written and oral communication and marketing

  • Experience with interactive technology including online learning and website management

  • Experience fundraising

  • Experience working well with a Board of Directors

  • Experience with political campaign and/or community organizing within the region

  • Experience overseeing accounting, budget and financial management


  • Commitment to the RBR mission and approach

  • Self-starting and self-governing with a strong work ethic

  • Strong team leadership and relationship building skills


  • Extraordinary oral and written communication skills and

  • Results oriented and efficient worker

Compensation: Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Starting Date: The position is open immediately.

Interested candidates should send résumé to:

Rust Belt Rising does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, religious belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, veteran status, physical or mental disability or any other protected status in admission or access to, or employment in its programs and activities.

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