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Program + Operations Associate
Virginia Civic Engagement Table
March 15, 2023
February 5, 2023
Start date: March 15, 2023
End date: August 31, 2023
Compensation + Hours:
March – April | $900 // part-time, 10 hrs/week
May – August | $2,500/month // Full-time (including four weekends, specific dates available here. Comp days following each weekend)
Work location: Hybrid. Although primarily virtual, some in-person work will be required during the summer for VAPLP program weekends and preparation (locations available here).
Application deadline: Sunday, February 5th
There is opportunity for this role to lead into a salaried position starting in September.
The program you’ll be focused on at VCET is the Virginia Progressive Leadership Program (VAPLP). VAPLP is a four-month experiential learning & training program from May to August that provides community leaders and organizers the knowledge, skills, and connections they need to strengthen their work in advancing equity & social justice in Virginia. Participants who attend the program engage in four weekend-long trainings, each with its own area of focus: positionality + community, storytelling + narrative, grassroots organizing, and community-centric fundraising.
The Associate will work alongside and with supervision from the Leadership Development Manager and the Operations Manager in supporting leaders throughout all areas of programming – this will include logistics, event management, curriculum design, facilitation, and communication. Through that, you’ll also be able to craft this position to your own strengths and areas you want to grow or develop.
There is potential for this to grow into a full-time, salaried position that would support VCET programs across the organization, such as Election Protection, Data + Technology, VAPLP, and the Staff of Color Roundtable.
Your Starting Point
VAPLP is a highly structured program that we are continually iterating on; you will not be creating a program from scratch and you won’t be doing it all on your own. However, we are also in a period of evolution and transformation having just completed our research + evaluation process, so we are not rigidly wedded to our “how”- we are looking for someone who is both eager to understand its history and current iteration and to push the quality of our work far beyond its current state. In the best case scenario, VAPLP will look different because of your contributions and our collaborative focus on creating the best experience possible for the leaders we work with. We are committed to everyone contributing where they feel the most fulfillment and have the strongest abilities – as a result, you will have the ability to shape the direction of this role based on your strengths.
Since 2008, VCET has been committed to building progressive power in Virginia that prioritizes economic, social, environmental, gender, and especially racial justice. VCET envisions a multi-racial democracy, where the full diversity of our Commonwealth is included, actively participating and represented.
VCET is guided by a key organizational strategy: fostering collective action around a common agenda. This creates the directional north star to build the large, sustained coalition needed to tackle challenges such as the 2020 Census, dismantling systemic white supremacy through strategic policy reform, and ensuring every voter has fair and free access to the ballot box. VCET is a statewide organization that serves a broad network of 46 partners across the Commonwealth with a concentration in Northern Virginia, greater Richmond, and the tidewater region (which includes Newport News, Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach). The work includes cultivating a diverse and progressive leadership pipeline in Virginia, driving collaboration through equitable and inclusive relationships, and growing shared capacity and resources for the progressive movement infrastructure in the Commonwealth.
Our way of working is highly collaborative. You will work especially close with the Leadership Development Manager and Operations Manager on all aspects of this position. You will also be closely supported in your goals and growth. If you find it difficult to openly and constantly explore and improve upon your areas of growth and reflect on equity & social justice (as a concept) and the manifestations of white supremacy (as a practice), this is not a good fit for you. Positional hierarchy and the “I have more experience doing X” argument hold no water here. Rooted in liberatory praxis, experiential learning, and critical reflection & dialogue, we aim to live out our values. The best ideas with the most rigorous justification come to the top – let your advocacy come through. If you are already stellar at what you do and want to continue your journey of growth with other smart people, this may be the place for you. Most importantly, we deeply care about the people we serve and work with. Relationships are the core of what we do, how we do, and who we are. From that, we believe that we are at our best when we can express our authentic selves.
We don’t expect someone to have all these skills in their belt; this isn’t a gate of arrival. What we’re looking for is the capacity and active commitment of already being on the road of growing in these areas in your journey.
This role is a great fit for someone who loves working with people just as much as they love logistics and is driven by a sense of purpose to create a more equitable and just Virginia.
Written Application – Please submit your resume and responses to the following questions in lieu of a cover letter directly here. We will accept responses shared in a written, visual, video, or audio form. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a deadline of Sunday, February 5th.
Phone Screen – You will receive an email with a link to schedule a 15-minute phone call with one of the direct supervisors for this role. The purpose of this stage is to assess basic qualifications as outlined in the job description and follow up on any details from your resume or responses. Phone screens will take place on a rolling basis from your application submission until Friday, February 10th.
Work Activity + Scenario One-Way – This is a two-part stage. You will be provided a few questions and sample scenarios of what to expect in the day-to-day of the role and you will be asked to submit a recorded video response to the prompts. You will also be asked to complete a sample work activity of a task that would fall on your plate. You will be provided with resources and guidance for any necessary information. Submissions of both your recorded responses and the sample work activity will be due on Friday, February 17th.
Zoom Panel Interview – This is the official final round. You’ll join an interview with a panel of VCET staff for a 45-minute interview. These questions are intended to get to know you more and how you see yourself in this work, as well as compatibility with the culture & approach of VCET and VAPLP. Interview questions will be shared ahead of time. Interviews will take place Monday, February 27th – Friday, March 3rd.
Reference Check – We will call references of the final candidates Tuesday, March 7th – Thursday, March 9th. You will be asked to provide two to three references who can speak to your work experience and/or interest in social justice, civic engagement, and community-based work.
Offers – Final notifications will be sent out on Friday, March 10th. You’ll be asked to sign a copy of the offer letter, fill out a W-9, provide banking information for electronic payment, and fill out a schedule for March & April.
VCET is a nonpartisan, 501c3 organization dedicated to fostering greater civic engagement in Virginia that values equity and challenges historical inequity. We are an equal opportunity employer and are deeply committed to building an organization that works towards a more just society. We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, religion, pregnancy, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship status, veteran other protected classes. We value diversity in lived experiences and perspectives; and we strive to build a workplace where everyone has an equally powerful voice. Applicants from minoritized groups (BIPOC, women/femmes, queer and trans folx, disabled folx, etc.) are strongly encouraged to apply. Research shows that people from minoritized groups apply to jobs only if they meet every single qualification. We encourage you to break that statistic and apply; no one meets every qualification. Our team values empathy & authenticity and is deeply interdependent – we believe it’s not just what we do but how we do. This position requires access to a computer, internet, and reliable transportation. If you do not have a computer or access to the internet, it will not affect your candidacy and we will provide necessary tools and equipment upon hiring.