The Florida Democratic Party is expanding our team in advance of 2020 and is seeking an experienced Political Director to run a robust political operation with a primary focus of supporting local elected and Party leaders and Florida Democratic Party candidates.

In this role, you will collaborate with Party, Federal, State, County and Municipal candidates and elected leaders to build political power across the state. The Party defines political power as short term wins in elections and creating, sustaining and wielding permanent political infrastructure for future campaigns, candidates and elected officials allowing the Democratic Party to secure Democratic and political victories in Florida.

Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This position reports directly to the Deputy Executive Director of Political Affairs and Communications.


Supervise all in-state political staff

Act as liaison from the Party to Florida elected officials and their staff

Draft political plans for overall direction and focus of political program for the entire state

Plan and coordinate political field activities for Party campaigns city, county, state and federal level

Provide input and draft sections for statewide electoral and issue based campaign plans

Work closely with the communications and community engagement teams to provide our elected leaders with a grassroots platform, audience and an opportunity to amplify the message of the Democratic Party via our elected leaders

Work directly with the Deputy Executive Director and Executive Director on defining electoral strategies, plans and benchmarks in coordination with Party leadership and elected officials

Create a roadmap and plan for expanding the Party’s political footprint through the strengthening of relationships and program development with statewide and national Democratic and progressive coalition partners

Identify and develop relationships with key partners and stakeholders across the state

Ensure coordination between departments related to electoral and political activities and issue campaigns

Manage projects with competing deadlines and needs

Conduct regular political call time to elected officials

Collect and prepare reports for senior leadership based on input and Party requests from our elected officials

Create and maintain contact information for all Democratic elected officials and their staff at the City, County, State and Federal level

Plan and lead large political and surrogate events across the state


At least three cycles of political campaign experience (minimum one cycle in Florida), this is not an entry level position

Experience in drafting campaign plans

Excellent organization skills and experience working with elected leaders

Event planning with extra points for leadership roles in large surrogate events

Ability to facilitate and coordinate meetings, workshops, conferences, etc.

Ability to communicate effectively; both verbally and written

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships

Ability to work independently and as a part of a team

Diligent Work Ethic: our team will work long hours, especially as we get closer to election day. We will prioritize working smart but we will also work hard.

Good Listener: many of our colleagues don't come from a technical background. They won't always know what's possible or even what to ask us for. Part of your job is to listen closely, use common sense, and discern their true needs so that we can solve real problems.

Positive Attitude: Even on tough days, our team needs to remain optimistic and upbeat. This will make us more productive, and, to an extent, positive attitude is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Share Democratic Values: Our mission is to elect all of our Florida Democratic candidates. You need to share a passion for this mission. If you are inclined to support Republicans, to split your ticket, or are disengaged from politics, then this isn't the job for you.


Travel to satellite and other statewide locations to prepare, coordinate and deliver training.

Attend various meetings as assigned by leadership and serve as a support resource to local organizations.

May require day and/or overnight travel and non-traditional work schedules.


A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

Prior professional experience working with, and managing, volunteers

Are fluent in a second language

Possess a familiarity with VAN.

Hold knowledge of and relationships with Florida elected officials and staff

Have experience with ballot measure campaigns


Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable mode of transportation and the ability to travel extensively at times throughout the state for more than a day at a time

Must be able to travel often for several days at a time

Office hours are 9:30 – 6:30, Monday through Friday, however, evening and weekend hours will be needed regularly

Must have the ability to regularly lift and carry 25lbs


The Florida Democratic Party offers a competitive salary and benefit package with the opportunity for growth, salary range is $50,000 to $67,500 commensurate with experience including excellent insurance paid fully by the employer. The position is currently slated through December 31, 2020 and may be renewed for permanency.

To apply, e-mail a letter describing your interest in the job, your resume, cover letter, and a list of references to Juan Penalosa at and use Political Director as the subject line. Please do not contact by phone.

FDP believes that our differences enhance our strength and we believe that we benefit from a staff of diverse races, ethnic origins, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, economic backgrounds, abilities, and other facets of our identities.

Interested candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, and three references in one PDF document to with the position title in the subject line.​ Please note that formats other than PDF will not be accepted. Qualified applicants will be called for the next step of the hiring process.

The Florida Democratic Party is committed to hiring an inclusive, diverse staff. The FDP is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis.


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