Operations Director

Operations Director

The Democratic Association of Secretaries of State (DASS) is the only organization dedicated to electing and protecting Democratic Secretaries of States. With Big Lie candidates running for these crucial offices and with hundreds of voter suppression and election subversion bills at the state level, these seats are more important than ever — Secretaries of State really are defenders of democracy. Democratic Secretaries of State are on the front lines protecting voting rights and DASS is on the front line to protect incumbent Secretaries while identifying opportunities to pick up additional seats in the fight for democracy. We support candidates who will not just protect the right to vote, but work to expand access and innovate to allow more people to participate in elections.

DASS compensates employees competitively and provides a very generous benefits package. We believe in work-life balance and understand that every employee has unique circumstances at home. We offer employees significant amounts of time off as well as flexible work options. We’re dedicated to treating one another with respect in the workplace and prioritize racial, equity, and inclusion (REI) in our work with one another as well as with our stakeholders.

Operations Director
As the Operations Director, you will be the biggest utility player on the team. You will keep systems and processes in place to ensure the team is working efficiently and effectively. You will keep information sharing and internal communications flowing, and work across departments to keep deliverables on schedule. You will have a 360 degree view of the organization to prevent redundancies and ensure strategic goals are met.

Using strong organizational skills, the Operation Director is expected to balance multiple priorities from concept to completion while working independently as part of a remote team.

This position reports to the Executive Director and is remotely based through 2023, with the potential to be remote through the 2024 cycle – though you may be asked to travel to staff candidates and coordinate candidate travel in connection with DASS meetings and events.


  • Track progress to goals and deliverables from consultants and vendors and staff<
  • Manage onboarding of new DASS employees and consultants
  • Communicate updates to secretaries, campaigns, and external partners
  • Manage logistics of in-person and virtual events
  • Manage the Executive Director’s time and schedule, to ensure their time is used efficiently
  • Assist in scheduling for other members of the senior team
  • Manage the organization’s calendars, internal drives/network, and databases
  • Help with tracking tools used on campaigns and organizations
  • Work organizationally with leads for partner and ally relationships to help ensure needs are met in a timely manner
  • Create and maintain efficient workflows within the organization
  • Conduct administrative tasks and work with legal and compliance to ensure all entities are maintaining compliance with state laws
  • Plan and monitor the day-to-day running of business to ensure smooth progress
  • Qualifications

  • 2-3 years of experience in a similar office or campaign setting
  • Exceptionally strong organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize tasks accordingly
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills, particularly with Microsoft Excel, NGPVAN, or other similar donor database experience
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Willingness to learn and ask questions
  • Physical Requirements
    DASS is committed to supporting employees of varying abilities and providing reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to thrive at DASS.
    The requirements of this role, related to its physical demands, described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

    All DASS employees must be able to operate a computer and use a cell phone. For roles at DASS that include frequent business travel expectations, we can discuss reasonable alternatives to travel in some instances. Most roles also require communicating with key external stakeholders of the organization in person, via the telephone, or via email. Applicants with questions about accommodations may request to speak with our hiring manager
    Essential functions of the role include:

    Working from a computer for long periods of time; While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to communicate using the telephone, email, and in person with stakeholders.

    How to Apply
    Salary for the Operations Director position is $72,000 – $84,000 on an annualized basis, commensurate with experience and qualifications. DASS offers a generous benefit package, including:

  • More than 25 days of paid time off, including for Federal holidays, time off around Federal holidays including the week between Christmas and New Year, vacation, sick, and personal days
  • Fully paid health/vision/dental insurance for the employee
  • Enrollment in a SIMPLE IRA plan
  • Monthly $100 mobile phone reimbursement
  • To apply for this position, email a resume, brief cover letter, and three professional references to [email protected] no later than June 30, 2023 with the subject line: [Last Name] Operations.

    DASS may review applications after this deadline in limited circumstances, however this is not a guarantee that your application will be considered if it is not submitted by the deadline. When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for this position, they may request it in writing by emailing [email protected].

    DASS is committed to an inclusive and equitable environment and diversity among its staff and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to engaging, retaining, and supporting a diverse staff that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. DASS 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, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, personal appearance, marital status, family responsibilities, genetic information, or any other legally protected basis. DASS will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination and any such conduct is strictly prohibited.