Emerge Tennessee is hiring an Executive Director


Founded in 2016, Emerge Tennessee is the premier political leadership training organization for Democratic women in Tennessee. Our mission is to recruit, train, and inspire Democratic women to pursue public office at the local, state and national levels through our 6-month campaign-training program. Emerge Tennessee is an affiliate of Emerge America, a national organization currently working in 17 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin. 

For more information about Emerge Tennessee, please visit: http://www.emergeamerica.org/content/emerge-tennessee


We are seeking a highly motivated, talented, and entrepreneurial individual to serve as the Executive Director.  The ED reports to the Chair or Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors and works with state board members to achieve organizational goals.  The primary responsibilities include but are not limited to: fundraising and budget management, program implementation, class recruitment, board management, and support for program members and alumnae. 


The Executive Director will organize and facilitate Emerge Tennessee’s flagship training program and is responsible for building and maintaining the organizational infrastructure. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead the organization in its commitment to furthering our mission;
  • Develop a vision and strategic plan to advance the organization’s mission to train Democratic women to pursue public office, and when necessary, update the components of the vision and strategic plan in collaboration with the Board of Directors;
  • Direct fundraising efforts, with Board involvement, through signature fundraising events, soliciting major donors, and managing the Board and Advisory Council fundraising efforts (30%); 
  • Administer the training programs, including organizing weekend training sessions of the 6-month flagship Emerge training program, scheduling and preparing trainers, organizing curriculum materials and arranging for food and beverages for each session, and supporting the Emerge program members (20%); 
  • Build and manage relationships with the Board of Directors and oversee all board governance, including scheduling and preparing for board meetings, participating in board recruitment, development, and training, and managing all board committees (15%);
  • Manage program member recruitment and the applicant selection process to ensure a diverse class (15%); 
  • Serve as spokesperson for Emerge Tennessee and oversee all external communications, including developing relationships with the press, implementing a communications plan, managing Emerge’s website, email program and social media accounts (10%);
  • Represent the organization by participating in coalitions and developing relationships with elected officials, political activists, and community organizations to further mission (5%);
  • Support and engage all Emerge Tennessee alumnae to keep them connected to the organization (5%).


  • Bachelor’s Degree is required;
  • Demonstrated commitment to Democratic ideals; 
  • Strong fundraising skills and organizational skills;
  • Passion for and knowledge of women’s political leadership issues and political campaigns; 
  • Comfort with public speaking and excellent written and oral communications; 
  • Experience working on a political campaign;
  • Minimum of 6 years relevant professional work experience; 
  • Ability to develop trusted and effective working relationships with diverse constituencies, including boards of directors, staff, donors, elected officials, volunteers and a diverse array of supporters and stakeholders; 
  • Effective multi-tasking abilities and efficiency in time management;
  • Ability to work independently and self-motivate;
  • Ability to oversee the strategic planning process, including the development of measurable goals, and implementation of the strategic plan; 
  • Non-profit management experience in some of the following functions: boards of directors, budgets, administrative functions, program development and fundraising. 


  • Based in Tennessee - work from home (location negotiable)
  • In-state travel is required 

  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle required 
  • Flexible work hours, including weekend and evenings hours.

For consideration, please submit a thoughtful cover letter, resume, three professional references and salary range by the close of business on Monday January 2, 2017 to emergetennessee@gmail.com.

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