Open Positions on the YDWA Board

The Young Democrats of Washington has two positions open: Vice President of Communications and Finance Director. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter (on what you would do in the position) to Lakecia.Farmer@ydwa.org. Applications close on October 22, at which point the executive board will share application information and their recommendation with the general board, subject to a vote of the body. If you would like more information, please feel free to email LaKecia, president. Below are the full descriptions:

Young Democrats of Washington Volunteer Position Description

Position title: Vice President of Communications

Department the position is in: Communications Department, learn more here.

Overview of position: Vice President positions are leadership roles to mentor and develop the skills of YDWA directors. In an ideal world, you would have the skills to manage your team to do the work of the department instead of doing it yourself. If you don’t have those skills yet, use this position to grow as a leader so you bring them to all jobs you have in the future!

The VP of Communications heads the department in charge of marketing YDWA’s events, communicating issues across the state, and maintaining the overall brand of the organization. They work with other departments to ensure that YDWA has a presence on social media and on the website.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Ability to support and communicate to directors in order to delegate tasks.
  • Ability to work cross-departmentally with other YDWA leaders to deliver on their projects’ communication needs.
  • Some technical skill in communications, such as: photography, graphic design, video production, or other artistic skill
  • Some background in at least one of the following: writing, marketing, branding, journalism, blogging, website content management, or social media.
  • Interest in setting a creative vision for the organization.
  • Team building skills.
  • Familiarity (or willingness to learn) how to work interactively on google docs

Expected time commitment:

  • 10 – 20 hours a month of general YDWA work
  • Monthly call with president
  • Monthly call with department directors
  • Extra work may be required leading up to YDWA convention

Benefits of the position:

  • Statewide market to show your skills and develop a name for yourself.
  • Be able to get creative and take chances in the communications world.
  • Build your professional portfolio of work.
  • Gain incredibly transferable leadership and project management skills.

Young Democrats of Washington Volunteer Position Description

Position title: Finance Director

Department the position is in: Operations Department, learn more here.

Overview of position: The Finance director tracks all financial activity of YDWA and makes sure that YDWA is following financial regulations. The Finance director also reports about financial information at the YDWA general meetings and makes financial information available to the executive board as needed. Any IRS filings, PDC filings, or banking work all falls under the purview of the Finance director.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Ability to build and update financial spreadsheets
  • Willingness to track down receipts from events
  • Understanding of PDC and IRS regulations of political organizations (or willingness to learn)
  • Ability to communicate complex financial information to a lay audience

Expected time commitment:

  • 5-20 hours a month
  • Likely increased activity in the wake of YDWA events and before board meetings

Benefits of the position:

  • Increased understanding about financial regulations in the political world
  • Opportunity to create important spreadsheets and other financial visualizations
  • Broad networking opportunities with the entire organization because everyone has finance questions