Deputy Chief of Strategy and Program

Legislative · WASHINGTON, District of Columbia
Department Legislative
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor
Compensation $100,000-$125,000/year

Deputy Chief of Strategy and Program

Reports to: Chief of Strategy and Program

Salary Range: $100,000-$125,000

Location: Washington, D.C. 


Issue One is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization that unites Republicans, Democrats, and independents to win game-changing federal reforms to fix our broken political system and create an inclusive democracy that works for everyone. Issue One educates the public and Congress to pass legislation to increase transparency, strengthen government ethics and accountability, reduce the influence of big money in politics, protect the freedom to vote, and strengthen U.S. elections.


Since its founding in 2014, Issue One has had an outsized impact on Washington. Our Don’t Mess With US and election administration campaigns helped win $825 million in federal funding for states to improve their cybersecurity and manage their elections in 2020 amid the pandemic.


Our $15 million Count Every Vote campaign and the National Council on Election Integrity – a unique bipartisan group of more than 40 leaders of Congress, Cabinet secretaries, and business and civic leaders – lead a crucial effort to defend the integrity of the 2020 elections and push back against attempts to undermine faith in the democratic process.


Issue One helped lead the congressional push to establish a 9/11-style commission to investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol, which passed the House, won bipartisan support in the Senate, and helped drive the national conversation about election disinformation, political accountability, and national security.


Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus of more than 200 former members of Congress, governors, and Cabinet secretaries allows us to form unique relationships with current decision-makers, and brings heft to our legislative and communications work. Our legislative work is backed by a robust research arm, a savvy and innovative communications team, and a strong development program enabling us to have the resources necessary to win.


The Deputy Chief of Strategy and Program (DCSP) will help manage Issue One’s program work and lead cross-cutting campaigns and initiatives. Specifically, the DCSP will assist the Chief of Strategy and Program in the management of the program department, which includes three divisions — communications, legislative, and research. The Deputy Chief will manage Issue One’s $1+ million campaign budget and lead special projects and campaigns. The DCSP will supervise the Campaign Specialist and manage various decision-making bodies, including the National Council on Election Integrity and our Fix the System coalition. The Deputy Chief will also oversee the compliance of Issue One Action (a 501(c)(4)) and ensure Issue One remains compliant with state and federal lobbying rules for both its 501(c)(3) and (c)(4) organizations. 


  • Lead Issue One’s major campaigns, including grassroots and grasstops mobilization and paid media and influencer work, in conjunction with the Chief of Strategy and Program (CSP), Legislative Director, and communications and research team;
  • Manage Issue One’s $1+ million campaign budget;
  • Lead special projects and initiatives, including the strategic research program, an ambitious project to develop a new narrative, frame, and message to advance pro-democratic policies and leaders and strengthen our democracy;
  • Manage the Campaign Specialist, key consultants, and additional staff as our campaign work grows;
  • Assist the CSP in the management of the program department, which includes three divisions -- communications, legislative, and research;
  • Manage Issue One Action (501(c)(4)) and oversee 501(c)(3)/(c)(4) compliance and compliance with state and federal lobbying rules (in conjunction with the CSP, counsel, and the Legislative Director); and
  • Work with the CSP and Communications team to expand organizational reach by assisting with social media advertising, outreach, and list-building campaigns.


  • Seven-plus years of relevant experience including significant staff management and leadership of projects, programs, and campaigns;
  • Significant combination of political, legislative, issue advocacy, and Hill experience;
  • Experience in executive and Congressional relations, including the ability to establish relationships with Republicans, Democrats, and independents;
  • Experience in leading major projects in a campaign, executive, and/or Congressional setting;
  • Experience with earned and paid media, quantitative and qualitative research, grassroots mobilization, grasstops organizing, and various voter contact methods;
  • Experience building coalitions and working with partner and other advocacy groups;
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communications skills, including ability to present complex ideas and information orally to a diverse set of audiences; 
  • Proven ability to learn new issues and tackle new challenges;
  • Experience centering gender equity and racial justice in major projects or campaigns;
  • Proven management skills including personnel and project management;
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills;
  • High capacity to work under pressure, manage multiple projects under deadline, and think quickly on your feet;
  • Strong judgment on what kinds of tactics and campaigns will attract positive media attention; 
  • Self-motivated with a positive and professional approach to management; and
  • Good sense of humor and a passion for making a difference.


This is a full-time, remote position based in Washington, D.C. This job requires at least monthly travel to Issue One’s office in Washington, D.C., and may require periodic travel to Capitol Hill or meetings or conferences located outside of the DC metro area. 

How to Apply

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2) Click "Apply for This Job" at the top of this page

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Due to the volume of applications, we will unfortunately not be able to acknowledge receipt of all applications. No phone calls, please.


Issue One has developed a comprehensive benefits package that invests in our staff to improve their overall health and promote a strong work-life balance. All full-time employees are eligible for a platinum health plan with 100% of the premium paid by Issue One. Between holidays, vacation, personal time, and office-wide closures, all staff receive more than 50 paid days off per year. In addition to providing reimbursements for internet and wellness expenses, Issue One promotes a hybrid work environment that encourages working from home but establishes monthly in-person opportunities to foster relationships between colleagues. All staff are encouraged to take part in professional development throughout the year, and the organization hosts several opportunities for fun and fellowship. 

Additional Job-Related Abilities

The successful candidate will also possess the following characteristics:

Team Player – Works well with others in a congenial, collaborative environment involving shared responsibility and credit. Is comfortable with both leading and following, as well as working in tandem with peer colleagues on joint projects.

Superior Influencing Skill – Draws upon an active network of contacts and relationships to gain access and influence with key stakeholders. Is a “known entity,” enjoys a reputation for working well with a wide variety of people, and is well-received on both sides of the political aisle. Works on and through coalitions to achieve objectives. 

Leadership – Demonstrates “situational diplomacy” and an appreciation for the personal and agency-level differences involved in executing an effective lobbying strategy. Able to lead teams through effective communications, clear direction, and steadfast follow-through. Hands-on and self-sufficient. 

Self-Directed – Able to spearhead initiatives, translate plans into specific actions across a team, and execute with urgency. Creates a level of trust with partners around sound judgments in an environment of shifting initiatives, priorities, and public opinion.      

Impeccable Integrity – Embodies and practices world-class ethical standards. Creates an environment of trust by acting with fairness and consistency, keeping commitments, and providing a rationale for decisions. 

Ego Maturity – A highly motivated, seasoned, and self-assured quality leader, with high confidence in their superior professional skills and ability to drive decisions. 

Intelligence – A person with strong intellectual capabilities who can synthesize complex data, legal concepts, and government/regulatory issues for the organization’s Hill education and policy efforts. High level of academic and professional achievement, demonstrated through credentials and recognition of key institutions.

Flexible Work Style – Comfort working within a public policy environment in general and within an organization proud of its reputation for collegiality, diversity, and creativity in delivering excellent policy and partnership outcomes.

Issue One is an equal opportunity employer committed to maintaining a nondiscriminatory work environment. Issue One places a high value on fostering an inclusive workplace, and we are committed to building a team as diverse as the American people. We do not make hiring or advancement, or other employment decisions based on race, religion, gender, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, political affiliation, pregnancy, disability, or any other status protected by law. Individuals from across the political spectrum who are passionate about fixing our broken political system are strongly encouraged to apply.

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  • Location
    WASHINGTON, District of Columbia
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor
  • Compensation