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Middle Seat is a recognized leader in the digital media and fundraising space, serving many of the nation’s most prominent progressive candidates and causes. We’re a full-service firm with email, advertising, creative, social, texting, and web development teams. We’re 50+ writers, designers, coders, and strategists all passionate about creating real and lasting change. In just five years we’ve raised hundreds of millions of dollars with grassroots donors; we’ve helped elect or re-elect some of the nation’s most powerful voices for change.

We’re hiring a Chief of Staff to help guide us into our next chapter. We’re looking for candidates with extensive experience in management and decision-making roles who can earn the confidence of the team on day one. As Chief of Staff, you’ll steer our team of department leads and take responsibility for the success of the company as a whole.

Middle Seat is proud to be driven by our values and we’re looking for a Chief of Staff as passionate about making progressive change as our clients and teammates. Check out a sample of our client list below and, if this opportunity sounds like a good fit, please apply today. This role is not part of the bargaining unit.

  • 350.org
  • ACLU
  • AFL-CIO
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
  • Ayanna Pressley
  • Beto O’Rourke
  • Charles Booker
  • Consumer Reports
  • Cori Bush
  • Erica Smith
  • Green New Deal Network
  • Ground Game Texas
  • Jamaal Bowman
  • Jessica Cisneros
  • John Fetterman
  • Justice Democrats
  • Katie Porter
  • Lina Hidalgo
  • Lucas Kunce
  • Morgan Harper
  • MoveOn
  • National Nurses United
  • Nikema Williams
  • Odessa Kelly

  • Pramila Jayapal
  • Primary Sinema Project
  • Rana Abdelhamid
  • Rashida Tlaib
  • Ro Khanna
  • Sol Sandoval
  • Squad Victory Fund
  • Sunrise Movement
  • Women’s March
  • Working Families Party

Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership

  • Takes the lead on high-level decision making, setting the corporate direction and strategy in coordination with our management team
  • Creates and maintains strategic growth plans for the company
  • Works with partners and management team to mold and set the company’s values, vision, and direction
  • Reviews the performance of all operations, comparing them with the company’s objectives and recommending appropriate measures to improve performance and results.
  • Takes the lead on internal initiatives in collaboration with team managers

People Management

  • Leads and directs agenda development for management level meetings
  • Manages team leads for ads, email, creative, web development, social+texting, accounting, and people+culture teams at Middle Seat
  • Conducts weekly check-ins with team leads
  • Sets professional growth goals for team leads
  • Sets revenue, staffing, and process growth goals for team leads
  • Conducts 6-month performance reviews for leadership level staff
  • Creates new job descriptions at the management level
  • Hold regular trainings for managers to help them establish effective supervisory relationships and leadership skills
  • Work closely with People and Culture lead to foster and implement internal equity and inclusion strategies
  • Work with management team to plan and execute staff trainings
  • Develop cross-departmental processes for managing capacity and forecasting capacity needs
  • Think holistically about the culture and health of Middle Seat and new processes to improve efficiency and staff retention
  • Work with People and Culture lead and department leads to develop new structures and role definition within departments
  • Work with the People and Culture director and department leads to discipline and handle termination of employees as per the organization’s policies

Financial Oversight

  • Works with our accounting team to set firmwide and department-specific budgets, goals, and projections
  • Works with the partners to establish short-term objectives and long-range goals, and related plans and policies
  • Presents regular reports on the status of the company’s operations to the partners and management team
  • Identifies opportunities to maximize revenue or reduce costs inside of those budgets
  • Identify and scope out new areas for business growth

External Relations

  • Manage external vendors, partners and projects including but limited to: legal teams, CPA firms, Data firms, Security firms, Anti-racist consulting firms, and Anti-harassment consulting firms
  • Oversee proposal generation by team leads to make sure proposals are done on time with a high level of quality and efficiency
  • Oversee business development and sales processes, assign out to-dos for directors on outbound sales or inbound sales meetings and proposals
  • Work with partners and management team to identify prospective client leads
  • Manage publicity for the firm — how can we tell our story on our website/social media, how can we tell our story in our proposals
  • Leads on union-leadership relations
    • Takes the lead in responding to labor management committee meeting questions
    • Represents the management team in collective bargaining negotiations

Requirements

  • Extensive experience in professional leadership roles
  • Comfort taking the lead on strategic planning and delegation
  • Experience managing and providing clear feedback and supervision
  • Strong business acumen and a desire to participate in the growth of Middle Seat
  • Demonstrated experience in and knowledge of the political space in digital, fundraising, campaigning, advocacy, or nonprofits

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary starts between $125,000 – $150,000
  • Profit sharing plan: share in the growth and success of Middle Seat
  • $50 mobile phone subsidy monthly
  • Regular raises
  • 100% coverage for health, dental and vision
  • Mental health expense subsidy
  • 6% employer match on your 401k retirement account
  • 20 paid vacation days off, plus your birthday and work anniversary off
  • Unlimited sick leave
  • Commuter benefits for public transportation
  • Flexible work from home schedule (or work in our D.C. office)
  • 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents


We are committed to building a diverse and passionate team. We encourage creative-minded individuals with a strong technical aptitude to apply for this position. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ individuals are encouraged to apply.

Our firm is values-driven. We are intentional with the decidedly left-of-center clients we work with — and we strive to make our work environment and benefits reflect that, including salary transparency, healthy work-life balance, and consistent employee feedback and communication. We’re happy to talk more about our company culture with prospective applicants.

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