Political Director

Mandela Barnes for Wisconsin is searching for a Political Director to join a growing team working to elect Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes as the next US Senator from Wisconsin.  The Political Director is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders, elected officials, partners, allies, and local grassroots organizations and leaders across the state. The Political Director reports directly to the Campaign Manager.

The position is full-time and based in Madison, Wisconsin.


  • Develop a comprehensive political outreach and engagement plan to connect with stakeholders across Wisconsin. 
  • Build and manage relationships and coalitions with stakeholders, elected officials, partners, allies, and local grassroots organizations and leaders across the state.
  • Organize and build events, meetings, and other opportunities – both in person and virtually – for the candidate to meet with potential supporters, endorsers, and partners.
  • Recruit and develop a statewide network of surrogates and supporters who can take part in campaign activities in all corners of Wisconsin. 
  • Organize early grassroots and voter contact events and activities. 
  • Write and create briefing materials for political meetings and events. 
  • Regularly staff the candidate at meetings and events across the state. 
  • Represent the candidate and the campaign at meetings and events. 
  • Other duties as assigned by Campaign Manager.


  • 2-4 years of applicable experience with campaigns or equivalent experience with a political, organizing, electoral, or issue organization..
  • Proven ability to manage relationships and communicate regularly with elected officials and other stakeholders
  • Knowledge of, and experience with Wisconsin stakeholders, organizations, and elected officials is a strong plus. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and strict attention to detail.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to multitask and prioritize projects while working on a deadline.
  • Ability to work irregular hours.
  • Ideal candidate will have a commitment to equity, inclusivity, diversity, and progressive values.


  • Salary range: $6,000 – $9,000 monthly, depending on experience.
  • Benefits: Full employer paid health, dental, and vision. Employees accrue two days of vacation time per month.

To Apply

Email resume and cover letter to jobs@mandelabarnes.com with subject line “Political Director”. 

Qualified people of all races, ethnicities, ages, sex, genders, sexual orientations, national origins, gender identities, marital status, religions, veterans statuses, and disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. As an equal opportunity workplace, The Mandela Barnes for Wisconsin campaign is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

About Mandela Barnes

Mandela’s story is a uniquely American story. He was born in Milwaukee, in one of the most impoverished and incarcerated Zip Codes in the state. A community starved of resources, but brimming with joy, resilience, and hardworking, brilliant people.

His mom was a Milwaukee school teacher for 30 years. His dad worked 3rd shift at the General Motors plant. They were both active union members organizing for better wages and defending workers’ rights. Their example showed him the importance of working hard and fighting for opportunity for everyone.

Mandela’s parents taught him the values of hard work, perseverance, and the importance of a good education. They also taught him we can’t settle for what is, we have to reach for what can be. These lessons led Mandela to graduate Milwaukee public high schools at 16, and earn a degree from Alabama A&M University.

Mandela Barnes currently serves as Wisconsin’s 45th Lt. Governor. He is the first African-American Lt. Governor of Wisconsin and only the second African-American to be elected statewide in state.

As Lt. Governor, Mandela has worked closely with Governor Evers to help Wisconsin recover from the pandemic. Mandela has been central to the campaign to encourage communities across the state to get vaccinated, traveling to urban and rural areas to energize Wisconsin’s recovery.

Governor Evers recognized Mandela’s expertise and years of work on environmental issues by appointing him as Chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change. The Task Force brought together a diverse coalition of farmers, environmental advocates, Indigenous leaders, and business executives and produced 55 concrete strategies for how Wisconsin can begin to address the climate crisis.

Sadly, politicians like Ron Johnson are standing in the way of progress. Johnson has turned his back on Wisconsin, instead peddling wild conspiracy theories and cynical attacks that divide us for political gain.  

Mandela is running for the United States Senate because when things get tough, we shouldn’t lower our expectations. Instead of changing our dreams, we need to change the game. Mandela will bring a new perspective to Washington, to fight for opportunity for every child, person, and family in Wisconsin, regardless of their ZIP code. 

Prior to serving as Lt. Governor, Mandela was elected to the State Assembly where he emerged as a champion on issues of the environment, economy, education, racial justice, and health care. He became the chair of the legislature’s Black and Latino Caucus in his first term, became a national leader on gun violence prevention, and was recognized as one of the top pro-growth progressive leaders in the country. He also worked as a community organizer in Milwaukee and served as Deputy Director of Strategic Engagement for the State Innovation Exchange, sharing progressive best practices with state legislatures across the country.

 Mandela serves on the Governor’s Health Equity Council, Wisconsin Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Wisconsin Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force, Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy and Capability, and the statewide 2020 Census Complete Count Committee.