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Position Description and Application Instructions–Applications close January 3, 2014. Please share widely. We need the best!
If you are a fighter, unafraid of puffed up giants, willing to direct the most important campaign of this era, please apply. If you cannot tolerate injustice; or greed in the face of suffering; or hard-earned money taken and wasted; without using your skills to change the system, we have the job for you. If you don’t mind hard work, thrive on challenges, and get inspired by dedicated volunteers, Colorado needs you. If you would enjoy being a hero, go for it. If this isn’t you…maybe you know someone you should urge to apply.
Co-operate Colorado believes that each Coloradan should have access to quality health care; each business should be released from health insurance burdens; each provider should be respected as a professional; and each taxpayer should be assured that our health care money is used wisely. All this is possible.
Colorado is not yet the healthiest state in the nation, certainly not for 460,000 Coloradans who will remain uninsured even after ACA implementation, nor for the additional similar number who will have insurance but with such high deductibles and co-pays that necessary treatment is avoided. Businesses currently are mired in regulations and expenses related to health insurance for employees. Money is shamefully misspent while health care needs go unaddressed. All this can be changed.
Co-operate Colorado intends to successfully place a citizens’ initiative creating the Colorado Health Care Cooperative on the 2015 ballot and to win passage of the initiative. The Cooperative, developed by State Senator Irene Aguilar and her team of local and national experts, was introduced as SCR13-002 in the legislature earlier this year. Further details, including an economic analysis and a 2013 draft of the proposed constitutional amendment, can be found at www.co-operatecolorado.org. Co-operate Colorado has been powered largely by dedicated, skilled volunteers and is ready to shift into high gear with guidance from an experienced campaign director.
Position: Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director, the Campaign Director will coordinate strategic planning for the ballot initiative and the 2015 election, coordinate volunteer efforts, build partnerships with community groups, generate community support for the signature gathering effort and the initiative, and coordinate fund raising activities. The Campaign Director will thus have a key responsibility for successfully bringing the proposal before the voters.
Non-Discrimination: Co-operate Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national origin, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, marital status, military status, health status, or citizenship status in its activities or operations.
1. Dedication to and a passion for health care reform and the mission of Co-operate Colorado.
2. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
3. Must be:
A. An effective and persuasive communicator, both orally and in writing.
B. A capable and persuasive speaker, able to engage both large and small groups.
C. Comfortable communicating in conflict situations, as with individuals or groups who do not share the ideas and goals of Co-operate Colorado, and capable of discussing conflicting ideas without generating animosity from those who disagree.
D. Work comfortably and effectively with people of diverse geographic, religious, racial, ethnic, political and other backgrounds.
E. Detail oriented, organized and able to fit individual tasks into a strategic plan.
F. Experienced in strategic planning.
G. An experienced, successful fund raiser who is comfortable asking people for money.
H. Able to inspire others.
I. Able to comfortably and effectively work both independently and as part of a team.
J. Able to present a respectable and competent public face for Co-operate Colorado.
K. Capable of developing a network of supportive affiliated organizations.
L. Computer literate – i.e., must be skilled at using word processing programs and conducting on-line research.
M. Knowledgeable of Colorado state government and politics.
N. Capable of working from home at times and at times on the road throughout the state.
O. Able to use social media strategically.
1. Must have field organizing and leadership experience in political campaigns
2. Must have a valid Colorado driver’s license and vehicle in good condition for travel throughout the state.
3. Must be able to work irregular hours, including some evenings and week-ends.
4. Must have a home office set-up.
5. The ability to speak and understand the Spanish language is desirable.
6. Familiarity with data base systems is also desirable.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. All expenses will be reimbursed at prevailing rates.
Starting Date: Upon approval by the board of directors.
Please e-mail the following to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to put “Director Application” and your last name in the subject box:
1. A cover letter stating: (1) Why you are interested in this position, (2) How you meet the job qualifications, and (3) What contributions you can make to the Co-operate Colorado team.
2. Your resume.
3. A one page overview of your fund raising and campaign work with emphasis on your successes as well as your failures.
4. Contact information for three professional references who have direct knowledge of your experience and skills.
Application Closure Date: The final closing date is January 3, 2014. Interviews will be scheduled for the period immediately after the closure date.
Co-operate Colorado is able to make your donations go a long ways. Of course there are operating expenses, but these are amazingly small amounts primarily because of three reasons. Anne Wilcox and Ralph Ogden have donated the use of the offices in Denver. Second, we have so many active volunteers with such a wide variety of skills. And third, a number of high level experts and consultants, locally and nationally, have offered free assistance because they believe in the cause.
Your donations were essential for these most effective activities that would not have occurred without Co-operate Colorado:
Candidate Survey of state legislative candidates on health reform issues—informed candidates about the Cooperative and informed us and the public about their views
Petitions on-line and hard copy to raise support for sensible health care reform
Stakeholder Input Project more than 100 policy makers and stakeholders were personally contacted for information about the needs they perceived for Coloradans
Stakeholder and Media Q&A with Sen. Aguilar in the Old Supreme Court Chambers at the Capitol in Denver, December 19, 2012, to discuss the pending bill for the Cooperative
Legislative Preview Project the stakeholders and others, including the general public, were invited to provide online comments to each section of the Colorado Health Care Cooperative bill draft that Sen. Aguilar intended to introduce in the Senate in 2013. All of the resulting comments were compiled and each comment was considered in the final drafting of the bill.
Ambassador Project to educate and train presenters to provide information about the Cooperative and about the economic analysis that had been commissioned by sister organization, the Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care. This analysis by Dr. Gerald Friedman provided actual numbers to demonstrate the costs, the savings, and the amount of premiums that would be required for a sustainable health care system in Colorado that included each resident and provided for comprehensive, accessible coverage based on income level. His report can be found on the Co-operate Colorado website.
Professional Lobbyist Mercedes Aponte with Colorado Strategic Solutions
Legislative Task Force worked at full speed to support the legislative efforts to pass the Cooperative bill, SJR13-002, that was introduced by Sen. Aguilar (Chair of Senate Health and Human Services Committee and assistant majority leader, and a medical doctor by profession) and sponsored in the House by Rep. Joann Ginal (Health Insurance and Environment Committee). Coordinated and spontaneous testimony from a large number of supporters made an impressive showing and the bill passed at the Senate Committee Hearing April 4.
Kick-Off Event full day conference Feb. 23, 2013 with great speakers, panelists and dynamic workshops. This was followed by activist training in Denver March 16 and in Ft. Collins on a weather delayed April 4.
Breakfast with Dr. Friedman By invitation only to those who wanted an opportunity to meet personally in a small setting with Dr. Friedman. The breakfast on April 13, followed his keynote speech at the Fundraising Banquet for Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care.
Health Care Check-up and Listening Tour took Sen. Aguilar and Rep. Ginal around the state to listen at public community meetings, to interact and assist with local public health, training and health facilities, to tour rural clinics and hospitals, to see first-hand successful innovations and learn about challenges, and to talk about the Cooperative. Tours included Montrose, Gunnison, Olathe June 11-13; Grand Junction Oct. 7-8; Alamosa and Custer County Oct. 21-22; Yuma and Akron Nov. 25.
Public Sector Savings Project runs the numbers for municipalities, school districts, counties, etc. to demonstrate the savings on employee health insurance premiums that would be realized with the Colorado Health Care Cooperative. It would result in a significant number of additional teachers, better street maintenance, etc. Details of projected savings are on the Co-operate Colorado website.
Running a Citizens’ Initiative for the Cooperative Because of TABOR requirements, the Cooperative will need to be approved by voters whether referred by the legislature or taken directly by citizens’ initiative. We think it’s faster, at this point in the political climate, to simply go to the people. Our legal committee is working on ensuring our compliance with all regulations and procedures. Our messaging task force is researching, writing, vetting and preparing effective messaging. The media task force is experimenting with innovative social media techniques. We’re debriefing with participants in recent elections, consulting with strategists, pondering polling and survey results, and looking and listening for ways to engage each voter in Colorado.
Campaign Manager/Outreach development Co-operate Colorado is currently in the process of hiring a full time staff person to get us closer to the goal of passing the Cooperative so Coloradans can have health care that works.
Other Donations also provided for multiple presentations to a variety of groups; tables and booths at events and festivals; flyer distribution; call-in internet talk shows; Open House and other volunteer appreciation and recruitment events; etc.
Staff In addition to huge numbers of our excellent volunteers, we currently need the consistency that comes with a core of staff including project managers and several field organizers for specific areas.
Messaging and Communication Funds will pay for focus groups, surveys, etc. to develop effective messages; graphics and media that contain the messages; and distribution methods to convey the messages.
Business Savings Calculations Project and Business Outreach will extend the work currently being done with the Public Sector Savings Project into the private arena.
Advisory Council will have experts in various fields willing to be called upon to provide advice as needed.
Continuation of Current Projects There will be a new round of stakeholder input for what will now be the Citizens’ Initiative. The Listening Tour around the state will continue. The overhead, the current staff, the outreach efforts with materials, and the Public Sector Savings Project will all expand.
Unrestricted funds are always appreciated. You may also want to consider adopting a project or sponsoring a specific activity. Thanks for all that you do and all that you give. It matters. Click here to download a copy of the list.
Please consider giving a monthly pledge to help keep up the momentum. The money will go for lobbying; for growing the awareness of the bill amongst the public; for database and grassroots organizing; for office expenses; and for hiring staff and engaging consultants.