What kind of political director will the DPOC hire for $9.61 an hour?

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Melahat Rafiei

Melahat Rafiei wants to hire a political director for the DPOC, for $9.61 an hour

“The Democratic Party of Orange County is accepting applications for the immediate hire of a full-time Political Director,” according to an email that the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) sent out this week.  Here’s the kicker – “Salary range is is $20,000 – $28,000 per annum plus health care benefits.”

What kind of political director is the DPOC going to hire for $9.61 an hour?  What a joke!  And it’s not like they are looking for someone to make photocopies.  The Political Director’s job includes, but is not limited to, the following staff functions:

  • Work with Executive Director to implement strategic plan for 2010
  • Coordinate all events for “34 City Strategy”
  • Oversee 2010 election field analysis
  • Manage DPOC Internship Program – including recruitment and training of interns
  • Liaison to chartered democratic clubs, college and high school democratic clubs in Orange County
  • Manage volunteers and precinct captains
  • Interface with local candidates and campaigns
  • Build coalitions with progressive organizations in Orange County
  • Work with Executive Director on major events
  • Responsible for day to day office management

But wait, that’s not all…The Political Director position requires proven leadership and judgment with a high level of grassroots political organizing.   Applicants must have experience in developing and implementing comprehensive political plans with previous campaign, state party or non-profit managerial-level experience. Experience working with web-based voter files, strong written, verbal communications and analytical skills are also required.

All that for less than ten bucks an hour?  Is that even a living wage?

If you are jobless and desperate, here are the details about applying for this low-paying job:

Deadline for resume submission is 5:00 pm, Wednesday, August 19, 2009.

Applicants should supply a cover letter, salary history and references. All materials to be emailed or faxed to: Melahat@ocdemocrats.org or (714) 835-3685.

No phone calls please. The Democratic Party of Orange County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If they don’t want phone calls why did they include Melahat’s phone number?  Weird…

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