Campaign Manager Jobs
Finding Campaign Jobs: Political Career Resources
Finding campaign jobs on the left side of the isle can be hard to find. There is more than one path to navigate the road to a good campaign or non-profit job. Trying to navigate the landscape of job boards, job banks, and list serves that are part of any good political or campaign job search can leave you with a headache or worse, having to pay for services that don’t yield you the job you seek.
A Campaign Manager is Hard to Find, Trust Us, You'll Need a Good one.
Picture yourself. You’re on the road after an extremely long day of campaigning. You woke up at 6am, it’s now closer to 9pm, and you haven’t eaten all day. You pull into an Applebee’s and sit down for your first meal of the day. You look up and sitting across from you is your campaign manager.
He or she has been with you all day and you’re both tired. Now, if you hired the right person for the job, you’ll be able to strike up a conversation – whether it’s work related or not – even though you’re exasperated. If you can’t because you’re so annoyed by traveling all over with this one person, you shouldn’t hire him or her.
What's the Difference Between a Campaign Manager and a General Consultant?
Political campaign terms can be confusing. In my work, I have seen many folks confuse a campaign manager with a general consultant or campaign consultant, and have trouble deciding on which they should choose. Below is my attempt to clear that up, as well as a discussion on the pros and cons of each.
A campaign manager is a day-to-day employee who works full-time and is paid for by the campaign. The campaign manager's job is to run a single campaign and keep all aspects of it running smoothly. A general consultant is someone who has multiple clients across multiple campaigns the clearer term is general political consultant. Their job is to focus on the big picture of the campaign and make sure it is achieving its short-term goals in order to win. In short, the big difference between a manager and a general political consultant is the time you get with each and the level of experience.
Both can be very helpful, but depending on your campaign and the level of experience of your manager you may or may not need a general political consultant.
Here is a breakdown on the pros and cons of using managers and general political consultants.