LPHQ job posting: Candidate Support Specialist


The Libertarian Party is seeking a Candidate Support Specialist who will help recruit a record number of Libertarian Party candidates nationwide for the 2018 election cycle. You will help all candidates run more effective campaigns, and help identify specific opportunities where Libertarians can win elections.

Job Description:

Libertarian Party candidates are the true heroes of the Libertarian Party and often become the face of the party to their communities. When Libertarians win their races, they have the opportunity to implement Libertarian policies directly. For Libertarians that run and don’t win, they nevertheless help educate the public on Libertarian policies and help build a base for future victories. Nothing does more to turn a couch potato into a super activist than putting them on the ballot for public office. Your job is to inspire more people to run for office, and to help more Libertarians win elections. The Candidate Support Specialist reports to the Executive Director and will work closely with many state chairs.

Job Duties:

(a.) Design and implement a plan to increase the number of elected Libertarians nationwide. All plans, including spending, have to be approved by the LNC Chair or Executive Director, and must fall within budgets set by the Libertarian National Committee (LNC). The LNC can amend budgets for worthy projects. Our current list of elected officials is here: https://www.lp.org/elected-officials-2/
(b.) Contact state chairs to get buy-in. Learn enough of the specific election laws and nominating procedures that apply to each state.
(c.) Provide campaign management guides, candidate brochure and other publication templates, and other materials to help improve the quality and productivity of each Libertarian candidate.
(d.) Track and report results on all Libertarian candidates.


(a.) Former work as a campaign manager, candidate recruiter, and candidate is a plus.
(b.) Must be knowledgeable about libertarian principles and policies and be able to provide talking points to candidates.

Work Environment:

The national Libertarian Party has nearly 20,000 dues-paying members, supports 50 state affiliates, and our affiliates run hundreds of candidates for public office every election cycle. With your help, that number will be over 2,000 candidates nationwide in 2018.

The national Libertarian Party is not a top-down organization. Our fifty state affiliates have control over their own candidate recruitment and nomination processes. You won’t be barking orders to our state affiliates. You will have to convince state and local affiliates to support your priorities, and get permission to get involved in their internal candidate recruitment and nomination processes.

The Libertarian base is substantially smaller than the base of the two older parties which makes every aspect of campaigns, from recruitment to funding, especially challenging. The activeness and preparedness of our state and local affiliates varies greatly across the nation. The Candidate Support Specialist must recognize that reality, adapt accordingly, and not let the desire for perfection get in the way of progress and growth. We’re not expecting to overrun the two older parties nationwide in one election cycle. On the other hand, any local weaknesses are no excuse for failing to improve our overall results nationwide. You’ve got to find a way to get the job done.

Given your job to work with all candidates nationwide, you’ll need to recruit a team of volunteers to help you out with the detailed work.

Occasional travel will be required and you must have a flexible work schedule since you’ll be dealing with party leadership and candidates that have day jobs. Many Libertarian Party activist do their volunteer work at nights and on the weekends.

It is preferred that the Candidate Support Specialist works on location at our headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, but we will make other arrangements for the right candidate.


This is intended to be a full-time salaried position in the $40,000 to $50,000 range, depending on experience.

How to apply:

1. Send an email to jobs2017@lp.org with the subject: Candidate Support Specialist.

2. Attach a resume. Also include your thoughts on why you would be a good fit for this position, either in the body of the email, or as an attached cover letter. Feel free to include other supporting documents.

3. If we think you might be a good fit, we’ll follow up with you by phone or email for an interview. Please do not call our office to discuss the position unless we ask you to.