Expansion Lead for Portugal

Company: Volt Europa

Location: Portugal

Job Description:

Volt Europa, the pan-European political movement, is seeking an Expansion Lead to help us build and grow our organization in Portugal.

Do you share our passion for Europe and want to make a positive impact in your community? Are you enthusiastic about building diverse communities and empowering volunteers to contribute to a common cause? 

If you're based in Portugal, are passionate about the prospect of political transformation and activism and you have experience in managing and engaging a community, then we invite you to apply!

 It does not matter what the color of your skin is, which gender you identify with, whether you have a disability, who you love, what your faith is. We believe the power of diversity achieves better results for our society at large. We can only be the inclusive political movement we aspire to be, if we represent different voices and perspectives in our society. 

As the Expansion Lead, you will work closely with the national teams of Volt to develop and execute strategies to expand our member base. You will start empowering and organizing local teams, while giving special attention to increasing representation and participation of women and minority groups. You will work with a variety of stakeholders, both in Portugal and within our European team, and you will be expected to focus on building resources for the 2024 European elections.

What we look for in you:

  • You know how to develop and implement expansion strategies, in order to scale-up small organizations as well as enhance members' participation. 
  • You have an understanding of the political landscape in Portugal 
  • You have an ability to identify and create meaningful relationships with potential partners like civil society organizations.You are able to manage different stakeholders to ensure alignment and coordination of efforts within Portugal and Volt Europa
  • You are organized and self-reliant: you can manage a budget and report on growth metrics to track progress and identify areas of improvement. 
  • You are able to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where all members feel valued and respected, regardless of their background, ethnicity, or gender
  • You are able to manage different stakeholders to ensure alignment and coordination of efforts.

What we offer:

  • You will meet and work with like-minded people, representing the richness of Europe's people on a daily basis
  • You will be expected to travel around Portugal to help set up teams
  • We offer a high level of flexibility regarding how you organize your work
  • 30 days of holiday per contract year (in addition to bank holidays)

How to apply:

We will ask you to please fill out the following questionnaire by 22 May 2023.


  1. What strategies have you previously used to expand, manage and engage politically active communities? How did you measure the success of those strategies, and what areas did you identify for improvement?
  2. Can you give us an example of events, campaigns or capacity/team building initiatives you have organized? What worked best, what lessons have you learned?
  3. How have you worked to ensure that your organization is inclusive of individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives? Can you describe a situation in which you successfully increased the representation of marginalized groups within an organization or community?
  4. What political opportunities do you think exist within the Portuguese context? In this role, what would you do to leverage these?
  5. How do you plan to build relationships with potential partners and stakeholders in Portugal? Can you give an example of a partnership or collaboration that you successfully facilitated in the past and/or that you would start with in this role?
  6. How do you plan to manage and organize teams across Portugal, especially in areas where there may not be an established political presence? How will you ensure that volunteers and members are empowered and engaged in the organization's mission? 
  7. Let’s imagine that you are in this role, and there is a major city where there is only one team member who only has one hour to give to Volt per week.  The context is favorable because it’s a university town, with a high student population and significant expat community.  You need this team to have a meaningful impact for the European elections, and want to grow it accordingly.  How do you approach this scenario?