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We Are Hiring!


SDDP Job Opening- Communications and Compliance Director

Please send a resume and cover letter to SDDP Chair Ann Tornberg at by Friday July 3, 2015.  Interviews will be scheduled starting July 6, 2015.

Do you support our party’s Mission?

Democrats believe that we’re greater together than we are on our own-that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share, when everyone plays by the same rules.  Our values guide us in our fight for equality and opportunity for all South Dakotans.  It’s with these values that we help elect Democrats up and down the ballot in every corner of the state.

Are you the right fit for our team?

With a small team of staff at the South Dakota Democratic Party, we’re looking for a self-motivated person who is passionate about the work we do to elect Democrats.  The Communication/Compliance Director must be able to adapt to diverse situations and demands while keeping a positive attitude.  The Communication/Compliance Director must be outgoing, personable and welcoming to elected leaders, donors, volunteers, partners, and prospective candidates.  He/She must be well organized; attention to detail is a crucial element to the job.  Design abilities would also be a positive attribute.




  • Effectively publicize the goals, platform, activities, and accomplishments of the State Party with the news media and key constituency groups through traditional and social media as well as digital marketing.
  • Proactively manage a multidisciplinary department that manages all communications requests, rapid response communications, digital media, and the tracking operation.
  • Serve as on-the-record spokesperson for the SDDP, Party Chairperson, and other principals.
  • Handle all media requests and prepare and disseminate communications tools such as press releases, op-eds, public statements, speeches, talking points, presentations, media advisories, briefings, pitch ideas, videos, email blasts, newsletters, social media, and graphics.
  • Maintain relationships with media professionals across the state.
  • Work with staff to manage difficult communications situations including crisis communications.
  • Manage and produce email and social media calendar, direct list-building initiatives, and maintain content for the website and multiple social media platforms.
  • Develop and execute press events with surrogates and elected officials.
  • Prepare and execute short and long-term communications plans.
  • Provide media training for county party representatives.
  • Work with DNC, campaigns and democratic committees to coordinate press and communications strategy and assist as needed.


  • Manage accounts in Quickbooks, creating financial reports for the Executive Board and Central Committee Meetings
  • Maintain and file FEC reports in accordance with federal election law; Serve as primary contact with accountant and compliance attorneys
  • Prepare and submit state compliance reports.



  • Three years of professional work in communications, campaigns or related area;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication as well as grammatical and copy editing skills;
  • Ability to think quickly on your feet and work in a fast-paced team environment;
  • Experience executing digital and traditional communications strategies;
  • Keen eye for identifying opportunities and potential risk, and ability to rally assets;
  • Knowledge of NGP, VAN, Quickbooks, and other related software preferred;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • The ability to work under tight deadlines and adapt quickly to changing work priorities.



This is a full-time position. Salary is commensurate with experience along with full benefits package. Please send resume, cover letter, and three professional references via email to by Friday July 3, 2015.  Interviews will be scheduled starting July 6, 2015.Please list “Communications/Compliance Director” in the subject line.

The South Dakota Democratic Party is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions with regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis.

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Tornberg calls on Daugaard to veto youth minimum wage bill

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Contacts:   Ann Tornberg, ann@sddp.org605-271-5405

Tornberg calls on Daugaard to veto youth minimum wage bill

Sioux Falls (March 5, 2015) — South Dakota Democratic Party Chair Ann Tornberg called on Governor Dennis Daugaard to veto the youth minimum wage bill that infringes upon the will of South Dakota voters.

“Respect the will of the voters, Governor Daugaard,” Tornberg said. “South Dakotans overwhelmingly supported the initiated measure to raise the minimum wage. Signing this bill tells South Dakotans that their vote just doesn’t matter. Please keep your promise to leave this issue alone.”

Governor Dennis Daugaard has previously promised not to touch the initiated measure to raise the minimum wage. In fact, Daugaard has said changing the law “would be a little bit of an affront to the voters who just adopted it.” Tornberg was heartened to hear that Daugaard has not already broken his promise to South Dakota voters.

“Allowing the state legislature to immediately thwart the will of the voters sets an awful precedence,” Tornberg said. “I know Governor Dennis Daugaard is better than that.”

Tornberg has asked South Dakotans to contact Governor Dennis Daugaard’s office at 605.773.3212 or to ask him to respect the will of the voters.

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Petition to Stop Hate

South Dakota GOP legislators obviously didn’t get the message last year with SB 128 and are back to spreading hate across our state. Last year

Sen. Angie Buhl O'Donnell (D-Sioux Falls)

Sen. Angie Buhl O’Donnell (D-Sioux Falls)

with your help, the South Dakota Democratic Party led the fight against discrimination in South Dakota. We need you to stand with us again by signing our petition.

HB 1220 is almost identical to an Arizona bill so radical even Gov. Jan Brewer had to veto it!  It would allow anyone to discriminate against another for any religious reason.  HB 1195 and HB 1161 are aimed at preventing the SD High School Activities Association from allowing transgender students to participate in activities because of the legislators own insecurities.
These bills all work differently, but have one common theme: they amount to bullying the LGBT community, and we need you to stand up again and say enough is enough!
The South Dakota GOP think they can get away with these bills because it’s politically expedient to attack the LGBT community who just want to live their lives. We need to let them know again they are wrong! 
With your help, we can stop these dangerous bills in their tracks.
In solidarity,
Sen. Angie Buhl O’Donnell (D-Sioux Falls)

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ALERT: 10am Friday hearing for GOP’s anti-democratic ballot measure bill

The Senate State Affairs is hearing the GOP’s bill to chip away at your right to propose and vote on laws on Friday, February 6, 2015, at 10am. (You can listen by clicking the podcast link here.) Yellow-Alert

We can stop this bill right now with your help. Will you email the GOP legislators on the Senate State Affairs committee and tell them to VOTE NO?

Thank you for your help so far. Now let’s put this issue to bed!


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