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2018 Campaign Staff Job Description
By the time you graduate, there will be 6 months left until one of the most important elections in recent memory. No matter what you see as your long-term career, the choice to take 6 months after graduating to jump full time into activism could make the difference.
2018 campaign staff will hit the ground shortly after graduation, joining one of our existing campaign offices as Assistant Canvass Directors, running a campaign for top organizations like Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the DNC. We’ll be running projects doing small donor fundraising, voter registration, petition gathering and voter turnout, and campaign staffers will need to be ready to go where they can have the biggest impact and do the most good. This could involve working on 3-5 projects in different locations over the course of the summer and fall.
Staff that hit the ground running and learn quickly can expect to take on more responsibility and leadership going into the fall, and the best staffers will be offered year-round positions with Grassroots Campaigns after the election.
- Recruitment: Build a team of 20-100 canvassers. Design and execute a plan to get out the word in your city about canvasser jobs. Recruit applicants, interview candidates, and make hiring decisions.
- Training: Teach canvassing, fundraising, and voter outreach skills. Work with your staff in individual and group settings, in the office as well as in the field. Create a welcoming, motivating, and fun campaign environment.
- Leadership Development: Develop, mentor, and train your best people to take on leadership, and promote top staff to trainer and management positions.
- Canvassing: Canvass in the field 3-4 times per week, training new and experienced staff, leading by example, and getting front-line experience talking to supporters and voters.
- Administration: Carefully track and report results. Manage the budget for your office. Process staff payroll. Orchestrate logistics of getting people around your city each day. Maintain records for future organizing efforts. Manage the voter file.
Strong communication and motivational skills, work ethic, and desire for political change. Sense of humor. Candidates must be able to work within a team, but also have strong self-direction and initiative. Flexibility and nimbleness to work on a range of issues and causes, using a variety of grassroots tactics and tools. Previous campaign experience is a plus, and may qualify candidates for more advanced campaign positions.
This is a job where you will lead while you learn and take on significant leadership right away, while working intensively alongside experienced campaign staff. Attend national or statewide classroom trainings.
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