TO: Government & Political Science Seniors
Right now our country is at a crossroads as we approach the upcoming Presidential election. After the 2010 election, Tea Party candidates won seats in the House and Senate and as we look towards 2012 these candidates are looking to increase their majority in Congress and win the Presidency. They support policies that advocate for rolling back women’s reproductive rights, dismantling environmental protections and withholding civil liberties to specific groups of people. This world view is shaping our national dialogue. In order to see change on these issues, Grassroots Campaigns is raising awareness and building the membership of groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, Oxfam America, Equality California, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and other progressive and humanitarian organizations. As we move closer to the election their will also be opportunities to participate in ballot initiatives, national voter registration campaigns, and get out the vote work. In order to push forward this progressive agenda, we need to focus on building public support for these different causes and work towards electing better candidates.
Grassroots Campaigns is looking to interview top students to join our teams as Assistant Canvass Directors! There is no better time get involved and shape the next generation of activists that will take this country in a more progressive direction and see change on issues that matter now.
Students who are interested should apply directly to:
Alex will be on campus February 20-25 conducting interviews. Please contact her for details.
· Recruitment: Build a team of 15-50 canvassers by recruiting from within the local community. Interview prospective staff and make hiring decisions.
· Staff Management: Teach canvassing/fundraising skills. Work with your staff in individual and group settings, with a particular eye towards developing leaders. Cultivate a welcoming and motivating atmosphere.
· Canvassing: Canvass in the field for four days per week, to train new and experienced staff in the field and meet personal fundraising requirements.
· Administration: Carefully track income and expenses. Manage the budget for your office. Process staff payroll. Maintain records for future organizing efforts.
Strong communication and motivational skills, work ethic, and desire for political change are essential. Candidates must be able to work within a team, have proven leadership ability and experience handling a lot of responsibility. Strong self-direction and the ability to take initiative are also necessary qualifications. Previous field or canvassing experience is a plus, and may qualify candidates for additional leadership positions.
Newly hired directors will typically spend three weeks doing field training, working intensely alongside experienced directors and will also attend week-long national classroom training. Additionally, directors receive support from regional management staff throughout their time on staff. After one year in the position, staff will have learned the basics of running a successful grassroots campaign, including, but not limited to, fundraising and donor recruitment, hiring and supervising staff and/or volunteers, and turf management.
Positions last through the 2012 Presidential Election. Campaign hours can run 80-100 hours per week, including work on weekends.
Annual salary for Assistant Canvass Directors begins at $24,000. Staff may opt into our health care plan (PPO). Paid training, vacation and sick days are included; student loan assistance is available.
Timing and Location:
Positions are available beginning post-graduation, in cities nationwide (MA, NY, PA, OH, IL, IN, NM, MO, NC, CO, CA, WA, OR, TX, FL and Washington, D.C.). Ask Alex for details.
Please visit our website, www.grassrootscampaigns.com, for more information about current and past campaigns.
Grassroots Campaigns past and current clients include: Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union, Oxfam America, the League of Conservation Voters, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Equality California, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals, VoteVets, the Democratic National Committee, MoveOn.org Political Action, Repower America, Working America, Common Cause, and the Center for American Progress and Save the Children. (Save the Children is an independent organization and is not religiously or politically aligned. Save the Children has no direct affiliation with the organizations Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. partners with.)