Field Organizer Job Description
Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. is a consulting firm that runs face-to-face engagement campaigns on behalf of progressive nonprofit, political, and humanitarian organizations such as the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Oxfam, the Sierra Club, and the national Democratic Party. Our core expertise is launching national small donor fundraising and membership recruitment drives using site-based and door-to-door canvassing. We also run voter registration drives, voter mobilization campaigns, and grassroots lobbying efforts.
Currently, we are hiring Field Organizers to work on a project to mobilize communities to show their support for strong regulations that reduce climate change. Organizers will work on this project through the summer and then transition onto electoral projects in the fall.
Field Organizer Job:
Field Organizers will work to mobilize a community to take action on the issue of climate change. Over the summer, they will activate hundreds of new volunteers, while building a core group of 20-30 volunteer leaders who will continue organizing their community after the project is over. Organizers will work as part of a team of 6 organizers in their state, working with an in-state Organizing Director to hit and exceed weekly and long-term targets.
Sample Job Duties:
Identify Supporters: Through petitioning and other methods of outreach, organizers will identify community members who are motivated by issues of environmental protection and climate change to recruit as volunteers.
Recruit Volunteers: Field Organizers will work to mobilize 15 new volunteers every week, spending up 20 hours on the phone each week doing outreach to supporters and recruiting them to come to community events and actions.
Plan and Run Events: Organizers will plan the events and actions in which their volunteers participate. Examples of events that Organizers might run are letter-writing events, petitioning at farmer’s markets, happy hours for supporters, etc…
Develop Leaders: Organizers will work with the best, most dedicated volunteers, teaching them organizing skills so that that they can continue organizing their community after the project is over. These leaders will learn how to recruit volunteers, train people to write letters and do petitioning, etc…
Record Keeping: Organizers will keep great records about the supporters they identify, the leaders they develop, the actions they plan and execute, and other information that could be useful for future organizing efforts
Strong communication and motivational skills, work ethic, and passion for environmental issues 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 organizing experience is a plus, and may qualify candidates for additional leadership positions.
Position lasts through November 2014. Ideally, Field Organizers will continue with Grassroots Campaigns long-term to build our field program. Campaign hours can run 70-80 hours per week, including evenings and weekends.
Salary is commensurate with relevant professional experience. A competitive benefits package includes health care coverage, educational loan assistance, paid vacation and sick days. Opportunities for advancement, travel, and additional training are available.
Timing and Location:
The project has already started and new hires would need to be able to start ASAP. Positions are available in Pittsburgh and Doylestown, PA, and Boulder and Fort Collins, CO.