Medford Municipal Election Slate – Field Director
We are hiring a Field Director for a City Council and School Committee At-Large race in a mid-sized city in the Boston area. The race is expected to be competitive with higher-than-normal turnout for a municipal race. The city uses plurality-at-large voting (also called “multiple non-transferable vote”). The race is in a progressive community and is set up to be a contest between conservatives and a progressive slate running on bold programs and movement politics. This position is the Field Director for the left-wing slate. There will be a non-partisan preliminary election in early September to narrow the field down to fourteen candidates for City Council and twelve candidates for School Committee, and a general election on November 2nd, 2021.
The Field Director (FD) will report directly to the Coordinated Campaign Director and work directly with the slate of candidates to coordinate and execute the field plan and any other field operations. The FD will build out a multiple month volunteer recruitment and Direct Voter Contact (DVC) plan, which includes DVC for each individual candidate and DVC for the slate as a whole. The FD will work on preventing duplication in the field and maintaining consensus regarding a shared field strategy across the slate as much as possible. This position demands a level of creative thinking, flexibility, commitment to collective decision making and building social movements.
- Solid commitment to the principles of social, economic and racial justice and transformative movement politics.
- 1-2 cycles of experience as staff on an electoral campaign
- Ability to be a self-starter and to work independently toward agreed upon goals.
- Ability to work abnormal work hours, such as primarily afternoons, nights and weekends.
- A strong ability to motivate people, develop campaign leaders and delegate responsibility.
- Experience managing volunteers, fellows, and interns.
- Has worked on multiple electoral, issue or labor organizing campaigns, with electoral experience being desirable.
- Ability to foster a positive, kind, and humanizing work environment despite the high-pressure nature of campaign work
- Experience leading training and training trainers in campaign tactics (canvassing, phonebanking, etc.)
- Proficiency with VAN, autodialers, and campaign mobilization apps such as Mobilize, Action Network, Hustle, etc.
- Proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, or Haitian Creole is desirable.
- Identify, recruit, and support volunteer leaders
- Recruit, train and develop teams of volunteers
- Build meaningful relationships with volunteers and supporters
- Organize events and mass meetings
- Manage offices
- Identify supporters in assigned regions
- Use digital tools to support organizing on the ground
- Motivate volunteers to meet voter contact goals
- Cutting turf and cutting phonebanking lists
- Writing canvassing and phonebanking scripts
- Running canvasses, phonebanks, and other DVC actions
- Training volunteer recruitment team
- Training canvass launching teams
- Building a work environment that respects and appreciates volunteers, donors, and people participating on the campaign
Compensation and benefits:
$25/hr wage full-time, $2,000 healthcare stipend, and a $500 technology stipend. Timeline of employment would be approximately August 16, 2021 to November 5, 2021.
Total hours would not exceed 600 hours without prior approval of both the Field Director and the coordinated campaign team.
The campaign is committing itself to fostering a work environment that supports workers and actively works against harmful, exploitative campaigning norms. The campaign will work to: avoid micromanaging, create a non-toxic work environment, maintain pay transparency, and create a horizontal work environment for paid staff. The campaign will provide tools such as a campaign email and file sharing, collaboration tools like slack, and task management tools like Asana or Trello.
How to apply:
Please send your resume and a cover letter to the Coordinated Campaign Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Priority consideration closes on Friday, August 6th, 2021. Applications submitted after this date may not be considered.
About Medford People's Platform Coordinated Campaign
Our coalition of Medford residents, local community groups, elected officials, and candidates envisions an inclusive local government that genuinely meets the needs of everyone who calls Medford home. Our Revolution Medford is committed to local organizing to develop and advocate for a shared policy vision that centers working people and infuses anti-racism, anti-ableism, anti-austerity, opposition to bigotry against any religion, and intersectionality throughout all policies and practices to combat structural oppression.
City government that enables everyone to thrive and take pride in calling Medford home must acknowledge the disproportionate impact of racial capitalism and economic injustice, especially on Black, Indigenous, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Latinx, disabled, low-income, immigrant, and LGBTQIA+ communities, among others. Justice and equity are the foundation of the 2021 Medford People’s Platform, which can be seen throughout all of the policy categories. We believe that a truly positive society is only possible when those who are most marginalized have their material needs met.
Medford benefits from being part of a productive and vibrant region, but Boston’s rapid growth and development also present significant challenges. We must stand up for a shared vision for our community’s future, not the interests of the highest bidder or biggest property developer. We want to live in a Medford that is collectively governed by and responsive to the community of people who truly call Medford home, and we recognize that we have a duty to share the opportunity to live in our community with others.
Our shared policy vision for Medford over the next two years (2021-2023) will bring people together to fight for a fully-funded City Budget, raise needed revenue, promote climate resiliency and an open walkable city, provide true community safety for all residents, fully fund public education, create an equitable and welcoming city government that supports residents’ basic needs, and improve housing access and stability for people of all incomes.
Candidates for office will be held accountable to this platform through the residents and community groups who have signed on to support the 2021 Medford People’s Platform.