Seed the Vote
Canvass Team Lead and Volunteer Coordinator
(Multiple Openings: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada & Arizona)
About the Organization
Seed the Vote is a grassroots, social justice organization mobilizing volunteers to defeat right wing politics by supporting the electoral work of grassroots organizations in swing states and building the long term power of working class communities and communities of color.
The Canvass Team Lead and Volunteer Coordinator is STV’s on the ground lead for our field work in states. Canvass Team Lead and Volunteer Coordinators build our networks of volunteers and leaders in our grassroots voter engagement programs, manage our volunteer deployments in states, as well as support their own canvass team.
We are looking for positions in the following areas with the accompanying dates:
Pittsburgh, PA late March-end of April
St Louis, MO beginning of July-mid Aug
Minneapolis, MN beginning of July-mid Aug
Detroit, MI beginning of July-mid Aug
Philadelphia, PA mid-Aug-mid-Nov
Phoenix, AZ mid-Aug-mid-Nov
Reno NV, mid-Aug-mid-Nov
The following responsibilities are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel classified in this manner. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change.
Activate prospective volunteers to become involved in partner organizations’ activities through phone calls, relational organizing, virtual events, or texting.
Co-build distributed and digital strategies to reach out and follow-up with prospective or past volunteers, including social media outreach, and managing “pod” development.
Train volunteers via webinars and/or in person trainings
Develop, coordinate, and implement a plan for volunteers to integrate into and support partner organizations’ daily canvassing activities.
Communicate effectively with volunteers, branch and pod coordinators and other stakeholders about plans and processes. (Seed the Vote is using a distributed organizing method encouraging people to form pods with friends and family committed to taking action together to defeat right wing politics. Branches are larger networks of people organizing into the Seed the Vote program.)
Participate in the planning and managing logistics related to out-of-state volunteer delegations. Lead all local troubleshooting.
Invest in the development of volunteer leaders including one-on-ones, political development, skill building and confidence building.
Delegate appropriate tasks to volunteer leaders and/or captains.
Provide support, guidance and feedback to volunteers and volunteer leaders
Track volunteer shift scheduling and participation in our databases.
Adhere to operating procedures to uphold the organization’s values and volunteer safety, including COVID-19 safety protocols
Ensure the organization’s purpose is conveyed to the public.
Serve as on-the-ground liaison between Seed the Vote and partner organizations to troubleshoot and make timely adjustments and decisions to ensure effective and smooth operations.
Coordinate with partners to collaborate on volunteer management (including training and other support) for greatest efficiency, impact, and experience of volunteers
Plan, implement, and lead real time volunteer troubleshooting
Support partner organizations, as needed.
Canvass Team Leadership and Support:
Lead groups of 10 – 20 volunteers in door knocking and other outreach activities
Shadow and observe volunteers on doors, modeling and encouraging effective organizing conversations
Support canvassers and respond to their ongoing needs
Organize and prepare materials for each canvass, including literature, technologies, and other essentials, as provided by the partner organization
Use quantitative and qualitative assessment of volunteers and support volunteers to improve
Experience leading electoral campaign field work is ideal.
Experience in organizing or volunteer recruitment.
Past experience as a canvasser or volunteer in civic engagement programs.
Experience in team management and/or supervision is ideal
Organized and prepared; proactive in coordinating materials and learning relevant technology
Facilitation skills for leading trainings, workshops, etc
Commitment to and experience in identifying and developing others’ leadership
Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
Ability to learn and navigate online and digital tools and platforms (including Mobilize America, Van, ThruText) to recruit and manage volunteers
Able to work on a computer, including sitting at a desk, for extended periods of time with or without reasonable accommodation.
Manual dexterity to operate a keyboard and other equipment
Able to see or read a computer screen and printed material with or without vision aids.
Able to speak clearly and in audible tones on the phone and in person and be understood by others.
Able to hear and understand speech at normal levels and on the telephone.
Able to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Able to walk and stand for extended periods of time, in potentially intense weather conditions (heat, humidity, cold).
Positions will be located in Pittsburgh, PA, Philadelphia, PA, Minneapolis, MN, Detroit, MI, Phoenix, AZ or Reno, NV. Applicants do not have to currently live in the region, but must be willing to relocate to the specified region for the length of the position.
This position will work full time exempt with long hours and weekend work expected. Estimated compensation of $1,000 per week, with housing for the duration of the field work and flight to be provided. We offer a competitive health benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice. This document provides no contract of employment.
How to Apply
Please submit a resume, cover letter on why you’re interested in the role, and three references through this job portal. Applications will be reviewed as received.
Seed the Vote contracts with Resilient Strategies LLC for backend and operational support including hiring and employment. Resilient Strategies is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Folks who are queer, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled, parents, are/have been system-impacted, are immigrants, and anyone who has experienced systemic oppression and/or gender-based violence are encouraged to apply. Pursuant of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment.