Fall Organizing Fellow- Fully Remote
FALL TERM 2022
Interviews will be conducted in Summer 2022 for an 11-week term beginning August 29th through November 11, 2022. The deadline to apply is July 24th, 2022.
“The work I am doing with Sister District gives me an opportunity to engage with others who share my goals of electing Democrats and improving the lives of millions of Americans. With each and every phone call, I had a chance to share that opportunity with our volunteers.”-Michael Davis, Organizing Fellow Spring 2020
At 5.5 hours per week over 11 weeks, Fellows will assist Organizing Department staff in creating new volunteer teams and supporting capacity development of existing teams nationwide. Fellows will learn and hone vital organizing skills with the support of seasoned campaign operatives with a combined three decades of experience in advocacy and electoral organizing. All work is performed via remote communication using Google Suite, phone, Zoom conference calls, Slack, email, and text. The specific work schedule is flexible. Pay is $15/hr for a total $907.50 stipend.
Sister District’s 70+ volunteer teams provide grassroots field and fundraising support to progressive state legislative candidates to build Democratic majorities at the state level. We continue to build robust and effective teams to maximally help elect candidates in 2022. Fellows have a significant role to play.
In collaboration with Organizing Department staff, Fellows will:
Learn and carry out field-proven best practices for volunteer recruitment and team-building
Draft and edit effective recruitment scripts for phone, text, and email
Make volunteer recruitment calls to find new team leaders and assist with capacity projects for multiple existing teams
Develop strategy, goals, and tactics with a focus on creativity, continuous improvement
All mandatory calls will be scheduled using a Doodle poll to accommodate fellow availability:
First week: Orientation, training. As a group, two 60-minute training sessions lead by Organizing Managers to learn and practice recruitment methods.
Organizing weeks: 4.5 hours a week drafting/editing/executing project plans with a heavy focus on volunteer recruitment calls; plus weekly 30-minute group strategy/update calls and weekly 30-minute 1:1 calls with staff cohort leader for a total of 5.5 hours a week. There will be an additional two 45-minute strategy and candidate education sessions spaced throughout the term, which will be included in the 5.5 hours.
Final week: project wrap-up and handoff, progress-to-goal review, program evaluation
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
Specific campaign experience is not required – if you are a people person who wants to become an organizer or an organizer who wants to improve your recruitment and team-building skills, we encourage you to apply. We are seeking applicants who are strong writers and copy-editors, good listeners, enjoy meeting new people, and do well talking on the phone. Applicants should be patient, diligent and flexible, able to build personal connections, and ready to deliver compelling messages that are uniquely tailored to each volunteer. Most of all, applicants must be passionate about helping individuals become activists. Must be fluent in Google Suite (e.g., Google Sheets, Google Docs).
TIME COMMITMENT & LOGISTICS
5.5 hours per week – Fellows design and keep their own schedule
Attend weekly 30-minute call with cohort and staff cohort leader
Attend weekly 30-minute call with staff cohort leader
Attend two 45-minute training calls with additional Sister District staff
Must have personal computer and phone for calls and texts
We use the Google Suite to track our work and Slack to communicate
$907.50 stipend ($453.75 at the halfway mark, $453.75 at end of the term)
INSTRUCTIONS: HOW TO APPLY
Please follow the following hyperlink to our Fellowship application. Upload your resume and cover letter as PDF. You do not need to manually add resume information.
Format the file titles as follows: firstname_lastname_stateofresidenceabbreviation_cover and firstname_lastname_stateofresidenceabbreviation_resume, e.g. Neal_Morgan_OR_cover & Neal_Morgan_OR_resume.
Your cover letter will in itself be a writing sample. Please discuss in your letter:
- Why you are interested in this role
- Indicate how you found this role
- What experiences indicate your ability to connect with prospective volunteers, make compelling invitations to motivate their engagement, and help them make their way into leadership roles
ABOUT SISTER DISTRICT
Sister District’s 70+ volunteer teams provide grassroots (usually remote) field and fundraising support to progressive state legislative candidates to build Democratic majorities at the state level. We continue to build robust and effective teams to maximally help elect candidates in 2022. Fellows have a significant role to play.
About Sister District Project
Since launching in the wake of the 2016 elections, Sister District has grown to nearly 60,000 volunteers across the country. We have endorsed candidates in 131 races across 17 states, 73 of whom won and have gone on to fight for progressive issues in their state legislatures. We have raised $4.25 million in small-dollar donations directly for our candidates and reached out to 3.5 million voters through phones, texts, postcards, and door knocks.
Sister District’s programming also includes civic engagement, legislator support, and political research, housed at Sister District Action Network. Through these programs, we train newly elected legislators and former candidates, conduct academic-quality political research, support community-based organizations, educate the public about the importance of state legislatures through events and programs and work with our allies on innovative programs to build progressive state power.
We are proud to be an organization founded and led by women, including women of color.