Overview

SPRING TERM 2023

“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

Sister District Spring Organizing Fellowship

Applications due by February 5th, 2023. Interviews will be conducted in early February 2023 for a 11-week term beginning March 13th.

About the Organizing Fellow Role:

At 5.5 hours per week over 11 weeks, Fellows will assist Organizing Department staff supporting capacity development and volunteer recruitment for 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 $20/hr for a total $1,210 stipend.

BACKGROUND

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 2023. Fellows have a significant role to play.

RESPONSIBILITIES

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

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

All mandatory calls will be scheduled using a Doodle poll to accommodate fellow availability:

First week: Orientation, training. As a group, one 60-minute orientation and one 90-minute training session led by Organizing Managers to learn and practice recruitment methods.
Organizing weeks: 4.25 hours a week drafting/editing/executing project plans with a heavy focus on volunteer recruitment calls; plus weekly 45-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.
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
Work remotely
Attend weekly 45-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
$1,210 stipend ($605 at the halfway mark, $605 at end of the term)

HOW TO APPLY

Please upload your resume as PDF. You do not need to manually add resume information.

Applications are due by February 5th, 2023.

About Sister District Project

The Organization

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 2023. Fellows have a significant role to play.

We are proud to be an organization founded and led by women, including women of color.