We are looking for people from the Boston area to work in Lewiston, ME, to help defeat Susan Collins until Election Day. Join us!
Vote Blue’s mission is to mobilize progressive voters to get to the polls in the 2020 election using door-to-door canvassing.
We are currently seeking Canvass Directors to join us on an important and exciting campaign to provide the strategic field operation necessary to win this fall. We are hiring for multiple Lead Director and Deputy Director positions.
There is so much at stake in this election. As we have seen over the last 4 years, leadership in government matters more than ever. Nearly 200,000 Americans have died of COVID19, and Donald Trump is on the record saying that he intentionally withheld information about it and downplayed its severity. Millions of acres are currently burning in wildfires in Washington, Oregon, and California in one of the largest natural disasters in history. We need our government proactively addressing climate change, not trying to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to new oil drilling. Systemic racism is real and clearly at the forefront of our collective daily lives. Yet as more Black people are shot or killed by police, Donald Trump and Republicans stoke racial tension for political gain. We need a change in leadership, and we need it fast.
In Maine, Susan Collins has failed working families. We need strong leadership in the Senate who will stand up for a living wage, paid family leave, protect communities from imminent and ongoing health crises, and fight for our most marginalized communities who are often overlooked.
Sara Gideon is the right candidate for Maine. She supports raising the minimum wage, incentivizing young families to stay in Maine, rolling back the Trump tax bill that takes money out the pockets of hard-working Mainers and puts it into the hands of the 1%. In Congress, Sara has expanded job training and education programs to help Mainers get good-paying jobs and address the skilled worker shortage in the state. Sara also passed a universal paid time off policy. She also wants to expand Medicare.
The election on November 3 will be the most important of our lifetimes. Very likely, this race will decide which party controls the Senate. The key to winning is a strong ground game.
Canvass Directors will recruit, train, and manage a team of local canvassers to go door-to-door in strategic locations and speak with voters about their voting plans. Additionally, the Lead Campaign Director will manage a team of one or more Deputy Directors, and will be responsible for building an office to scale from the ground up. This position reports to the Project Director.
COVID-19 has altered the political landscape, but one thing remains the same – we will need to have in-person conversations with people to get out the vote. Thankfully, we can do this with low risk. We will provide PPE and substantial health and safety training, and we have developed a canvassing protocol that will allow us to do this critical work while keeping our staff and the people in our communities safe.
We are hiring immediately. This position runs through November 3, with opportunities to extend through the Election and beyond.
Locations: Lewiston, Maine. Short-term travel may be required.
Canvass Management Responsibilities:
• Work with a voter targeting list to build walk lists and train others to do so
• Collaborate with our recruitment team to identify and hire members of the community to work as canvassers who will make contact with targeted voters to speak with them about the upcoming election
• Manage a team of 20-70 canvassers, setting and driving goals along the way
• Implement health and safety protocol, including ensuring adequate PPE for all staff and compliance with daily health and safety guidelines
• Knock doors several days a week yourself to train staff and help drive office goals by having effective conversations with voters
• Administrative duties, including working with the HR Director on payroll, onboarding and offboarding staff, and compliance
• Leadership experience, ability to motivate, grow, and manage a large team
• Prior experience running a canvassing operation is preferred. We will consider candidates with comparable management experience.
• Ability to work long hours, including evenings and weekends
• Familiarity with VAN a plus
• Extreme attention to detail and a proven ability to instill that quality in others
• Self-starter with excellent problem-solving skills
• Strong passion for community organizing and fostering civic engagement
Salary: The salary range for this position is $1,200-$1,400 per week. We offer a generous benefits package, including paid vacation and sick leave, health insurance, and hands-on training. At the end of the campaign, there may be opportunities for advancement and bonuses.
At Vote Blue, we prioritize equity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and we strongly encourage Black, indigenous, people of color, women, people with previous felony convictions, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and others who identify with underrepresented groups to apply.