Overview

Working Families, and its state work in Rhode Island, advocates to make the needs of working families the priority of our government. We build an engaged membership of residents across the state ready to advocate for the changes working families deserve. The Working Families Party, also recruits, elects, and supports candidates committed to economic, racial, social, and environmental justice, and holds elected officials accountable to these core values. WFP uses the power we generate through our organizing and electoral work to win tangible victories that make a real difference in the everyday lives of working families.
RIWFP has a long track record of advocating for meaningful public policy including:
– Paid sick days for over 100,000 Rhode Islanders
– A $15 an hour minimum wage
– Equal pay legislation
– Expungement of cannabis records
– Expanded voting access

About The Legislative Event Organizer
2024 Legislative Event Organizer(s) will be responsible for dramatically increasing Working Families Power’s contact with the community and for building relationships between Working Families Power members and their Working Families Party-allied elected officials. With the support of the existing staff, the Organizer(s) will work to grow the membership of Working Families in key neighborhoods across the state. Then, they will coordinate with a set of current Working Families Party elected officials to plan, promote, and facilitate local “town hall”-type events, co-hosted by WFP. Finally, the Organizer(s) will work to maintain relationships with the new members and event attendees, to encourage members’ continued engagement in activities.

If successful, RIWFP will be able to count hundreds of new members in its ranks in diverse areas across Rhode Island. These members will be newly introduced to the role that we play in local advocacy and elections, and will have a better understanding of their local political context by having attended an event with their elected officials. They hopefully will be more predisposed to volunteer with Working Families in the following legislative session, and may consider putting their time and skills toward assisting on a local political campaign.

This temporary, part time (20 hours/week) position is supervised by the RI Political Director.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Member Recruitment
Deploy to targeted districts with specific member recruitment goals
Utilize voter lists to knock on doors and engage with potential members
Attend community events to encourage new member signups
Partner with local elected officials to bring their supporters into Working Families
Participate in regular coaching and check-ins with RI Sr. Political Organizer and Political Director
Assist year-round staff in identifying future super-volunteers
Town Hall Coordination:
Pair with Working Families Party elected officials to plan, promote, and facilitate local town halls
Promote these town halls via postcards, texts, and other communication methods
Follow up with town hall attendees to encourage continued engagement and Working Families membership
Communication:
Send out 2000+ postcards and 5000+ texts to promote town halls and other initiatives
Maintain regular communication with new members and potential recruits
Skills and Qualifications
At least two cycles of organizing, electoral experience or any other related work
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
A passion and commitment to social, economic, and racial justice
Ability to communicate compellingly about our work and inspire others to action
Critical thinking and problem solving skills
Drive and tenacity to advance our mission and values
Ability to work independently
Attention to detail; ability to manage the technical aspects of a project—logistics, etc.
Driver’s license, reliable transportation, and willingness for regular in-state travel
Flexibility to work evenings and weekends to meet recruitment goals
Preferred Qualifications:
Familiarity with voter engagement tools and techniques, including canvassing and phone banking
Existing relationships within key Rhode Island districts
Demonstrated history of engagement with Working Families Party, or similar progressive organizations
Previous experience in community organizing, political campaigns, or advocacy work
Fluency in languages other than English
What Else Should You Know
Compensation:
The salary range for this role is $26-$31. The final salary for this role will be determined based on our Pay Scale, which takes into consideration years of experience, geographic location, and final job description.
We also offer a robust benefit package for full time employees including paid time off; health, dental, vision, and life insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement plan options; professional development funding; and remote work support.
Location and Travel:
This is a hybrid role requiring you to work approximately 4 days per week in-person at Working Families local office in Providence, and/or various locations for direct voter contact.
Schedule:
The position is temporary and part-time.
Union Affiliation:
WFP is a unionized workplace. This is a short term temporary role that is ineligible to join WFP’s staff bargaining unit. WFP’s union employees are represented by the New York Metropolitan Area Joint Board, Workers United union.

About Working Families Party

About the Working Families Party

The Working Families Party (WFP) is the progressive party for the multiracial working class, fighting for a nation that works for the many, not the few. We recruit, train, and support transformational candidates up and down the ballot — and run them to win.

We believe that no matter where we come from or what our color, most of us want the same things. We want to earn enough to thrive, not just survive, and leave a better future for our kids. We want healthy food and clean water, safe neighborhoods and a safe world. We want to be free.

The Working Families Party is regular people coming together across our differences to make a better future for us all. We’re a multiracial party that fights for workers over bosses and people over the powerful. We want an America which realizes the promise – unrealized in our history – of freedom and equality for all.