Yes 4 Minneapolis Campaign

The Minneapolis city charter currently requires the City to maintain a police department with a minimum level of sworn officers on staff. Our charter campaign will propose amending the charter to remove these requirements, and may make other changes to promote community-led safety proposed by community members throughout our process.

The goal of the campaign is to win a majority support for a “Yes” vote to change the Minneapolis City Charter. The Yes 4 Minneapolis campaign will require extensive community conversation and political education to determine what the charter amendment should say; canvassing for signatures to add the amendment to the 2021 city ballot; and employing community, labor, and grassroots organizing to recruit supporters to vote for the amendment in November 2021. Deliverables include: 1) signatures gathered, 2) direct voter contact reports (doors, calls, etc), 3) volunteers trained, and 4) community members supportive of the campaign.

The Yes 4 Minneapolis is a c3 and c4 campaign with the purpose to advocate and educate on alternative safety strategies within the municipal context, and build community partnerships to execute those strategies. The Yes 4 Minneapolis Campaign Manager is anchored by leadership from Reclaim the Block and Black Visions but reports to the campaign steering committee, consisting of local, national and state-based entities, and supports the coalition as a whole.

Job Responsibilities

  • Set and maintain overall strategy and tactics for winning a citywide ballot initiative
  • Create and monitor budgets for staff, materials, travel, and other needs.
  • Manage staff and the work of additional organizational partners from the steering committee directly related to the campaign
  • Act as a liaison between multiple organizations, the main communicator internally for the campaign, and with local and national partners
  • Oversee the ballot qualifying phase (signature collection)
  • Oversee the development and production of the communications strategy.
  • Oversee the management of a large field team of experienced organizers and canvassers, non-profit organizations, and for-profit vendors to support effective implementation of the People’s movement assemblies and field strategy, including accountability metrics for signature gathering and voter contact
  • Provide a strategic vision for the campaign that promotes the vision of a police free Minneapolis
  • Build the power of the organization by growing strategic partnerships, educating stakeholder organizations and entities in the city, and leverage partner engagement to provide a campaign with strong volunteers and advocates in all corners of the state and with particular emphasis on building local capacity for future similar campaigns
  • Ensure that all the many moving pieces of this exciting campaign are implemented successfully.

Experience and Qualifications
We’re seeking candidates who excel in relationship-building, are results-oriented, have strong management skills, and commitment to Black liberation. You should have:

  • Minimum three years, preference for 7+ years of organizing experience (labor or community, or non-candidate electoral).
  • Experience organizing in Black communities, especially Black LGBTQ communities
  • Experience managing ballot initiatives, small to large scale, or statewide issue campaigns.
  • Strong, independent leadership skills that allow you to drive projects and programs to completion in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision.
  • Experience connecting movement demands (i.e. $15 minimum wage, sanctuary city protections, renter’s rights, etc) to electoral politics.
  • Understanding of the Minneapolis charter process or experience learning about and implementing legislative processes (PDF attached for review).
  • Experience with developing political programs with strategic targeting and list development.
  • Familiarity with political data, latest technologies, and best practices.
  • Experience building broad-based coalitions and working with grassroots organizations.
  • Comfort with the implementation of a range of organizing strategies and tactics.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills, results focused, and well organized.
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups and populations.
  • Dedication and ability to work flexible hours.

COVID-19 Addendum
The position is Minneapolis-based and will require the candidate to live in the Twin Cities and do in-person work, once it is safe to do so. The responsibilities of the position will not shift significantly since our team already works remotely, but the pandemic will require the Campaign Manager to be particularly flexible, resourceful, and innovative when it comes to building relationships with the rest of the team and with donors and funders. All meetings and retreats are currently being held online. However, signature collection requires in-person contact, so a component of the campaign will require COVID-safe in-person activities. During the pandemic, we are committed to supporting each other to take the time needed to care for ourselves and loved ones.

To Apply
Please include “Vote Yes Campaign Manager” in the subject heading of the email and send a resume and cover letter to info@yes4minneapolis.org as soon as you are able.  Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis, with interviews scheduled week application is received. We intend to make a hire by January 15th, but the job will remain open until filled.

Yes 4 Minneapolis is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage those from, and who have experience working within, Black and LGBTQ communities to apply.

To apply for this job email your details to info@yes4minneapolis.org