Empower 20,000 People.
Be a Democracy Organizing Fellow.
The Bus is hiring a team of highly-motivated, energetic, and street-savvy organizers to participate in our 2012 Democracy Organizing Fellowship. The program kicks off on March 19th with two weeks of intensive training in organizing, team management, volunteer mobilization, and a whole host of other topics for the kick-ass organizer.
During the course of the program, Fellows create and execute their own campaign plan, develop volunteer leaders, and take to the streets to engage Oregonians in democracy. Oh, and they’ll help a whopping 20,000 new voters register to vote before the October 16th, 2012 Oregon deadline.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
- Work with a tight-knit team to help 20,000 Oregonians register or update their registration for 2012 elections
- Participate in two weeks of intensive skill-building in grassroots organizing and leadership development
- Recruit, train and manage volunteers to register, educate, and mobilize young voters
- Manage the processing and data entry of voter registration cards and volunteer information
- Research voter registration opportunities, and attend concerts, street fairs and festivals, and private college & university happenings to register voters
- Take part in (with the potential to manage) Get Out The Vote efforts after the voter registration deadline
- Previous significant experience with a political, advocacy, or voter engagement campaigns, including face-to-face field work, coalition work, coordination within campaigns, and management of multiple volunteers and staff or equivalent outreach, coordination, and supervision role in another field of work
- Outgoing, enthusiastic and confident (gotta enjoy talking to strangers)
- Highly organized, self-motivated and productive (friends have a hard time understanding how you get so much done in one day)
- Proven ability to work toward a plan and achieve results
- Relentlessly positive in the face of obstacles (and sometimes the stress of too many opportunities)
- Culturally competent and comfortable discussing race, gender, and power
- Ability to buckle down and wrap projects up
- “Zoom factor” (i.e. the ability to see both the forest *and* the trees)
Time commitment: Mandatory crash course bootcamp March 19th-March 30th, with overnight lodging and travel. Ongoing, campaign hours are generally 45-55 hours per week, including many evenings and some weekends, with more demanding hours leading up to the May and November elections. The fellowship runs from March 19th thru November 14th.
Compensation: $16,000 Fellowship paid in monthly increments over 8 months, plus a $1,000 bonus upon completion of the fellowship and achieving the voter registration goal.
To Apply: If this sounds up your alley, apply by sending your resume, cover letter and two or three references to email@example.com. Include “Democracy Organizing Fellow: [Your Full Name]” in the subject line.