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Democracy Organizing Fellowship

Empower Thousands of People.

Be a Democracy Organizing Fellow.

The Bus is hiring a team of highly-motivated, energetic, and street-savvy organizers to participate in our 2014 Democracy Organizing Fellowship. The program kicks off on March 10th with two weeks of intensive training in organizing, team management, volunteer mobilization, and a whole host of other topics for the badass 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 thousands of new voters register to vote before the October 14th, 2014 Oregon deadline.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with a tight-knit team to help Oregonians register or update their registration for 2014 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, 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 campaign, 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
  • Whip-smart (maybe you’ve been called a genius once or twice)
  • Outgoing, enthusiastic and confident (ever met a person you couldn’t charm?)
  • Highly organized, self-motivated and productive (other people talk, you get sh*t done)
  • Proven ability to work toward a plan and achieve results
  • Relentlessly positive in the face of obstacles (and endless opportunities)
  • Culturally competent and comfortable discussing race, gender, and power
  • “Zoom factor” (you know the dream is only as good as the execution)

Time commitment: Mandatory crash course bootcamp March 10th-March 21st. Ongoing, campaign hours include many evenings and some weekends, with an increase in hours leading up to the May and November elections. The fellowship runs from March 10th thru November 31st.

Compensation: Commensurate with relevant experience and past achievements. Successful Fellows will also be eligible for a bonus upon completion of the Fellowship and achievement of the voter registration goal.

To Apply: If this like we wrote your life story before we’ve met you, apply by sending your resume, cover letter and three references to by Friday, February 21, 2014. Include “Democracy Organizing Fellow: [Your Full Name]” in the subject line.

Women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Tentative Timeline

Fellowship Announcement Released: Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Fellowship Application Deadline: Friday, February 21, 2014
Interviewees Notified: Monday, February 24, 2014
First Round Interviews: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Finalists Notified: Friday, February 28, 2014
Finalists Interview: Monday, March 3, 2014
Fellowship Offers Extended: Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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