The Campus Campaign Organizers will engage students and campus faculty and staff around climate change, jobs, health care, and how-to-vote mobilization on campus. The Organizer will start by building and recruiting a team of volunteers, activists, and campus faculty around the EPA’s Soot Air Quality Standard while collecting comments from students and professors. From there, Organizers will continue to engage volunteers through how-to-vote education events on campus including classroom visits, tabling and other events. At each of those events, Organizers will collect Pledge To Vote cards which will be used as a tool to increase turnout and generate additional awareness and education around the 2022 election. Organizers and their volunteers will focus on following up with everyone who pledged to vote, and participate in Get Out The Vote canvassing and phonebanking. This will continue through Election Day. Post-election, organizers will debrief with volunteers, professorial and faculty contacts and share information for how to stay involved with the Climate Action Campaign.
Location and Timeline: We are hiring campus organizers for this position beginning August 29th, 2022 and continuing through November 21, 2022. Organizers must be based in Arizona (on or near campus at Northern Arizona University), Georgia (University of Georgia), Michigan (Michigan State University), Pennsylvania (Penn State University), or Wisconsin (University of Wisconsin-Madison).
Who We Are: The Outreach Team is the national engine of campaigners and organizers powering the young-people vote movement. With an on-the-ground presence in communities all across the country, our world-class team runs successful civic engagement campaigns to build a future that’s fairer, healthier, safer and more peaceful for everyone. We are excited to once again be working with the Climate Action Campaign on a campaign to engage students and members of the campus community to act on climate, clean energy, jobs, health care and Get Out the Vote!
What You’ll Do:
- Recruit and Train a Community of Volunteer Activists
- Call and text supporters and recruit them into grassroots actions.
- Identify new volunteers by gathering comments, pledges to vote and on-campus recruitment efforts
- Run grassroots skills trainings to develop effective campaigners among volunteers
- Keep meticulous track of a volunteer list so that no potential volunteer falls through the cracks
- Represent the campaign through participation in community spaces and events, while engaging and uplifting coalition and partner organizations.
- Generate Pledge To Vote cards and Soot Rule Comments
- Gather thousands of Pledge to Vote cards on campus
- Gather hundreds of Soot Rule comments, with a particular focus on professor and faculty commenters
- Recruit and train volunteers to generate more Pledges to Vote and volunteer engagement at events
- Recruit and engage with faculty and professors on campus to build meaningful relationships while generating at least 50 professor/faculty sign-ons
- Organize Events on Campus
- Nail 100% of all messaging and legal requirements and ensure that volunteers do the same
- Organize and execute in-person events demonstrating support for climate, jobs, and health care action and excitement around the upcoming election including educational events, trainings, rallies, and more.
- Educate students, faculty and others on campus about the historic climate investments in the Inflation Reduction Act and the urgency of continued actions to reduce emissions
- Manage Digital Campaign, Data Management, and Reporting Tools
- Demonstrate public support by recruiting volunteers to post on their own social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
- Use peer-to-peer texting services and relational organizing tools to communicate with community members
- Send timely and compelling email campaigns to recruit activists to campaign activities
- Track every interaction with detailed notes in order to report numbers daily and write weekly reports on the results of the campaign
Who You Are & Keys to Success (the must-haves):
To be successful in this job, you will excel in these areas:
- Relationship Building: You develop and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with a diverse group of local and statewide community members. You are attentive and empathetic to the communities we serve, regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, or ability, and can identify shared values across communities for collective growth. You can build authentic relationships through authenticity and reliability, continuously uplifting others and their goals. You are comfortable and experienced in public speaking to a group about environmental, jobs, health care issues and climate change.
- Inclusive and Collaborative Leadership: You approach leadership with a “power with” mindset that recognizes the impact power hierarchies have in different settings. You can learn from others, see and hear other perspectives, and step in or step back as necessary. You are reliable and accountable, always transparent about your abilities, capacities, and expectations. You honor the time and commitments of others while inspiring them to meet goals.
- Commitment to Equity and Inclusion: You have a proven ability to develop meaningful connections with diverse communities, including a wide range of community organizations, community leaders, and community members. You work with the community and within the workplace to identify areas of improvement for a more equitable environment. You take continued action and efforts to improve your REI knowledge, skills, and tools.
- Drive to Achieve Results: You have experience accomplishing ambitious goals and getting results, even when there are obstacles. You have the experience or ability to plan backwards to meet multiple goals timely and effectively. When there are unexpected changes, you bounce back and adjust quickly, learning and improving from any mistakes.
Skills and Experiences we Expect of all Outreach Team employees:
- Commitment to equity and justice, with an agreement to our North Star (below)
- Experience bringing a lens of inclusivity to all of your interactions with colleagues and community members.
- Passion for the role that your work plays in creating change in the world.
- Kindness and consideration for others.
- Drive to work collaboratively: learning from others; stepping-in or stepping-back when needed.
- Transparency: comfort admitting what you do and don’t know, your capacity, and abilities.
- Task management: Able to adapt to the evolving needs of a project. Able to tackle big-picture projects and break them down into smaller pieces
- Organized and efficient: Experience or demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects or goals at once in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
- Acute attention to detail: Track interactions and tasks with detailed notes. Plans ahead for roadblocks and bounces back quickly when problems arise.
- Effective communication skills (written or spoken) that are clear, concise and honest.
- Comfortable and excited to speak about the campaign publicly,
- Coach and learning mentality: successful experience or willingness to learn new things and pick up new skills on the job. Able to learn from mistakes and try again.
- Understanding of how your words and actions affect others, including an awareness of power language and communication accessibility.
- Ability to work weekends and weekday evenings, occasional holidays.
Nice-to-Haves, but Not Required:
- Experience working for nonprofits and issue campaigns
- Data Management and Evaluation Experience: Experience working with various data management systems and tools, mainly Google Suite.
- Experience with Relevant Campaign Tools and Technologies: Action Network, ThruText, MailChimp, eCRMs like EveryAction, or social media tools (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).
- Event or Project Planning & Management, Implementation or Evaluation
- Knowledge or previous experience working on this issue is a plus, but not required
- Candidates with campus organizing experience and/or recent graduates of the above institutions are preferred
If you were here right now, you would be:
- Recruiting, training and developing activist leaders on your campus to collect voter pledges, and educate other students on how important it is to vote in November
- Developing relationships with campus faculty and professors on climate action, jobs, health care and gathering Soot Rule comments
- Engaging and expanding the Climate Action Campaign support network through public visibility actions, voter outreach, and relationship building
- Planning and executing events around climate action, jobs, and health care including, but not limited to: phonebanking, petitioning, visibility events, educational events, and more.
Salary, Benefits and Perks:
The salary for this position is $915-$1146 per week commensurate with experience. Salary within this range is determined through an equity calculator. As part of The Outreach Team’s commitment to compensation equity and transparency, we have a no negotiation policy. Salary negotiations can introduce bias and perpetuate wage inequality. At the end of the campaign, there may be opportunities for advancement. We offer a generous benefits package, including:
- Unlimited paid vacation (pending approval) and sick leave
- Generous health, dental and vision benefits
- A monthly cell phone stipend.
What Else You Should Know:
Equity and Inclusion is our North Star: At The Outreach Team we believe deeply that equity and inclusion in our organization makes us better at our work and helps to build a stronger progressive movement. We are an equal opportunity employer and we strongly encourage women, people of color, members of the LGBTQIA community and people who identify with other underrepresented groups to apply.
Our organization is inclusive of POC, ethnic/culture minorities, LGBTQIA+ individuals, individuals with disabilities, who are neurodivergent, regardless of educational backgrounds, previous incarceration or convictions. Our leadership team reflects our inclusivity and is reflective of the progressive community we work in and serve.
Please note: We want to hire people of all gender identities. This hiring platform (JazzHR) does not allow us to add in specific options for gender identities outside of the binary, but we are currently working with them to find a solution.