It’s getting real at Chicago Votes HQ and we are hiring, not one, not two, but ten badasses to join our growing
team family. Are you ready to dedicate yourself to building young people power and changing the face of politics in Chicago? Yes! Good.
As you prolly already know, Chicago Votes engages, inspires, and trains Chicago’s next generation of civic leaders. We work to make democracy in Illinois better, stronger and more accessible.
We’re launching our next phase of initiatives, in which we registered 25,000 voters, educated a ton of folks about issues that impact our generation, and double down for democracy.
Right now, we’re hiring a small
army team of Field Organizers. Send your resume and cover letter to Ryan [at] chicagovotes.com. Read on and get all the juicy job-y details.
What’s that you say? You know just the person for the gig? Great, nominate them for the job here.
The Field Organizer will work with a team of organizers to register thousands of voters in Chicago throughout this Summer and Fall. The Field Organizer will execute the day-to-day civic engagement program including but not limited to voter registration, volunteer canvassing and phone calling and voter turn out efforts.
He or she will oversee the management and execution of the Chicago Votes’ nonpartisan civic engagement program, leading a 5-7 person organizer team, plus hundreds of volunteers to register 25,000 voters until the October 8th, voter registration deadline. The position requires knowledge of running street- and-event based canvassing, experience in the day-to-day management of field staff and a penchant for getting large crowds of people registered to vote.
The Field Organizer will not only get volunteers to show up, but also help them grow as community leaders and strengthen their investment in the organization. Volunteers are the core of our work. Occasional travel will be necessary to fulfill the expectations of this position. The Field Organizer won’t be tied to a desk, will meet lots of people, a
Knowledge | Skills
We’re seeking candidates with some experience field organizing on the local, city, state or federal level and who demonstrate a commitment to face-to-face politics that includes both tradition grassroots organizing skills and cutting edge new organizing methods. Some other things we’re looking for:
- Experience with volunteer recruitment and management
- Event coordination & planning experience preferred
- Proven and highly effective organizational and written/oral communication skills
- Strong track record of setting and meeting goals
- High energy and fun(ny) personality
- A self-starter that can show strong initiative and work independently
- Strong affinity for networking and building strategic relationships
- Ability to work efficiently under tight deadlines
- Experience with and ability to work within diverse and underrepresented communities
- Some experience working with young voters, voter registration, or campaigns preferred
- Willingness to work non-traditional work hours and weekends
Strong Applicants Should Be
- Unstoppably positive, with a strong ability to motivate volunteers
- Culturally competent and comfortable discussing race, gender, and power
- Meticulous and detail-oriented
- Highly organized and productive (friends have a hard time understanding how you get so much done in one day)
- Frugal / efficient (i.e. making much happen with little)
- Self directed *and* collaborative
- Prepared for occasional odd and long hours.
- Prepare to travel city-wide (frequently by public transit)
- Committed to the idea and practice of leadership development
Relevant Software + Tools
- Databases: Experience with VAN Voterfile. Experience with Salsa/WiredForChange ideal but not required.
- Collaboration tools: Wikis, Google Groups, Google Apps, Doodle
- MS Office (particularly Excel)
- Online Tools : Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Tumblr
Salary for each position is commensurate with experience and skills.
Send resume and cover letter to Ryan [at] chicagovotes.com. Please put the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line. All applications must be submitted electronically in pdf format. No phone calls, please. References and writing samples should be available upon request. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Chicago Votes supports and fosters leadership from underrepresented communities. We strongly encourage folks from immigrant communities and communities of color, as well as those who identify as women, LGBTQ or working class, to apply.