Job Description: Field Organizer
(Both Part Time and Full Time)
Start Date: March 3rd – 7th
Spend this election season learning all you can about grassroots and electoral organizing, developing leadership skills, and managing the largest young people powered Get Out The Vote campaign Chicago has ever seen!
Not for the faint of heart, this program is going to challenge you and your peers to grow as individuals, as leaders and as a team. The position focuses on training young leaders who are ready to commit themselves full time to working in public service.
Chicago Votes is seeking Field Organizers to manage our grassroots campaigns, direct voter engagement, volunteer recruitment, and general outreach efforts in Chicago. Field Organizers will work directly with Chicago Votes Campaign Manager and volunteers.
Role & Responsibilities
The Field Organizer will 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, where we will reach thousands of young Chicagoans and inspire them to turn up for democracy and turn out to vote. We are organizing efforts on college campuses, in high schools and in neighborhoods in Chicago where young people live. This effort will be during the 5 week mayoral runoff election. The position requires knowledge of running street and event based canvassing, experience in the day-to-day management of volunteers and a penchant for getting large crowds of people registered to vote and to the polls.
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, and will make change happen at the grassroots level.
Knowledge | Skills
We’re seeking candidates with who have great leadership skills and are excited to learn about the cutting edge new organizing methods. Some other things we’re looking for:
- 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
- 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
- Willingness keep a positive attitude and flexibility(Since of Urgency): Approach work with a spirit of “yes”. strike a positive tone, push work forward through obstacles and adapt quickly as things change.
About Chicago Votes
We engage, inspire, and build the power of Chicago’s next generation of civic leaders. We train young people with the leadership skills, civic knowledge and hands-on experience to have a lasting impact on democracy in our city.
Interested applicants should apply at chicagovotes.com/jobs. If you have questions please call call (DJ @ (312)978-8537) or email (Rudy @ Rudy@chicagovotes.com)
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.