Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Progressive Campaign Job Opportunities

This information is provided by Patrick Sterns, a 2005 IPE graduate.

Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. (GCI), a national firm specializing in building grassroots support for progressive causes, political candidates, public interest campaigns, and non-profit fundraising operations is coming to UPS to interview potential staff for their upcoming campaigns. Interested students should send a resume to psterns@grassrootscampaigns or apply directly with the career center.

We will be at the Career Fair in the SUB on February 22nd, and holding an information session on March 21st in the Howarth Building. This is an excellent way for applicants to learn more about the opportunities before their interview.

We are currently hiring graduating seniors to staff for our ongoing effort to work for progressive public policy and to help build the Democratic base for the 2008 Presidential election. With the new Democratic majority, there is tremendous opportunity for true progressive change in America. The positions we are hiring for will afford new staff the opportunity to impact the world around them while learning invaluable skills. Our campaign staff is trained on all aspects of running a grassroots campaign - from recruiting, training, and managing staff/volunteers to overseeing the finances associated with running a local campaign office. Grassroots Campaigns' current and past clients include MoveOn.org, the Democratic National Committee, the ACLU, and the League of Conservation Voters. We are hiring for the following positions:

Position: Citizen Outreach Director

Citizen Outreach Directors and Assistant Directors manage our grassroots fundraising offices, and have bottom-line responsibility for local campaign operations. Job responsibilities center on recruiting, training, managing and motivating a staff of 6 - 25 paid canvassers. Directors canvass two to three days per week, working with staff in the field and meeting personal fundraising requirements. Directors are also responsible
for administrative duties related to fundraising, including budget management, income tracking, and paying expenses.

Position: Field Organizer

Field Organizers work in key Congressional districts around the country. They work on a combination of issue campaigns and electoral campaigns, organizing and mobilizing constituents in a district with the objective of turning the district blue in '08. Field Organizers learn to recruit and manage volunteers, work with the media, do coalition outreach, generate grassroots support, fundraise, and do direct advocacy with elected officials on the local, state, and national levels.

For all positions:

Qualifications: Sound communication and motivational skills, work ethic, and a strong desire for political change are essential. We are looking for people who have a strong leadership background, and who are ready to take on a lot of responsibility. Previous field organizing or canvass experience is a plus, but not an absolute pre-requisite.

Expectations: Minimum commitment of one year for canvass directors, two years for field organizers. Campaign hours.
Salary/Benefits: Annual salary begins at $24,000 and increases commensurate with experience. Staff may opt into our health care plan.
Locations: Nationwide, ask recruiter for more details.
To apply for these positions you should email your Cover Letter and Resume to Patrick Sterns at psterns@grassrootscampaigns.com, or you can apply directly via the UPS career center. For more information contact Patrick Sterns at 206-329-4416

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