Canvass Director

Canvass Director and Assistant Director Job Descriptions

Grassroots Campaigns specializes in running face-to-face outreach campaigns for progressive advocacy groups, humanitarian organizations, and political campaigns.  We are currently working on behalf of a range of partners including the Southern Poverty Law Center, the ACLU, Sierra Club, and Oxfam America to raise awareness, identify new supporters, raise funds, and win concrete victories for change.  We also run field campaigns to register and mobilize voters, pass legislation through grassroots advocacy, and build long-term volunteer networks.

Since 2003, Grassroots Campaigns staff have been on the front line of a variety of social change movements and historic elections.  Our goal is to grow the progressive movement through developing top-notch leaders who can build teams from scratch and deliver real results on the ground.

Canvass Directors and Assistant Canvass Directors manage one of our 30 grassroots fundraising field offices across the country, with bottom-line responsibility for all local operations.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Recruitment:  Build a team of 15-50 canvassers by recruiting from within the local community.  Interview prospective staff and make hiring decisions.
  • Staff Management:  Teach canvassing/fundraising skills.  Work with your staff in individual and group settings, with a particular eye towards developing leaders.  Cultivate a welcoming and motivating atmosphere.
  • Canvassing:  Canvass in the field for three to four days per week, to train new and experienced staff in the field and meet personal fundraising requirements.
  • Administration:  Carefully track income and expenses.  Manage the budget for your office.  Process staff payroll.  Maintain records for future organizing efforts.

Qualifications:

Strong communication and motivational skills, work ethic, and desire for political change are essential.  Candidates must be able to work within a team, have proven leadership ability and an ability to handle a lot of responsibility. Strong self-direction and the ability to take initiative are also necessary qualifications. Previous field or canvassing experience is a plus, and may qualify candidates for additional leadership positions.

Training:

Newly hired directors will typically spend three weeks doing field training, working intensely alongside experienced directors, and will also attend week-long national classroom training.  Additionally, directors receive support from regional management staff throughout their time on staff.  After one year in the position, new directors will have learned the basics of running a successful grassroots campaign, including, but not limited to, fundraising and donor recruitment, hiring and supervising staff and/or volunteers, and turf management.

Expectations:

Minimum one year commitment.  Campaign hours can run 60-80 hours per week, including work on weekends.

Salary/Benefits:

Annual salary for Assistant Canvass Directors begins at $24,000.   Staff may opt into our health care plan (PPO).  Paid training, vacation and sick days are included; student loan assistance is available. 

Timing and Location:

Positions are available in cities nationwide.  Currently hiring in MA, NY, PA, OH, IL, NM, NV, MO, NC, CO, CA, WA, OR, TX, FL, and Washington, D.C.  Geographic flexibility is encouraged as new campaign opportunities arise.

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