Join our Canvass Leadership Team!
Canvass Directors and Assistant Canvass Directors manage one of our 10 grassroots fundraising field offices across the country, with bottom-line responsibility for all local operations.
- 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 two 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.
Training: Newly hired directors will typically spend four to six months doing field training, working intensely alongside experienced directors. Additionally, directors receive support from regional management staff throughout their time on staff. After one year in the position, staff 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.
Work schedule can run 50 hours per week, including work on some weekends.
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 experience handling 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.