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Assistant Canvass Director Job

by Sarah Neville on February 19, 2014

About Grassroots Campaigns, Inc.:

Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. is a consulting firm that runs face-to-face engagement campaigns on behalf of progressive nonprofit, political, and humanitarian organizations such as the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Oxfam, the Sierra Club, and the national Democratic Party. Our core expertise is launching national small donor fundraising and membership recruitment drives using site-based and door-to-door canvassing. We also run voter registration drives, voter mobilization campaigns, and grassroots lobbying efforts.

Grassroots Campaigns maintains a network of field offices in 20 cities around the U.S., with plans to expand further. The work done by our teams on the ground advances our partners’ ability to create change on issues like LGBT equality, fighting hate groups, lifting people out of poverty, and curbing climate change.

Assistant Canvass Director Job:

Assistant Canvass Directors will help manage a GCI field office. A typical office will have annual goals of contacting 65,000 citizens, identifying 10,000 members, and raising $365,000 for our partner organizations. The Assistant Canvass Director is responsible for working with the Canvass Director to develop and implement a strategy to meet or exceed the targets set by the particular campaign. Assistant Canvass Directors will have bottom line responsibility over particular realms of office management, such as planning and executing recruitment drives or developing and implementing the training plan.

Sample job duties:

  • Recruitment: Build a team of 15-50 canvassers by recruiting from within the local community. Develop and execute a visibility strategy to generate candidates. Interview prospective staff and make hiring
  • Staff Management: Work with Canvass Director to supervise a team of 15-50 canvassers. Conduct individual and group meetings to set goals and provide ongoing feedback and evaluation. Identify, promote, and train leaders. Set and enforce expectations for performance and conduct. Cultivate a welcoming, professional, and motivating atmosphere.
  • Canvassing and Training: Work with Canvass Director to develop and execute a strategy to maximize overall fundraising results. Teach canvassing/fundraising skills to canvassers. Canvass in the field three to four days per week, to train new and experienced staff in the field, give feedback to crew leaders, and demonstrate strong fundraising techniques and results. Ensure all canvassers are representing our partners well in the field.
  • Administration: Track income and expenses. Manage the budget for your office. Process staff payroll. Maintain records for future organizing efforts.
  • Organizational Development: Identify and evaluate candidates for management positions. Develop local knowledge and contacts in your area to help identify future campaign opportunities.

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 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.

Training: Newly hired directors will receive training in existing offices along with periodic classroom trainings. Additionally, directors receive support from regional management staff throughout their time on staff.

Expectations: Minimum commitment through August 31, 2015. Campaign hours can run 60-80 hours per week, including work on weekends.

Salary/benefits: Annual target salary for Canvass Directors begins at $24,000, plus health. Paid training, vacation and sick days are included; student loan assistance is available. Salaries and benefits may vary by location.

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, AZ, FL, and Washington, D.C. In order to make the largest impact possible, some directors will have a chance to organize in a city and then expand the progressive movement by opening new projects in other states.

Contact: If interested please contact Toney Thompson at or with your resume.

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