As a Citizen Outreach Director for the Fund, you run a campaign office in one of dozens of cities throughout the country. The staff you supervise educate citizens about the issues and get them involved in campaigns to win progressive change. In essence, you build a team of committed activists who, in turn, mobilize hundreds, even thousands of citizens to take action. The Human Rights Campaign is fighting bigotry to protect civil rights of all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Environment America is working to protect our waterways and preserve our wilderness areas. U.S. PIRG is standing up to powerful special interests in order to improve public transportation, fix our health care system, and stop the government from subsidizing unhealthy food.
At the Fund for the Public Interest, we work with these and other leading progressive groups to help fight for the future of our health, our environment, and our democracy. We are looking for candidates to join us as Citizen Outreach Directors.
We are looking for smart, motivated, action-oriented college graduates who are interested in politics and have a commitment to public interest issues. To do this work, you need stamina. You need to be able to convey the sense of urgency and passion you feel about these issues. You need to be able and willing to work hard. You need to be resourceful on a shoestring budget.
SALARY / BENEFITS
Citizen Outreach Directors will earn $24,500-$28,000 in their first year, depending on position. The Fund offers a generous benefits package that includes full paid health care, college loan assistance, two weeks of paid vacation, paid holidays, and paid sick days. Directors are also eligible to join our 401(k) program in their second year. We also offer an extensive training program that includes both classroom study and hands-on field work. Salary and benefits differ in CA, NY, and MA.
• Recruit and manage a campaign staff of 10-40 canvassers or callers.
• Teach staff effective canvassing and campaigning techniques.
• Identify strong staff and teach them to run local campaigns and develop leadership skills.
• Run staff meetings and leadership trainings.
• Arrange briefings and issue workshops to educate and motivate staff.
• Evaluate staff performance and give ongoing feedback.
• Run letter-writing or petition drives to state legislators, local government, corporate boards and congressional representatives.
• Build coalitions of local and state organizations and elected officials.
• Identify local activists within state legislative and congressional districts. Organize them into networks for quick political action.
• Attract media coverage for campaigns. Send out news releases, hold news conferences, and meet with editorial boards to release research, expose problems and promote solutions.
Canvassing & Field Work
• Reach or exceed your office’s fundraising and membership goals. Most offices have goals of raising $250,000 and identifying 5,000 members each year.
• Canvass three times each week to train staff, raise money, identify and activate members, and educate the public on the issues.
• Oversee all administrative functions related to fundraising, membership development, campaign work and general office management.
We are running campaigns in AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, WA, WI, and Washington, D.C.
• Visit our Web page: www.fundjobs.org; or
• Contact Peggy Mansperger 617.747.4329 or
• Apply directly at http://www.fundforthepublicinterest.org/jobs/leadership/application3