Seeking Electoral Field Organizer

We are hiring a temporary (through December 2018) Electoral Field Organizer. This position will report to the National Director and work closely with the Member Engagement Coordinator, other Field Organizers, and operations staff to develop and strengthen Democratic Socialists of America and Young Democratic Socialists of America chapters across the country, as well as provide support to the National Electoral Committee.

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest democratic socialist organization in the United States and has experienced massive growth over the past two years. We now have 36,000 members and over 200 groups in 50 states and the District of Columbia engaged in movement-building, public education, direct action, advocacy, and electoral politics.

Our goal is to build multi-racial working class power and win transformative reforms like Medicare for All, protect programs like Medicaid expansion at the state level, support a stronger labor movement, and elect socialists, all while shifting the public framing around capitalism and democratic socialism. Our national electoral strategy is to build independent power based on an analysis of the unique political context of each chapter and the training of local chapters so they build the capacity to elect democratic socialists to office and hold elected officials accountable to an organized working class base between elections.

We are hiring a temporary (through December 2018) Electoral Field Organizer. This position will report to the National Director and work closely with the Member Engagement Coordinator, other Field Organizers, and operations staff to develop and strengthen Democratic Socialists of America and Young Democratic Socialists of America chapters across the country, as well as provide support to the National Electoral Committee.

The Electoral Field Organizer can expect to visit chapters an average of one to two weeks per month, sometimes more. A valid driver’s license is required.

Responsibilities

  • Support the National Electoral Committee, an elected body of members which reports to the National Political Committee, DSA’s elected Board of Directors.
  • Meet with grassroots leaders to discuss national and local organizing, build commitment to national priority projects and campaigns, and connect chapters with national educational and organizing resources.
  • Coach and train local leaders in organizing and campaign practices and skills to build their overall capacity, via site visits,  regional trainings, national video conference calls, and one-on-one phone calls.
  • Share national best practices, ideas between local chapters, and promote statewide and regional communication and coordination.
  • Visit DSA community chapters, high school and college campus chapters, and small groups hoping to develop chapters, across the country.
  • Speak publicly and lead public political workshops.
  • Ensure chapters successfully organize campaign events, recruit participants, and have a post-event follow up plan.
  • Work with chapter contacts and operations staff on regional training and national conference logistics, turnout, volunteer coordination, training and organizing as needed.
  • Handle administrative matters related to travel (booking bus, train, car or plane travel; hotel rooms when local chapters cannot provide a bed; coordinating dates with local chapters and national staff; etc.).
  • Support fundraising committees and participate in grassroots fundraising including dues drives, special campaigns, and events.
  • Debrief 2018 electoral activities after the general election with staff, chapters and elected leaders.
  • Perform other duties which may arise based on the needs of the organization.

Requirements

  • At least two cumulative years of experience on political campaigns, including in a managerial role.
  • Strong communicator, both verbal and written.
  • Strong project manager.
  • Demonstrated skill at using social media for organizing.
  • Self starter with demonstrable time management skills.
  • Ability to hit the ground running and manage multiple projects.
  • A strong relationship-builder and team player.
  • Experience with recruiting and managing volunteers.
  • Able to work irregular hours.
  • Available to work immediately through December 2018.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Identify as a democratic socialist.
  • Experience as a labor or community organizer.
  • Grassroots fundraising experience.
  • Experience with ActionKit or other CRMs.
  • Graphic design and/or illustration skills.

Reports to: National Director

Work Schedule: Full-time, but hours will fluctuate according to campaign needs and members’ availability. This position is through December 2018.

Salary: Equivalent of $43,500 - $48,500/ year, depending on experience

Application Deadline: Apply as soon as possible, as interviews begin immediately. DSA is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply: Email the following documents to jobswithdsa@dsausa.org with the Subject line: ELECTORAL FIELD ORGANIZER.

  • Resume
  • Cover letter with statement of your qualifications related to political campaigning, project management, fundraising, and organizing
  • 3 references with direct supervisory knowledge of relevant work

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June 22, 2018

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M4A Chapter Activist Training Call: How to Passing a Medicare for All City Council Resolution

June 30, 2018

Saturday June 30th at 4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PST

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In March, Philadelphia DSA members showed up in droves with healthcare workers, community members, and elected leaders to pass a Philadelphia city-wide resolution supporting the Medicare for All Act of 2017 and affirming universal access to healthcare as a human right. This victory showed that in a city where the poverty rate is over 26%, city council leaders learned where to stand when it comes to universal healthcare. To move a national campaign to win Medicare for All, we need to build support from a broad range of cities and municipalities across the country. With some research, planning, and lobbying, you could work with city council members to pass a resolution of support in your city too!

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