Organizing Fellows

Summary

Sister District Project is recruiting two Organizing Fellows for the spring term: March 4 - May 31. Fellows will work directly with Sister District’s Organizing Manager, learning vital field organizing skills and best practices from a seasoned campaign operative with over a decade of experience. At 5.5 hours per week, Fellows will assist the Organizing Manager in creating new volunteer teams and supporting the continued development of existing teams nationwide, and will receive training, coaching, and support from the organizing manager in learning to effectively recruit volunteer leaders and manage capacity-building projects for targeted teams. All work is via remote communication over phone, conference calls, email, and text with volunteers and Sister District staff. Time commitment is 5.5 hours per week, including a 30-minute standing weekly check-in via Zoom. The specific schedule is flexible. $500 stipend.

Background

Sister District’s 70+ volunteer teams provide grassroots (usually remote) field and fundraising support to progressive state legislative candidates. We must continue to grow robust and effective teams in order to be as effective as possible in helping to elect progressive state legislators in Virginia, Mississippi, and Louisiana in 2019, and to simultaneously build power for 2020. Fellows will have a significant role to play.

Responsibilities

In collaboration with the Organizing Manager, during this spring term, Fellows will:

  • Learn and carry out field-proven best practices for volunteer and leader recruitment.

  • Recruit new leaders for 1-3 existing teams.

  • Recruit new leaders in the creation of 1-2 new teams.

  • Develop strategy, goals, and hone tactics - focus on creativity, continuous improvement.

  • Help train incoming summer Fellows.

Program Structure

  • Week of March 4: Orientation, training. As a group, volunteers will have two 60-minute training sessions and a 30min 1:1 call with Organizing Manager to learn and practice recruitment method.

  • March 11: Target teams/regions assigned.

  • March 11-13: Volunteer submits work plan for target team/region detailing timeline, goals, tactics; plan finalized in collaboration with Organizing Manager.

  • March 13 - May 31: 5 hours a week executing your plan; weekly 20-minute group strategy/update calls.

  • Week of May 24: progress-to-goal review, program evaluation, training summer Fellows.

What We’re Looking For

This position is focused on organizing through personal connection and conversation. Specific campaign experience is not required – if you are a “people person” who wants to become an organizer, or an organizer who wants to improve your recruitment and team-building skills, we encourage you to apply. Applicants should be patient and diligent, and able to deliver compelling messages that are uniquely tailored to each volunteer. We are also seeking applicants who are good listeners, enjoy meeting new people, and like talking on the phone. Most of all, applicants must be passionate about helping individuals become activists. Previous experience volunteering or working on electoral campaigns is a bonus, but not necessary.

Time Commitment & Logistics

  • 5 hours per week – Fellows design and keep their own schedule.

  • Work remotely.

  • Attend weekly standing 30-minute check-in call with Organizing Manager and other Organizing Fellow.

  • Must have personal computer and phone available for calls and texts.

  • We use the Google Suite to track our work and Slack to communicate.

  • $500 stipend ($250 at end of first month, $250 at end of third month).

About the Organizing Manager

Organizing Fellows will work directly with Sister District Organizing Manager Neal Morgan. Since his time as the Youth Vote Field Organizer in Northern Nevada for the 2008 Obama campaign, Neal has trained, coached, and supported hundreds of electoral field directors, field organizers, and volunteers across dozens of campaigns and progressive organizing groups. He helps activists and teams improve effectiveness in volunteer recruitment and retention through adopting and implementing processes and orientations that help a team create cultures capable of producing organic growth.

How to ApplY

Please send your resume to info@sisterdistrict.com with the subject line “Organizing Fellow.” Please include your resume and a short cover letter explaining the following:

  • Why you are interested in this role.

  • What experiences indicate your ability to connect with prospective volunteers, make compelling invitations to motivate their engagement, and help them make their way into leadership roles.