Southern New Mexico Organizer


Job Type

Part Time

Published:

04/16/2018

Address

Las Cruces
New Mexico
United States

Description

About FairVote : FairVote ( www.fairvote.org ) is the nation’s leading nonpartisan champion of

electoral reforms that gives voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative

democracy that works for all Americans. We have a proven record helping to win trailblazing

reforms at the local, state, and national level through innovative research, communications and

collaboration. We focus today on ranked choice voting in cities and states and on the Fair

Representation Act. Our politically and racially diverse team of staff and volunteers works in our

offices in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. near the Takoma Metro and supports field staff in

several states.


FairVote New Mexico was launched in March 2017 in order to build on our history of

engagement with policymakers and the civic community in the state. That history dates back to

the 1990s and has included progress like Santa Fe approving ranked choice voting (RCV) with

65% of the vote in 2008. FairVote New Mexico seeks to improve New Mexico elections by

partnering with allies in seeking to adopt and implement ranked choice voting in cities, and to

begin discussion of its merits at a state level. The work of FairVote New Mexico’s Director in the

last year resulted in the successful implementation of Santa Fe’s first RCV election on March 6,

2018. The project is now looking to expand the adoption and implementation of RCV in other

home ruled cities across the state, including Las Cruces and Albuquerque.


Job Title

Southern NM Organizer, Part-time (50% FTE)


Reports to:

FairVote New Mexico Director


Job Overview : With administrative and programmatic support from FairVote New Mexico’s

Director and national staff in Maryland, the FairVote Southern NM Organizer will launch the Las

Cruces RCV campaign in mid-2018. The position will be based out of Las Cruces. We expect to

fill this position with a highly capable, experienced community organizer.


Responsibilities and duties:

● Work closely under the supervision of FairVote New Mexico’s Director to define

day-to-day operations and develop overall campaign plan(s), including planning,

implementation, and effective communication and coordination.

● Work closely with current and prospective New Mexico reform allies in Las Cruces, and

engage grass-tops, political leaders, and coalition partners as stakeholders in support of

the campaign.

● Work closely with local base building organizations and other community groups, as well

as recruit local volunteers to develop community leaders around core campaign.

● Support effective adoption, implementation and use of ranked choice voting in 2019 in

city elections in Las Cruces, with goals including advocacy with policy makers, resolving

election administration barriers, and helping to develop and implement a strong voter

education and public engagement plan.

● Assess potential opportunities to mobilize supporters including implementation of a voter

contact field plan, GOTV, etc.

● Facilitate trainings for staff, volunteers, and coalitions partners as needed.

● Plan events to educate the public and decision makers about democracy and electoral

reform issues.

● Identify and build relationships with local media. Manage earned media, including media

events to draw attention to campaign, and social media opportunities.

● Ensure all reporting is completed accurately and on time.

● Provide insight into funding proposals and reports.

● Assist with other projects as assigned.


Qualifications :

● Minimum 2 years of experience in community organizing and advocacy campaigns.

● Demonstrated ability to engage the grassroots, grass-tops, and policy makers, and

experience developing and implementing campaign plans.

● Ability to speak and write compellingly about policy issues.

● Familiarity with the legislative process with the Las Cruces City Council and municipal

work.

● Demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaboration with others, including

managing volunteers.

● Passion for election reform and voting rights, with experience in these areas a plus.

● Strong interpersonal skills, political instincts, and critical analysis skills.

● Flexible, good sense of humor, self-starter and multi-tasker.

● Demonstrated ability to successfully manage competing, time-sensitive priorities.

● Willingness to work irregular hours.


An equivalent combination of education and experience may be acceptable as a satisfactory

substitute for any given qualification.


Salary : Competitive salary commensurate with experience.


How to Apply / Timing : Please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3

professional references to hr@fairvote.org and FairVote New Mexico Director

mperez@fairvote.org . Please use Southern NM Organizer as the subject line of your email.

Applications will be reviewed immediately, with projected start dates as soon as May 15th.


FairVote is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for

employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,

gender identity, national origin, age, status as a protected veteran, or disability.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


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