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Washington Organizer

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Seattle, WA
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Published 19 days ago

About the Washington Organizer

The WA Working Families Party Organizer wakes up every day thinking about how to bring new people—voters, non-voters, organizational members, and unaffiliated individuals—into the Party, how to deepen their engagement and establish the WFP as their political home, and how to support endorsed candidates in their path to victory. 

A successful organizer at WA WFP understands that phone calls, house visits, and 1:1 meetings are the fundamental activities of building an effective membership driven organization. This person is a self-starter who can manage their own time effectively; has experience working on electoral and/or organizing campaigns; takes a deeply relational and transformational approach to organizing and politics; and has an enthusiasm for collaborative, innovative work. 

The organizer in this position is eager to play their part in building a highly respected organization that is crafting a whole new approach to how we do politics, here in Washington and nationally.

  • We are more interested in these qualities than in any particular type of experience.
  • This is a full time, temporary position that will end on November 30, 2021. 

Responsibilities and Duties

This position is primarily focused on one-on-one engagement with prospective WFP supporters, activists, and party leaders to build the membership and power of the Washington WFP Chapter in order to (a) advance key advocacy campaigns and (b) elect WFP champions across the state. 

In order to do this successfully, the Organizer will:

  • Work with WA WFP volunteer leadership and national WFP staff to advance advocacy efforts: 
  • Engage in organizing and outreach efforts for racial, economic and housing justice campaigns
  • Engage in organizing and outreach efforts to ensure that public dollars go to communities inequitably impacted by COVID-19
  • Work with WA WFP volunteer leadership and national WFP staff to advance our electoral priorities, including, but not limited to:
  • Organizing volunteer canvasses, text banks, and phone banks
  • Coordinating digital communications in support of endorsed WA WFP candidates
  • Providing technical advice and support to endorsed WA WFP candidates
  • Use phone calls, house visits, and other relational organizing methods to recruit and develop WFP activists. 
  • Use 1:1 organizing conversations to level supporters up to become sustaining members and super volunteers in WFP WA’s party structure
  • Collaborate with a robust network of local stakeholders, volunteer-led committees, and national staff as the sole WFP staff person in Washington State
  • Attend regular check-ins and team meetings with national staff and local super volunteers

Skills and Qualifications

Organizing Skills

  • At least 1 election cycle or year of experience organizing, developing, and training volunteers—especially volunteer leaders
  • Commitment to the day-in, day-out work of field organizing through building relationships, making contacts, following-up with supporters, and recruiting volunteers for events
  • Demonstrated drive to be proactive, innovative, and experimental in how you organize
  • Belief that people collectively planning and working together create better solutions than an individual working alone; power distribution and co-ownership are key
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment 

Strong Digital Organization Tech Skills

  • Skilled at regular data entry
  • Belief that technology should be in service of organizing, not the other way around
  • Strong command of Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, or other spreadsheet software 
  • Access to strong wifi and good phone reception 
  • Experience with peer-to-peer texting platform such as Spoke, ThruText, or Hustle preferred
  • Experience with phone call systems such as ThruTalk and OpenVPB preferred
  • Experience with basic organizing and social media tools 

Volunteer Recruiting, Training, and Management

  • Commitment to do consistent, focused call time for volunteer recruitment and engagement
  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently train and engage volunteers and staff as needed 
  • Belief in leadership development model that requires volunteer ownership of important projects and opportunities to achieve success
  • Experience working with a diverse group of volunteers and supporters across all demographics and backgrounds—especially race, gender, sexuality, class, and age

Electoral or Issue Campaign Experience

  • Familiarity with electoral and/or issue campaign tactics and messaging
  • Ability to work varied hours including nights, weekends, and occasional holidays
  • Demonstrated ability to change gears quickly and nimbly in a campaign environment
  • Commitment to progressive politics and Working Families Party values, as summarized in the WFP People’s Charter

Preferred, but not required, Skills and Qualifications

  • Written or verbal proficiency in a language other than English
  • Progressive movement relationships, especially in Washington state
  • Familiarity working with VAN or other voter file data and programs
  • Experience and comfort using EveryAction or MyCampaign for tracking volunteer activity 
  • Experience with administering a relational organizing tool like Reach, Outvote, BERN, or Empower 

What Else Should You Know?

Work Environment: Indoor work will be work-from-home through the duration of the position, although frequent field work (in-person meetings, door knocking, etc.) and travel to off-site locations for meetings and events—safely—are critical to the role. The position requires the ability to multitask frequently and to work sometimes irregular days and hours to fulfill the essential functions of the position.

Duration: This is a temporary position, which will end on November 30, 2021.

Salary: The position pays $3,500 to $4,000 per month.  The final salary will be based on an internal equitable scale that takes into consideration years of experience, geographic location, and final job description. We also offer a robust benefits package for full time employees including paid time off; health, dental, vision, and life insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement plan options; professional development funding; and remote work reimbursements.

Union Affiliation: WFP is a unionized workplace. This is a non-managerial, temporary role eligible to join WFP's staff bargaining unit only if extended beyond six months of employment. WFP's union employees are represented by the New York Metropolitan Area Joint Board, Workers United union.

About the Working Families Party

The Working Families Party is the progressive party for the multiracial working class, fighting for a nation that works for the many, not the few. Our People’s Charter spells out our roadmap to a nation that cares for all of us. We recruit, train, and support transformational candidates up and down the ballot — and run them to win. 

The WFP is made up of individual and organizational members who come together to build a new political movement to change America.

Working Families is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to racial, economic, and social justice. Women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Any applicant who requires an accommodation in order to apply for or perform the essential functions of the job should contact us at jobs@workingfamilies.org with the subject line "Application Accommodation" to request such an accommodation.

About the Washington Organizer

The WA Working Families Party Organizer wakes up every day thinking about how to bring new people—voters, non-voters, organizational members, and unaffiliated individuals—into the Party, how to deepen their…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Temporary

Salary

$42,000 - $48,000

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
Seattle, WA, USA

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