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Canvassing Field Manager

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Innovate Public Schools | San Francisco, CA

Innovate Public Schools

Published 4 days ago

$60,000 - $60,000

Innovate Public Schools is seeking an organized, energetic and experienced Canvassing Manager to lead our canvassing team in San Francisco and provide technical support and professional development to our canvassers throughout the Bay Area. In addition to day to day canvassing responsibilities, the Canvassing Manager will set schedules and approve canvassers’ hours and shiftsacross the regions. 

Innovate Public Schools supports parents across the region to build powerful community organizations in their local communities that can successfully advocate for better schools and hold the system accountable to the needs of families and children. Innovate leads a network of grassroots community organizations led by passionate parent leaders from across the Bay Area.

The Canvassing Manager works on specific regional campaigns incoordination with Innovate’s Organizing team. S/He will work 4 days a week in San Francisco and 1 day a week in another region (San Jose, Redwood City, or East Palo Alto), based primarily in Innovate’s San Francisco office and reporting to a lead organizer or designated supervisor in San Francisco. 

The Canvassing Manager will be expected to work varying hours, including weekends and evenings. This role requires constant use of independent judgment, self motivation, and the capability to complete job responsibilities with minimal support and supervision.

As the Canvassing Manager, your objectives will be to:

  • Work with Innovate staff to refine and manage canvassing strategy for organizational campaigns in San Francisco and across regions.
  • Build a base of supporters in our focus regions of the Bay Area.
  • Manage a team of 2+ canvassers based in SF, as well as train and provide support and development for a team of 6+ paid part-time canvassers in other parts of the Bay Area.

Job Responsibilities 

  • Managing a team of canvassers to further Innovate’s education campaigns in San Jose, San Francisco, and the Peninsula
  • Scheduling the canvassing team’s shifts to maximize their outreach and impact
  • Shadowing canvassers to offer feedback and support for professional development and overall quality and work with Supervisor to develop bi-monthly professional development plans for canvassing team
  • Drafting a script and talking points to be approved by the supervisor and organizing team leads for each campaign
  • Meeting weekly with supervisor and attending all staff meetings in order to effectively develop a weekly schedule, assign canvassing locations, and establish the focus of canvassing field work
  • Direct canvassing in San Francisco as needed and scouting of potential canvassing locations
  • Working closely with and taking direction from the assigned organizing team and supervisor 
  • Working with appropriate staff and supervisors to assist in the development of campaigns, regional canvassing strategies, and canvassing team professional development
  • Participating in Innovate’s professional development program, including completing the Community Organizer Training Program and attending the Annual Parent Leader Institute 
  • Support hiring managers in regions outside of San Francisco in the canvasser recruitment and hiring processes; lead the hiring for San Francisco canvassers
  • Working with the organizing teams to identify new campaigns and potential turfs to canvass within each assigned region
  • Coordinating data system input by canvassers and ensuring that data is updated and followed up on by the organizing team or appropriate staff



  • At least one (1) year experience canvassing and/or signature gathering for a campaign or political/social reform organization
  • Experience making strategic decisions about creating effective canvassing strategies, determining how and where to deploy people and resources
  • Experience in moving community members to participate in organizing campaigns such as converting large numbers of canvassing leads/contacts to community events, 1-1’s, and other participatory actions.  
  • Fluency in speaking and writing Spanish is required
  • Experience managing staff and volunteers, including part-time employee schedules and timesheets 
  • Strong critical and strategic thinking skills
  • Strong interpersonal, written and public speaking skills, particularly in communicating Innovate’s work to staff and the general public
  • Clear understanding and alignment with Innovate’s mission and theory of change
  • Experience working with low-income communities and communities of color
  • Ability to travel daily throughout assigned region 
  • Ability to work effectively across teams in a dynamic, learning environment
  • Experience with and sensitivity to multicultural work environments 
  • A valid driver’s license, auto insurance and reliable vehicle to perform job duties
  • Proof of full work authorization to work in the United States for the next 3 years or more
  • Ability to attend frequent evening meetings (average 3-4 per week) and some weekends 


  • Baccalaureate degree or equivalent. 
  • Experience using Salesforce to enter contact information and pull reports
  • Professional experience in the field of community organizing and grassroots leadership development 
  • Understanding of and or basic training in community organizing models such as PICO, IAF, Gamaliel 
  • Experience analyzing public policies and institutions 
  • Understanding of the education justice and reform landscape 
  • Academic or experiential knowledge related to building social capital and political power in low-income communities, communities of color, and multilingual communities.

Innovate Public Schools is seeking an organized, energetic and experienced Canvassing Manager to lead our canvassing team in San Francisco and provide technical support and professional development to our canvassers throughout the…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Entry level

How to Apply

About Innovate Public Schools 

Innovate Public Schools is a nonprofit organization focused on improving public schools in the Bay Area and Los Angeles to make sure that all students - especially low-income students, students of color, and students with disabilities - have access to schools that will prepare them for success in college, careers, and life. We’re building a movement of families, educators, and business and elected leaders who together will make this vision a reality. We build the capacity of parents and educators to innovate and act together to create world-class public schools.

We publish easy-to-understand data and research to inform the public about which schools are excelling, which ones are struggling, and where to find solutions that work. We work with educators from both school districts and charter schools to start excellent new public schools and redesign chronically low-performing schools. And we support and empower parents in high-need communities in California and around the country so they can effectively advocate for better schools and sustain community efforts over the long term.


The work environment characteristics and the physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while successfully performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the person in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills. 


How to Apply 

Please submit your resume and a cover letter describing why your knowledge, skills, and background make you the best candidate for the position. 

Innovate Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and takes pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. 

About Innovate Public Schools 

Innovate Public Schools is a nonprofit organization focused on improving public schools in the Bay Area and Los Angeles to make sure that all…


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