Thursday, February 12, 2009

Jobs with Grassroots Campaigns


My name is Sean Diller, and I'm writing on behalf of Grassroots Campaigns. Grassroots Campaigns is a progressive political consulting firm that specializes in running field campaigns for candidates and issue-based advocacy groups lilke the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the Democratic National Committee. We're looking for energetic, passionate students and graduates to run our campaign offices in Portland, Seattle and across the country. If you could send this out to your students, or anyone who would be interested in this type of work, that would be fantastic We will be making a campus visit this coming Wednesday (the 18th).

Thanks so much for your support!

Sean Diller
Assistant Director
Grassroots Campaigns, Seattle

To: Students

Subject: Progressive Campaign Job Opportunities Nationwide

Grassroots Campaigns is a progressive political consulting firm whose main goals are to win elections and further the progressive agenda. We run on-the-ground organizing offices for the Democratic National Committee, the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, and other progressive groups.
We made history last fall. Young people turned out in record numbers to vote, volunteer, and make the change that our country has been waiting for. Now that we've won the election with President Obama and the expanded majorities in the House and Senate, we must keep striving to make lasting change a reality.
Right now, it is critical that we continue to focus on issues of civil liberties, womens' rights, and poverty, and hold the candidates we have worked to elect accountable to the promises they made during their campaigns. There is no better time or place to get involved and help create the new generation that will take this country in a more progressive direction.

Students who are interested should apply directly to:
Sean Diller
Job Description:

Grassroots Campaigns, Inc is a progressive political consulting firm that specializes in running face-to-face citizen mobilization campaigns for political parties, candidates, and advocacy groups. By running campaigns on behalf of groups such as the Democratic National Committee,, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Amnesty International we can focus on building up their membership and volunteer bases while running field campaigns for candidates and other organizations to win progressive victories on the local, state, and national level and mobilize citizens to be more actively involved and engaged in politics.
Canvass Directors and Assistant Canvass Directors manage our 30 grassroots fundraising field offices across the country, with bottom-line responsibility for all local operations.

Job Responsibilities:

Recruitment: Build a team of 15-50 canvassers by recruiting from within the local community. Interview prospective staff and make hiring decisions.

Staff Management: Teach canvassing/fundraising skills. Work with your staff in individual and group settings, with a particular eye towards developing leaders. Cultivate a welcoming and motivating atmosphere.

Canvassing: Canvass in the field three to four days per week, to train new and experienced staff in the field and meet personal fundraising requirements.
Administration: Carefully track income and expenses. Manage the budget for your office. Process staff payroll. Maintain records for future organizing efforts.

Strong communication and motivational skills, work ethic, and desire for political change are essential. Candidates must be able to work within a team, have proven leadership ability and an orientation towards handling a lot of responsibility. Strong self-direction and the ability to take initiative are also necessary qualifications. Previous field or canvassing experience is a plus, and may qualify candidates for additional leadership positions.

Newly hired directors will typically spend three weeks doing field training, working intensely alongside experienced directors and will also attend a week-long national classroom training. Additionally, directors receive support from regional management staff throughout their time on staff.
After one year in the position, staff will have learned the basics of running a successful grassroots campaign, including, but not limited to, fundraising and donor recruitment, hiring and supervising staff and/or volunteers, and turf management.

Director positions are for a minimum commitment of one year, and we're building towards mid-term elections in 2010. Campaign hours can run 60-80 hours per week, including work on weekends. We are also hiring entry-level, hourly paid positions that will run through the summer and do not require overtime or long-term commitment.

Annual salary for Assistant Canvass Directors begins at $24,000. Staff may opt into our health care plan (PPO). Paid training, vacation and sick days are included; student loan assistance is available.

Timing and Location:
Positions are available beginning post-graduation, in cities nationwide – Ask Sean Diller for details.

We are also hiring for summer jobs in our Seattle office, and we will be conducting on-campus interviews on February 18th! See you there!

To Apply, send resume to:
Sean Diller

Please visit our website,, for more information about current and past campaigns.

Grassroots Campaigns past and current clients include: Democratic National Committee, MoveOn PAC, League of Conservation Voters, American Civil Liberties Union, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Working America, Amnesty International, Center for American Progress, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and Save the Children.