Grassroots Program Manager – Arizona Consultant, All Voting is Local
Who We Are:
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a 501(c)(4) organization, is the premier coalition of more than 200 organizations which promotes and protects civil and human rights in America. The Leadership Conference has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957. To learn more about The Leadership Conference, please visit www.civilrights.org.
The Leadership Conference Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, builds public will for federal policies that promote and protect civil and human rights in the US. Founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference, the Education Fund’s campaigns empower advocates to push for progressive change in the US. To learn more about the Education Fund, please visit www.leadershipconferenceedfund.org.
About the Role:
All Voting is Local (AVL), a campaign of The Leadership Conference Education Fund and The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, fights year-round against state and local voting policies that silence Americans’ voices, with a special focus on historically disenfranchised communities. We call on state and local officials to make voting accessible to every community and hold these officials accountable when they fall short. Working across eight states (AZ, FL, GA, MI, NV, OH, PA, WI), our staff of 28 engages grassroots power-building, data analysis, and strategic communications to build a democracy where every voter can cast a ballot that counts.
After the largest voter turnout in over a century with 160 million voters participating, even amidst a global pandemic, decision-makers are now launching blatant attacks on the right to vote in states nationwide. To many voters, casting a ballot is the ultimate step in participating in our democracy, however for us, that is just the beginning. AVL aims to harness the progressive momentum of 2020 to mobilize that grassroots energy in an ongoing effort to protect the freedom to vote all year round, so that come the next election, all voices can be heard. While Congress and the courts struggle to protect voters, and state legislatures work to make it harder to vote, we will work to empower voters —the true power center in our democracy— to effect positive change in their own communities by calling for fairness, transparency and equality in the way elections are run.
The Grassroots Program Manager will work with state-based partner organizations to train and mobilize voters across the state to respond in real time as decision-makers are drafting and enacting policies and procedures that will impact the accessibility of future elections. Together, we can ensure that decision-makers are implementing the law and exercising their authority in a manner that expands, rather than restricts, access to the ballot, particularly in historically disenfranchised communities.
What You Will Do:
Report to AVL state director, and work closely with AVL state director and campaign manager, in Arizona to build relationships with partner organizations, identify advocacy priorities, and build a plan to:
- Recruit, organize, and train voters to be effective advocates in their own communities
- Leverage the volunteer networks of state and national partners to maintain engagement among their members around our shared priorities for making our election free and fair
- Identify appropriate decision-makers and opportunities to mobilize advocates to be active participants in the local election policy and procedure process happening now that will impact future elections
- Spotlight rapid-response issues and lead on volunteer communication and mobilization, activating grassroots networks to respond to policy, procedural, and other voting changes that impact the state
- Provide relevant messaging and talking points to volunteers to ensure effective and efficient advocacy
- Activation: Organize in-person and online advocacy events in keeping with state strategic plans as well as rapid response needs. Such events include: rallies, protests, phone banking, canvassing, media events and other high-profile activations.
- Training and retention: Provide ongoing training, management and consistent engagement of the volunteer pool. Seek opportunities to grow, expand and train new leaders.
- Communication: Initiates frequent and regular communication with activists via phone, in person, and online through various platforms.
- Coordination with communications team: Works with communications team to develop media opportunities for public education and advocacy and digital outreach and engagement efforts.
What You Will Bring:
- 4-5 years experience with organizing, or campaigning, including in-person and virtual event planning
- Self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced collaborative environment and able to inspire others and mobilize communities to action.
- Thinks creatively and find solutions
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to travel
- Experience with commonly used progressive advocacy and social media platforms, as well as other project management and communication systems, including: Hustle, VAN, Slack, Teamwork, etc.
Term: Six months with the possibility of extending through the 2022 election
What We Offer:
This is a consultant position, and is not a FTE position with The Leadership Conference. The All Voting is Local project has determined a payment for this position of $7,500 per month. All Voting is Local will provide the consultant with the necessary tools to achieve the goals of the grassroots program. Consultant will be responsible for providing their own computer.
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter with the headline “AZ Grassroots Consultant” to [email protected] . Cover letters are required and should be attached.
Our Commitment to an Inclusive Workplace
The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.