Carolina Federation

Carolina Federation

Lead Engagement Canvasser

For covering North Carolina


About the Carolina Federation
The Carolina Federation is a statewide organization that brings local people together across race and the rural-urban divide to build political and electoral power in their own communities and across North Carolina.

At a time when the right-wing still holds power in North Carolina and far too many campaigns overlook the importance of long-term investment in local communities, we are developing a bold approach to multi-racial organizing and voter engagement for our state. Our approach to building power is defined by our relentless commitment to bringing new people into political action, our deep investment in local leadership and our intentional integration of cultural work with community and electoral organizing.

About the Lead Engagement Canvasser Position
The primary responsibility of the Lead Engagement Canvasser is to assist the Engagement Director in recruiting, hiring, developing and supervising a team of Engagement Canvassers. The canvassing team’s goal is to run an ambitious door-to-door outreach program that successfully motivates working-class communities and communities of color to vote and take action around important community issues. Lead Engagement Canvassers may also be assigned to run offices or campaigns, or perform specific duties of the Engagement Director on a temporary or interim basis.

Lead Engagement Canvassers will work under the supervision of Engagement Director

We are seeking Lead Engagement Canvassers who would:

  • be thrilled to help grow an innovative political organization across North Carolina
  • fit our culture of courageous leadership and playful camaraderie, and
  • share our deep love of people and ferocious commitment to power and transformation.

Qualities We’re Looking for in a Lead Engagement Canvasser
We believe that skills and competencies can be taught, while values, alignment and leadership qualities are more deeply ingrained. Because the work we do is political, fast-paced, deeply relational, and about power, we look for the following qualities:

  • Politically Clear: You know why building power through elections, issue campaigns, and organizing is essential. You are convinced that racial, economic, gender, and environmental justice are what we need and you lift up the leadership and dignity of working-class people and people of color.
  • A Leader Who Unleashes More Leadership: You take responsibility for motivating others and coordinating effective collective action, building powerful teams, even in the face of obstacles. But most of all you unleash leadership in others, igniting responsibility and ownership in those you lead.
  • Interdependent: You bring your best, rely on the strengths of others, and know that we are responsible for each other’s well-being.
  • Courageous and Determined: You draw from deep values and beliefs so you continue to take action towards goals, even in the face of change, fear, loss, conflict, and uncertainty.
  • Ambitious, Innovative, Relentless: You believe that you and others are capable of greatness and you believe that we can win so when things get difficult you get creative and keep trying and learning until you succeed.

If you fit these qualities, then you’re a strong candidate for the Lead Engagement Canvasser position. And while there are some important skills that we are looking for (see next section) we believe these qualities are the foundation -- out of which skills and competencies can be developed.

The Skills and Competencies We’re Looking for in a Lead Engagement Canvasser
The following are the abilities and experiences that the strongest candidates will possess:

  • Canvassing: You have done daily outreach for at least 2-3 months at a time
  • Recruitment: You have experience signing up members and having inspirational conversations about paying dues / making financial contributions
  • Organizing: You have participated as a staff member in at least one membership recruitment / organizing drive as well as at least one campaign. You are able to develop and implement goals based on critical thinking about grassroots organizing strategy and tactics.
  • Management: You have at least 1 year experience as the primary person responsible for management of two people (hiring, supervision, coaching, disciplinary action, and promotion)
  • Communication & Feedback: You are able to communicate verbally and in writing, using open and direct language as well as active listening. You are able to give and receive feedback -- positive and critical -- in ways that grow your leadership the leadership of people on your team.
  • Time & Project Management: You have experience effectively handling multiple projects simultaneously. You know how to manage your time well and can continue to be effective, even under pressure.
  • Administration: You have worked with voter engagement / contact management platforms (VAN and EveryAction are preferred but not required) and have a track record of rigorous data entry. You similarly have a record of rigorously tracking budgets, spending and receipts.
  • Solidarity & Cultural Competence: You have experience working in an environment where diversity based on race, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation and physical ability are important values. You are familiar with values and cultural traditions in working class communities and may have experience working specifically with African American, immigrant, and other communities of color.

Benefits and Compensation
This is a full-time position compensated at $20 an hour. The position includes employer-paid health insurance. The position is time-limited for 14 weeks, but there may be opportunities for continued employment.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, résumé, and at least three references to: jobs@carolinafederation.org.

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