JOBS: Progressive Campaign Job Opportunities for Graduating Seniors – Nationwide!

Grassroots Campaigns is currently hiring Assistant Canvass Directors to run field campaigns on behalf of issue based organizations like Oxfam America, ACLU, The Nature Conservancy, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Grassroots Campaigns is looking to interview top students to join our teams as Assistant Canvass Directors!  There is no better time get involved and shape the next generation of activists that will take this country in a more progressive direction and see change on issues that matter now.

Students who are interested should apply directly to:

Mac Smith
(917) 856-9804

Mac will be holding informational interviews at the University of Vermont Tuesday, April 2nd, through Thursday, April 4th, 2013.  This is an excellent way for you to learn more about the opportunities before a potential interview and hear about the positions available first-hand.  Mac encourages all to attend, and bring a friend!

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 for 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 experience 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 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.

Positions last through August of 2014.  Campaign hours can run 80-100 hours per week, including work on weekends.

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 (MA, MN, NJ, NY, PA, IL, NM, MO, NC, CO, CA, NY, WA, OR, TX, FL and Washington, D.C.).  Ask Mac for details.

To Apply:

Contact Mac Smith at 917-856-9804 or

ATTENTION: If you’re not graduating this year, but still interested in getting involved, Grassroots Campaigns is also hiring students for full time SUMMER JOB positions.  To find out more and to apply visit

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

Grassroots Campaigns past and current clients include: Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union, Oxfam America, the League of Conservation Voters, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Equality California, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals, VoteVets, the Democratic National Committee, Political Action, Repower America, Working America, Common Cause, and the Center for American Progress and Save the Children. (Save the Children is an independent organization and is not religiously or politically aligned. Save the Children has no direct affiliation with the organizations Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. partners with.) 

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