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FairVote Minnesota Seeks Community Organizers

Political dysfunction is deeper and more pervasive than ever following the 2016 election. Extremism, polarization, divisiveness, negative campaigning, voter disenfranchisement and alienation – it’s all there, and you can help stop it.

Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is essential to giving voters more choice and power while combating minority rule and the hyper partisanship, polarization, spoiler concerns and cynicism plaguing our politics. 

FairVote Minnesota works to bring this critical reform to voters across the state. This year, we are working to expand RCV in multiple cities throughout the state, pass an RCV local options bill in the legislature, expand the presence of RCV in the media, and train candidates and their teams running in Minneapolis and St. Paul in 2017.   Our biggest project will be educating voters in Minneapolis and St. Paul to prepare them to rank their vote on election day!

Lead Community Organizers

FairVote Minnesota is hiring four full-time lead Community Organizers to conduct direct outreach and education to voters in targeted Minneapolis and St. Paul communities in preparation for the Ranked Choice Voting elections this November. Work will begin in mid-July and last through Election Day (November 7). We specifically are seeking people who speak Somali, Hmong and Spanish and have experience working in these communities.

Organizers will: 

  • Work to educate and prepare Minneapolis and St. Paul voters to use Ranked Choice voting in the 2017 municipal elections. These include the race for mayor in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and City Council,  Park Board and Board of Estimate and Taxation in Minneapolis.
  • Recruit and manage volunteers for canvassing and community events.
  • Lead door-knocking program in targeted neighborhoods of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
  • Manage day-to-day activities of the canvass team. 
  • Phone bank and do outreach at community events.
  • Provide train-the-trainer events and develop canvasser and volunteer leadership.
  • Reach out to and engage with the media and neighborhood, community and faith organizations serving the canvassed neighborhoods. 

Compensation: Lead Community Organizers will be full time and compensated at $3,000 per month.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Minneapolis and/or St. Paul and understanding of its socio-economically diverse communities
  • Experience (preferred) with Google spreadsheets and other technology tools to accurately record data
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision
  • Desired experience in voter engagement 
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Knowledge and support for Ranked Choice Voting
  • Ability to work an irregular schedule including nights and weekends
  • Reliable transportation
  • Desired experience with the VAN.

FairVote Minnesota is committed to building a culturally diverse team and strongly encourages applications from women, LGBTQA+ and historically marginalized communities.

Start Date: Immediately

To apply please email your resume, brief letter of interest and two references to info@fairvotemn.org. Please direct any questions about the position by email. Interviews will begin on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

Voter Education Canvassers 

FairVote Minnesota Foundation is seeking to hire canvassers from  a number of diverse communities to conduct direct voter outreach and education in Minneapolis and St. Paul in preparation for the Ranked Choice Voting elections this November. Work will begin in mid-July and last through Election Day (November 7).

Job description: Canvassers will work to educate and prepare Minneapolis and St. Paul voters to use Ranked Choice Voting in the municipal elections. Mayoral (Minneapolis and St. Paul), City Council (Minneapolis), and Park Board (Minneapolis) elections this fall. This primarily will take place through  door-to-door canvassing in targeted neighborhoods of Minneapolis and St. Paul. This also may  include phone-banking and outreach at community events. We specifically are seeking people who speak Somali, Hmong and Spanish, and have experience working in these communities.

Compensation: Canvassers will be contracted to work at $15 per hour for a range of 12-20 hours per week.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Minneapolis/St. Paul and understanding of its socio-economically diverse communities.
  • Ability to use digital tools to accurately record the results of conversations with voters.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Interest in voting and elections
  • A passion for community engagement
  • Previous experience with voter contact is preferred but not required
  • Requirements:
  • Excellent verbal and communications skills
  • Support for Ranked Choice Voting
  • Ability to work an irregular schedule including nights and weekends
  • Reliable transportation
  • Possession of a smartphone, tablet, or device capable of downloading canvassing apps

FairVote Minnesota Foundation is committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourages applications from women, LGBTQA+ and historically marginalized communities.

Start Date: Immediately

To apply please email your resume, brief letter of interest and two references to info@fairvotemn.org. Please direct any questions about the position by email. Interviews will begin on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

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