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Political dysfunction is deeper and more pervasive than ever this presidential election year. Extremism, polarization, divisiveness, negative campaigning, voter 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!

Communications Assistant 

FairVote Minnesota is seeking to hire a talented, energetic and skilled individual to assist with all aspects of its communications outreach and some aspects of fundraising, including graphic design, social media, website development, writing/editing. The position reports to the Executive Director with close collaboration with other members of the communications team as well as staff. This position includes the following responsibilities:

  • Writing social media posts and managing calendars for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Creating informational and engaging flyers, event invitations, sample ballots, banners, and more using the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Writing and editing newsletter content for various audiences
  • Ghost writing op-eds and letters to the editor
  • Designing e-newsletters using NGP VAN
  • E-newsletter list management, including sending deadline-sensitive weekly newsletters to various lists
  • Editing website content and creating new pages on primary organization website using Drupal
  • Creating and managing new websites for new projects using Weebly or other content management systems
  • Writing and editing grant proposals and donor appeals, and helping with distribution
  • Managing photo library using Flickr
  • Helping at community outreach events, including live social media
  • Taking photographs and soliciting pro-RCV quotes at events
  • Other miscellaneous communications as needed

Desired Qualifications

  • College degree, preferably in a communications-related area (graphic design, journalism or English)
  • Experience managing various social media platforms
  • Access to the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including the ability to understand and articulate nuanced political arguments
  • Experience with various website content management systems, including Drupal
  • Detail-oriented with commitment to accuracy and excellence
  • Highly organized
  • Ability to work in flexible, open-style work environment with diverse people at our office in St. Paul and throughout the community
  • Enthusiastic support for Ranked Choice Voting
  • Good team skills
  • Ability to work an irregular schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends
  • Positive, energetic approach to challenges and deadlines
  • Willingness to ask questions and make recommendations

FairVote Minnesota Foundation is committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourages applications from women, members of the LGBTQA+ community, and/or historically marginalized communities

This position is roughly 20 hours per week. Applicants interested in part-time work or contract work are encouraged to apply. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.  

Start Date: Immediately after hire

To apply, please email your resume, brief letter of interest, samples of past work, and two references to Jeanne Massey at Jeanne.Massey@FairVoteMN.org. Please direct any questions about the position by email. Interviews will begin on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Events and Outreach Manager

FairVote Minnesota is hiring an individual to plan and manage community events as part of the 2017 Ranked Choice Voting education campaign in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The position reports to the Director of Campaigns and is a full-time position through Election Day, with the potential for extension.

This position includes the following:

  • Working and coordinating with various community organizations  including League of Women Voters, breweries, book clubs, festivals, block parties, faith organizations, educational institutions, parades, candidate forums, endorsing organizations, and others to organize presentations and tabling and canvassing opportunities. 
  • Attend events, staff booths, give presentations, canvass crowds, and other related activities as needed to educate voters.
  • Work with the Field Director to coordinate volunteers for each event.
  • Mentor and supervise events and house party interns and develop intern program.
  • Identify and maintain calendar of community and political events in the Twin Cities.
  • Enter and track data from events, including the number of conversations, hours of individual volunteers, number of “Pledge to Rank” cards completed, and civility of political events, etc. 
  • Working with FairVote Minnesota’s Executive Director, Director of Campaigns, Field Director and consultant team on campaign strategy, communications plans to pair with upcoming events, and input on print media.
  • Engaging voters at events by seeking quotes and pictures for social media. 
  • Assisting with the planning and coordination of the 2017 Best of the Wurst event. 

Desired Qualifications:

  • College degree preferred
  • Demonstrated public speaking skills in front of diverse audiences
  • Ability to work in flexible work environments
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Enthusiastic support for Ranked Choice Voting, and an understanding of how it impacts elections
  • Good team skills
  • Ability to work an irregular schedule including nights and weekends
  • Reliable transportation, car preferred
  • Ability to lift and transport materials weighing up to 40 lbs

FairVote Minnesota Foundation is committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourages applications from women, members of the LGBTQA+ community, and/or historically marginalized communities 

Start Date: Immediately after hire 

To apply please email your resume, brief letter of interest, and two references to Heather Klindworth at Heather.Klindworth@FairVoteMN.org. Please direct any questions about the position by email. Interviews will begin on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

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 upon hire

To apply please email your resume, brief letter of interest, and two references to Andrew Beeman at Andrew.Beeman@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, but preference will be given to those received before July 15.

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: Thursday, July 20th 2017

To apply please email your resume, brief letter of interest and two references to Andrew Beeman at Andrew.Beeman@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, but preference will be given to those received before July 15.

 

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