The Washington Bus: Field and Outreach Coordinator

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The Washington Bus: Field and Outreach Coordinator

Field and Outreach Coordinator

The Washington Bus is a statewide organization that engages young people in the civic process and builds political power for our generation. We empower young people of color, LGBTQ youth, first generation college students, and young people from working class and immigrant communities. We activate our generation through education, civic participation, and hands-on democracy, and work to put the young people most often excluded from the political process at its center. The Washington Bus is creating a more equitable Washington by building a democracy that works for all people.

We focus our work through three core areas of work:

  • People: we invest in developing the skills and opportunities of young people, whether they are first-time volunteers, new voters or effective legislators;
  • Participation: we register thousands of young people to vote, educate them on the issues, and turn them out to vote;
  • Policy: we see good legislation and policy as both an opportunity for young people to learn about civic life and a necessary tool for moving Washington forward.

The Bus is seeking a highly motivated person to join the Washington Bus team leading our outreach and field efforts. The Field and Outreach Coordinator is responsible for managing, developing, and training young leaders to run values and metrics driven voter registration and field campaigns to build youth political power. The Field and Outreach Coordinator directly manages the Field Coordinator to achieve programmatic goals, and works closely with other Bus Program staff to activate volunteers and achieve field goals across the organization. The successful candidate will bring energy, enthusiasm, and expertise to our outreach, field, and base building efforts and youth leadership development work. The successful candidate will also have a personal passion for undoing institutional racism, advancing social justice focused policies, and will thrive in a fast-paced field driven organizing environment.

This is a full-time, exempt, permanent position with varied evening and weekend requirements. This position also requires travel throughout the King County region, Bellingham, Eastern Washington, and Pierce County. The Field and Outreach Coordinator reports to the Program Director. This is an excellent opportunity to join a dynamic learning organization with a passionate staff. The Bus requires a high level of initiative and provides exceptional opportunities for growth and leadership.

 

Job Responsibilities

You’re the driver of the Bus’s voter registration and Get Out The Vote efforts through the management of the internship, high school engagement, campus organizing, volunteer recruitment and cultivation, and community partnerships in collaboration with the Field Coordinator. You work to ensure we have a robust base of young leaders engaging in our work and have high visibility in the community. You directly manage the Field Coordinator to meet programmatic goals and metrics for the field and outreach team.

 

Outreach

Be the face of the Bus, meeting young people where they are, and providing an engaging entry point into the organization.

  • Coordinate our High School outreach efforts through civics presentations to classrooms at multiple high schools throughout western Washington
  • Coordinate and seek out voter registration and outreach efforts at community events
  • Lead planning and execution of annual medium to large scale signature Bus events to engage the community, increase visibility, and build our base, such as Candidate Survivor, Trick-or-Vote, National Voter Registration Day, and Welcome Wagons

 

Build the Base

Expand and deepen the Bus’s base of active and engaged young leaders, move youth through the Bus’s leadership pipeline, and help them develop skills to flex their political power.

  • Recruit and retain a robust volunteer base through community events, and high school outreach
  • Manage and track volunteer data immediately following outreach events and maintain volunteer database
  • Manage and develop the Bus seasonal paid internship program, including outreach and recruitment, admissions, curriculum and training, and managing interns in executing field work

 

Field

Lead the Bus’s on-the-ground organizing work to build youth vote power, and ensure our generation’s values are represented at the ballot box and in the legislature.

  • Year-round data management and tracking: Maintain and update field plan tracker following field events. Report program metrics to Program Director and Program Team regularly.
  • Winter: Lead legislative engagement, providing an opportunity for volunteers, interns, and campus leaders to learn about the legislative process while lobbying their legislators on issues critical to young people, and advance social justice and voting access at the policy level
  • Summer & Fall: Manage and coordinate the Bus’s primary and general election Get Out The Vote phone banks and doorbelling trips
  • Summer: Support the Fellowship Bus Campaign, leading a team of Fellows on the Bus’s annual summer field events
  • Fall: Manage and coordinate National Voter Registration Day, including community partnerships, social media, data tracking, and visibility events
  • Fall: Lead voter turnout efforts for ballot initiatives and campaigns that align with the Bus’s mission
  • Year-round: Lead voter registration efforts through community and cultural events such as Capitol Hill Block Party, Sasquatch, farmers markets, community events, partner events, street fairs, etc.

 

Required Skills

To be successful in this position, you will need to demonstrate a mastery of these skills and abilities:

  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and social justice
  • Personal passion for undoing institutional racism
  • Enthusiasm and belief and in the Bus’s mission to engage young people in the civic and political process
  • Ability to understand different communication styles, learning styles, and cultural competencies
  • Comfortable working with a diverse and youthful team of volunteers, staff and allies
  • Ability to personally motivate yourself and others under pressure and to remain flexible in your goals
  • Demonstrated ability to self-manage, set priorities, take initiative, and collaborate with others to meet multiple deadlines and priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Campaign or field canvassing experience, with a proven ability to deliver results
  • Experience with public speaking or training
  • Experience with partner and relationship building
  • Experience with recruiting, developing, and managing volunteers to achieve goals
  • Relentlessly positive

 

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience using the Voter Activation Network, Google Drive and Excel
  • Experience with leadership development coaching, training, campaign management, and campus and community organizing

 

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and job application demonstrating your relevant experience, as well as at least two professional references, to jobs@washingtonbus.org - please include “Field and Organizing Coordinator” in your subject line. Applications submitted by January 5, 2017 will be given priority consideration. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis, and this position will be open until filled.

Compensation is DOE, within the salary range of $33,000 - $35,000 annually. This role is not eligible for overtime pay. The Bus offers a comprehensive benefits package, including ORCA pass, 100%-employer paid premium for medical/dental/vision coverage, generous paid-time off, and a flexible work environment with opportunities for professional development.

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