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Senior Organizer - Western PA

For Our Future Action Fund

For Our Future Action Fund

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2024
Position: Senior Organizer - Western PA
Job Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Position Type: Full Time, Exempt Position
Classification: Union Eligible
Compensation: $52,159 per year
Position Travel Percentage: 75%
Driving Percentage: 50%
Reports to: Regional Organizing Director
Founded in 2016, For Our Future Action Fund and For Our Future run the largest, permanent progressive field program across key states. Our vision is to expand the progressive infrastructure and advance economic prosperity for all, strong community schools, climate justice, and racial and social justice. Along with community partners and volunteers, we consistently engage with people in face-to-face conversations around what issues matter most to them. By organizing people in lasting relationships, we win elections, drive local progress, make a community’s collective voice heard, and help build the transformative power needed to improve people’s lives.
For Our Future recognizes a staff bargaining unit, affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 2304, a labor union. This position is part of the union-represented collective bargaining unit, and specific employment terms and conditions are subject to a collective bargaining agreement.
For Our Future seeks motivated, outgoing, and results-driven organizers to support our political organizing and voter outreach efforts in Western, PA. The Senior Organizer will work to engage area residents and activists on local and national causes, candidates, and campaigns that matter to them. Candidates should have familiarity with Allegheny and Beaver Counties, experience working in political campaigns or organizing environments, comfortable working long hours, and possess basic digital skills.
This position is anticipated to run through at least November 8, 2024.

Essential Functions

  • Plan and oversee a robust volunteer recruitment, training, and management program, both virtual and in-person.
  • Meet assigned goals associated with each metric on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
  • Monitor personal and volunteer metrics including voter contact attempts per shift, flake rate, completion rate, and confirmation rate.
  • Prioritize quality voter, volunteer, and community interactions without sacrificing quantity.
  • Attend and facilitate trainings on voter contact tactics and program strategy.
  • Collaborate with field/organizing leadership to plan and help implement new outreach strategies in your region.
  • Build and manage community events in execution of our field and organizing strategy.
  • Schedule and hold regular 1:1 meetings with potential and onboarded volunteers.
  • Attend daily and/or weekly scheduled staff calls and meetings.
  • Ensure timely and accurate data entry and reporting.
  • Conduct voter contact activities such as door-to-door canvassing, phone banking and SMS texting.
  • Represent the organization at community events and meetings, when assigned, either virtual or in person where possible.
  • Assist Region in building a pipeline of community volunteers to become volunteer leaders or prospects for paid direct voter contact activities.
  • Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Skills and Qualifications

  • At least one year of experience as a canvasser and/or organizer.
  • At least one cycle of experience on a grassroots issue advocacy, legislative accountability, civic engagement, or electoral campaign (as a volunteer or staff member).Strong knowledge of Votebuilder/VAN.
  • Knowledge of social media.
  • Must have basic computer literacy and access to a reliable laptop is ideal.
  • Must have strong problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours in a high-productivity, metrics-driven work environment.
  • Ability to meet deadlines under pressure while handling multiple projects.
  • Ability to work independently and in team settings.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation, a valid driver's license/insurance/registration, and clean driving record for at least 1 year, per organizations drivers policy, unless an accommodation has been approved that exempts you from driving for FOF/AF business purposes.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Bilingual experience is a plus, but not required.

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods of moving around for voter contact activity
  • This is an in-person position and will require a physical presence in the local office
  • Prolonged periods of remaining in a stationary position at a desk and working on a computer
  • Must be able to transport up to 15 pounds at times
  • Must be able to report to office in Pittsburgh, PA

This position comes with a comprehensive benefits package.

  • Health Insurance Coverage - 95% Employer Paid
  • Paid parental leave
  • Retirement Savings Plan with matching contributions up to the first 5%
  • $150 Monthly Cell Phone and Internet Reimbursement
  • Monthly Mileage Stipend
  • 13 days paid time off every calendar year, as well as other paid holidays.

Expected Hours of Work

  • Employees schedule will be 10:00am-6:30pm, Monday - Friday and will transition to 10:00am-6:30pm, Tuesday-Saturday April 30th.
  • Employees may be required to work outside of normal business hours including weekends, holidays, and nights.
  • Employees are required to abide by certain blackout dates during a campaign cycle or other key deadlines, and generally not allowed to take off during blackout periods. Emergencies are not affected by this policy
Work Environment
So long as it is safe and appropriate to continue site-based canvassing and in-person events / training, it will be a high priority. Door-to-door canvassing could be considered an essential function of this job in the future. Employees may be required to work in extreme weather conditions, including rain, heat, and cold. This position is expected to interact regularly face-to-face with voters, volunteers or community partners. If state and government stay-at-home orders, phased reopening orders, or other factors related to the COVID-19 virus (or any other reason) limit For Our Future’s ability to engage safely in in-person work, employees may be assigned other duties to be conducted from their homes.
Health and Safety
For Our Future Action Fund ("FOF") is fully committed to the health and safety of our colleagues, candidates and the communities we serve. We encourage all employees to stay “up to date” with their COVID-19 vaccines and once eligible, to get COVID-19 boosters; however, this is not a requirement for employment at FOF.All employees are required to adhere to the health and safety policies and procedures, when appropriate as implemented by the organization. Upon request, reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Applicants may request a reasonable accommodation form by emailing Human Resources at hr@forourfuturefund.org
Be advised that health and safety policies and procedures around COVID-19 may change in the future to stay in compliance with public health guidance and applicable laws.
EEO Statement
For Our Future is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Opportunities are provided to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, age (40 and over), religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (including transgender status), gender dysphoria, marital or familial status,
partnership status, caregiver status, sexual and reproductive health decisions, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), creed, caste, national origin, citizenship and immigration status, consumer credit history, physical or mental disability, personal/outward appearance (including, but not limited to, hairstyle), family responsibilities, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), ancestry, matriculation, political affiliation, matriculation, status as a victim of domestic violence, or sexual offenses or stalking, arrest record, conviction record, military or uniformed service member status, or veteran status, or any other characteristic, trait or status protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws or ordinances. Equal
opportunity applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation and training.
We are also committed to the full inclusion of every qualified individual. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please contact hr@forourfuturefund.org.