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Part-Time Regional Campus Organizer

Swing Left

Swing Left

Multiple locations
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Overview

The objective of the Regional Campus Organizer is to recruit, train, and support student volunteers to start and organize Swing Left groups on college campuses in an assigned metropolitan area from August 5th through November 15th, 2024. The Regional Campus Organizer reports to the College Organizing Program Manager and is a part-time, hourly position.

We encourage applications from candidates who are currently students and/or who have experience organizing college students. Preferred candidates will have a strong understanding of the current college environment and a passion for grassroots organizing and relationship building.

Each Regional Campus Organizer will be based in a metropolitan area. Applicants must live within one of these areas to be eligible for the role:

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Los Angeles, California
  • New York City, New York
  • San Francisco Bay Area, California
  • Washington, DC

About Swing Left

Swing Left is a national grassroots organization working to elect Democrats in the most competitive federal and state elections. We make it possible for anyone to make a big impact on the elections that determine the balance of power in our country, by volunteering and donating in key races. Since launching in 2017, Swing Left volunteers have raised more than $80 million for Democratic candidates, civic organizations, and voter mobilization efforts, and made more than 44 million combined phone calls, door knocks, and handwritten letters sent to voters via its affiliate Vote Forward and their partners.

Swing Left’s college program supports students to build volunteer teams on their campuses who will increase voter turnout in the most competitive races through canvassing, phone banking, and letter writing. We provide resources and voter contact opportunities to existing, mission-aligned groups who want to take action, and recruit students to start new Swing Left groups on their campuses.

Hiring process overview

  • This process includes a written application and an interview via Zoom
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
  • We aim to close the application by June 24
  • We aim to conduct interviews between June 17 - 28
  • We will communicate about our expected timeline as the process progresses, and all candidates should expect to receive communication from our team regarding their application status. Our intention is to keep candidates in the loop as we work through each stage equitably and as efficiently as possible

Responsibilities

  • Recruit students to start new Swing Left campus groups in the assigned metropolitan area, including through in-person recruitment on college campuses, digital outreach, and attending or hosting events
  • Build relationships with leaders of existing groups who are part of Swing Left’s College Network and aligned campus groups in the assigned metropolitan area
  • Have regular (i.e. bi-weekly or monthly) one-on-one meetings with group leaders and consistently respond to volunteer messages within a reasonable time frame (i.e. within about 48 hours of message receipt)
  • Train group leaders and their members in campus organizing best practices with Swing Left’s Organizing Team
  • Recruit and support groups to take action to increase voter turnout for Democrats in Swing Left’s target districts and states, especially through canvassing, letter writing, and phone banking events
  • Train and support group leaders to grow their group’s capacity and build long-term organizing infrastructure on their campuses
  • Maintain accurate data and tracking systems
  • Submit weekly debriefs and maintain regular communication via email and Slack with Swing Left’s organizing staff to provide updates on current work and provide insights on campus organizing in the assigned metropolitan area
  • Regularly attend scheduled team meetings and one-on-one meetings with a designated staff member, which will take place on alternating weeks

Successful Regional Campus Organizer candidates will have

  • A strong commitment to our mission and values and for engaging college students around supporting Democrats in the elections that determine the balance of power in our country
  • Ability to build strong relationships with students from a diverse variety of backgrounds and ideologies
  • A demonstrated commitment to equity and belonging across all identities including but not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, age and ability. A specific track record of a commitment to BIPOC communities
  • Live within the metropolitan area that they are applying to
  • Recent (i.e. current or within one election cycle) experience around organizing college students
  • Ability to spend 10 hours per week on work for this role
  • Ability to maintain regular communication with Swing Left staff and volunteers through the duration of the program
  • Aptitude for connecting with students, forming and maintaining new relationships, and unafraid to ask folks to step up
  • High level of comfort with using technology to support organizing (Zoom, Slack, email platforms, social media platforms).
  • Experience with digital organizing is not required but is a plus
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and consistent reporting habits
  • Experience recruiting volunteers and building and maintaining volunteer teams
  • Experience with campus organizing to elect Democrats is not required but is preferred

Working at Swing Left

The Regional Campus Organizer is a non-exempt, part-time, hourly position. The pay for this position is $18.07/hour for an expected 10 hours/week. This position runs from August 5th, 2024 through November 15th, 2024.

We are an equal opportunity employer and seek applications from all qualified candidates who are eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas at this time. We welcome all applicants regardless of age, citizenship, gender identity or expression, national origin, pregnancy status, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other differences.

Please note the best way to express interest in this position is to submit an application––this is the most effective way for our team to review and process applications fairly and efficiently.