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Job Opening: New Voters Project Campus Organizer
NCPIRG’s New Voters Project Campus Organizer Job Description
Young people have been voting and it’s because NCPIRG and other youth-organizing groups have turning young people out to vote for every election. And, we can’t stop! The elections in November are important and the people elected will make decisions about issues we care about, like jobs, the economy, college affordability and the environment. NCPIRG is working to make sure that students turn out to the polls in a big way on Election Day, so we can raise our voice on the issues we care about. Together we can make a difference.
The Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project is the largest non-partisan, on-the-ground young voter mobilization effort in the nation. Since 1984, we have helped to register more than 1.7 million young voters and made over one million personalized get-out-the-vote contacts. In 2012, North Carolina led the country with the largest get out the vote program focused on moving young people to the polls, making over 125,000 vote reminder contacts.
NCPIRG believes that for our democracy to work, young people need to be engaged. And the first step to engaging young people is exercising their voice at the polls. North Carolina is home to over 568,000 college students and 860,000 community college students and we have a huge opportunity to show they can be a strong political force in the state. Their sheer size means that the full participation of young people in the political process is necessary to ensure a truly representative democracy. We saw in 2012 that young people have the potential to continue playing a larger role in our political process, yet they still remain an underrepresented population in election turnout. By focusing on the Millennial Generation, we will build power so that our communities can be heard. To shift the landscape, we need more students voting and more youth engaged in civic participation.
With the changes in our state’s voting laws, including the repeal of same-day registration and the cutting of early voting days, both features heavily used by young voters, it’s vital for us to educate and engage young people in the voting process so we can make sure our voices get heard and alleviate any confusion when it comes to voting.
NCPIRG New Voters Project Campus Organizers will:
- Run a non-partisan voter registration and turnout campaign in a campus community. Campus Organizers recruit and train a cadre of volunteers to register 18-29 year olds, collect pledges to vote from 18-29 year olds who are already registered to vote, and contact all of these young people to turn out to vote on Election Day.
- Educate students and train new leaders. Campus Organizers teach citizenship and organizing skills. Campus Organizers also oversee an internship program, through which students can earn academic course credit for their work to boost youth voter engagement.
- Build a coalition. Campus Organizers work with student volunteers and interns to build a diverse, invested coalition of organizations and people, such as the student government, college president, College Republicans, College Democrats and others, to boost youth voter turnout.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate has strong in-person communication skills and experience with grassroots organizing tactics such as petitioning, phone-calling, or canvassing. Leadership experience with campus groups or student government is a plus. Applicants should be driven by the idea of working on a huge, non-partisan youth voter mobilization project, capable of taking on leadership, and ready to work 50-70 hour weeks. We are looking for a commitment through November 2014.
Salary & Training: Recent college graduates earn $24,500 in their first year on staff. In addition, full-time staff can opt into our state health care coverage, are eligible for paid sick and vacation days, and can apply for our college loan assistance program. Our staff accrue two weeks of vacation by the end of their first year and three weeks by the end of their second year. Staff are also eligible to join our 401(k) program in their second year.
Locations: We are hiring Campus Organizers in Colorado, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas
Application: Submit your cover letter and resume online by June 30, 2014. We'll carefully consider your application and if we think you may be a good fit, we'll be in touch.
The Student PIRGs are an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
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