Jolt Action is seeking a well-organized and goal orientated Canvass Director for the 2018 cycle. In 2018, Jolt Action will run an extensive field program to turn out millennial Latinos in the midterm election. The Canvass Director will manage the day-to-day operations of the paid canvass team. The Canvass Director is expected to ensure that our canvass team achieves the benchmarks and execute Jolt Action’s electoral campaign plan. The Canvass Director is expected to act with appropriate discretion and respect for confidentiality requirements. This position reports to the Civic Engagement Director.
Jolt is a youth membership organization that increases the civic participation of Latinos to build a stronger Texas and democracy. Jolt supports its members to make systemic change on racial, economic, environmental and gender justice. Jolt supports young people to self-organize through chapters that focus on voter registration/mobilization, issue, and cultural organizing.
Founded in 2016, Jolt organizes the Latino community in Texas to determine what happens on school boards, at the Governor’s Mansion, and all the way to Congress to ensure our government works for working families of color. Jolt seeks to build a movement that shifts the balance of power from a few dominant corporate interests into the hands of working people and communities of color in one of the nation’s largest “majority minority” states. Jolt believes that Texas is poised for change, with a growing and disaffected Latino population, but demographics alone aren’t destiny. Winning change requires building a homegrown movement and a smart, focused, long-term strategy that can deliver equality and power to those who are most excluded and often first impacted.
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the opportunity to bring together millions of Latinos to fight for full equality. Almost 10.8 million Latinos, making up 40 percent of the total population, reside in Texas. Despite their numbers, Latino voices are ignored by the state’s political leadership and have not shared in the state’s prosperity. Today, 60 percent of Latino workers in Texas make less than $15 an hour; the median household income for Latinos is just $37,000, compared to $64,000 for whites; and 27 percent of Latinos don’t have healthcare — the highest rate for any ethnic group in the state.
Today, 1 in 3 eligible voters in the state is Latino, and projections indicate that by 2030 Latinos will make up the majority of the state’s population. With this shift comes the opportunity to organize millions of Latinos to fight for lasting change. But change doesn’t come easy. Although Latino voters make up a large share of the voting population and their numbers will continue to grow, eligible Latinos are also less likely to vote than other Americans.
- Strategic planning assistance – support development of campaign plan (electoral and issue campaigns), providing technical and organizing assistance
- Support tracking organizational benchmarks and course correction problem solving
- Work with partner organizations using the voter file and other technologies to support and enhance contact programs
- Support the creation and development of written reports
- Build a team of 15-20 canvassers by recruiting from within the local community. Identify and interview prospective staff and help make hiring decisions
- Manage the day-to-day operations of the paid canvas team
- Training the basics of canvassing and work with your staff in individual and group settings to cultivate a welcoming and motivating atmosphere
- Ability to manage several tasks/projects concurrently and prioritize work effectively by making and meeting team goals.
- Strong management skills
- Proficiency in Google Sheets and Google Docs.
- Excellent organizational, time-management, oral and written communications skills
- Strong VAN (Voter Activation Network) skills.
- Must be a self-starter; willing to work long, irregular hours and weekends.
- Ideal candidates will have one to three years of experience in progressive political campaigns or similar organizations. Ideal candidates will be familiar with paid canvass operations.
- Candidates should have a diplomatic, professional approach to problem-solving
- Experience working with underrepresented and/or diverse communities.
- Bilingual (English and Spanish)
Based in Dallas, Texas
Program runs July 17th through November 9th
Please submit your resume, a cover letter, and three references to David@jolttx.org