Canvass Director - Costa Mesa/Los Angeles

Location: Costa Mesa, CA

Employer: Grassroots Team

Canvassing Job Summary

Grassroots Team is a groundbreaking progressive company working to move millions of people and dollars to leading organizations such as Amnesty International, the Humane Society of the United States, and Greenpeace USA, and more in their work for human rights, democracy, and social, racial, and environmental justice

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Responsibilities

Canvass Directors (CDs) lead and manage a field campaign office on one or more campaigns. CDs are bottom line responsible for the success and integrity of their campaign offices.

Job responsibilities include:

Make a Difference on Issues: 

  • Lead on the front lines of some of the most critical social change movements in the country fighting for human rights and social justice. 
  • Contribute new ideas, test new methods of fundraising and mobilization, and help change how social change happens in America.

Manage and Develop Staff: 

Overview: Build and train a team of staff based on organizational budget goals and expectations determined by the Regional Director/National Grassroots Team Leadership by conducting outreach, interviewing staff, making personnel decisions, and developing the next generation of leaders to help support your team. Train new hires, train and develop trainers, and field managers. Coordinate with the Regional Director on development plans to grow the office and meet and exceed fundraising goals year-round. 

  • Recruit, train, and develop staff through Grassroots Team’s training program, lead in the office and in the field by example and develop the next generation of leaders to help support and grow their team. 
  • Train, develop, coach, and manage the team of Field Managers who manage smaller teams in a set geographic area.
  • Train, develop, coach, and manage the Deputy Canvass Director to advance their skills and experience.
  • Build a team of fundraising canvassers based on organizational budget goals and expectations.
  • Cultivate a welcoming, inclusive and campaign focused atmosphere.
  • Work with the team in individual and group settings, with a particular eye towards developing and promoting leaders at all levels.
  • Consistently communicate and maintain performance and integrity standards.
  • Counsel, hire, warn, or dismiss staff in accordance with Grassroots Team’s personnel policies under the guidance of the Regional Director.
  • Delegate areas of responsibility to the Deputy Canvass Directors to develop their skills.

Office Management:

Overview: Ensure that all policies on information security are followed and that members’ information is secure at all times. Carefully track income and expenses to manage the office budget. Analyze performance, set strategy, lead and follow up with the team on meeting weekly goals. Coordinate all canvassing areas and territories; manage and track the progress of each area. 

  • Recruit, train, and develop staff through Grassroots Team’s training program, lead in the office and in the field by example and develop the next generation of leaders to help support and grow their team. 
  • Train, develop, coach, and manage the team of Field Managers who manage smaller teams in a set geographic area.
  • In an office of over 10 fundraising staff, train, develop, coach, and manage the Deputy Canvass Director to advance their skills and experience.
  • Build a team of fundraising canvassers based on organizational budget goals and expectations.
  • Cultivate a welcoming, inclusive and campaign focused atmosphere.
  • Work with the team in individual and group settings, with a particular eye towards developing and promoting leaders at all levels.
  • Consistently communicate and maintain performance and integrity standards.
  • Counsel, hire, warn, or dismiss staff in accordance with Grassroots Team’s personnel policies under the guidance of the Regional Director.
  • Delegate areas of responsibility to the Deputy Canvass Directors to develop their skills.

Raise Money: 

  • Meet and exceed office fundraising objectives
  • Canvass in the field a minimum of 3-4 days per week while training new and experienced staff. 
  • Lead by example and are among the top fundraisers in the office. 

Qualifications

Our Ideal Candidate:

  • 2+ years of previous management, team leadership, face to face or direct fundraising, sales or non-profit leadership experience.
  • Excellent use of verbal communication skills and body language when communicating face to face
  • A strong work ethic and passion for progressive causes
  • Is a self-starter, has a positive mindset and motivates teams and office with ease.
  • Goal oriented, determined to succeed, and willing to do what it takes to build their office and the greater movement.
  • Experience leading diverse and inclusive teams of staff or volunteers
  • Willing and able to canvass door to door four days per week.
  • Is comfortable walking for long periods of time (2-5 miles per day) 
  • Bilingual is a plus

Pay and Benefits

Compensation and Benefits:

  • $65,000 annually + performance-based bonuses
  • Medical coverage and 401-K (after 90 days)
  • Paid time off for sick, vacation, and personal leave (after 20 shifts)

About Grassroots Team

Grassroots Team is the community mobilization organization for progressive groups like Amnesty International, the Humane Society of the United States, and one of the world’s largest environmental justice organizations.. We raise public consciousness and funds in the fight for immigrant rights, voting rights, environmental justice, and all social justices.

Grassroots Team isn’t just an equal opportunity employer. We are actively seeking to build a diverse and inclusive team with a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills to support the incredible diversity of grassroots organizing across the country. GT does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a veteran, or any other characteristics.


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