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RI Legislative Event Organizer

workingfamilies · 13 days ago
$15+ / hour
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Working Families, and its state work in Rhode Island, advocates to make the needs of working families the priority of our government. We build an engaged membership of residents across the state ready to advocate for the changes working families deserve. The Working Families Party, also recruits, elects, and supports candidates committed to economic, racial, social, and environmental justice, and holds elected officials accountable to these core values. WFP uses the power we generate through our organizing and electoral work to win tangible victories that make a real difference in the everyday lives of working families.
RIWFP has a long track record of advocating for meaningful public policy including: 
- Paid sick days for over 100,000 Rhode Islanders
- A $15 an hour minimum wage
- Equal pay legislation
- Expungement of cannabis records
- Expanded voting access

About The Legislative Event Organizer
2024 Legislative Event Organizer(s) will be responsible for dramatically increasing Working Families Power’s contact with the community and for building relationships between Working Families Power members and their Working Families Party-allied elected officials. With the support of the existing staff, the Organizer(s) will work to grow the membership of Working Families in key neighborhoods across the state. Then, they will coordinate with a set of current Working Families Party elected officials to plan, promote, and facilitate local “town hall”-type events, co-hosted by WFP. Finally, the Organizer(s) will work to maintain relationships with the new members and event attendees, to encourage members’ continued engagement in  activities.

If successful, RIWFP will be able to count hundreds of new members in its ranks in diverse areas across Rhode Island. These members will be newly introduced to the role that we play  in local advocacy and elections, and will have a better understanding of their local political context by having attended an event with their elected officials. They hopefully will be more predisposed to volunteer with Working Families in the following legislative session, and may consider putting their time and skills toward assisting on a local political campaign.

This temporary, part time (20 hours/week) position is supervised by the RI Political Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Member Recruitment
  • Deploy to targeted districts with specific member recruitment goals
  • Utilize voter lists to knock on doors and engage with potential members
  • Attend community events to encourage new member signups
  • Partner with local elected officials to bring their supporters into Working Families 
  • Participate in regular coaching and check-ins with RI Sr. Political Organizer and Political Director
  • Assist year-round staff in identifying future super-volunteers
  • Town Hall Coordination:
  • Pair with Working Families Party elected officials to plan, promote, and facilitate local town halls
  • Promote these town halls via postcards, texts, and other communication methods
  • Follow up with town hall attendees to encourage continued engagement and Working Families membership
  • Communication:
  • Send out 2000+ postcards and 5000+ texts to promote town halls and other  initiatives
  • Maintain regular communication with new members and potential recruits

Skills and Qualifications

  • At least two cycles of organizing, electoral experience or any other related work 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • A passion and commitment to social, economic, and racial justice
  • Ability to communicate compellingly about our work and inspire others to action
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Drive and tenacity to advance our mission and values
  • Ability to work independently
  • Attention to detail; ability to manage the technical aspects of a project—logistics, etc.
  • Driver’s license, reliable transportation, and willingness for regular in-state travel
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends to meet recruitment goals
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with voter engagement tools and techniques, including canvassing and phone banking
  • Existing relationships within key Rhode Island districts
  • Demonstrated history of engagement with Working Families Party, or similar progressive organizations
  • Previous experience in community organizing, political campaigns, or advocacy work
  • Fluency in languages other than English

What Else Should You Know

  • Compensation:
  • The salary range for this role is  $26-$31. The final salary for this role will be determined based on our Pay Scale, which takes into consideration years of experience, geographic location, and final job description.
  • We also offer a robust benefit package for full time employees including paid time off; health, dental, vision, and life insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement plan options; professional development funding; and remote work support.
  • Location and Travel:
  • This is a hybrid role requiring you to work approximately 4 days per week in-person at Working Families local office in Providence, and/or various locations for direct voter contact.
  • Schedule:
  • The position is temporary and part-time.
  • Union Affiliation:
  • WFP is a unionized workplace. This is a short term temporary role that is ineligible to join WFP's staff bargaining unit. WFP's union employees are represented by the New York Metropolitan Area Joint Board, Workers United union.
Working Families is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to economic and social justice. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Any applicant who requires an accommodation in order to apply for or perform the essential functions of the job should contact us at jobs@workingfamilies.org with the subject line "Application Accommodation" to request such an accommodation.

Last updated on May 31, 2024

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