The Community Budgeting for All Campaign is looking to hire one full-time or two half-time positions to serve as Field Director(s). The Field Director will recruit and coordinate volunteer signature gathering efforts for a four or five month period of the initiative petition campaign phase. This position would be principally responsible for building and running a program to recruit and deploy volunteers at weekday and weekend events in the City of Portland in order to coordinate and collect roughly 27,000 Portland voter signatures by June 31st, 2024. The Field Director will report to the Campaign Executive Committee and will be supervised and supported by lead Campaign staff at Participatory Oregon.
The Campaign is seeking either a single applicant willing and able to commit 40 hours a week or two paired applicants willing to work half-time as a team (20 hours a week each). Co-applicants will need to apply together and be able to demonstrate relevant experience and a history of working together as a team.
- Work with the Field Team Sub-Committee to refine and finalize the campaign’s draft Initiative Petition Field Plan.
- Volunteer recruitment
- Provide Campaign outreach presentations to community groups or gatherings with a principal goal of recruiting volunteer signature gatherers.
- Maintain a volunteer contact management system.
- Train volunteers via zoom or at canvases.
- Host volunteer signature gathering canvases at various public events in Portland.
- Work with Comms staff to recruit and register volunteers for canvases and to promote canvases.
- Support volunteers in various ways to ensure retention and growth. This could include providing a variety of volunteer benefits at events/canvases such food and drink to creating a positive motivating, and supportive environment for volunteers.
- Coordinate deployment of volunteers with paid signature gathering vendors.
- Record and track signature gathering performance and validity rates.
- Directly conduct some signature gathering to support and train volunteers and refine signature gathering strategies.
- Ensure the collection, scanning and secure storing of signature sheets. This includes maintaining a network of dropbox sites throughout the City.
Additional Potential Responsibilities might include:
- Coordinate performance monitoring of paid and volunteer signature gathering to ascertain signature validity rates.
- Support Coalition Building by attending select/strategic meetings.
Please note: We care more about your ability to get the job done than whether you have formal or informal experience. We encourage you to submit your application if this job excites you.
- initiative petition campaigns
- political campaigns.
- coordinating and leading volunteers.
- event organizing
- 1+ years experience in a supervisory role, volunteer management, or comparable experience.
- Familiarity with digital tools including VAN, My Voters, Every Action, other volunteer management systems, and google suite.
- Excellent communication skills and ability to engage diverse communities - specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities.
- Strong time management and organizational skills.
- Experience organizing colleagues, organizations, and/or movements while centering racial justice. You consistently integrate your deep understanding of anti-oppression and racial justice into work projects and interactions by addressing structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions on race, class and other group identities within the context of job responsibilities and projects.
- You recognize how your own identities show up in the work and welcome, reflect on, and act on feedback while continuously learning about race, ability, and other lines of difference.
Preferred but not required
- Familiarity with participatory budgeting or participatory democracy. If you’d like to learn more about participatory budgeting, you’re welcome to attend the free February 17th, Portland Participatory Budgeting Summit.
- Social media experience as it relates to organizing and engagement.
Position Title: Community Budgeting For All Field Director
Position Location: Portland, Oregon. Hybrid (both virtual and in-person work required), travel throughout the Portland metro region will be required. Transportation expenses will be reimbursed, either bus fare, or vehicle mileage at the current IRS rate of .67 per mile.
Duration: Full-time or part-time with a co-applicant, temporary position with evening and weekend work required. The position will preferably start March 1st, 2024 and run until July 15, 2024.
Salary and benefits: Hourly, $45/hour, transportation expense reimbursement for transit or vehicle travel ($0.67 per mile).
Deadline: This position will be open until filled but initial applicants will be reviewed after February 24rd, 2024 at 11:59 pm PST.
How to Apply
Please email a cover letter, resume, and 2 references to email@example.com. Those missing a resume and cover letter will not be considered.
1-page cover letter that includes your responses to the following questions:
- What inspires you about PB Oregon and Next Up’s missions?
- What interests you most about this opportunity?
- How would your skills and experiences (personal and professional) translate into success in this position?
Community Budgeting for All is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, disability, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health decisions, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.
We believe our work is stronger when it benefits from the experience, knowledge and wisdom of people who have faced systemic barriers, and encourages applications from candidates with any of the lived experiences mentioned above. If you’re excited about this position we hope you apply – no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications.
More Information Community For All Campaign
Since 2011, Portlanders have advocated for the Portland City Council to join other major Cities across the US in launching a municipal participatory budgeting program. Multiple proposals from the community to launch municipal participatory budgeting have been ignored or rejected by the City Council. In 2022, the Portland Charter Commission crafted a charter amendment to require the City to annually fund and implement a participatory budgeting process open to all residents and funded with a minimum percentage of the General Fund. Since last January the City Council has taken no action to forward the amendment to the voters.
As a result of City Council inaction and increasing demands from Portlanders to bring participatory budgeting (PB) to the City, Participatory Budgeting Oregon and Next Up have developed the Community Budgeting For All campaign to (1) win voter passage of a PB Charter Amendment and (2) build diverse youth leadership and expand all Portlanders’ knowledge and capacity to implement inclusive charter-mandated PB in the future. The proposed PB Charter Amendment is modeled after a similar amendment adopted by 66% of Boston voters in 2021. It will require the City to implement an annual or biannual participatory budgeting process accessible to all residents that allocates 2% of General Fund discretionary resources. The amendment requires program funding to begin no later than July 2026 and implementation of the first PB process (defined in the amendment) by July 2027. See more information at www.pboregon.org/advocate.
February 9-24: Circulate Job Opportunity (but position will remain open)
February 26: Initial Applicant Reviews & Selection Interviewees
February 27-28: Applicant Interviews of three top candidates.
February 29: Preferred Candidate(s) Selection & Notification Date