Civic Engagement Organizer
Location: Riverside, Ca
Part Time Non-Exempt Hourly
Salary range: $30,000
Contract terms: 9/1/2021-6/30/2022
Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC) is seeking an enthusiastic, dedicated person to join our team to empower high school and college students to pre-register, register to vote and lead campaigns to turnout these students to vote. The next generation of Inland Empire youth is the largest and most diverse in our history, and if you’d like to join the fight to amplify their voices and build their political power at all levels of government, you should apply!
This position involves travelling to high schools, college campuses and community events to register students, catching them during their free time, or presenting in their classroom to register them to vote. 16 and 17 year olds can pre-register to vote, meaning that when they turn 18, their voter registration automatically activates. You’ll be on a team of committed, passionate folks, having truthful and important conversations about our political system with young people, many of whom belong to communities who have been systematically shut out of the political process. You’d be a great fit if you’re passionate about social justice, if you’ve got the energy to talk to hundreds of young people in a day, and if you’re determined to hit ambitious goals.
ICUC is working to reinvent congregational engagement and organizing by educating, mobilizing and empowering a new generation of local community leaders on issues affecting them and their community. By doing this, congregants, institutions and community members will participate in organizing and promoting our collective moral and social values. Through this we will bring opportunity and dignity to our families in the Inland Empire and build a better place for everyone. Our team is deeply dedicated to social, economic, racial, gender and immigrant justice.
- Base building and outreach
- Training and coaching leaders
- Research meetings with stakeholders
- Hosting or participating in 1:1’s
- Attending ICUC meetings (internal)
- Action related activities
- Planning and organization
- Skill development
- Execute a large-scale voter registration program reaching high school students, college students and communities across the Inland Empire.
- Meet with VR Team region wide to plan a schedule for large-scale voter registration program.
- Coordinate with teachers, administrators and fellow organizers to find creative ways to maximize the impact of our voter registration drives during each school visit.
- Spend time in high schools and on college campuses, registering students at our table and collecting pledge to vote postcards through classroom presentations.
- Take time to input data of voter pledge cards and voter registration forms.
- Organize CA Voter Registration Training(s) for your volunteers with your county Registrar of Voter office.
- Build relationships with other organizations, clubs, community groups to be able to register voters at their events/meetings.
- Lead phone banks in your respective region to engage registered voters prior to elections, ensuring they vote.
- Support Organizers and Youth Fellows in the creation of a base building plan tied to any and all Voter Registration drives being done under your leadership. This plan should be created and re-visited on a quarterly basis.
What we’re looking for:
❖ Deep commitment to ICUC’s mission of engaging more young people in our democracy and empowering young people to make themselves heard; enthusiasm for voting rights, registration, and turnout
❖ Ability to sensitively and productively navigate tough conversations about voter eligibility, power and privilege, and people’s lived experiences that differ from your own, while being mindful of the potential to cause harm
❖ Strong personal commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, both in our work and our organization’s culture
❖ Determination to meet daily and monthly goals by registering as many as hundreds of young people in a day to vote, while paying close attention to detail to ensure each registration form is complete and accurate
❖ Willingness to work nontraditional hours on a regular basis (a typical high school early morning + travel)
Preferred, but not required:
❖ Reliable transportation and a driver’s license ❖ Spanish language skills
YCE Organizer Goals
❖ Execute a large-scale voter registration program reaching high school students, college students and communities across the Inland Empire that registers a minimum of 2,500 voters.
- This means within a 10 month period, there should be an average of 250 newly registered voters being registered per month.
❖ Meet once a week with the VR/GOTV team.
❖ Meet with VR Team region wide to plan a schedule for large-scale voter registration program. Develop master GOTV schedule with VR/GOTV Team within one month of hire. This should include the voter election cycle in all regions.
❖ Coordinate with teachers, administrators and fellow organizers to find creative ways to maximize the impact of our voter registration drives during each school visit. Have THREE or MORE strategic 1-1’s a week with teachers, administrators, and fellow organizers related to voter registration on campuses. Take notes at each 1-1 to share with your lead.
❖ Spend 2-3 days per week in high schools and on college campuses, registering students at our table and collecting pledge to vote postcards through classroom presentations. Add weekly schools to the master VR/GOTV calendar and count daily total pledge cards/voter registrations on “VR/GOTV Tracking SpreadSheets”.
❖ Spend 1 day per week on data entry in the office.
❖ Organize CA Voter Registration Training(s) for your volunteers with your county Registrar of Voter office. Within two months of hiring: organize a voter registration training in your city in coordination with your County Registrar.
❖ Build relationships with other organizations, clubs, community groups to be able to register voters at their events/meetings. Have at least ONE 1-1 a week with an external organization, club or community group. Take notes to share with your lead.
❖ GOTV phone bank prior to election cycle, using the VR cards collected. Organize volunteers to participate in phonebank. ONE month prior to elections, start a phone bank. TWO Weeks prior to the phone bank began organizing a volunteer schedule.
❖ Civic Engagement phone bank once a month, using the built VR base. Organize volunteers to participate in phonebank. Engage base to turnout to issue works. Support Organizers and Youth Fellows in the creation of a base building plan tied to any and all Voter Registration drives being done under your leadership. This plan should be created within one month of hiring and re-visited on a quarterly basis.
The position is based in the Riverside City region with travel around the Inland Empire. The position will be reporting to ICUC’s admin team virtually or in person.
Inland Congregations United for Change is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all, and strongly encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees and LGBTQ people to apply.
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