All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington, DC, is hiring a field organizing consultant to support the Reeb Project for Voting Rights. We are committed to building a diverse workforce. Women, people of color and members of traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are due by 9 a.m. Eastern time on Aug. 21. Email cover letter and resume to rkeithan@allsouls.ws.

Description: The field organizing consultant will work with All Souls staff and the volunteer leaders of the Reeb Project for Voting Rights to implement a nonpartisan get-out-the-vote program in two to three targeted states, in partnership with other area UU congregations and progressive grassroots organizations. This position is designed to leverage our strong record of volunteer engagement and to increase our activity during this critical election cycle.

Core Responsibilities: Through grassroots relational organizing, the field organizing consultant will mobilize Reeb Project volunteers to conduct voter registration, engagement and turnout actions, particularly in communities negatively affected by voter suppression. The consultant will support outreach to local organizations on the ground in our targeted states to identify action opportunities, and will support the volunteers who will be leading and participating in canvasses, phone banks, voter registration and other activities. The consultant will also work with leaders in other congregations to encourage their participation in Reeb Project activities.

The core responsibility is to support volunteer leaders to ensure they have the resources, materials and plans needed to be successful. This may include helping manage data and volunteer information, coordinating travel, helping organize training and plan events, developing and coaching leaders, and facilitating good reporting and strategic coordination. Other responsibilities include developing and implementing reporting protocols, tracking data and providing regular reports, and submitting a final written evaluation. The consultant will be in close communication with All Souls minister of social justice and Reeb Project leaders, and will facilitate regular meetings as needed to keep all stakeholders informed, ensure accountability, make strategic decisions and coordinate program logistics.

This is a great opportunity to manage a program and to help an organization that has a strong track record of success grow its impact. For example, in fall 2016, over 275 unique volunteers from six congregations participated in nonpartisan get-out-the-vote phone banks, voter registration events and other actions. Since the program’s inception in 2014, hundreds of volunteers have taken action to fight for voting rights and engage voters in communities negatively impacted by voter suppression in three states and the District of Columbia.

Contract Term: approximately Sep. 1-Nov. 20, 2018.

Estimated 30 hours per week on average, weekly schedule and hours based on activity and proximity to the election. Some night and weekend work required, limited travel. Hourly fee of $40 or more depending on experience.

Preferred Skills & Qualifications:

  • Excellent organizational, time ­management, oral and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with organizational partners and bring people together around a common goal, program or agenda.
  • Prior electoral, labor or issue organizing experience.
  • Knowledge of relational organizing principles.
  • Experience building and supporting volunteer leadership.
  • Experience managing volunteer recruitment and voter contact activities preferred.
  • Experience with organizing in multicultural communities strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with congregations/faith-based organizations preferred
  • Experience with common campaign data tools (including NGP-VAN and Excel) preferred.

All Souls Church provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, or military or veteran status in accordance with all applicable laws. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of the above.

About the All Souls Church Reeb Project for Voting Rights:

The Reeb Project is named in honor of former All Souls associate minister Rev. James Reeb, who was beaten to death in 1965 when he went to Selma, AL, to march for voting rights. The Project has four goals:

  1. Have impact on the national discussion on voting rights by leveraging our unique history, DC location and influence within Unitarian Universalism.
  2. Increase voter turnout in a specific communities by working in solidarity with local UU congregations and progressive partner organizations that center the leadership of people of color.
  3. Continually raise consciousness of the injustice of our own disenfranchisement as DC residents and seek remedies to this injustice.
  4. Build the Beloved Community within and beyond our walls by developing a multiracial, multicultural voting rights team at All Souls and by working in solidarity and partnership with communities of color.