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Wisconsin State Director - Vote Mob

About Vote Mob:

Vote Mob is an innovative GOTV and movement-building hybrid entity. We train young people in organizing skills and analysis, and provide resources for youth on campuses to turn their peers out to the polls. We believe that young people have enormous potential to transform the political environment, and so we seek to build the capacity and strength of youth movements both on Election Day and beyond; transforming moments into lasting movements and shifting power through grassroots organizing and voter turnout. We have a local focus and support youth turnout around issues that are most relevant in their context. We connect our local teams to statewide organizing post the election, whether it be through our continued presence directly, or through an existing supported local partner. 

 

Position summary:

The State Director will work with existing Vote Mob organizers and other local partners to develop a stronger progressive student and youth network across Wisconsin. Our goal is to educate and turnout young voters, while also strengthening local organizing to win real change. Vote Mob is part of a cohort of Wisconsin organizations developing an “Online to Offline” organizing pipeline and community space, and these plans will inform the summer and fall program. The Director will make strategic decisions about statewide organizing, help create and manifest fun and innovative Vote Mob plans, and facilitate coordination between organizations. This position will supervise several full-time organizers, who are in turn supervising and leading teams of both volunteer and stipended students and young people. 

Note: We are currently accepting applications for both this position and a “Regional Coordinator” position, which would do similar work but on a smaller scale, with less requirements around prior managerial experience. See that position description here.

 

Primary responsibilities:

Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Work in coordination with the National Vote Mob Director, Wisconsin Vote Mob Organizers, Movement Voter Project State Advisor, and leaders from other Wisconsin organizations to develop and implement a Wisconsin GOTV plan that strengthens long term youth and student organizing 
  • Direct a team of Coordinators, Organizers, and Fellows, including but not limited to:
    • Co-creation of work plans
    • Weekly or more check-ins 
    • Holding organizers accountable to plans 
    • Ensuring a positive and supportive team environment
    • Identifying and advocating for funding needs
    • Serving as a liaison between local and national staff
    • High level development of GOTV plans
  • Use organizing tools to engage youth & students in our work, develop deep relationships with them, and support their leadership development. Organizing tools include (but not limited to):
    • Trainings: both issue-based and GOTV-centric
    • One-to-One’s
    • Digital turnout tools:
      • “Online to Offline” organizing 
      • Building community through shared social media spaces  
      • Utilizing tools like Zoom, Hustle, and Action Builder
      • Phone banks
    • In person turnout tools (Only if safe. Health is a top priority.)
      • Canvasses/dorm-storms
      • Visibility actions with pledge card collection 
      • Class raps / Club raps (students recruiting classmates to vote and volunteer, or doing recruitment and pledge card collection at meetings) 
  • Plan and execute outreach strategies to engage more Wisconsinites in our work.
  • Help activists grow into positions of leadership through targeted recruitment, relationship building, and training
  • Update organizational database systems with member and event information
  • Build strong core groups on top tier campuses 
  • Operate in a way that is embedded with and/or complementary to local organizations. 
  • Assist in the development of electoral materials like voter guides & pledge cards
  • Experiment with innovative programs as appropriate
  • Photo documentation and social media engagement
  • Follow legal guidelines as directed by the supervisor
  • Debrief with local teams post-election and help figure out next steps

 

Experience & qualifications:

  • Super-talented self-motivated natural organizer, with the ability to motivate and inspire others.
  • Strong youth or student organizing experience. 
  • Background in developing issue-based and / or electoral campaigns.
  • Team management / supervisory experience. 
  • Experience facilitating group gatherings that move people to action.
  • Ability to pay attention to the details, be vigilant about tracking goal progress, and meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to speak up, suggest new ideas, receive feedback, adjust plans to ensure successful completion of goals, and be a part of the solution.
  • Has potential to continue organizing beyond the election in some form.
  • Passionate about doing progressive election work, as opposed to a candidate campaign.
  • Help plan and execute a great local vote plan in a mostly self-directed way.
  • Accountable, proactive, communicative (calls frequently + responds right away).
  • Ability to build and mobilize strong local networks.
  • Honest and has integrity – mature enough to own mistakes and ask for help.
  • Clear commitment to the importance of collective liberation and intersectional organizing.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and continually evolving environment.

 

Length of position:

Hire date until December 31, 2020, with potential to continue. 

 

Compensation:

Based on experience. We envision a full time version of this role in the $60,000 – $70,000 range, plus full health benefits, annual work-from-home stipend ($1,000/year), and monthly wellness stipend ($100/month). But we are open to exploring various other arrangements, including part-time or a consulting relationship for the right person. 

 

Reports to & location:

This position reports directly to the National Vote Mob Director, with regular communication with Movement Voter Project’s Wisconsin State Advisor. Position can be located anywhere in Wisconsin. Currently position is mostly remote work due to Covid-19, in the longer term it could include significant travel.  

 

How to apply:

Send electronic cover letter, resume, and 2 references to Leewana Thomas, Vote Mob Director, at [email protected].