WORK AT RAD

Rights & Democracy is a member-led, people's organization in Vermont and New Hampshire. Our mission is to shift the political landscape through electoral and community organizing to ensure that the values and needs of our communities guide the policies of our government. We are doing this by building a popular movement to advance human rights, dismantle economic inequality, racism, and sexism, and to build a real democracy.

FIELD ORGANIZERS

Location: New Hampshire 

Pending funding, Rights & Democracy will be hiring Field Organizers in New Hampshire, which are temporary project full-time positions. Field Organizers are on the front lines of our communities, speaking to community members about how they feel about our political and economic system and its connection to the air they breath, the water they drink and the support they receive in emergencies. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting door-to-door deep canvassing conversations in communities and other regional outreach (event and/or street canvassing) across multiple issue campaigns and referring “hot leads” to Regional Grassroots Organizer or Organizing Director.
  • Communicating with people about key issues facing their communities (ex., public education funding, health care, wages, water issues).
  • Maintaining a professional, positive, and healthy rapport during all public interactions, inviting people to share their stories and perspectives more deeply and offering them a clear analysis on the importance of collective action.
  • Accurately recording the results of every interaction in our tracking database and reporting daily numbers.
  • Helping to maintain a healthy and positive work environment. 
  • Participating in fundraising efforts, supported by the Organizing Director or Field Coordinator.

Required Experience & Skills

  • Excellent writing, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills preferred.
  • Ability to work quickly and cooperatively under pressure and meet deadlines. 
  • Proficiency with basic computer and smartphone applications, including Google Suite.
  • Experience using relational databases preferred.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Desire to learn about progressive politics and social issues.
  • Desire to improve your skills and a willingness to reflect on your own experiences and your stake in this work.
  • Adapt to a flexible work schedule.
  • Able to learn how to efficiently enter data into an online database.
  • Previous canvassing, public outreach or political/campaign experience is a plus, and will be given special consideration.
  • Rights & Democracy is an open and affirming organization, committed to personal transformation and social change. Field Organizers are expected to maintain positive, inclusive, and open-minded attitudes, and to communicate about any support they may need in their work plan.

Other Requirements: Must have regular access to a car. Ability to travel locally and within the state and accommodate a work schedule that includes evenings and weekends. We are hoping to have Field Organizers based in Cheshire, Hillsboro, Sullivan and Belknap Counties.  

Compensation: Starting pay for field organizers is $20 an hour, full-time, plus benefits. Pay period is bi-weekly. Employees will accrue two hours of sick leave for every 40 hours worked and be eligible for health insurance and other benefits. 

 To apply, please email a resume, cover letter and 2-3 professional references (including phone numbers) to Lisa Demaine at lisa@radnh.org

MOVEMENT POLITICS DIRECTOR

Location: New Hampshire or Vermont

The state Movement Politics Director is a full-time role responsible for co-creating and building the movement-centered governing infrastructure that shifts power into the hands of the people — especially marginalized community members — at every level of government. This position works closely with RAD staff, leaders, and allies to ensure that every aspect of our political and public policy work is grounded in the goal to achieve governing power through “movement co-governance”: co-governing with elected and appointed government officials who are ideologically aligned and with whom we can advance a shared analysis, vision, and agenda for structural change for economic, political, racial, and gender equity and organize broader alignments around that agenda. 

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

Further develop and execute the movement politics program. Working closely with senior staff and our state Movement Politics Committee, to build the movement politics program. Activities include:

  • Work with Director of Programming & Policy to Identify overall program goals and outcomes, manage planning, and implementation, track grant deliverables and relevant budgets, and ensure an effective evaluation process for all program activities.
  • Collaborate with the Communications team to tell the story of our movement politics work.
  • Work with the Executive Director to build relationships with major donors who are invested in our Movement Politics program.
  • Work closely with senior staff to manage partner organization relationships, particularly those allied organizations with political programs.
  • Work closely with the Movement Politics Committee and our state Organizing Director to ensure that people-centered governance is put into practice through all of our electoral organizing.
  • Revise, write, develop, and deliver excellent curriculum, facilitation guides, and training materials. Be a content leader on people-centered governance in our organization and with our in-state and national allies.

Further develop and guide our state’s public policy work. Serving as our state’s public policy manager and our primary state legislative lobbyist. Activities include:

  • Work with Director of Programming & Policy to identify overall program goals and outcomes, manage planning and implementation, track grant deliverables and relevant budgets, and ensure an effective evaluation process for all program activities.
  • Ensure that our public policy work is centered in the experience and building the leadership of members of marginalized communities, ensuring that policy reforms are at the scale of our communities’ problems, and developing our people-centered governance infrastructure.
  • Working closely with the state Organizing Director and other senior staff, as well as the state Leadership Committee and other issue teams, guide the formulation and execution of strategies to advance RAD’s legislative and policy priorities. 
  • Oversee the drafting, editing, and analysis of legislative language, informational materials, and public statements and legislative testimony.
  • Revise, write, develop, and deliver excellent curriculum, facilitation guides, and training materials for elected officials, RAD’s member leaders, and our regional chapters.
  • Working closely with senior staff, oversee voter education programs during the times the legislature is adjourned, including non-electoral years and during electoral voter ID and persuasion campaigns.

Invest in and center base-building and leadership in our politics base. Leadership development and base-building, in all its forms, will be at the heart of this work. Activities include:

  • Work with Director of Programming & Policy, your counterpart in Vermont/New Hampshire, and state Organizing Directors to develop an arc of leadership around movement co-governance.
  • Develop strategies to build a political base of candidates, elected and appointed officials, and RAD leaders. 
  • Working with state Organizing Director, track leadership growth and development, actively preparing and coaching leaders for their next step in public leadership and maximize their impact once elected.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE

  • Philosophical commitment to RAD’s Mission, Vision, and Principles.
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in managing volunteers and/or staff.
  • At least three years of relevant legislative or policy advocacy experience.
  • Experience training either staff or volunteers to implement tactical or leadership aspects of political campaigns.
  • Experience with designing and/or implementing strategic legislative and electoral issue campaigns.
  • Ability to coordinate with and work as a member of a senior team who each have their own specializations.
  • Excellent judgment in a fast-moving and complex political campaigns context.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to use email and Google Suite.
  • Ability to use a relational database and voter file, preferably EveryAction and NGPVAN.
  • Excellent listening, interpersonal and problem solving skills, strong personal time management skills, organization skills, and the ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to undertake periodic travel in Vermont/New Hampshire and occasionally out-of-state.
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible work hours, including some evenings and weekends.

DESIRED EXPERIENCE

  • Experience in labor, community, political, or faith-based organizing, with a strong interest in learning relational organizing.
  • Experience with large and/or small dollar fundraising.
  • Experience working with a broad array of organizations in coalition on issues of social, climate, and economic justice.
  • Experience with long-term and short-term strategic planning.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

This is a full-time, salaried position which includes health care, dental, 2% employer contribution to a SIMPLE IRA, cell phone allowance, and a generous paid sick days, holiday, and vacation policy. Salary is competitive, at a range of $50,000-70,000 depending on experience. 

To apply, please send a cover letter, resumé, and three references to James Haslam at james@radvt.org

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We believe rights and democracy are won when people come together to make their voice heard.  Join Rights & Democracy a become a part of making positive change in our community!

Rights & Democracy is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to equity and inclusion. Core to our work in an understanding of the multiple and intersecting ways in which society is constructed to disadvantage and marginalize people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, indigenous peoples, women, low-income people, people with disabilities, previously incarcerated people, and others. We believe that underrepresented and marginalized communities must be centered in the work that we do and we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or from these communities.

Rights & Democracy does not discriminate against or tolerate harassment of any employee because of race, color, gender identity, religion, creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, physical or mental disability, any other basis prohibited by law, or protected activity under the anti-discrimination statutes.