WORK AT RAD

Rights and Democracy is grassroots organization in Vermont and New Hampshire dedicated to organizing everyday people to make their voices heard and win real change for their communities. Here are some existing job opportunities, pending confirmation of grant funding and resource mobilization efforts.

REGIONAL GRASSROOTS ORGANIZER

Locations: (VT) – Chittenden County, Rutland County, Washington County, Windham County | (NH) – Hillsboro County, Seacoast Region

Rights & Democracy (RAD) 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.

Rights & Democracy’s Regional Grassroots Organizer is a full-time staff position that is based out of Vermont or New Hampshire and reports to the state Organizing Director. The Regional Grassroots Organizer lives and works in a geographic region where RAD is developing one or more regional chapters. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with the staff Organizing Team, under the direction of the state Organizing Director, to implement the organizing program and successful grassroots campaigns to build multi-issue regional volunteer member-led organizing chapters, through developing our dues-paying membership and volunteer base—with a leadership ladder based on vision set by the RAD Board—and outreach across multiple issue campaigns.
  • Follow up on “hot leads” from outreach.
  • Conduct 1-on-1 organizing meetings with prospective leaders and develop plans with emerging leaders for their growth in the organization and public arena.
  • Communicate with community members and establish conversations about key issues facing their communities, in support of RAD issue campaigns.
  • Facilitate or support regional chapter meetings, with regional steering committee members.
  • Plan and/or conduct political education events and skill-based training in coordination with Organizing Director and issue campaign/program leads and Political Education Committee.
  • Develop regional workgroups across RAD’s multiple issue areas in coordination with issue campaign/program leads and Policy Committee.
  • Coordinate with Organizing Director, issue/program leads/campaign teams, and Policy Committee to plan and bottomline local issue campaign events.
  • Coordinate any local endorsement processes with Movement Politics Committee and Organizing Director.
  • Supervise regional electoral organizing.
  • Bottomline other regional RAD events in coordination with the Executive Director, Organizing Director, and other senior staff.
  • Support strong membership communications to engage in issue fights, advance our mission, and build a democratic base.
  • Meet daily/weekly/monthly organizing goals.
  • Meet daily/weekly/monthly reporting and data entry deadlines.
  • Ensure strong/accurate data collection in our database.
  • Support any RAD regional interns or Organizing Fellows, with the guidance and support of the Organizing Director. This may include serving as a canvass trainer, conducting skill-based trainings and political education, supporting interns or Organizing Fellows to develop work plans, and conducting supervisory meetings.
  • Working with Organizing Director and issue campaign/program leads, identify potential strategic and solidarity partnerships with base-building organizations—labor and community-based organizations—and allies for movement building.
  • Identify potential dues paying members of RAD and make regular small-dollar donor asks for leaders to invest in the organization. This includes participating in any and all fundraising campaigns that RAD conducts.

Experience and capacities needed:

  • At least 1 year of campaign experience in support of an issue, initiative, candidate, or coordinated electoral campaign; experience in labor organizing is preferred
  • Background in popular education is preferred.
  • Experience using NGP VAN/VoteBuilder or a relational database
  • Ability to efficiently enter data
  • Proficiency with basic computer and smartphone applications, including Google Suite
  • Goal-orientation and willingness to hold self accountable
  • Excellent personal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Ability to work quickly and cooperatively under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work well with coalitions and the staff and leadership of allied organizations
  • Energetic outlook and commitment to the mission and grassroots approach to change
  • Self-reflection: desire to improve your skills and willingness to reflect on your own experiences and your stake in this work
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work long hours including nights and weekends on a regular basis
  • A team orientation that combines collegiality and creativity to drive and motivate others
  • Must have regular access to a car; ability to travel to locally and within the state

Salary

The salary range for this position is expected to be $41,000 – $50,000 depending on years of experience with strong benefits.

Please send cover letter, resume and three references to RAD’s Executive Director, James Halsam at james@radvt.org

RAD ORGANIZING FELLOW

Locations: (VT) – Chittenden County, Rutland County, Washington County, Windham County | (NH) – Hillsboro County, Seacoast Region

Rights & Democracy (RAD) 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.

Rights & Democracy’s Organizing Fellows are entry-level, project positions based out of New Hampshire or Vermont and report to the state Organizing Director or Regional Grassroots Organizer. These positions are 3- to 6-month, based on previous organizing experience. The Organizing Fellow works in a geographic region where RAD is developing a regional chapter. Successful completion of the project term goals qualifies this position for advancement to Regional Organizer. Organizing Fellows receive weekly training throughout the fellowship period.

Organizing Fellows are the front lines of our field work, and in some cases, one of the only people 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:

  • Regional outreach (door to door, event and/or street canvassing) across multiple issue campaigns and referral of “hot leads” to Regional Grassroots Organizer or Organizing Director.
  • Communicate with community members and establishing conversations about key issues facing their communities (ex.,  public education funding, healthcare, wages, water issues, etc.).
  • 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.
  • Responsible for accurately recording the results of every interaction, inputting their data door by door or after events/phonebanks and reporting daily numbers.
  • Responsible for helping to maintain a healthy and positive work environment.
  • Rights & Democracy is an open and affirming organization, committed to personal transformation and social change. The Organizing Fellows are expected to maintain positive, inclusive, and open-minded attitudes, and to communicate about any support they may need in their work plan.
  • Participate in fundraising efforts, supported by the Director of Strategic Development and Organizing Director or relevant Regional Organizer.

Qualifications:

Experience: Though not required, previous canvassing, public outreach or political/campaign experience is a plus, and will be given special consideration.

Skills: Excellent writing, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.  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.

Qualities: Strong work ethic; desire to learn about progressive politics and social issues; self reflection – desire to improve your skills and a  willingness to reflect on your own experiences and your stake in this work; adapt to a flexible schedule; able to learn how to efficiently enter data into an online database.

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.

Training and Support

Newly hired Organizing Fellows will work closely with the Organizing Director and relevant Regional Organizer(s) and other staff members to learn how to canvass across multiple issues, and to gain more skills in effective outreach and communication. The Organizing Fellow’s supervisor will work with each Organizing Fellow to meet their goals.

Training will include political education pertinent to the progressive political movement including environmental justice, the economy, and democratic engagement. The first week of canvassing and outreach will include extensive training on Rights & Democracy’s theory of change and skill-based best practices, as well as the basics of door to door persuasion canvassing. Fellows are encouraged to communicate with supervisor for any outside support that may be needed. Clear communication & support around needs, fears, and obstacles will be key.

Compensation

Organizing fellows will be paid a $15/hour plus benefits. Pay period is bi-weekly. Employees will accrue 2 hours sick leave for every 40 hours worked and be eligible for health insurance and other employee benefits.

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter and 2-3 professional references:

Vermont:  Send to James Haslam at james@radvt.org

New Hampshire: Send to Isaac Grimm at isaac@radnh.org

RAD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community.

VERMONT ORGANIZING DIRECTOR

Location: Burlington, VT

Rights & Democracy’s Vermont Organizing Director is a senior staff position, reporting to the Executive Director. This position is based in Vermont and is responsible for working with the Executive Director, Director of Programming and Policy, Communications Director, Director of Strategic Development, Issue/Program leads, Vermont’s organizing team, and RAD’s member leaders to carry out our field efforts on issue campaigns and build the organization in Vermont.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with Executive Director and Vermont’s organizing team to develop comprehensive organizing program for developing dues-paying membership with a leadership ladder, based on vision set for by the RAD Board.
  • Train and supervise Vermont’s organizing staff, including Regional Organizers and Organizing Fellows.
  • Develop and execute statewide member recruitment and leadership development plans, working with issue/program leads when needed to develop plans for building issue teams.
  • Work with Director of Programming and Policy, Communications Director, issue/program leads, and campaign teams to develop escalating grassroots campaigns to win issue fights, with building RAD’s dues-paying membership and volunteer base as the priority for those campaigns.
  • Interim responsibilities include: bottomlining statewide workers’ rights issue campaign organizing deliverables in regions where RAD does not have Regional Organizers/Organizing Fellows; working with NH Organizing Director to develop a staff and member skill-based and political education program; and working with NH Organizing Director to develop a systematic tracking system to aid reporting of grant organizing deliverables and membership goals.
  • Coordinate with other staff to establish strong strategic and solidarity partnerships with other basebuilding organizations–labor and community-based organizations–and allies for movement building.
  • Working with our communications team and issue/program leads, develop strong membership communications to engage in issue fights, advance our mission and build a democratic base.
  • Meet daily reporting and data entry deadlines, as well as hold Vermont’s organizing team accountable to their own reporting deadlines.
  • Management of systematic tracking system to aid reporting toward grant deliverables and membership goals.
  • Work with state-based staff members and RAD leaders to organize VT’s statewide Leadership Committee.
  • Participate in annual fundraising drives, supported by the Director of Strategic Development.
  • Attend meetings and professional development convenings with peers in our national networks.

Experience and capacities needed:

  • At least 5 years of campaign management experience in support of an issue, initiative, candidate, or coordinated electoral campaign.
  • Ideal candidate will have experience in community, labor, and electoral organizing.
  • Experience running field efforts on multiple issue campaigns simultaneously while effectively managing staff capacity.
  • At least 1 year of experience supervising multiple staff, preferably in the context of campaign management or community organizing program management; experience should include supporting staff in developing work plans, tracking progress toward goals, and reviewing performance on an annual basis.
  • Basic understanding of the legislative process and electoral cycles is preferred; the ideal candidate will have this same knowledge for Vermont.
  • Goal-orientation and willingness to hold self and our organizing team accountable to workplan goals.
  • Considerable experience in staff and volunteer skill-based training; additional experience as a popular or political educator is preferred.
  • Well-developed project management skills.
  • Excellent personal, verbal, and written communication skills. Fluency in Spanish and/or French is a plus.
  • Experience in and commitment to collaborative leadership, i.e., supporting member-led teams in collaborative decision making processes.
  • Ability to manage organizational statewide or national priorities while developing locally-based teams.
  • Ability to work quickly and cooperatively under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work well with coalitions and the staff and leadership of allied organizations.
  • Energetic outlook and commitment to the mission and grassroots approach to change.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Willingness to work long hours, including nights and weekends, on a regular basis.
  • A team orientation that combines collegiality and creativity to drive and motivate others.
  • Experience using NGP VAN/VoteBuilder.
  • Experience using EveryAction or similar CRM.
  • Google Suite and Microsoft Excel proficiency.

Regular access to a car and ability to travel throughout the state is required for this position. Mileage is reimbursed.

Salary

Salary range is $45,000 – $65,000, depending on experience. RAD offers a strong benefits package.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to james@radvt.org.

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. 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.