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Purple to Blue Field Communicator (VA)
DFA’s Purple to Blue Project is a national, multi-year effort to win state House and Senate chambers across the country by making so-called “purple” state legislative seats decisively Democratic. We’re launching the Purple to Blue project by focusing on this year’s elections in Virginia’s House of Delegates and, in particular, five key “purple” districts currently represented by Republicans.
Democracy for America is hiring for a team of outgoing, innovative Field Communicators. The Field Communicator (FC) is responsible for organizing and implementing a layered paid and volunteer field program across multiple state delegate districts. The FC also needs to be a creative outside-the-box thinker who will be empowered to seek out opportunities for earned media attention and make it happen. This isn’t your everyday field organizer job!
The Field Communicator reports to the Purple to Blue State Director. Start date is June 5th.
What You’ll Do:
Act as DFA’s representative to members, volunteers and local officials in your district.
Work collaboratively with your fellow Field Communicators to share best practices and throw crazy ideas up against the wall to see what sticks: perhaps you’ll organize a counter-protest outside of a Cucinelli fundraiser, or build an impromptu petition delivery to the incumbent’s office, or a rally in opposition to the war against women…
Build relationships with influential persons and groups in your district
Recruit a substantial and always-growing volunteer base to utilize for voter contact AND earned media events
Direct an exciting and engaging voter contact program to benefit the candidate in your assigned district(s)
Hit daily/weekly/monthly voter contact goals
Manage a team of paid canvassers in your assigned district(s) – ensure they are held accountable to bring results to the campaign
Who You Are:
Passionately progressive, driven to change politics for the better
A creative and innovative thinker – you’re not afraid to test the waters with crazy ideas
Extremely motivated by goals, proven to produce excellent results and exceed expectations
A self-starter that can build a program from scratch with minimal direction and on a moment’s notice
A strong networker with the ability to build new relationships quickly
Politically savvy with a good sense of humor
Excited to do whatever it takes – work long hours (including weekends) and travel within Virginia as needed
Bonus points for at least one prior cycle in a field or communications role or if you have roots in Virginia
This is a 2013-cycle position based in Virginia. Salary starts at $2000/month plus a generous benefits package that includes employer-paid health insurance; paid vacation; holidays and sick days; employer contribution to a retirement plan; a fun and dynamic work environment and the chance to make real change happen. Supporter housing or a housing stipend will be provided at the employer’s discretion.
You must have access to a reliable vehicle and provide proof of valid insurance. Applicants will be required to undergo a background check prior to employment.
To apply please email a resume and cover letter to [email protected].
Internships with DFA
DFA is looking for creative, motivated, and hard-working young people who want to get involved in progressive politics. You will be based our of our headquarters in beautiful Burlington, VT and have the opportunity to work directly with staff and play a substantive role in our work. The hands-on experience you gain at DFA will be invaluable wherever your education and career take you. We’re most impressed with applicants who are dedicated to promoting progressive causes, interested in honing their skills and committed to taking on some of our nation’s biggest challenges.
DFA has summer and semester-long internships available in the Political, Fundraising, Communications, and Web Development departments.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to our Operations Manager Emma Interlandi ([email protected]). In your cover letter, please tell us in which department you would like to intern, which season or semester, and whether you are applying for a full-time or part-time internship. We accept applications on a rolling basis.
Political research interns are crucial to our endorsement program. In addition to researching, vetting and prioritizing DFA's endorsement applicants, political research interns will work to identify top districts for DFA involvement in municipal, state and federal elections. Together, with the Political Department staff, interns help develop plans to elect progressive public officials and to put some of the biggest issues we face into an electoral context. Research interns should be politically-savvy, creative problem solvers, data-driven, avid readers and interested in public policy.
Field interns work directly with DFA Regional Field Organizers to elect progressive candidates and bring about progressive change. Field Interns can expect to learn the most up-to-date and effective grassroots organizing and campaign management skills. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable organizing and internship experience. The internship is tailored to self-starters who are passionately invested in progressive issues and are driven to effect real change at the local level.
Fundraising interns develop key skills through a fast-paced, multifaceted internship program. Interns are responsible for a number of intricate projects, many of which are self-driven and incredibly valuable to our team’s overall goals. From scouring our database for new prospective donors to tracking down the latest polling results for our next cultivation piece, each day brings another challenge that will help establish a solid foundation for fundraising in the political world.
Interns also have an opportunity to work alongside our strong team of fundraisers, partnering with our development associates as they pilot our principals through call time and complicated travel schedules -- both basic must-know programs for an upcoming political fundraiser.
Our team is high-energy, fast-paced, and ready to go day-in and day-out. We’re looking for detail-oriented, well organized individuals who share our love for funding the work that needs to be done.
Communications interns help with research, writing, editing, media tracking, pitching the media and a variety of other tasks that are necessary to keep DFA in the news and relevant in this 24/7 news cycle. Using a variety of outlets -- including Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Reddit, interns help spread the word about DFA to the world.
In this fast-paced world, you’ll never be bored, you’ll be able to watch TV for work, and must pay close attention to detail and value the AP style guide.
The technology department at DFA develops and maintains the main DFA website as well as a number of stand-alone ‘microsites’ that focus on specific issues or campaigns. We provide online tools for our own staff and local volunteer organizers. Dependent on skill level and interest, web development interns can expect a wide variety of different projects, such as: assist in building a ‘microsite’ or a page on our website, create new features for our website, or support other work.