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What does a canvass director do?

As a canvass director for the Fund, you’ll run a campaign office in one of dozens of cities across the country. You’ll recruit, hire, and manage a campaign staff of 10 to 40 people. You and your staff will raise money, sign up members, and build clout in the community through canvassing neighborhoods to educate citizens about the issues and get them involved in campaigns to win real change. You’ll also work with our partner organizations to use campaign tactics outside of canvassing — such as petition drives, coalition building, letter writing, phone banks, media work, or press conferences.

In essence, your job is to build a team of committed activists who mobilize thousands of citizens to take action. You give leading groups the people power they need to win.

It’s definitely not your typical entry-level job. It’s a campaign environment, and we’ll give you more responsibility than you probably thought you could handle. So you'll have to think on your feet and be ready to put in the hours it’ll take to make a difference on these campaigns. But the most rewarding part of the job is that at the end of the day, you'll know you’re making a significant difference — not just on the issues you’re working on, but also for the staff you’re training and the people you’re talking to in the community.

What's the training like?

We have an excellent training program — it’s one of the things for which we’re most widely recognized. All positions have a month-long initial training, most of which is spent working in an existing field office and getting hands-on training. After that, we follow up with a classroom-style training.

Throughout the year, new and experienced canvass directors will participate in advanced trainings on staff management, canvassing, campaign strategy, media, and public speaking.

Where will I be working?

We work on the campaigns and the issues that we think are the most pressing, and set up our ground operations where we think we can make the biggest difference. We are running campaigns in AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, MA, ME, MD, MI, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, WA, WI, and Washington, D.C.

Compensation and benefits

The target annual compensation for canvass directors is $27,000 – $30,500 in the first year, depending on the position. The Fund offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

Things to know when you apply

Fund for the Public Interest has a vision of a better future, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to making positive change. Click here for things you should know about our organization when you apply.

Fund for the Public Interest is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

Los Angeles-based positions: Fund for the Public Interest will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

“The Fund gave me the opportunity and skills I needed to run almost every facet of our campaign within my first couple months. From recruiting and training my team to handling all the day-to-day logistics of running our office.”

-Megan Anderson, from our office in Chicago