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What does a Canvass Director do?

As a Canvass Director for the Fund for the Public Interest, you’ll build the people power it takes to create positive change for great organizations as they face their toughest challenges. You could work on issues like tackling climate change, ending the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms, defending our environmental protections and more.

You will build and lead a team and work with them to mobilize thousands, sometimes tens of thousands of citizens to take action and make their voices heard. That’s what we mean by people power, and that’s what it takes to win.

If you want to make real change, and you believe that the progress we’ve already made is worth fighting for and worth defending, this might be the job for you.

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 CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, MA, ME, MD, MI, MN, NC, 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 – $31,000 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 office within my first couple months in the office, from recruiting and training my team, to handling all the day-to-day logistics of a campaign office.”

-Megan Anderson, from our Washington, D.C., office