Join the Bus! Looking for a 2014 Democracy Organizing Fellow.

The Bus Project is hiring two highly-motivated, energetic, and street-savvy organizers to participate in our 2014 Democracy Organizing Fellowship.  The program kicks off in mid July with intensive training in organizing, team management, volunteer mobilization, and a whole host of other topics for the kick-ass organizer.

During the course of the program, Fellows create their own voter registration field plan, develop volunteer leaders, and take to the streets to engage Oregonians in democracy. Oh, and they’ll help a ton of new voters register to vote before the October 14, 2014 Oregon deadline and talk with young folks about important issues on the November ballot.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with a tight-knit team to help Oregonians register or update their registration for the 2014 elections
  • Create a field plan (with assistance from Bus Staff) with specific quantifiable targets for volunteers recruited, signatures gathered and voters registered to help ensure we meet our 2014 goals.
  • Participate in two weeks of intensive skill-building in grassroots organizing and leadership development
  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers to register, educate, and mobilize young voters
  • Manage the processing and data entry of voter registration cards and volunteer information
  • Research voter registration opportunities, and attend concerts, street fairs and festivals, and private college & university events to register voters
  • Take part in, and potentially manage, Get Out The Vote efforts after the voter registration deadline


  • Previous significant experience with a political, advocacy, or voter engagement campaign, including face-to-face field work, coalition building, coordination within campaigns, and management of multiple volunteers and staff
  • Whip-smart (Maybe you’ve been called a genius a time or two.)
  • Outgoing, enthusiastic and confident (Ever met a person you couldn’t charm?)
  • Highly organized, self-motivated and productive (Other people talk, you get shit done.)
  • Proven ability to work toward a plan and achieve results
  • Relentlessly positive in the face of obstacles (and endless opportunities)
  • Culturally competent and comfortable discussing race, gender, and power
  • Ability to buckle down and wrap projects up
  • “Zoom factor” (You know the dream is only as good as the execution)

Time Commitment

Mandatory crash course starting ASAP in early to mid July. Ongoing, campaign hours are generally 40-50 hours per week, including many evenings and some weekends, with more demanding hours leading up to the November election.  July 5 – November 7th, with the option of a summer only fellowship for students.


$1700-2000 per month, plus eligibility for some overtime pay and bonuses for meeting and exceeding targets.

To Apply

If this sounds like we wrote your life story without ever having met you, apply by sending your resume, cover letter, and three references to We’ll be reviewing applications as they arrive, with priority given to those we receive by 5pm on Thursday, July 10, 2014.  Include “Democracy Organizing Fellow: [Your Full Name]” in the subject line.

Women, People of Color, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

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