The Bus Needs You.

Does the thought of enfranchising a new generation get you up in the morning? Do you wash down your Wheaties with a tall glass of civic engagement? Do you thrive in small teams of dedicated activists, hustling to get the job done day-in-day-out? Then get yourself on the Bus, friend.

All jobs are fast-paced, high-intensity, and a little ridiculous—sometimes absurd. We take our work very seriously and ourselves far less so. It’s hard, but man, it’s super fun.

We also recommend taking a peek at our annual summer fellowship: PolitiCorps, a 10 week political organizing bootcamp.

CURRENTLY HIRING: 

  • Leadership Development Coordinator
  • Field Coordinator

Leadership Development Coordinator Position Description

Energized by the thought of building power for young leaders? Looking to make a true impact in Oregon politics by engaging and training young people to lead and organize? Jazzed about mobilizing Oregonians to build power for progressive change? Then you should GET ON THE BUS to lead our PolitiCorps program and develop young leaders for lives of public service.

The Bus Project is a Portland-based 501c4 non-profit (and we’ve got an affiliate
organization, The Bus Project Foundation, a 501c3) that engages young people in
voting and advocacy, develops leaders and makes a true impact in local elections.
We’ve graduated over 200 young leaders from our PolitiCorps summer fellowship,
trained thousands of high school students through our Democracy Cup program and hundreds have attended our Rebooting Democracy Conference and other training programs. We organize to build power for our generation, and to remake democracy in our image: diverse, responsive, relatable, and fun.

We are hiring a Leadership Development Coordinator to run our PolitiCorps program and ongoing leadership development training programs. This role will be responsible for building and cultivating our volunteer base; managing a project budget and diverse intern team; coordinating trainings and working closely with staff to support the Bus Project’s field campaigns and priorities. This is a position of meaningful leadership and may require performing of other duties as necessary in a small organization.

The must-haves: Excited to work in a fast-paced campaign environment, experience
working with diverse communities and passionate about empowering young people as change-makers and organizers through grassroots advocacy and field work.

What the job will entail:
Lead the 2014 PolitiCorps Summer Fellowship & Year of Service program
- Refines and implements PolitiCorps curriculum and all aspects of program
- Builds and strengthens relationships with presenters and partners
- Mentors Year of Service fellows and identifies job placements and opportunities for program growth.

Trains and develops young leaders for public service
- Ensures that PolitiCorps Summer and Year of Service program curricula reflect
changing needs of fellows and likely employers.
- Manages recruitment and admissions process for PolitiCorps fellows
- Work with other staff to develop and lead professional development trainings for
volunteers, Democracy Organizing Fellows and interns.

Works collaboratively with Bus Project staff, board, alumni and volunteers to strengthen and grow the PolitiCorps program model:
- Develop a plan for growing the PolitiCorps model into year-round activities and
trainings, with a focus on the legislative session.
- Expands alumni engagement in Bus programs through events, volunteer
opportunities, communications and fundraising campaigns.

Skills and qualifications:
- Has experience in curriculum planning and leading trainings in the areas of organizing, cultural competency and social justice
- Committed to creating a welcoming environment for volunteers, interns and fellows
- Has relationships and connections with Portland area community leaders and
organizational partners
- Direct and honest communicator
- Event planning genius
- Über-positive
- “Zoom factor” (the ability to see both the forest and the trees)
- Tech-savvy: You donʼt need to be an expert, but you should be a quick study in
social media, data tracking and online communications
- Ability to manage multiple people and programs simultaneously.

The details:
· Full-time, exempt salaried position. Salary ranges from $30-35,000 DOE, includes
health benefits and paid time off.
· To apply, please send resume, cover letter and 3 references to Tara Sulzen,
Executive Director at tara@busproject.org. Position will remain open until filled, though Priority will be given to applications received by April 3rd.

The Bus Project is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive workplace.

Field Coordinator Position Description
Want to make a real impact in politics? Hankering to protect the right to vote and work on issues including fair immigration reform, LGBT equality and social justice? Spend your free time wondering how to get more people to give a sh*t about local elections and policy-making? Jazzed about mobilizing Oregonians to build power for progressive change? Then you should GET ON THE BUS!

The Bus Project is a Portland-based 501c4 non-profit (and we’ve got an affiliate
organization, The Bus Project Foundation, a 501c3) that engages young people in
voting and advocacy develops leaders and makes a true impact in local elections.
We’ve knocked on 100,000+ doors across the state, registered 80,000+ voters and
trained hundreds of young leaders to become effective organizers.

We are hiring a Field Coordinator to guide our volunteer outreach, voter engagement and registration efforts to move Oregon forward. This role will be responsible for building and cultivating our volunteer base; managing a project budget and diverse intern team; coordinating events and action days; working with coalitions and executing field plans to meet voter engagement and voter registration goals. This is a position of meaningful leadership and may require performing of other duties as necessary in a small organization.

The must-haves: Excited to work in a fast-paced campaign environment, deep desire to learn and grow as an organizer and volunteer manager, loves getting people together to achieve results and make an impact on elections and policy.

What the job will entail:
Build our volunteer base and cultivate long-term volunteer leadership.
• Bring on new volunteers and engage alumni volunteers.
• Build online presence to attract and engage Bus supporters.
• Create an inclusive space and opportunities for volunteers to thrive, lead and
• keep coming back.
• Plan and manage fun, engaging and successful events to turnout and engage
volunteers.

Manage our voter registration and voter engagement programs.
• Hire and supervise Democracy Organizing Fellows and interns.
• Work closely with PolitiCorps fellows on their field plan and implementation.
• Coordinate with partners on voter registration and voter engagement strategy.
• Monitor registration card submission and legal compliance.
• Track and report on goals using the VAN, measure effectiveness and adapt to
ensure success.

Lay the groundwork for successful voter engagement, GOTV and legislative work:
• Lead National Voter Registration Day and Trick or Vote planning committees. • Plan, organize and work with a team to execute our grassroots advocacy work
and a GOTV program.
• Build technological capacity to support mobile and online voting reminders and
voter guide distribution.

Skills and qualifications:
• Experience working as an organizer or similar role with field and volunteer
management
• Fearless recruiter
• Committed to creating a welcoming environment for volunteers
• Whip smart and creative
• Event planning genius
• Culturally competent and commitment to social justice
• Über-positive
• “Zoom factor” (the ability to see both the forest and the trees)
• Tech-savvy: You don’t need to be an expert, but you should be a quick study in
social media, data tracking and online communications
• Impeccable organizational skills
• Ability to deal with daily tasks and long-term planning simultaneously and
effectively.

The details:
· Full-time, exempt salaried position. Salary ranges from $30,000 -35,000 annually DOE, includes health benefits and paid time off.
· This position requires a commitment through November 2014, and the ability to start by May 4th.
· To apply, please send resume, cover letter and 3 references to Tara Sulzen,
Executive Director at tara@busproject.org. This position is open until filled, though priority will be given to applications received by April 4th.

The Bus Project is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive workplace.