We are hiring!


We’re looking for a committed, resourceful individual who believes in the power of young people to create change and is passionate about mobilizing young people to register to vote, participate in elections, and tackle the most pressing issues facing our generation (i.e., economic justice, climate justice, criminal justice, housing justice). The Program Organizer is a core member of our team, and will be leading the largest component of our 2016 young voter registration and turnout program as well as our Youth Agenda work. Our ideal candidate takes initiative, is highly organized, builds relationships easily, and has experience working with diverse and underrepresented communities. You’d be a good fit if you’ve got the energy to register voters while rollerskating, the determination to hit ambitious goals, and the commitment to supporting young leaders in learning to do this work and have a positive outlook, personality and contagious personality. You, yes, you should throw your hat in the ring if you’re excited by this challenge and ready to work hard. This position offers tremendous opportunities for leadership, innovation, and professional development on a very supportive team that takes the work seriously, but not ourselves.

About us: ​We’re an innovative nonprofit organization that mobilizes young people to move Oregon forward through civic engagement, leadership development and advocacy work. We register and turn out thousands of young voters every year by working on issues like election justice, economic justice and climate justice, and housing justice all while training hundreds of young leaders to create change.

❖ Lead the execution of large-scale, volunteer-driven voter registration drives and turnout programs targeting young voters in Oregon (including all aspects of voter registration, phone banks, canvasses, voter guide distribution, etc)

❖ Help, support, and work in close partnership with the Leadership Development Coordinator to meet the goals of the Bus, in particular supporting the leadership of all aspects of our leadership program (including goal-setting, recruitment, management and plugging volunteers into leadership opportunities)

❖ Maintain a regular presence at private college campuses, community events and festivals

❖ Manage a small team of temporary organizers and organizing fellows to assist with the execution of a large-scale voter registration and turnout program in summer/fall 2016

❖ Flexibility to manage small tasks such as data entry, financial management, voter registration entry, taking voter registration cards to the secretary of states and willingness to help staff with small projects

❖ Lead all grassroots lobbying activities in Salem, and engage interns and volunteers in Oregon’s legislative session

❖ Manage National Voter Registration Day and Trick or Vote

❖ Manage and overseeing Brewhahas and Education Forums and Political Fun Type events

❖ Draft email correspondence, blog posts, Facebook posts, Twitter and Instagram

❖ Work with coalition partners to collaborate on programs and campaigns as needed

❖ Deep ​commitment to the Bus Project mission and to advancing the organization’s goals and objectives

❖ Strong enthusiasm for voter registration, voter turnout, and election access

❖ Highly organized (seriously), takes initiative to lead and make improvements, and able to work efficiently and effectively under tight deadlines

❖ Passion for tackling the issues facing our generation, especially economic justice and racial justice

❖ Ability to build relationships easily, especially with young people, and commitment to developing young leaders

❖ Attending Monthly Board meetings, while helping assist a variety of Board of Directors Committees

❖ Enthusiasm for, experience with and ability to work within diverse and underrepresented communities

❖ A high energy personality and enthusiasm for engaging thousands of young voters face-to-face

❖ Demonstrated success in thoroughly managing multiple projects with many moving parts to produce great results

❖ Relentlessness in reaching goals

❖ Work style that is flexible, respectful and collaborative, and will maintain a supportive, empowering work culture

❖ Positive, solutions-oriented attitude & enthusiasm for designing and implementing new initiatives

❖ Willingness to work nontraditional hours on a regular basis & campaign hours during election season

❖ Preferred, but not required:

❖ Fluency in Spanish, some experience working with voter registration or campaigns

❖ Understanding of VAN or willingness to get trained and learn VAN and NGP

❖ Please note: we care more about your ability to get the job done than whether you have formal or informal experience. We encourage you to submit your application if this job excites you! Position details: This is a full-time position based out of Portland’s office reporting to the Executive Director. We provides a comprehensive benefits package, including medical and dental coverage (with 100% of the premium covered by the employer), paid sick and vacation time, and lots of pizza during election times. Salary range is $28,000 to $33,000, commensurate with experience.

Interviews will take place on a rolling basis. Oregon Bus Foundation and Bus Project are equal opportunity employers. We welcome applications from all, and strongly encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees and members of the LGBTQ community to apply. Deadline: January 25th.

To apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 references (preferably all as one PDF attachment) to the attention of Nikki Fisher at info@busproject.org. In your cover letter, please describe why you want to do this job and where you learned about it. Your references should be people we can contact about you (preferably your former employers/managers), and you should include name, title, phone, and email address for each person.

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