We Vote MN is a partnership of Minnesota nonprofits organizations, coordinated by Minnesota Voice Foundation. This program was launched in 2014 and is the hub for civic engagement among nonpartisan organizations.
Established in 2011, Minnesota Voice Foundation is a member-based coalition of non-profit organizations working toward permanent change in racial, social, and economic justice by increasing civic engagement and voter participation across the state, especially focused in underrepresented communities; making sure that every Minnesotans’ voice is heard, and the state reflects the values of its people. Our partners are grounded in the belief that: decision makers will be held accountable when collective power has been built; more participation equals a stronger democracy; and that public institutions will improve people’s lives when they advance people driven solutions and address racial and economic disparities.
We are the backbone strategists for the We Vote MN coalition’s execution of a collective impact model, using data driven best practices, leadership development, and grants to help our partners maximize our collective capacities. To be a part of the coalition, an organization makes a commitment to leading with racial equity, to meeting measurable goals as defined in our annual written collective impact plan and a subsequent written division of labor. Our organizational goals are:
- Promote and engage non-profits as key messengers; entry points for voter engagement; incubators of untapped social capital that could be harnessed with investments in leadership development inside and outside the metro areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul
- Fill the gap for nonprofit professional development in civic engagement for communities of color in the state
People from communities of color learn skills to engage fully in our democracy
- People from communities of color are informed of the effects of public policy on them and their communities and have the means to address their concerns
This position will hold relationships with statewide members of grassroots Voter Registration (VR) field teams engaging in non-partisan civic engagement in communities of color. The Voter Registration coordinator’s role is to support these efforts through site coordination, as well as in-office and field trainings. The VR coordinator will also lead on overall program alignment, team-building and campaign coordination statewide. By conducting regular visits to partner offices and the field, running regular field reports in Blocks, and leading weekly calls with groups, the VR coordinator will be the main person on the ground tracking program efficacy and supporting groups to integrate best practices and meet goals. The position is full time and reports to the Table or Program Director.
- Training: Provide on-site and in-person trainings on all programmatic aspects, including but not limited to field training, field planning, HR, and tools.
- Quality Control: Lead on holding groups accountable for addressing and resolving problems with quality control that come up in the phone/visual verification process.
- Field Coordination: Through weekly group calls, drive progress-to-goal and quality control discussions with group to support progress to goal and run high quality programs.
- Reporting: Compile results of verification efforts and analysis of data points into regular reports indicating programmatic trends, best practices, and recommendations for improvement.
- Turf Coordination: Administer turf coordination system and bring a solutions orientation to any turf-related conflicts that arise.
- Strategic Leadership: Oversee and drive statewide VR plan and hold a problem-solving attitude to ongoing challenges.
- Connect VR Partners: Lead bi-weekly VR call for VR partners and send regular email-based communications to groups to foster a community of support and healthy competition to meet goals.
- Site Visits: Conduct regular site visits with groups to provide support, feedback and course correction as needed.
- VR Deadline Coordination: Lead on all registration deadline procedures, including but not limited to training groups on program adjustments and processes in preparation for deadlines.
- Travel: Travel extensively and as needed, sometimes on short notice.
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
- A strong commitment to the civic engagement of historically underrepresented communities.
- Minimum 2-3 years’ experience in campaign/community organizing, including but not limited to the following roles: field director, field manager, regional organizing director, canvass director, campaign manager.
- Attention to detail and ability to develop efficient systems to deliver intended results.
- Strong interpersonal communication skills in person, on the phone, and in writing.
- A strong commitment to racial equity and social justice
- Ability to work diplomatically in a coalition setting, delivering results from a diverse set of stakeholders that the position does not directly oversee.
- Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects at once.
- Ability to work well under pressure, resolve conflicts, and meet deadlines.
- Ability to work some weekends and evenings with prior notice during the 4 weeks leading up to the VR deadline.
- Access to a vehicle and willingness to drive long distances
- VAN experience, in particular creating lists, cutting turf, and training other users
- Training background
- Knowledge of state structures of the progressive infrastructure and coalition partners
- Microsoft Excel, Word, Google Docs, Google Sheets with an ability to learn online database platforms and general comfort with tools.
- Send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: [email protected]
- To ensure your submission is properly routed, use the subject line “Voter Registration Coordinator”
- Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled; however, preference will be given to resumes received by January 17th.
- No calls please.
Term of Employment: Full time
Compensation: Compensation is $45,000 – $60,000 (commensurate with experience) and includes a full benefits package.
Reports To: Executive Director
Minnesota Voice is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.