Swing Left & Vote Forward

College Organizing Program Manager

Full-Time in United States - Remote OK - Politics and Strategy - $64k - $66k

Overview

Swing Left and Vote Forward are hiring a College Organizing Program Manager. This role helps to ensure that new and existing volunteers are engaged and mobilized to take action by managing the implementation and execution of college/youth organizing programs.

Swing Left’s college program supports students to build volunteer teams who will increase voter turnout for Democrats in the most competitive races through canvassing, phone banking, and letter writing. The program aims to recruit students to start new Swing Left groups on their campuses, and provides resources and voter contact opportunities to existing, mission-aligned groups who want to take action.

The College Organizing Program Manager reports to the Senior Director, Organizing and is an at-will position that we anticipate will end after the 2024 election cycle, with the possibility of extension.

About Swing Left

Swing Left is a national grassroots organization working to elect Democrats in the most competitive federal and state elections. We make it possible for anyone to make a big impact on the elections that determine the balance of power in our country, by volunteering and donating in key races. Since launching in 2017, Swing Left volunteers have raised more than $80 million for Democratic candidates, civic organizations, and voter mobilization efforts, and made more than 44 million combined phone calls, door knocks, and handwritten letters sent to voters via its affiliate Vote Forward and their partners.

About Vote Forward

Vote Forward is a nonpartisan organization that builds tools to encourage Americans to vote. We work to increase the participation of traditionally underrepresented groups in the electorate, and to increase civic engagement among the public at large by supporting the volunteers working to engage these voters. Since 2018, more than 250,000 grassroots volunteers have used the Vote Forward platform to send handwritten letters to more than 30 million prospective voters to encourage them to register to vote and turn out for elections. Vote Forward is closely affiliated with Swing Left.

Hiring process overview

  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
  • We aim to close the application by February 26
  • This process will include a short written exercise in addition to two interviews via Zoom
  • We aim for interviews to take place between mid-late February and mid March
  • Expected start date: Late March - early April
  • This timeline is subject to change. We will communicate about our expected timeline as the process progresses, and all candidates should expect to receive communication from our team regarding their application status. Our intention is to keep candidates in the loop as we work through each stage equitably and as efficiently as possible

Responsibilities

Manage the implementation and execution of organizing programs for youth/college volunteer audiences

  • Manage the ongoing execution of youth/college programs, including the Swing Left College Network Program; support the development and execution of Vote Forward youth-focused projects
  • Support part-time Regional Campus Organizers to recruit and support groups of student volunteers on college campuses in their assigned metro area
  • Manage relationships with college Swing Left volunteer leaders and groups; provide support and training around organizing tactics and deliverables to develop groups in alignment with Swing Left’s mission and organizing strategy; communicate directly with volunteer leaders via Slack, email, and meetings to answer questions and address needs
  • Recruit for, and execute in person and virtual volunteer events, including canvass launches, training events, and bus trips
  • Develop and maintain relationships and visibility within the progressive youth and constituency organizing community in collaboration with the organizing and political teams
  • Identify, propose, and help implement tactics and resources to improve the overall volunteer experience
  • Support the Senior Director, Organizing to integrate youth/college engagement programs into the broader grassroots organizing work, and support grassroots organizing programming in collaboration with the organizing team
  • Develop and implement resources and guidance for volunteers in collaboration with the Training and Organizing Program Manager
  • Identify, propose, and support opportunities for fundraising focused on youth/college engagement
  • Track, evaluate, and analyze progress to optimize youth/college organizing programs, and identify new strategies to improve programs
  • Consult on the planning process for youth/college outreach and capacity building for current and future cycles

Successful College Organizing Program Manager candidates will have

  • A strong commitment to our mission and values
  • A demonstrated commitment to equity and belonging across all identities including but not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, age and ability. A specific track record of a commitment to BIPOC communities
  • At least one cycle (1-2 years) of electoral organizing experience, and at least one cycle (1-2 years) of experience specific to college and/or youth organizing
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of voter contact (including door knocking, high traffic canvassing, and phone banking) and electoral organizing strategies (including recruiting volunteers, team building, and managing volunteer leaders)
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills
  • ​​High level of comfort with tools and technology used to support organizing (including Slack, VAN, email, social media platforms, and phone banking platforms)

Working at Swing Left and Vote Forward

The College Organizing Program Manager is a full-time, exempt, and remote position that we anticipate will end after the 2024 election cycle (end of year 2024), with the possibility of extension. The pay range for this position is $64,000 - $66,000/year. We provide cost of living compensation increases at the beginning of each year.

There is minimal travel expected for this position. Our team plans to have an in-person meeting mid-year, and there may be an opportunity to support an organizing event in the fall, depending on location. Organizing related travel plans would be made in collaboration with the staff member.

In addition to health, dental, vision, and retirement benefits, Swing Left and Vote Forward’s benefits package includes a professional development fund, a remote work fund, and a technology stipend for all employees. We have an unlimited time-off policy, a flexible medical and parental leave policy, and our office is closed for approximately 25 business days each year. We are happy to answer any questions you have about our benefits and policies in interviews.

We are an equal opportunity employer and seek applications from all qualified candidates who are eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas at this time. We use E-Verify during onboarding to complete the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification.

We welcome all applicants regardless of age, citizenship, gender identity or expression, national origin, pregnancy status, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other differences.

Please note the best way to express interest in this position is to submit an application––this is the most effective way for our team to review and process applications fairly and efficiently.