Posting: 12/1/2021

OVRC Volunteer Engagement Manager Job Description

Job Title:      Volunteer Engagement Manager

Hours:    Full time position40 hours per week through December 2022, with possibility of extension through December 2024.

Location:     A combination of remote and in-person events in Akron/Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, and Toledo.

Background

The Ohio Voter Rights Coalition (OVRC) is a network of non-partisan local, state, and national voting advocates dedicated to ensuring that our elections are modern, secure and accessible to all Ohioans. The OVRC is a project of Ohio Voice. Core members of the OVRC include: the ACLU of Ohio, All Voting is Local, Common Cause Ohio, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, and Ohio Voice. General members of the OVRC include dozens of additional non-partisan organizations and activists across the state.

Our democracy is strongest when it includes us all. Accordingly, we prioritize supporting communities that are most likely to experience barriers to voting – young voters, low-income, Black, Indigenous and People of Color, LGBTQIA+, as well as voters with disabilities, rural voters who may lack access to broadband or transportation, unhoused voters, and citizens for whom English is not a first language. When we all have access to the ballot and make our voices heard, we create a democracy that is more just, equitable, inclusive and reflective of the values we want to see in the world.

Vision for Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate is resourceful, reliable, and a highly collaborative team player. The candidate will possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate and guide people to take action. We are seeking an individual who can work independently on projects as well as refine processes to make them run smoothly. Due to the dynamic nature of our work, the candidate must be able to manage multiple priorities. We are seeking a candidate who will conduct work through the lens of racial justice, equity, and inclusion to advance equitable democracy for all Ohioans. The ideal candidate demonstrates the ability to work with a wide range of volunteers and organizational members within our coalition. 

We encourage candidates from BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, immigrant and other marginalized communities to apply. Previous experience in the voting rights field is not required. This candidate will be paired with a mentor(s) to provide subject matter expertise and background as needed. Periodic training opportunities will be provided.

Responsibilities

The Volunteer Engagement Manager will be responsible for implementing programming and strategies to engage volunteers in amplifying the work of OVRC. This position will work closely with Ohio Voice’s Election Administration Director.  The candidate will participate in the hiring process and ultimately supervise six or more regional organizers that will implement local Election Protection programs in Akron/Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, and Toledo. A key component of this work is providing and promoting a positive, healthy volunteer experience so that activists want to stay engaged with this work. Core job duties include:

1. Integrating new volunteers and assisting teams in developing high functioning roles among Boards of Elections Teams (BOE teams).  

  • Apprise volunteers of the opportunity to join BOE Teams.
  • Contact members of BOE Teams to obtain their feedback, connect them with additional resources, and motivate them to take action.
  • Identify leaders within BOE Teams that will take on additional responsibilities.

2. Recruiting volunteers and developing teams to canvass local businesses in support of  the Democracy is Good for Business project.

  • Assign volunteers to volunteer canvass shifts.
  • Provide brief trainings to volunteers.
  • Coordinate 1-2 monthly canvasses in each targeted region.
  • Maintain accurate and timely records of canvassing activities in Google spreadsheets.
  • Contact volunteers after their shifts to obtain their feedback and motivate them to take further action.
  • Progressively identify leaders that will take on additional responsibilities for canvass teams (e.g. training new members, data entry, launching canvasses independently).

3. Supervising six or more regional organizers in implementing a non-partisan Election Protection poll monitoring program that includes the following components:

  • Recruit non-partisan poll monitors to assist voters during Early Voting and Election Day.
  • Follow up with volunteers to ensure they sign up for training and polling location assignments.
  • Distribute poll monitor materials to volunteers (e.g. shirts, clipboards, handouts).
  • Respond to inquiries from poll monitors and foster positive volunteer experiences.

4. Developing strategies and tactics in conjunction with core OVRC members to defeat anti-voting legislation and protect the freedom to vote. 

  • Implement a digital organizing plan to engage existing OVRC volunteers and grow and diversify the OVRC volunteer base (e.g. draft emails, online petitions and action alerts)
  • Create pathways to share event information so supporters can quickly and easily discover upcoming events (e.g. shared calendar, social media, Slack channel)
  • Coordinate public actions around voting rights as needed (e.g. rallies, protests, legislative hearings).

Core members of the OVRC will meet with you weekly to discuss and develop your workplan.

Time commitment

The time commitment for this position will vary throughout the year, with less activity and intensity expected during the first half of the year. Activity levels will increase September through Election Day. Some evening and weekends will be required.

Compensation

This is a one year contract position that will be funded through December 2022, with a possibility to extend this position through December 2024. The salary range for this position is $40,000-$60,000, depending on qualifications and experience, plus a generous benefits package that includes health insurance.

Application Requirement

Email your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with “Volunteer Engagement Manager” in the subject line. Your cover letter should demonstrate your interest in this work and address how your skill set would benefit this position – applicants who do not tell us about why they are interested in this specific position may not be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline for submissions: The initial deadline for applicants will be December 15, at which point applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  The position is open until noted otherwise at www.ohvoice.org/jobs.