About Swing Left
Swing Left is a national grassroots organization working to elect Democrats up and down the ballot. 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 $40 million for more than 300 candidates and civic organizations and made more than 40 million combined phone calls, door knocks, and letters sent to voters via its affiliate Vote Forward and their partners.
Swing Left is the premier nationwide grassroots organizing group able to coordinate directly with Democratic campaigns and ensure that volunteers are successfully integrated in the lead up to the 2022 elections. Swing Left is seeking excellent candidates to serve in its Regional Organizing Coordinator (ROCs) role.
ROCs are stipended volunteers who support the work of our amazing local volunteer leaders and groups in a specific region of the country.
ROCs build strong relationships with volunteers and teams in their assigned regions to provide coaching, support, and connection to Swing Left priorities and resources. They also help identify and recruit new and existing groups who would benefit from Swing Left support and resources. ROCs work closely with the Swing Left Grassroots Community Organizing Team.
At this time we have open positions in two regions: California and New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
Important information for prospective applicants:
- The deadline to submit an application for this position is January 9, 2021.
- The expected start date for this position is February 1, 2022. Interviews will begin the first week of January and all applicants should hear from our team by January 21.
- Qualified candidates for the regional organizing coordinator position:
- Live within and/or have demonstrated knowledge of and connection to the region that they are applying to
- Have volunteer or professional experience with voter contact (canvassing, phone banking, etc.) and with volunteer group building and/or organizing volunteers
Scope of work
Build and maintain strong relationships with volunteers and teams in assigned region.
- Provide coaching, support, and connection to Swing Left priorities and resources to ensure existing groups in assigned turf achieve and maintain top levels of grassroots strength and alignment to Swing Left priorities
- Support groups’ regular execution of hosted voter contact events
- Provide and communicate opportunities to build group capacity and get out the vote in target races
- Conduct regular (i.e quarterly) one on one conversations with each volunteer leader in assigned region to identify their needs, capacities
- Execute ongoing virtual trainings (one to one or one to many) to teach volunteer leaders how to effectively deploy Swing Left’s organizing toolkit, strengthen their work, and address needs identified via one on one conversations
- Provide a consistent point of contact for volunteers to Swing Left from now through Nov 25, 2022 (with the possibility to extend)
- Consistently respond to volunteer messages within a reasonable timeframe (i.e. within about 72 hours of message receipt)
- Submit weekly debriefs and maintain regular communication via email and Slack with the Grassroots Community Organizing Team to provide updates on current work, accurately track regional volunteer capacity, and provide insights for organizing staff
- Regularly attend scheduled bi-weekly team meetings and one on one meetings with a designated staff member on alternating weeks
- Maintain accurate data and tracking systems
- In coordination with Swing Left’s Community and Political teams, work with candidates’ and statewide electoral entities’ organizers to ensure Swing Left volunteers can access the most impactful volunteer actions during the 2022 election
Support the creation of new Swing Left groups and identify and recruit existing progressive groups with similar goals who would benefit from Swing Left support and resources.
- Recruit a minimum of six new or newly aligned local grassroots groups in assigned turf through one on ones with prospective Swing Left group leaders and leaders of existing grassroots group
- Represent Swing Left to the press and help recruit other press volunteers
Successful Regional Organizing Coordinator candidates will have:
- A passion for Swing Left’s mission and strategy
- Demonstrated knowledge of and connection to the region that they are applying to
- Experience with voter contact tactics including canvassing and phone banking
- Ability to spend 15 hours per week on work for this role
- Ability to maintain regular communication with Swing Left staff and volunteer groups through the duration of the program
- A demonstrated ability to build and maintain volunteer structures, either in a campaign or a grassroots organizing capacity.
- Aptitude for connecting with people, forming and maintaining new relationships, and asking folks to step up.
- Comfort in a rapidly changing campaign environment.
- High level of comfort with using technology to support organizing (Zoom, Slack, email platforms, social media platforms, etc.) Experience with digital organizing is not required but is preferred.
- Strong written and oral communication skills, and consistent reporting habits.
This role includes an expected commitment of 15 hours per week through Nov 25, 2022 with the possibility to extend. There is a stipend to defray costs associated with this volunteer role. Swing Left will provide a payment of $750 a month, reimburse approved expenses, and offer comprehensive training and tools.
We believe that the GOP’s bad behavior disproportionately hurts the most marginalized people in society — including people of color, people from working-class backgrounds, people with disabilities, women and LGBTQ people. As we seek to build both a political system and organization that represents and uplifts these voices, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities and members of other marginalized communities.