2022 Jobs + Internships

FairVote Minnesota is a leading nonprofit organization in the movement for Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), one of the most significant political reforms in generations. From giving voters more choice to ensuring candidates with majority support to reducing polarization in our politics, RCV is transforming politics in Minnesota and across the country. We are hiring a team of organizers to help us expand RCV in Minnesota. We seek committed, dynamic team members who have experience successfully working with diverse populations. FairVote Minnesota is a nonpartisan public interest organization committed to promoting inclusive voting systems that foster greater choice, competition, participation, and representation.

All positions are subject to renewed annual funding in 2022 and to the outcome of the 2022 elections in November. The main areas of focus for our work in 2022 include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Legislative Campaign
  • 2022 Candidate Campaign Program Campaign
  • Ongoing Statewide Outreach and Education Campaign

Internship Opportunities

Each Spring, Summer and Fall, we have a number of exciting volunteer internship opportunities for college students seeking internships to get first hand experience in the areas of organizing, communications, and data systems as well as being on the front lines of electoral reform. We can design an internship that meets your areas of interest and experience and will work with you to receive credit for your internship if that is available. We want your experience to help you build the skills and credit you need to advance your academic and career goals.

Applicants should generally be available to work 10 hours or more per week. Work can be remote, in the field at events, or in the office at 550 Vandalia St., St. Paul, when Covid safety protocols allow. If you have transportation and would like to work events, we will reimburse you for travel expenses. The internship positions are unpaid, but available for credit at your institution of study.

    Current Openings

    Field Organizer

    Classification: Regular, Full or Part Time

    Overview

    Field Organizers will report to the Field Manager and be responsible for being the main point of contact between FairVote Minnesota, and volunteers and voters. Organizers will work in targeted senate districts with the goal of helping elect a state house and senate that will support Ranked Choice Voting statewide in the 2023 legislative session. An ideal candidate is someone who can work both independently and with a team, is very responsive, and able to adapt to a fast-paced campaign environment.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    All duties and responsibilities relate to the areas of work in 2022 as described above.

    • Executing all aspects of the field program and meeting voter contact goals through direct voter contact calls, volunteer recruitment calls, volunteer trainings, and when possible, tabling, door knocks and in-person events.
    • Recruiting, training and managing volunteers and volunteer teams for direct voter, supporter and volunteer contacts including: phone calls, data entry, and online events and, when possible, in-person door knocks, tabling, house parties, and other events.
    • Building and maintaining positive relationships with volunteers, leaders and supporters in your region through meetings, calls and other contacts.
    • Meeting campaign and regional goals for metrics and programs outlined by the Data Director.
    • Reaching out to legislators and constituents in targeted legislative districts through calls, emails, social media and, when possible, in-person events to advance RCV at the legislature and further a positive relationship with FairVote Minnesota and its goals.
    • Assisting with grassroots fundraising efforts, including phone calls, mailings, and events.
    • Assisting with coalition building efforts, reaching out to organizations to build and maintain relationships to advance mutual organizational goals.
    • Assuming other responsibilities as assigned.

    Qualifications

    • Experience as an organizer or volunteer on candidate or issue-based campaigns.
    • Experience working with campaign volunteers, canvassers and/or phone bankers.
    • Commitment to the Ranked Choice Voting movement.
    • Knowledge of and interest in Minnesota politics, especially the endorsement and primary process.
    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with people in writing and in person.
    • A competitive mindset focused on meeting and exceeding goals.
    • Ability to maintain a professional and calm demeanor at all times.
    • Ability to focus on multiple projects at once.
    • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.
    • Ability to work irregular hours, including nights and weekends.
    • Access to reliable transportation and a smartphone. OR Must have own transportation and be available to set up and attend work related events.
    • Experience in volunteer recruitment and management preferred.

    Pay and benefits

    • This position is a union organizing position, supervised by FairVote MN’s Director of Data & Research, and represented by the Minnesota Newspaper & Communications Guild, TNG-CWA Local 37002.
    • Starting Pay: $43,500/year, pro-rated for part-time employees
    • Generous health and dental insurance, PTO and Holidays for full and part-time employees
    • FairVote MN will provide 403(b) plan for employees to voluntarily contribute savings utilizing paycheck reductions.
    Field Organizer

    Classification: Regular, Full or Part Time

    Overview

    Field Organizers will report to the Field Manager and be responsible for being the main point of contact between FairVote Minnesota, and volunteers and voters. Organizers will work in targeted senate districts with the goal of helping elect a state house and senate that will support Ranked Choice Voting statewide in the 2023 legislative session. An ideal candidate is someone who can work both independently and with a team, is very responsive, and able to adapt to a fast-paced campaign environment.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    All duties and responsibilities relate to the areas of work in 2022 as described above.

    • Executing all aspects of the field program and meeting voter contact goals through direct voter contact calls, volunteer recruitment calls, volunteer trainings, and when possible, tabling, door knocks and in-person events.
    • Recruiting, training and managing volunteers and volunteer teams for direct voter, supporter and volunteer contacts including: phone calls, data entry, and online events and, when possible, in-person door knocks, tabling, house parties, and other events.
    • Building and maintaining positive relationships with volunteers, leaders and supporters in your region through meetings, calls and other contacts.
    • Meeting campaign and regional goals for metrics and programs outlined by the Data Director.
    • Reaching out to legislators and constituents in targeted legislative districts through calls, emails, social media and, when possible, in-person events to advance RCV at the legislature and further a positive relationship with FairVote Minnesota and its goals.
    • Assisting with grassroots fundraising efforts, including phone calls, mailings, and events.
    • Assisting with coalition building efforts, reaching out to organizations to build and maintain relationships to advance mutual organizational goals.
    • Assuming other responsibilities as assigned.

    Qualifications

    • Experience as an organizer or volunteer on candidate or issue-based campaigns.
    • Experience working with campaign volunteers, canvassers and/or phone bankers.
    • Commitment to the Ranked Choice Voting movement.
    • Knowledge of and interest in Minnesota politics, especially the endorsement and primary process.
    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with people in writing and in person.
    • A competitive mindset focused on meeting and exceeding goals.
    • Ability to maintain a professional and calm demeanor at all times.
    • Ability to focus on multiple projects at once.
    • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.
    • Ability to work irregular hours, including nights and weekends.
    • Access to reliable transportation and a smartphone. OR Must have own transportation and be available to set up and attend work related events.
    • Experience in volunteer recruitment and management preferred.

    Pay and benefits

    • This position is a union organizing position, supervised by FairVote MN’s Director of Data & Research, and represented by the Minnesota Newspaper & Communications Guild, TNG-CWA Local 37002.
    • Starting Pay: $43,500/year, pro-rated for part-time employees
    • Generous health and dental insurance, PTO and Holidays for full and part-time employees
    • FairVote MN will provide 403(b) plan for employees to voluntarily contribute savings utilizing paycheck reductions.
    Field Intern

    Ranked Choice Voting Field Intern 

    This summer, we are creating an RCV field internship team. The Field Interns will work with FairVote Minnesota’s Organizing Team and other staff in our voter outreach and RCV candidate programs. This position will involve both remote work and in person organizing events, such as door knocks, tabling and community events. We welcome interns from a variety of college majors or backgrounds to apply. 

    Intern tasks may include the following: 

    • Voter outreach, including phone banking, door knocking/canvassing, and tabling at community events;
    • Helping to educate voters across the state about RCV;
    • Data entry and tracking organizing progress;
    • Preparing and assisting with communications in traditional and digital media. 

    Key competencies of a successful intern include: Flexibility in a rapidly changing campaign environment; strong interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills; a team-oriented attitude; and a passion for connecting with folks and educating them on RCV. Availability during evenings and weekends, and fluency in languages other than English spoken in the Twin Cities Metro is a plus. 

    Applicants should generally be available to work 10 hours or more per week. Work can be remote, in the field at events, or in the office at 550 Vandalia St., St. Paul. If you have transportation and would like to work events, we will reimburse you for travel expenses. Internship positions are unpaid, but available for credit at your institution of study. 

    FairVote Minnesota provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

    Candidates who identify as members of historically underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. A diverse workforce and open culture are at the heart of our organization and vital to our success.

    We offer part and full-time summer internships, with a limited number of paid positions. 

    TO APPLY: 

    Please email a cover letter and resume to Karl.Landskroener@FairVoteMN.org.

    Please include information about:

    • The number of hours you are available each week.
    • When you are available to start your internship.  
    • Any plans you have  to pursue academic credit for the internship.

    These internships teach critical skills such as organizing, advocacy, public speaking, social media, volunteer recruitment, team leadership, program development, and voter engagement. Our interns have gone on to become campaign managers, policy advocates, law students, and political communications experts. For those considering a career in issue advocacy or politics, an internship with FairVote Minnesota will put you ahead of the curve. We are seeking self-motivated team players who are interested in electoral reform and encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.

    FairVote Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity, disability, or any other legally protected basis. Email a resume and cover letter to jobs@fairvotemn.org to apply.