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Grassroots Organizer

Better Ballot Iowa
Employment Types:
Full-time, Part-time
Iowa, USA
20 – 25 USD per hour
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Better Ballot Iowa, a statewide, non-partisan, 501c3 grassroots organization founded by Iowa-based activists, is looking for a part-time Organizer in Iowa to work on the front lines of a transformative campaign to upgrade Iowa’s voting system to ranked choice voting (RCV). We are hopeful the organizer can raise enough funds for this to be a self-sustaining full-time long-term position.

This Organizer** **will be a part of the team responsible for increasing visibility and increasing voter support for RCV. They will conduct smart and compelling presentations and campaigns across digital and in-person mediums to drive volunteer engagement, grow the supporter base, and develop grassroots fundraising. Working hand-in-hand with statewide grassroots leaders, the Organizer will harness tools to help drive success at local events and actions, train activists on organizing techniques, and reach people and fundraising goals.

Hiring and supervision will be managed by Rank the Vote for Better Ballot Iowa.


  • Field: Work closely with the statewide organizing team to establish operational priorities and meet aggressive weekly and monthly goals for scheduled and ad hoc voter outreach. Manage, develop, and support a field team to grow the volunteer and donor base. Canvass weekly, hitting monthly target goals to grow the supporter list.
  • Volunteer Management: Develop repeatable, trainable workflows to boost online engagement so as to drive turnout for events. As directed, train advisors, staff, and activists on messaging and best practices. Train volunteer leaders in relationship, coalition, and organizational building tactics and strategies. Develop and maintain relations with national/state/regional chapters and volunteer groups. Ensure volunteer communications and events are appropriately structured, well-promoted and impactful. Devise a system for thanking and/or rewarding super-volunteers. Develop meaningful activities for volunteers that contribute to the campaign’s strategic goals. Implement a system for recruitment and training of volunteers. Work closely with volunteer leaders to ensure they are executing movement methods effectively. Conduct coaching sessions and training on all aspects of movement methods: from how to run an effective meeting, how to inspire a recruit to action, to how to set up and maintain organizational systems and technology platforms.
  • Fundraising: Perform online targeting and list segmentation for ads. Manage advertising on social media and other channels as needed. Host or train others to host House Parties - on Zoom and in person. Run phonebanks to dial for dollars/calltime. Cultivate relationships with larger 4-5 figure donors. Apply for grants. Craft newsletters to raise funds.


  • Experience: 1-6+ years campaign / organizing experience. Experience boosting diversity. Volunteer training and management experience. Relationship management and rural organizing experience. Lobbying / advocacy experience. Excellent copywriting skills. Mastery of social media platforms. Demonstrated, measurable results from past successful campaign and advocacy work. List-building and fundraising experience is a plus for issues or candidates. Experience with metrics-based capacity growth and goal-setting and moving volunteers from online to offline direct actions. Experience with traditional and nontraditional online platforms including analytics. Prior grassroots fundraising experience.
  • Goal Setting/Achievement: Show planned/achieved goals and tracked metrics/accomplishments in resume.
  • Timing: Must be available on evenings and weekends to ensure maximum engagement with volunteers and leaders.
  • Tech skills: Competence with Nationbuilder, Basecamp and Google Suite required. Experience with other web-based project, calling and collaboration platforms preferred.
  • Characteristics: Understanding of the Iowa political landscape, passion for RCV and a commitment to continual learning. Self-driven and obsessive attention to detail, and exceptional prioritization skills. Proven leader with an eagerness to receive feedback and course-correction while maintaining an unwavering positive attitude and good humor. Adherence to an ethos of non-partisan public relations and messaging, including engagement with individuals from a broad spectrum of political views, and ability to show restraint on expressing personal partisan opinions. Exceptional people skills and emotional intelligence, and a passion for election reform.
  • Travel: Must be willing to travel across Iowa to assist volunteers on an in-person basis, as needed and as public health conditions allow.
  • Residency: Be a resident in the state of Iowa, preferably centrally located.
  • Language: Spanish speaking proficiency, desired.

Direct Supervisor: Rank the Vote

Indirect Leadership: Executive Co-Leaders, Better Ballot Iowa

Schedule: Part-Time (Many evenings and weekends required)

Compensation and Contract terms

Compensation dependent upon candidate experience. A target rate of $25/hour has been used to secure initial funding for an estimated 20 hours per week for an initial period of 3 months with the intent to extend the contract based on the success of the incumbent’s ability to grow the donor base. Hours per week and contract period are negotiable.

How to Apply

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Rank the Vote provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, or military or veteran status in accordance with all applicable laws. We don’t tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of the above. We're committed to building a diverse leadership team. Women, people of color, and members of other historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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