About AAI: Established in 1985 and based in Washington, DC, the Arab American Institute (AAI) is a non-profit, nonpartisan national leadership organization created to encourage, recognize, and celebrate Arab American participation in American civic life, and to cultivate and mobilize a strong, educated, empowered Arab American community that plays a meaningful role in the betterment of our country. AAI’s work focuses on two areas: civic engagement, and policy formation and research. Through ongoing meetings and forums with policy makers, a variety of publications and issue briefs, and media and direct member mobilization, AAI maintains a strong presence among policy makers on issues impacting civil rights and civil liberties. Our programming provides communities with the platform and hard data necessary to strategically and successfully combat xenophobia, and anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry.
About Our Team: AAI seeks to make positive change in a way that is both principled and impactful. An ideal AAI team member will be a self-starter who has a strong commitment to the protection of civil and human rights and civil liberties for all, and is driven by a desire to advance AAI’s mission efficiently and effectively. We are proud to be a small, scrappy team that does good work.
AAI provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.
Position: Field Organizers in Texas,
Job Type: Part-Time
Application Deadline: accepted on a rolling basis
Compensation: This is a part-time stipend based position.
About Yalla Vote: Launched in 1998, Yalla Vote is the foundation of our non-partisan integrated voter engagement campaign. With high concentrations of Arab Americans living in some of the largest and most politically contested states, we know our community can make a difference on issues that matter to all Americans. Beyond just election year organizing, Yalla Vote is our vehicle to make the Arab American community’s voice heard nationally and locally.
About YallaCountMeIn: Launched April 1st of 2019, YallaCountMeIn is the national bilingual campaign to Get Out the Arab American Count for the 2020 Census. Partnering across communities and with all local Arab American organizations and groups, YallaCountMeIn seeks to ensure Arab Americans, regardless of where they live, have the resources and means to be fairly and accurately counted on the 2020 Census.
With administrative and programmatic support from AAI's national staff in Washington, D.C., the Field Organizer will work on multiple fronts to execute an effective Yalla Vote voter registration and engagement program, and an effective Yalla Count Me In Get Out the Count program in their state. This stipend-based position will be based out of California (two positions, North & South), Texas, or Iowa. This part-time role requires a minimum of 20 hours per week, and is a limited duration assignment with a targeted start date of December 2, 2019, and end date of November 30, 2020. We expect to fill this position with an experienced, highly capable candidate able to meet the following responsibilities.
- Register new voters;
- Recruit interns & volunteers on college campuses;
- Execute Yalla Vote/Yalla Count Me In events on multiple college campuses;
- Execute Yalla Vote/Yalla Count Me In events in the community (voter registration, phone banks, canvasses, information tables, meet & greets, etc.);
- Facilitate data management internally and data collected from volunteers;
- Engage with the Arab American community to promote Yalla Vote, Yalla Count Me In, and AAI;
- Attend community events to promote Yalla Vote, Yalla Count Me In, and AAI;
- Develop relationships with key political players and opinion leaders, allied organizations and coalitions to promote Yalla Vote and AAI and to register voters;
- Build a volunteer network to ensure the Yalla Vote program’s sustainability beyond the General Election, and Yalla Count Me In’s sustainability beyond the end of the Census Bureau’s campaign;
- Collect "Commit to Vote" cards from Arab American community members;
- Manage digital organizing tools and train volunteers to use new tools;
- Participate in weekly check-in calls with DC Staff and weekly all-Field Staff calls;
- Fill out weekly reports to track progress on volunteer recruitment;
- Other duties as assigned.
- Experience with community organizing and electoral campaigns encouraged;
- Experience with digital organizing tools preferred;
- Strong time-management skills and work ethic;
- Ability to motivate interns and volunteers to reach goals;
- Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
- Ability to spend long hours on the phone and canvassing and willingness to work irregular hours;
- Ability to adapt quickly and accomplish goals as set forth by AAI;
- Results-oriented, dependable, and proactive;
- Working knowledge of local politics and strong relationships with local community leaders preferred;
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaboration with others;
- Flexible, good sense of humor, creative, self-starter; and
- Experience working with a database, such as NationBuilder, is a plus.
HOW TO APPLY
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