ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS — Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Door-to-door fundraising:Outreach Specialists are responsible for effectively and efficiently collecting contributions and donations for TakeAction Minnesota by knocking on doors and soliciting donations of residents. Outreach Specialists help to raise awareness, identify new supporters, and open up an opportunity for TakeAction to hear feedback from our statewide membership base face to face!
- Establishing a positive rapport: Outreach Specialists are the front lines of our field work, and in some cases, one of the only face to face connections between TakeAction and our many members. As such, outreach specialists are responsible for maintaining a professional, positive, and healthy rapport during each interaction. Outreach Specialists must be knowledgeable about our work, and attempt to provide answers for any questions that arise. Additionally, outreach specialists are responsible for accurately recording the results of every interaction, and report daily numbers to their team leaders.
- Maintaining a healthy work environment:Outreach Specialist are responsible for helping to maintain a healthy and positive work environment. The TakeAction office is an open and affirming workplace, and outreach specialists are expected to maintain positive, inclusive, and open-minded attitudes.
- Other duties or tasks as assigned on an as-needed basis.
EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
Successful candidates will have strong communication skills, work ethic, the ability to stand and walk for 5 hours at a time, and a deep passion for advancing social, racial, and economic justice for all Minnesotans. Outreach specialists must be able to work with other members of their team, receive feedback, and adapt to rapidly changing political and programmatic landscapes. Previous canvassing, sales, or political experience is a plus but not required.
Newly hired Outreach specialist will work closely with the Team Leaders and the Outreach Director to learn how to canvass and fine tune their skills in outreach. The first week of canvassing will include training and support in the field. Daily trainings are held to constantly build the skills of Outreach Specialists.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
Work is performed primarily outside, knocking on doors primarily in the Twin Cities Metro area. Outreach specialists must be able to spend 5 hours on their feet in variable weather, and walk between doors and up and down stairs throughout much of their shift. This job may occasionally require lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently.
This position can be full or part time. Outreach Specialists must work at least 20 hours/week. Staff hours are between 2pm and 10pm Monday through Friday in the summer (May to September) and 1:30pm to 9:30pm Monday through Friday in the winter (October to April).
The salary for this position is $10/hour training wage and $15/hour once an outreach specialist has made staff (usually happens within one to two weeks), plus opportunity to receive bonuses based on fundraising performance. This position is a member of the Minnesota Newspaper and Communications Guild and salary is based on its contract.
Includes full medical insurance, dental insurance, and retirement packages.
LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION
A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle is preferred, but is not required.
REPORTS TO & LOCATION
This position reports directly to Outreach Director. Position is located in our St. Paul office.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications are rolling. Email April Campbell at April@takeactionminnesota.org or call 651.379.0766. TakeAction Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, and LGBT individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
TakeAction Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT individuals, and women