JOB: Paid Canvasser

Job Posting: Paid Canvasser


BACKGROUND AND MISSION

For over 25 years, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago has worked to bring together the Asian American community and empower them to create change in their communities.  In 2017 we finalized a five-year strategic plan and are now guided by a new mission statement:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity.

Advancing Justice | Chicago is deeply committed to its grassroots community organizing. In order to strengthen our work and transform the inequities in our city, state, and Midwest region, we work with multiracial coalitions that emphasize racial equity, a fierce accountability to those most impacted, and an infrastructure of grassroots leadership. Asian Americans have a unique experience and voice that can make an even more significant contribution to the progressive movement.

Together, we equip the community with the knowledge and resources to regularly engage with power-brokers and decision-makers at all levels of society for the advancement of social justice, equal rights, political representation, and human dignity. Simultaneously, we align, convene and collaborate with like-minded organizations to advocate for laws and policies that promote social, economic, political, and racial equity including initiatives in the areas of voting rights, language access, hate crimes and discrimination.

As part of the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation, Advancing Justice | Chicago is a leader in the nationwide Asian American movement. Regionally, Advancing Justice | Chicago is prioritizing the Midwest, and collaborating with partners across the Midwestern states to tackle common struggles and build power.

Whether locally, regionally, or nationally, Advancing Justice | Chicago is building a powerful Asian American voice for racial equity.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago is hiring paid canvassers to support our census outreach efforts.

Pay is $15-17/hour, based on experience. The position is classified as an independent contractor and does not include benefits. We are very flexible with schedule and looking for individuals to work 10 – 25 hours/week. Evening and weekend availability is preferred.

We are looking for individuals to start immediately and work through the end of April.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Door to door outreach
  • Phone and text outreach
  • Canvassing at events and high traffic locations
  • Basic data entry
  • Supporting community education workshops
  • Gathering photos and stories for social media

SKILLS REQUIRED

  • Strong communication skills
  • Fluency in English or an Asian language
  • Desire to do work in Asian American communities

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Prior canvassing or phonebanking experience
  • Fluency in an Asian language
  • Strong commitment to social justice and racial equity
  • Familiarity with the Voter Activation Network (VAN), Excel, or other databases
  • A valid diver’s license and access to a vehicle

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply, please email mkathuria@advancingjustice-chicago.org with the subject line «canvasser» and a 1-2 paragraph description of your interest in the position and any relevant experience. A formal resume or cover letter is not necessary for this position. Emails can be addressed to Mansi (they/she pronouns).

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.

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