Richmond Canvasser Position
Are you a progressive who has a passion for reproductive freedom? Are you eager to elect pro-choice champions to office? Do you want to help change the destructive narratives stigmatizing access to reproductive healthcare and rights? You may be a perfect fit for our field team this fall!
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia seeks temporary full-time and part-time Richmond Canvassers who will be responsible for mobilizing pro-choice voters in the Richmond area. Our paid canvass team will aim to elect pro-choice candidates in the Richmond area and advocate for policies that protect and expand reproductive healthcare access in Virginia.
Who We Are
We are a culture of progressive people deeply committed to reproductive rights and freedom and we are eager to defend and advance those rights. The work we do is often time-sensitive and news-driven, so being able to switch gears, re-prioritize, and project hop comfortably is important. Our team is very collaborative and supportive; we encourage asking for help when it is needed and often pitch in across teams when things get busy. We are diverse and visionary thinkers. We welcome your bold and creative ideas and experience in content creation.
We believe that a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace makes us a more relevant, more creative, and more resilient organization. We encourage people from all backgrounds, ages, abilities, and experiences to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital or family status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy or caregiver status, veteran status, or any other legally protected status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the job application and interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.
A Note to Potential Candidates: Studies have shown that women, trans, non-binary folks, and BIPOC are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization, and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a background less traditional to our field of work, and that’s okay. We would strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.
What You’ll Do
- Engage with Richmond voters – via door-to-door canvassing and outdoor community events – providing education around pro-choice candidates and pro-choice issues and legislation.
- Serve as a passionate and professional ambassador for pro-choice issues in Virginia.
- Consistently show up on time for canvass shifts.
Who You Are
To be successful in this position, you:
- Can follow a general script and adjust as needed to audience.
- Can knock on a reasonable number of doors per shift.
- Are punctual – shifts have pre-set start times, to be determined by the Canvass Director.
- Have good communication and interpersonal skills.
- Can quickly build rapport in conversation with others, regardless of their views.
- Can work respectfully with people of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Enthusiastically support the mission and philosophy of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia.
- *Previous experience organizing/canvassing is a plus but not required
What Else You Should Know
This position is in-person. Canvass locations may vary but will be located in the Richmond area or a surrounding county. This position may require you to enter indoor apartment buildings or complexes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position requires the use of a face mask (provided by NPCV). This position requires either proof of vaccination or weekly proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
This position requires non-traditional work hours, including Richmond-area travel (candidates must have access to reliable transportation), and evening and weekend hours. Canvassers may choose to work shifts Monday-Thursday evenings or Saturday-Sunday. Canvassers may choose the number of hours they work each week up to 40 hours. This position is temporary through the 2021 General Election Cycle. The hourly pay for this position is $25/hr.
About our Organization
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia (NPCV) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and advancing reproductive rights and health care access at the state level through policy advocacy, grassroots activism, and political organizing. With the support of tens of thousands of member-activists, we build political power for pro-reproductive freedom Virginians and work to ensure every person can make the personal reproductive health care decisions that are best for them and their family – including preventing unplanned pregnancy, having healthy pregnancies and births, and accessing abortion care.
NPCV is an independent state affiliate of NARAL Pro-Choice America and is made up of three entities: our main 501(c)(4) policy and political arm; the 501(c)(3) NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation, which oversees our issue advocacy, culture change and education programming; and the NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Political Action Committee which works to elect pro-reproductive freedom candidates. Our staff of 12 is located across a central office in Old Town Alexandria, Va. and satellite offices in Richmond and Hampton Roads.
To apply, please send your résumé via email to airons[at]naralva.org with subject line “Richmond Canvasser - [Your Name].” No Cover Letter is required but please state in the body of your email if you would like to apply for a full-time position or a part-time position. If you are applying for a part-time position, please include how many hours you are available to work per week.
Application review will begin September 16 and the position(s) will be open until filled. No calls please – check our website for status updates.