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The Community Budgeting for All Campaign is Hiring a Campaign Manager

Since 2011, Portlanders have advocated for the Portland City Council to join other major Cities across the US in launching a municipal participatory budgeting program. Multiple proposals from the community to launch municipal participatory budgeting have been ignored or rejected by the City Council. In 2022, the Portland Charter Commission crafted a charter amendment to require the City to annually fund and implement a participatory budgeting process open to all residents and funded with a minimum percentage of the General Fund. Since last January the City Council has taken no action to forward the amendment to the voters.

As a result of City Council inaction and increasing demands from Portlanders to bring participatory budgeting (PB) to the City, Participatory Budgeting Oregon and Next Up Action Fund have developed the Community Budgeting For All  campaign to (1) win voter passage of a participatory budgeting Charter Amendment and (2) build diverse youth leadership and expand all Portlanders’ knowledge and capacity to implement inclusive charter-mandated participatory budgeting in the future. It will require the City to implement an annual or biannual participatory budgeting process accessible to all residents that allocates 2% of General Fund discretionary resources.  The amendment requires program funding to begin no later than July 2026 and implementation of the first PB process (defined in the amendment) by July 2027. See more information at www.pboregon.org/advocate

 

What We’re Looking For

The Community Budgeting for All Campaign is looking to hire one full-time Campaign Manager position. The Campaign Manager will be primarily responsible for working closely with the Campaign Executive Committee to coordinate and implement the Community Budgeting for All Campaign Plan initiative petition and ballot measure campaigns.

 

Initially, responsibilities will focus on recruiting and coordinating volunteer and paid signature gatherers efforts during the initiative petition campaign phase (March through June). This will include building and running a program to recruit and deploy volunteers at weekday and weekend events in the City of Portland in order to coordinate and collect and achieve the goal of submitting 41,000 Portland voter signatures by July 5, 2024. The Campaign Manager will report to the Campaign Executive Committee. Upon qualification in July 2024, the Campaign Manager position will be extended through November 2024. Our ideal candidate takes initiative, is detail-oriented, builds relationships easily, and is committed to centering the leadership and voices of Black, Indigenous, and people of color.

Primary Responsibilities

Field Management - 80%

  • Oversee recruitment and retention of volunteer signature gatherers. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Coordinating with staff and organizational partners to recruit volunteers via email, social media, and word of mouth.

    • Updating canvassing opportunities throughout the field season.

    • Maintaining an accurate volunteer management system.

    • Hosting ongoing trainings and signature gathering canvasses. Assist with creating and refining materials for trainings and outreach.

    • Create a positive, motivating environment to ensure retention and growth of volunteers.

    • Strong understanding of legal guidelines for signature gathering to consistently ensure compliance with signature gathering protocols.

  • Recruit paid signature gatherers on an ongoing basis and coordinate deployment of paid and volunteer signature gatherers.

  • Ensure the collection, scanning and secure storing of signature sheets. This includes maintaining a network of dropbox sites throughout the City.

  • Record and track signature gathering performance and validity rates. Ensure performance monitoring of paid and volunteer signature gathering to ascertain signature validity rates.

Campaign Management - 20%

  • Work with the Executive Committee, Steering Committee, and Field Sub-committee to make ongoing refinements and revisions to the Campaign Plan.

  • Track and coordinate campaign activities with Executive Committee and core organization staff (Participatory Budgeting Oregon, Next Up, and East County Rising staff) including:

    • Field Campaign

    • Outreach & Coalition Building

    • Communications

    • Fundraising

  • Coordinate with campaign leadership to plan agendas and facilitate executive, steering, full coalition, and field committee meetings on an ongoing basis.

  • Help schedule and conduct outreach to community organizations, businesses, community leaders, and candidates/electeds to assist with coalition building efforts.

Desired Qualifications

Please note: We care more about your ability to get the job done than whether you have formal or informal experience. We encourage you to submit your application if this job excites you.

 

  • Experience with initiative petition campaigns or political campaigns.

  • 1+ years experience in a supervisory role, volunteer management, or comparable experience.

  • Familiarity with digital tools including VAN, My Voters, Every Action, other volunteer management systems, and google suite.

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to engage diverse communities - specifically racially, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse communities.

  • Strong time management and organizational skills.

  • Experience organizing colleagues, organizations, and/or movements while centering racial justice. You consistently integrate your deep understanding of anti-oppression and racial justice into work projects and interactions by addressing structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions on race, class and other group identities within the context of job responsibilities and projects.

  • You recognize how your own identities show up in the work and welcome, reflect on, and act on feedback while continuously learning about race, ability, and other lines of difference.

 

Preferred but not required

  • Familiarity with participatory budgeting or participatory democracy.

  • Social media experience as it relates to organizing and engagement.

  • Multi-lingual

 

Logistics

Position Title: Community Budgeting For All Campaign Manager

 

Position Location: Portland, Oregon. Hybrid (both virtual and in-person work required), travel throughout the Portland metro region will be required. Transportation expenses will be reimbursed, either bus fare, or vehicle mileage at the current IRS rate of .67 per mile.

 

Duration: Limited duration, full-time with evening and weekend work required. The position will preferably start as soon as possible but no later than mid March, 2024 and run until July 15, 2024, with potential to extend through November 2024 if the campaign qualifies for the ballot.

 

Salary and benefits: Hourly, $45/hour, transportation expense reimbursement for transit or vehicle travel ($0.67 per mile).

Deadline: Applications close on March 3, 2024 at 11:59 pm PST.

Hiring timeline: March 5-6: Interviews; March 7: Preferred Candidate(s) Selection & Final Notification; Mid March: Position begins


How to Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, and 2 references to jlabbe@pboregon.org. Those missing a resume and cover letter will not be considered.

 

1-page cover letter that includes your responses to the following questions:

 

  1. What inspires you about Participatory Budgeting Oregon and Next Up’s missions?

  2. What interests you most about this opportunity?

  3. How would your skills and experiences (personal and professional) translate into success in this position?


Participatory Budgeting Oregon is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, disability, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health decisions, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

 

We believe our work is stronger when it benefits from the experience, knowledge and wisdom of people who have faced systemic barriers, and encourages applications from candidates with any of the lived experiences mentioned above. If you’re excited about this position we hope you apply – no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications.

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