Summer Canvass Fundraising Team

EQME Fundraising Canvasser Job Description

Send a resume and cover letter to coconnor@equalitymaine.org

About Equality Maine

EqualityMaine works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Maine through political action, community organizing, education, and collaboration. We envision the day when LGBTQ+ Mainers and their families have full equality in the hearts and minds of Maine people and in all areas of the law.

About the Position

EqualityMaine is seeking passionate people to talk with our supporters about our work at events, on the streets, and in local neighborhoods. The canvasser will work to engage folks in conversation to 1) create greater awareness of our current initiatives including youth leadership and empowerment programs, safer schools initiatives, and other efforts to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ Mainers; and 2) garner financial support for said initiatives through a direct contribution to EqualityMaine.

Job Responsibilities

Canvassers are the front lines of our field work, and in some cases, one of the only face-to-face connections between EqualityMaine and Mainers across the state. As such, canvassers are responsible for maintaining a professional, positive, and healthy rapport during each interaction. 

Canvassers will be responsible for engaging supporters and inspiring people to support the fundraising efforts of EQME through large gifts, small one time gifts, and monthly recurring contributions. Canvassers will be responsible for managing and keeping gifts of donors secure with the appropriate documentation to go with each gift.  This also includes accurately recording the results of every interaction, and reporting daily numbers to Team Leaders and/or the Canvass Director.

Qualifications

  • Good communication skills.
  • Good people skills.
  • Energetic and physically able to walk up to 2.5 miles during each work shift.
  • Passion for advocating on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Prior canvassing, fundraising, political or equivalent experience is a plus.
  • Reliable transportation and valid driver’s license strongly preferred.

Training

Newly hired canvassers will work closely with the Team Leaders and the Canvass Director to learn about EqualityMaine’s mission and programs, explore effective methods of canvassing, while fine tuning their skills in outreach and education. The first week of canvassing will include extensive training on the skills required to canvass on streets, at events, and on doors. Daily trainings are held to constantly build the skills of canvassers.

Expectations

Part time hours (up to 36 hours per week), seasonal position, possess ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule including weekends and evenings. A minimum of 20 hours worked per week are required.

The work shifts are generally Tuesdays through Fridays 2:30 to 9pm, Saturdays 9:30am to 4pm, Sundays 11:30am to 6pm and Mondays off.

Canvassers are responsible for helping to maintain a healthy and positive work environment. EqualityMaine is an open and affirming workplace, and canvassers are expected to maintain positive, inclusive, and open-minded attitudes at all times.

Compensation

Canvassers begin at $13+ an hour and team leads start at $15+ per hour. This position does not include benefits.

To apply

Send cover letter and resume to Christopher O’Connor, Development Director, at coconnor@equalitymaine.org.  Interviews will be scheduled beginning May 14. 

EqualityMaine is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity. EqualityMaine does not allow any unlawful discrimination against or harassment of our employees or others present at our facilities. 

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