Full-Time Through November 2022
With Potential To Extend Beyond 2022
About the Carolina Federation
The Carolina Federation is a statewide organization that brings
local people together across race and the rural-urban divide to
build political and electoral power in their own communities and
across North Carolina.
At a time when the right-wing still holds power in North
Carolina and far too many campaigns overlook the importance of
long-term investment in local communities, we are developing a bold
approach to multi-racial organizing and voter engagement for our
state. Our approach to building power is defined by our relentless
commitment to bringing new people into political action, our deep
investment in local leadership and our intentional integration of
cultural work with community and electoral organizing. By
unleashing the full potential of our diverse communities we can
create real change in the lives of our people, win elections that
were previously unwinnable and transform the political terrain. And
by rooting ourselves in our movement traditions, our grassroots
democratic practice and our solidarity with each other, we can
dismantle the concentrated corporate power that seeks to control
our government and our economy.
Our Challenge and Opportunity
North Carolina remains a key national battleground between the
white nationalist infused right-wing and our vision of
multi-racial, progressive left populism.
Over the past three years, we have launched three new
county-based chapters, trained hundreds of member leaders in our
core organizing principles, developed local democratic governance,
created a grassroots statewide policy platform and built one of the
largest volunteer-driven electoral efforts in North Carolina
outside of the major political parties.
While we are incredibly proud of these successes, we also know
that the work of our first three years is only the beginning of our
effort to fundamentally change the direction of our state. Indeed,
we are clear that several challenges still lie ahead of us.
First, we must work to refine, expand and deepen our approach to
our multi-racial base-building at scale -- one that centers the
leadership of working class folks and people of color while
bringing in new members in the thousands and thousands.
Secondly, we must harness our grassroots political power in the
electoral arena through large-scale voter contact to deliver key
electoral victories needed to build the long-term political and
electoral power of our people. Indeed, in this moment we are
contesting for the survival and flourishing of our own people. Our
ability to demonstrate the power of transformative electoral
organizing to move new people into action -- in the face of ongoing
community crisis -- will be put squarely to the test this coming
About the Field Director Position
In this moment of both challenge and opportunity, we are looking
to bring on a talented and experienced Field Director who can guide
our 2022 field and engagement program, with a particular focus on
planning and managing our paid canvass voter contact efforts across
multiple North Carolina counties -- while closely aligning those
efforts with our long-term, local power building efforts.
Broadly, our Field Director will be responsible for all aspects of
our field engagement, including:
- Establishing offices in up to four counties across the state,
each with lead coordinators and a core voter contact team.
- Hiring, training and supervising coordinators in each office,
developing their leadership as supervisors while holding them
accountable to daily, weekly and monthly goals.
- Managing systems for tracking contact progress to goal,
including daily and weekly reports and working with Federation
leadership to make necessary adjustments mid-stream.
- Working alongside our Federation leadership to refine and
expand our 2022 electoral and field plan, including determining
universes and targets for our voter contact teams.
- Tracking expenditures and budgets.
- Working with Federation leadership to implement relevant
political education, leadership development and other training for
county-level coordinators and voter contact teams.
- As legally permissible, working to ensure alignment and
coordination between our paid canvass efforts and the chapter
building efforts led by our local organizers and member leaders in
In addition, we would be excited about a Field Director who
- Be thrilled to help grow an innovative political organization
alongside an extraordinary team
- Fit our culture of courageous leadership and playful
- Share our deep love of people and ferocious commitment to power
Skills and Competencies We’re Looking For In A Field
These are the types of skills and competencies that we’d be
looking for in our Field Director:
- Experience with staff management, including at least two
electoral cycles managing teams and / or directly supervising
others, including holding them accountable to quantitative and
qualitative goals. Ideally, this would include having previously
managed one or more canvass teams or having served in a role as
field director or the equivalent.
- Experience with targeting, metrics, database management and the
VAN / Votebuilder.
- Experience leading skills training, narrative training or
leadership development training in a field organizing or base
Please note that we require applicants for this position to have
previous experience in supervision. Applicants without previous
experience in supervision will not be considered for this
Qualities We’re Looking For In Our Field
Our organization values the recruitment of staff with strong
political alignment and key leadership qualities that match both
the role and the kind of work we do. Because the work we do is
political, fast-paced, deeply relational and about power, we look
for many of the following qualities:
- Politically Clear: You know why building power through
elections, issue campaigns, and transformative organizing is
essential. You are convinced that racial, economic, gender, and
environmental justice are what we need and you lift up the
leadership and dignity of working-class people and people of
- A Leader Who Unleashes More Leadership: You take responsibility
for motivating others, coordinating effective collective action and
building powerful teams -- even in the face of obstacles. But most
of all you unleash leadership in others, igniting responsibility
and ownership in those you lead.
- Interdependent: You bring your best, rely on the strengths of
others and know that we are responsible for each other’s
- Courageous and Determined: You draw from deep values and
beliefs so you continue to take action towards goals, even in the
face of change, fear, loss, conflict, and uncertainty
- Ambitious, Innovative, Relentless: You believe that you and
others are capable of greatness. You believe not only that we can
win but that we have a duty to win. When things get difficult you
get creative and keep trying and learning until we succeed.
Benefits and Compensation
This is a full-time, salaried position at the rate of $6,000 to
$8,000 per month, based on equity, experience and qualifications.
We offer employer-based health care and a generous paid time off
policy. This position runs through the end of November 2022 with
the potential to transition to a permanent staff position following
the November elections.
Location and Travel
The ideal candidate for this position would live in the Triangle
or Triad region of the state. However, other locations within North
Carolina are possible. This position will require regular travel to
locations within North Carolina, including in the Triad, the
Triangle and Eastern North Carolina. This position requires
flexible and (at-times) long hours (including nights and weekends),
especially during the height of the campaign season.
How to Apply
Please upload a cover letter, resume, and at least three
In your email or cover letter, please include how you heard
about this position.