Position Announcement: Civic Engagement Organizer, Virginia

CCAN Action Fund seeks an experienced electoral organizer to lead our voter engagement efforts and elect climate champions in Virginia. 

About Us 

CCAN Action Fund advocates for change in public policy at the local, state, and national levels to directly address the threat of global warming. Through voter education, lobbying, and participation in the electoral process, we seek to move our country into a leadership position on the most urgent global issue of our time — the climate crisis. Together with our sister organization, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), we focus most of our efforts in the Chesapeake Bay states of Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. We believe positive solutions exist and must be embraced now to preserve our planet for future generations.  We also know that a vibrant democracy is central to our success, and we work to defend democratic integrity wherever we can.


The Civic Engagement Organizer is a full-time, temporary (6.5-month) position managing a volunteer-driven independent expenditure voter contact campaign to elect climate champions in three State House races in Virginia. The Civic Engagement Organizer will mobilize CCAN Action Fund supporters and recruit new volunteers in priority districts, train them in voter contact tactics, and track voter education and turnout goals.  

Responsibilities of the Civic Engagement Organizer

Develop and manage voter contact plans in three House Districts

  • Research districts to determine voter contact goals and priority canvass and phone banking targets.
  • Create timelines and benchmarks to hit voter contact goals.
  • Continually evaluate and improve plans.

Recruit, train, and manage volunteer teams

  • Recruit existing CCAN supporters to weekly canvass and phone bank events.
  • Develop an outreach plan to build relationships and identify new volunteers.
  • Train and mentor volunteers with leadership potential to lead local events and support other volunteers.

Lead weekly canvasses and phone banks

  • Manage the events schedule, develop materials, and recruit volunteers.
  • Create a canvassing plan and manage turf and voter files, tracking contacts and ensuring volunteer time is well-used.
  • Manage logistics, including identifying staging locations, purchasing supplies and refreshments as needed, and collecting materials at the end of each event.


  • Commitment to the mission of fighting climate change and promoting environmental justice.
  • Organizing experience: at least one cycle as an electoral organizer.
  • Self-driven and able to work effectively with a team. 
  • Able to multitask and prioritize measurable results. 
  • Track record of successfully recruiting people to an event, cause, or effort.
  • Demonstrated experience living or working in BIPOC communities and organizing across different identities and experiences.
  • Experience setting measurable goals and tracking progress.
  • Problem-solver; someone who thinks of solutions more than barriers. 
  • Able to work evenings and weekends and travel as needed. 
  • Based in or able to relocate to Hampton Roads or Richmond, depending on the districts we choose to organize.

The Details

This is a full-time, temporary position from May 15 – November 30, 2023. The Civic Engagement Organizer will work 40 hours per week; evenings and weekends are required as most voter contact will occur during those times. In collaboration with the Virginia Director, the successful candidate will determine a regular weekly schedule.   

Salary is commensurate with experience within a range of $4,000-$4,833 per month. The benefits package includes a stipend for healthcare, ten days paid vacation, paid federal holidays, and paid sick days.

How to Apply

Please fill out the Google form application, where you will answer a series of short questions and submit a resume. We will accept applications until the position is filled, with interview preference given to candidates who apply by March 3, 2023. 

The interview process will consist of a phone interview, a panel interview over Zoom, and a skills test, with the possibility of an in-person meeting. Our target start date for this position is May 15, 2023. 

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