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Become A Political Organizer

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Working As A Political Organizer

  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Getting Information
  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $47,500

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Political Organizer does

  • Referred community members for Obama Care.
  • Create and maintain employee packages (Employment policy contracts, I-9s, W4s, etc.)
  • Resolved problems related to correct data entry procedures.
  • Work with SEIU campaign staff and external partners to build long-term political capacity of partner organizations on the ground.
  • Involved in community outreach and volunteer recruitment.
  • Led small team that organized volunteers for political events, and provided support during a hospital contract dispute.
  • Developed and implemented GOTV campaign.
  • Organize Community leaders.-Participate in community events.-Organize voter registration events.
  • Served as a TeleFundraiser Representative for non-profit and political organizations.
  • Reached out to community groups to coordinate activities and build partnerships.
  • Represent State Senators and State Legislators as a spokesperson during election year.
  • Educate the general public, constituents, and legislators of organization s mission and legal impact on the families we represent.
  • Served as campaign surrogate for community events and city celebrations across the state.

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How To Become A Political Organizer

Fundraisers typically need a bachelor’s degree and strong communication and organizational skills. Employers generally prefer candidates who have studied public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business.

Education

Fundraisers have a variety of academic backgrounds. However, some employers prefer candidates with bachelor’s degrees in public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business, but degrees in other subjects also may be acceptable.

Several schools offer master’s degree programs in philanthropic studies or fundraising. Requirements for entering these programs generally are based on work or volunteer experience at a nonprofit or grantmaking foundation. Students may take courses in annual campaigns, planned giving, major gifts, grant proposals, and marketing.

In addition to taking relevant coursework, students can gain experience by volunteering at local charities or participating in student-led organizations.

Other Experience

Internships and previous work experience are important in obtaining a paid position as a fundraiser. Many fundraising campaigns rely on volunteers having face-to-face or over-the-phone interaction with potential donors. It is important that the fundraiser who organizes the campaign have experience with this type of work.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification is voluntary, but fundraisers may obtain it to demonstrate a level of professional competency. CFRE International offers the Certified Fund Raising Executive designation for fundraisers. Candidates are required to have 5 years of work experience in fundraising, as well as 80 hours of continuing education through attendance at conferences and classroom instruction. To keep their certification valid, fundraisers must apply for renewal every 3 years.

Advancement

Fundraisers can advance to fundraising manager positions. However, some manager positions may require a master’s degree, in addition to years of work experience as a fundraiser.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Fundraisers need strong communication skills to clearly explain the message and goals of their organization so that people will make donations.

Detail oriented. Fundraisers must be detail oriented because they deal with large volumes of data, including lists of people’s names and phone numbers, and must comply with state and federal regulations. Failing to do so may result in penalties.

Leadership. Many fundraisers manage large teams of volunteers and must be able to lead them without having the usual incentive of pay at their disposal.

Organizational skills. Fundraisers manage large campaigns and events. They must have strong planning and organizational skills in order to succeed.

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Top Skills for A Political Organizer

VoterRegistrationCommunityLeadersOrganizationalGoalsGotvPoliticalActionDataEntryCommunityEventsPoliticalEventsPoliticalOrganizationPressConferencesLocalCommunityOrganizationsPACLatinoStateLegislatorsPublicSpeakingGeneralPublicCommunityMembersCampaignStaffNewDemocraticPartyNonprofitOrganizations

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Top Political Organizer Skills

  1. Voter Registration
  2. Community Leaders
  3. Organizational Goals
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Facilitated outreach and community engagement through the use of door knocking and in-person voter registration.
  • Developed and implemented GOTV campaign.
  • Resolved problems related to correct data entry procedures.
  • Attend community events, meetings, or conferences to promote organizational goals or solicit donations or sponsorships.
  • Led small team that organized volunteers for political events, and provided support during a hospital contract dispute.

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