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Keep Austin Affordable, Fall Organizing Fellow, Application Deadline, BTT Gateway Job ID 7313

Wed, September 11, 2013

Keep Austin Affordable is a coalition of business, faith, and community leaders in Austin, Texas working to pass bonds in order to fund affordable housing efforts in Austin. The campaign seeks to raise the profile of successful affordable housing models and tell the stories of individuals and families helped by these programs. We wish to make investment in affordable housing an Austin community value so that our city remains a place where low income working families and individuals on fixed incomes like seniors and people with disabilities can still afford a place to call home.

The Fall Organizing Fellowship is an unpaid internship program that will equip you with the knowledge and skills to run a Neighborhood Team Model-style field campaign. The Neighborhood Team Model is based on the principles of inclusion and empowerment, and it is at the cutting edge of campaign strategy. Organizing Fellows will help the campaign expand its outreach efforts across Austin and get first-hand experience of what it takes to run an effective campaign. Fellows who complete the program will leave with a full understanding of the most effective tools and methods that organizers use to make change in their communities. The summer program starts on September 14 and ends on November 6.

Our campaign will employ a Neighborhood Team-based program developed by the Obama campaign. This approach is the most effective community organizing strategy, and centers on working in the community to identify, train, and manage neighborhood-based volunteer teams. Fellows will learn and utilize all the key tactics to this strategy including:
• Engage new potential volunteers through phone calls and canvassing
• Hold 1:1 meetings with potential volunteers organizers to discuss shared goals and strategy, develop relationships, and plan action together
• Empower new voters by collecting voter registration forms
• Enter, organize, and maintain data from all of our community interactions
• Use social networks to help amplify our message and to talk about the work that we do
• Hold House Meetings to bring supporters together in communities to strategize about what the campaign should look like in their neighborhoods
• Recruit, coach, and develop local teams of individuals who are willing to work together to hold outreach events to other potential volunteers and voters
• Plan and execute events with other campaign staff and volunteers within the community

• Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills, experience meeting deadlines, and the ability to manage many tasks simultaneously
• Candidates must be self-motivated and willing to work hard
• Candidates must have the ability to communicate with diverse communities and leaders
• Candidates will preferably have their own vehicle or other mode of transportation
• Be able to dedicate 15-20 hours a week to the campaign
• A good sense of humor and a strong interest in and commitment to politics are musts
• A commitment to the cause of Affordable Housing

To apply, see BTT Gateway Job ID 7313. Application deadline is 9/11/2013.

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