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Our socially progressive, fiscally moderate Democratic Senate office is looking for a talented writer to join our communications team. We're looking for someone able to write in the senator's voice — casual, but eloquent — and our prose needs to match that style, whether we're talking about marriage equality or deficit reduction. Think: AP style, with lots of em dashes, as delivered from a pulpit on Sunday morning. We're looking for someone to apply that style to talking points, press releases, blog posts, blast emails, opening statements, and an occasional full-length speech. The boss is on four committees, so we need a policy sponge with a knack for research. Recovering journalists — or Ezra Klein-esque wunderkinds — fit the bill. With a number of in-state events to prepare for each week, in addition to our work in Washington, we're looking for a flexible team player who thrives on a deadline and can produce a ton of copy day in and day out. Sound like you? Submit a resume (preferably yours), a recent writing sample, and a one-page cover letter that convinces us that Twitter is important to American economic competitiveness to


United States Student Association
The United States Student Association, the country’s oldest and largest national student-led organization, develops current and future leaders and amplifies the student voice at the local, state, and national levels by mobilizing grassroots power to win concrete victories on student issues.
United States Student Association Foundation
The United States Student Association Foundation ensures the pipeline of effective student leadership by facilitating education, training and other development opportunities at national, state and local levels in advocating for issues that affect students.
Field Department
The Field Department led by the National Field Director is the organizing arm of USSA/F. It is currently comprised of the national field director and 2 national field associates, also working very closely with the trainings director. The department works to implement USSA/Fs programs and campaigns in USSA member campuses, while helping to expand USSAs base. The purpose of the department is to build power for students through running campaigns on issues that impact students’ lives while developing student leaders and building strong student organizations at the local, state, and national level. The National Field Director will be charged with implementing strategy around USSA’s current initiatives along with preparing and finalizing our plan for the 2012 Electoral Action Project through which the organization will register, educate, and mobilize student voters across the country. The National Field Director works with student leaders across the country in a variety of roles but always with the end goal of building the student movement and making an impact in their everyday lives.
Develop USSA campaign plans and organizing materials for national campaigns which include, but are not limited to, toolkits and manuals, etc.
· Plan and implement USSAF’s 2012 Electoral Action Project, a national campaign to register, educate and mobilize student voters
Supervise the overall implementation of USSA organizing programs in the field
Work with the SLAP (Student Labor Action Project) on USSA national campaigns.
Develop a comprehensive evaluation system of USSA national action agenda campaigns.
Develop USSA organizing resources for State & System Student Associations and campus members.
Develop campaign and recruitment tracking systems (both issue and electoral campaigns)
Manage communications and media outreach which include but are not limited to email action alerts, social media, etc.
Train students with the help of the Regional Field Associates in grassroots organizing and electoral organizing principles and skills.
Work with the Trainings Director to adjust and create new trainings for leadership development purposes.
Collaborate in planning, recruiting for, and staffing of two annual USSA conferences and other USSA sponsored trainings.
Promote the department, USSA, and USSAF at conferences, coalition meetings, mailings, and through day-to-day contact with students and other non-profits.
Preferred Experience
Understanding of Direct Action Organizing.
Grassroots campaign experience through campus or community campaigns.
Experience planning and running an Electoral Campaign on campus or in community.
Training experience, especially peer-to-peer training.
Experience managing and training staff and or volunteers
Student, student government, state wide system associations and/or community organizing experience.
Experience organizing in/with student of color communities.
Electoral Organizing experience.
Experience in Coalition development.
Participation in GROW, EAT or Midwest Academy training a plus.
Experience working with USSA, a state or system student association, or higher education access issues.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Self-motivated, outgoing, detailed-oriented.
Willingness to work evening, weekends and travel.
Salary and Benefits
· Salary based on experience, full health insurance, 2 weeks paid vacation, paid holidays, and assistance with loan repayment
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, 3 references and a 2 page writing sample to Try Onaghise-Coburn at
by September 14th, 2011. Email subject shall state: “National Field Director”. Please no phone calls, faxes or mail-in applications.
USSA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. People of color, women, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and differently-abled people are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN) is a national, nonpartisan advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. Our overall mission is to remove barriers to registration and voting for traditionally underrepresented constituencies and improve election administration through administrative, legal, and legislative reform. FELN is seeking a Student Vote Campaign Coordinator to be based out of our office in Washington, D.C.
This is a unique opportunity for an experienced self-starter with strong organizing experience. During fall 2011, the Student Vote Coordinator will spend a significant portion of his/her time conducting outreach and delivering materials and trainings in Ohio, in preparation for the November 2011 elections. Long-term, the Coordinator will oversee FELN’s new Student Vote Campaign, which aims to reduce barriers to voting by institutionalizing student-friendly registration and voting practices in college communities in 7-10 target states.
Working with our existing legal and communications staff, responsibilities will include 1) developing and implementing strategies to organize and engage youth and college voter mobilization/registration organizations to overcome barriers to youth/student voting; 2) developing and implementing ongoing communications utilizing traditional and new communications tools with pertinent groups; 3) working with partner student organizations to identify and refine campus strategies; 4) participating in related coalition meetings on behalf of FELN; and 5) other relevant duties as assigned.
This position is full-time and requires someone with strong organizing experience who is comfortable juggling numerous ongoing tasks. Applicant must be willing to travel. Additionally, the position will involve some focused work in Ohio through the November 2011 election, so preference will be given to an applicant who is able to spend significant time in Ohio until mid-November. Excellent interpersonal and time management skills required. Experience with election administration and/or voter protection work a plus.
Please send cover letter, salary requirement, and resume to:


Majority staff of a Senate Committee seeks experienced, energetic, media-savvy professional to manage committee press operations. Responsibilities include managing day-to-day operations, serving as a primary spokesperson for the member’s committee work, coordinating press conferences and message events, overseeing interview requests and briefings, writing press releases, op-eds, speeches and floor statements, and developing long-term strategies in coordination with the Chair’s Communications Director. Ideal candidate will have several years experience in a Senate communications job, talking on-the-record with reporters and working in a high-pressure environment. Strong writing and people skills, solid knowledge of the national political press and ample initiative a must. Please submit a cover letter, resume and three writing samples (one must be a speech or statement and a press release. The third can be your choice of a press release, blog or op-ed) to indicating job referral number in the subject line.


Senior Democratic Senator seeks professional, dependable staff to work in extremely busy front office. Duties include, but are not limited to, answering phones, greeting visitors and sorting incoming mail. Fluency in Spanish a plus. Must be a strong writer and a team player. Please include in your cover letter the states where you’ve resided and length of time spent in each. Send cover letter and resume as one document to
Competitive NJ Democratic Campaign is putting together a paid canvass team to start in mid September. Paid canvassers will use state of the art mobile technology for voter contact. For more information or to schedule and interview call 609 - 890 - 0218 and ask for Michael Affrunti or email Michael Affrunti at

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