Allegheny County Canvass Director

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Food & Water Action is a leading national organization that mobilizes regular people to build political power to move bold and uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water, and climate problems of our time. We work to protect people’s health, communities, and democracy from the growing destructive power of the most powerful economic interests.

Food & Water Action has been working to build political power in southwest Pennsylvania for almost ten years. With the 2022 midterm elections, this November we’re looking to use the power we’ve built in the region to mobilize voters and to grow that power for future victories in the region. The Allegheny County Canvass Director will recruit and manage a team of ten canvassers who will hit our goals to win major victories in 2022 and beyond. This position will start as soon as possible, running through November 8, 2022, with the strong possibility that the position will be extended through November 15, 2022.

Our full-time staff in Allegheny County work remotely. We do not have a physical office space and are not planning to rent office space for this campaign. Instead, we plan on running the canvass remotely, with regular meetups in the field for canvassers to get training and materials.

Compensation starts at $55,000 annualized. Applicants with one election cycle experience directing a canvass could be offered $60,000 annualized; applicants with two cycles of experience directing a canvass could be offered $65,000 annualized. In each of these scenarios, we offer competitive benefits.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Recruit and hire canvassers
  • Training canvassers to effectively conduct voter persuasion, voter mobilization, and volunteer recruitment
  • Cutting and assigning turf
  • Analyzing canvasser performance, including running VAN reports, tracking petitions and pledge cards collected
  • Scheduling and tracking hours, and working with the Finance team to ensure canvassers are paid in a timely fashion
  • Completing at least one canvass shift themselves each week
  • Ensuring a daily transportation plan for canvassers to get to turf and back, including acquiring rental cars when necessary
  • Identify meetup locations for canvass sendoffs


  • At least one election cycle canvassing experience (either electoral or issue organizing works!)
  • Familiarity with VAN or a similar voter database tool
  • Preferred (but not necessary) qualifications:
  • One election cycle canvass directing or one year organizing on an issue advocacy campaign
  • Experience training others
  • Experience with using Microsoft Excel/Google Sheets to track work
  • Knowledge of Allegheny County and/or southwest Pennsylvania
  • Relationships with organizers and potential canvassers in this area
  • Desired skills/interests:
  • Strong interest in Food & Water Action issues and commitment to social change.
  • Strong verbal and written communication and time management skills.
  • Desire to develop campaign organizing skills.
  • Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States. This position will be based in Pittsburgh

Computer Skills: An individual should be able to work in a computerized environment and have adequate knowledge of word processing, email, internet, and spreadsheet software; in particular have coursework or certification in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and proficiency with all other Microsoft Office products.


COMPETENCIES:  To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Interpersonal Skills: Maintains confidentiality; Remains open to others’ ideas; exhibits willingness to try new ways of doing things.

Oral Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification.

Written Communication:  Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and has excellent grammar and proofreading skills; presents numerical data effectively and is able to read and interpret written information.

Planning/organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans; meets deadlines and adheres to specific timelines; tracks multiple processes to meet goals for timeliness.

Quality control: Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness and looks for ways to improve and promote quality of own work; promotes and upholds office policies and procedures.

Adaptability: Adapts to changes in the work environment; handles several projects concurrently; is able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Problem-solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully.

Judgment: Displays willingness to make timely decisions; exhibits high-level, sound, and accurate judgment.

Safety and security: Actively promotes and personally observes safety and security procedures; Uses equipment and materials properly.

Teamwork:  Contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed; provides excellent internal and external customer service.

Diversity:  Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; promotes a harassment-free environment.

Ethics:  Treats people with respect and dignity; works with integrity and ethically upholds FWW/FWA’s mission and values.



  • 100% employer-paid health care, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance.
  • Three weeks of paid vacation to start and three personal days.
  • Food & Water Watch offices are closed for all federal holidays and an extra week at the end of December.
  • Paid sick days.
  • Paid family and medical leave.
  • 403(b) retirement plan with annual employer contribution after the first year on staff.
  • Professional development opportunities on an ongoing basis.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will regularly be required to talk and hear.  The employee is frequently required to knock on doors in residential areas. The employee may be required to lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.

Work Environment: 

The work environment described below is representative of what an employee may encounter while performing the duties of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. The work environment is that which is typical of an office setting.

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