Community Canvasser

Job Locations US-MI-Detroit
Posted Date 1 month ago(8/18/2020 8:32 AM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Capacity Building
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
Location : Name
Building Movement Project (Detroit)


For nearly two decades, the Building Movement Project (BMP) has cultivated the potential for nonprofit organizations to effectively partner with movements for progressive social change. As part of BMP’s commitment to learning with and from groups and leaders at the local level, BMP has incubated the Detroit People’s Platform (DPP) since 2013. DPP builds the voice and power of Detroit residents to have a say in the issues that affect their lives, particularly in the areas of transportation, housing, equitable development and access to needed services.


The work of Detroit People’s Platform is guided by a commitment to organizing local residents to be leaders in addressing inequality in Detroit, the nation’s largest majority-Black city. DPP is committed to working across all of the city’s seven council districts and across organizational boundaries in order to achieve change locally, across the Southeast Michigan region, and statewide. Detroit People’s Platform has a track record of working with a variety of coalition partners to win policy changes that benefit Detroiters. DPP organized bus riders to lead successful campaigns to restore critical bus service connecting Detroiters to key jobs and institutions. DPP was also a key player in citywide campaigns for community benefit agreements, leading to Detroit becoming the first city in the nation to establish an ordinance requiring developer to engage in a CBA process.


The Building Movement Project and Detroit People’s Platform are fiscally sponsored by TSNE MissionWorks.


We are seeking Part-Time Community Canvassers who will join our organizing team. This position will be responsible for conducting educational outreach and public information activities to inform Detroiters about changes in Michigan’s voter policies and the pressing economic and racial justice issues that are key to Detroit People’s Platform. This position will conduct door to door education and phone conversations across the seven (7) city council districts. The Community Canvasser will document contact with residents and will play an important role in supporting the work of developing community organizing tactics and strategies.


Learning from DPP’s staff of organizers with a track record of campaign wins and grassroots organizing, the Community Canvassers will have the following primary responsibilities:

  • Use the Voter Activation Network (VAN) to identify canvass targets in selected neighborhoods, enter data on contacts made with residents, and update the data files based on canvass activities.
  • Prepare walk/call sheets for use in field canvass and phone banking activities.
  • Participate in team planning and development of organizing strategies.
  • Meet numeric targets for door and phone canvassing.
  • Engage residents in dialogue, provide information, conduct follow-up contacts and link Detroiters to DPP’s ongoing community organizing efforts.


We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.


The ideal candidates will meet the criteria below and have the following abilities:

  • Basic computer literacy (typing ability, familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel, etc.).
  • Experience in canvassing and/or community organizing with neighborhood residents.
  • Commitment to principles of social and racial justice.
  • Good communication skills (in-person, by phone, and written).
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.

Physical Demands / Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers. The incumbent may be required to travel nationally periodically, in order to perform required duties.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Talk, hear and see in the normal range with or without correction;
  • Use hands or fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Move, Traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); Reach with hands and arms; occasionally Ascend/Descend, and position self (to), move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

The pay rate for this job is $20 per hour.


TSNE/BMP and DPP envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/BMP and DPP will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  


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