This section of the Politics Newsletter
highlights some of the many opportunities the Politics department receives.
Contact information is provided in each posting. Please use that
information to follow up. Also always remember to be pro-active and look beyond
this newsletter for the opportunities that are best for you and match your
passions – they are out there!
Bay Area Democrats
In addition to building the organization itself, Bay Area Dems work on
independent political research projects as well as coalition activities
involving the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Finance
Council, the Democratic National Committee, and several progressive
organizations. They’re getting their infrastructure in place for the 2016
election cycle, and will be deeply involved in the Presidential race and
supporting Democratic candidates at all levels of government. There are a
number of positions available:
The Events Coordinator will be responsible for planning, executing, and staffing
events such as fundraisers, meetings with elected officials, and policy
roundtable discussions. Tasks include managing invitations and RSVPs,
coordinating logistics with staff members of other offices and
organizations, preparing meeting materials, and conducting appropriate
follow-up with attendees. The Events Coordinator will also be in charge of
designing and drafting invitations tailored to the specific event, and
work with the social media team on outreach. This position is excellent
for acquiring skills at coalition and relationship building with other
The Social Media Manager will be in charge of developing and implementing
the company’s social media strategy. Administration includes sharing and
creating relevant content, growing awareness of our organization, and
identifying and engaging potential supporters and current members.
Familiarity with using various social media platforms is preferred
(Facebook, Twitter, and Google+). Strong written skills are a must. In
addition, the Social Media team will offer political commentary and
analysis through blogging, online newsletters and targeted emails.
Create and manage the development of a new Bay Area Democrats website.
Programming and coding skills are not required at all (although it can be
beneficial). Key project tasks involve writing and organizing the content
that will ultimately be placed on the new website. An artistic eye for
design and aesthetics is preferred. Familiarity with Google Apps is a
This individual will be responsible for compiling and organizing various
sources of data to be exported and inputted into a Salesforce database.
Strong organization skills and attention to detail are required. Level of
data management responsibilities is dependent on the candidate’s
experience and understanding of database design, setup, configuration
management, and automation of workflow rules. Salesforce training will be
provided for candidates that demonstrate an ability to quickly learn and
adapt to new technologies. Successful interns will acquire Salesforce and
database management experience, which are particularly sought-after skills
in nonprofit and political organizations.
The office admin is the heart of any organization. While routine
administrative and clerical tasks are part of this position, we are
looking for an administrator who can work alongside management to design
and execute the processes that will dictate how projects get done. Other
responsibilities include drafting memos and evaluating work plans. This
individual must be highly organized, efficient, and able to find logical
paths to align short and long-term goals. The skills obtained from this
position are critical for future managers.
cover letters, resumes and questions to email@example.com.
Interns are encouraged to
collaborate and work in multiple areas based on their interest and ability to
successfully manage their core projects. Their goal is for interns learn a well-rounded
skill set that is impressive and usable in multiple settings.
Union, Tenant Rights Workshop Program Internship
A first of its kind project in
San Francisco, the Tenant Bootcamps are a neighborhood-by-neighborhood
effort to empower renters to stand up to speculators and prevent
displacement. Starting in May, these bootcamp trainings will be
once-a-week in neighborhoods throughout District 5, and if the launch is
successful, the plan is to expand to other parts of the city. At a time
when evictions are soaring and displacement is epidemic, organizing on a local
level has never been more important.
about creating lasting social change
to fighting for tenants' rights
outgoing, and detail-oriented
As Organizing Intern, you would be the
face of our campaign as we spread the word throughout the City. The position
outreach to tenants
planning for the weekly meetings
organization to support the tenants' rights movement
outreach, recruitment, & management
Interns will gain skills in:
& campaign field outreach
Time commitment: 15 hours / week
Compensation: The position is unpaid but there
is potential to work on other campaigns this summer & next year.
you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Organizing Director
Devin Silvernail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) Community Organizer Position in Jackson
Heights, Queens, NY
Deadline: May 1, 2015)
New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) is a
community-based organization in Jackson Heights, Queens dedicated to immigrant
workers rights. We organize newly arrived immigrants, primarily day laborers
and domestic workers and together we engage in community organizing, grassroots
advocacy and leadership development to advance the rights of workers. Our
campaigns focus on immigrant workers rights and consumer rights.
The ideal candidate is a passionate, skilled and
creative organizer; bilingual and bicultural; a selfstarter and great team
player who works effectively independently and as part of a team, with a
long-term commitment to the social justice movement.
- Conduct outreach to, and recruit new, members
through street outreach at day labor corners in Queens
- Develop the leadership of members, including:
Recruit community members to participate NICE
campaigns and activities
Build 1-on-1 relationships with member leaders
Develop and implement leadership goals, plans, and
Support and organize member leaders to participate
and lead campaigns
Conduct political education, know your rights
workshops and organize community-building events
- Work collaboratively with members, staff and
allies to identify and help develop workers’ rights campaigns
- Facilitate and/or support member-led facilitation
of campaign meetings and committees.
- Plan and implement direct actions, public
protests, press conferences, etc. for assigned campaigns
- Actively participate in NICE organizational campaigns,
activities, and strategy discussions
- Support NICE’s wage theft (or wage and hour)
clinic and other service provision to the community
- Conduct workers rights consultations with workers
experiencing wage theft and other labor violations
- Contribute to the organizations’ communications
work by drafting stories to share with reporters, post on website, social
media, etc. Prepare member leaders to talk
to the press.
- Help to build alliances with labor, community,
faith, and other partners
- Supervise and train graduate and/or college interns
and/or volunteers to support organizing work
- Maintain and keep current records of worker
members and allies in database
- A passion for social and economic justice and a
strong commitment to organizing and the empowerment of low-income immigrant
- Familiarity with needs and issues facing low wage
- Familiarity with workers centers and the current
landscape of labor organizing in the U.S. preferred.
- 2-3 years of community or labor organizing
- Familiarity with, or willingness to learn, popular
education and other leadership development practices
- Spanish and English oral and written fluency is
required. Please do not apply if you are not fully bilingual
- Must be willing to work flexible hours, including
many evenings and weekends.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Please send your cover letter and application to
Jessica Garcia, Director of Organizing and Programs at email@example.com and
write “NICE Community Organizer” in the subject line headline.
by Friday, May 1st.
Riley Center Community Office Program Manager
This leadership position is responsible for the supervision,
management and development of Riley Center’s Community Office, which offers
non-residential domestic violence services to survivors of domestic violence.
This will include ongoing program observation, project planning and
supervision. This staff person will also manage requests from the community for
education presentations and attend meetings in the community. The CO Program
Manager’s work with other SVDP programs and outside domestic violence related
service agencies is key to developing the relationships that will further
enhance services available to all survivors of domestic violence, including
immigrant, women of color, LGBTQQI, and other marginalized communities. This position
also provides support for the volunteer program, drop-in services, Riley Center
events and the Program Director as needed.
Title: Community Office Program
Location: Riley Center’s Community
Office, 1175 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Schedule: Full-time, 40 hours per
week, Mon – Fri with occasional evenings and weekends for presentations/events
Supervisor: Program Director
Salary/Benefits: DOE, full medical
(Kaiser), exempt position (non-union)
· Provide onsite support and
supervision for Riley Center’s Community Office.
· Supervision of Community
Office Case Managers.
· Ongoing program development
of the Community Office.
· Community outreach.
· Deliver presentations and
attend meetings to represent the Riley Center in support of the Program
Director and as needed.
· Coordinate special
projects, including agency library of resources, books, videos, & training
· Participate in Riley Center
team management meetings, trainings and in-services as appropriate.
· Assist with direct client
services as needed: answer crisis calls; offer counseling, advocacy,
information & referrals to drop-in clients; provide office coverage.
· Support government contract
management as needed.
· Perform other duties as
assigned and participate in on-going cross training to perform duties in other
departments of the agency as needed.
· BA degree in social service
or similar field. In lieu of degree 4
years equivalent work
· experience will be
· 2-5 years program planning,
community organizing or related experience.
· Strong public speaking and
· At least 1 year leadership
· At least 1 year experience
with event planning.
· Experience with domestic
violence issues/dynamics (personal, educational, &/or professional),
especially in context to race, class, gender, and sexual identity.
· Strong social perception
skills using active listening to work on understanding other people.
· Knowledgeable in an
administrative role and ability to organize and maintain accurate records.
· Ability to develop goals,
plan, organize and prioritize work.
· Excellent verbal, reading
and written communication skills in English.
· Ability to think critically
and resolve problems.
· Computer software skills
including data entry, Excel and Word processing.
· Ability to maintain
constructive and cooperative working relationships.
· Professional demeanor and
· Knowledge, experience and
comfort working with a diverse community, including LGBTQQ, youth, immigrant,
low income communities and communities of color.
· Ability to move seamlessly
between being a team player and working independently while being flexible in a
quickly changing environment.
· Commitment to the mission
of St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco.
· Valid Driver's License
The St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco, Riley Center is
an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Send resumes to: Lois Dutton, 1237 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco,
Nancy Pelosi Staff Assistant in DC
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi seeks passionate,
positive and professional Staff Assistant for her Congressional Office in the
Cannon Building in Washington, D.C. Responsibilities include serving as the
welcoming face of the office; answering hundreds of phone calls in a pleasant
and efficient manner; coordinating tour requests for visiting San Franciscans;
and general office support. Ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic
self-starter with keen attention to detail; thrives in fast paced, high
pressure environments; and possesses excellent & succinct
communication skills. A strong work ethic, patience and the ability to work
long hours are a must. Experience on Capitol Hill and knowledge of Members of
the Democratic Caucus is a plus. Strong ties to Northern California ,
especially San Francisco, are preferred but not required. Office is an is an
Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly values the diversity of its employees.
To apply, send cover letter and one-page resume to resumeCA12@mail.house.gov.
Fund for the Public Interest – Environment CA Campaign
The Fund for the Public Interest is
a national non-profit organization that works to build support for social change
organizations across the country. In the Bay Area this summer it is partnering
with Environment California on their campaign to save California’s plastic bag
For decades plastic trash has been
polluting the Pacific and killing thousands of birds, marine mammals and sea
turtles. We helped California become the first state to ban single-use plastic
grocery bags, but now big out-of-state plastic companies are spending millions
to repeal the ban before it takes effect. This summer we will raise awareness
on the upcoming ballot measure through media and by having one-on-one
conversations with thousands of Californians.
Currently, paid positions are open
on our campaign staff in our location in El Cerrito. We require that interested
candidates are hard workers and have excellent communication skills.
As a member of our staff, you will
fundraise, build membership for our partner groups, educating and activating
citizens on pressing issues. You will also have the opportunity to
organize press conferences and build coalitions with other non-profit organizations.
While on staff, you gain knowledge of pressing concerns our country is facing,
learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm
understanding of the political process.
Earn on average $4000-$6000 this
summer, working for something you believe in!
To find out more, call 510-412-1055,
or visit the website.
Oakland Mayor’s Office Summer 2015 Internship
(Application Deadline: May 22, 2015)
The Mayor’s office welcomes intern
candidates of various backgrounds a unique opportunity to learn first-hand
about City government. Those selected will work closely with Mayor staff on a
variety of tasks which may involve policy research and development, drafting
memoranda and briefs, community engagement, outreach and education,
administrative tasks, and research and analysis. Placement assignments are made
based on a combination of factors including the needs of the Mayor's Office and
the intern's skill set and expressed interests.
In order to process your
internship application, please submit all the materials listed below in one
package. Only complete application packages will be accepted for
Sample (one page maximum)
are processed within two weeks of the deadline, Friday, May 22nd.
Emerge America Summer 2015 Internship in San
for more information)
If you are enthusiastic about the advancement of women in
politics, then this is the internship for you! At Emerge, you will be an
important member of a national network that is transforming the face of
Who We Are
Emerge America is a candidate training program for Democratic
women. The essential step for Democratic women who want to run for public
office – Emerge is the only in-depth, seven-month training program that
inspires women to run and gives them the tools to win. Currently operating in
fourteen states, our mission is to increase the number of Democratic women in
all levels of Public office. For more information about Emerge America, visit
us online at www.emergeamerica.org.
We are seeking a self-motivated intern(s) to play an integral
role with fundraising, event planning and communications.
Passionate about the advancement of women in politics
Comfortable with Microsoft Office
Familiar with general office operations
Professional and clear communication skills
Familiar with social media
Learn to use NGP (Democratic campaign database) and related
Help with event planning, including our annual event and smaller
Support donor outreach and cultivation
Conduct prospect research
Help manage website content and updates
Develop and implement social media initiatives
Help with mass mailings via e-mail and traditional mail
Manage press lists and provide PR support
Filing and administrative work as needed
This position will require a commitment of 20 to 30 hours each
week. Dates/hours can be flexible to accommodate a class schedule and we are
happy to work with your school to help you earn college credit.
Please send a resume and a brief cover letter explaining your
interest and prior experience in politics or non-profit work to firstname.lastname@example.org. Emerge America strives to
reflect the diverse communities that we serve. Those who contribute to this
diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.
James B. Boskey Law Student Essay Contest on Dispute Resolution
by The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution in memory of James B. Boskey, an
intellectual, humanitarian, Seton Hall University law professor, and
mediator. Professor Boskey became known and beloved world-over for his
publication of The Alternative Newsletter, a resource guide on Alternative Dispute
Resolution published quarterly. It was in its tenth year when Professor Boskey
died in 1999. The publication provided a comprehensive yet very accessible
window into the diverse dimensions of the ADR field. In many respects,
Professor Boskey - through the alternative newsletter - was the voice of the
Purpose of the Boskey ADR Writing
The purpose of the competition is to create greater
interest in the field of dispute resolution among all law students of the
nation, particularly the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association.
The essay may address any aspect of dispute resolution
practice, theory or research that the contestant chooses. Essays are limited to 15-25 typewritten pages,
including footnotes or endnotes. The text of the essay must be double-spaced,
with twelve-point font and one-inch margins.
First Prize: $1000 to the Competition winner and posting of the
winning essay and runner-up online.
Entry Information and Procedures
The 2015 entry deadline is June 12, 2015
Click HERE for
the Competition Guidelines and Entry Form
The James Boskey Dispute Resolution
Essay Competition is sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of
Updated May 18, 2015 from the Politics Department Newsletter.