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Dream Defenders is currently searching for candidates for the following positions:

current openings

Development Director

Voter Registration Fellows

35Voter Registration Organizer

Deputy Director of Voter Engagement

Quality Control Coordinator 


Quality Control Coordinator 

Dream Defenders seeks a highly motivated, detail-oriented person to join our team to administer Blocks & the database that we use to track Voter Registration. The primary roles of this position are  A) to help administer the Blocks database and manage the quality control process which includes tracking and verifying voter registration data.  B) This role will also have a leading role in maintaining our voter registration data and training, and supporting our organizers as they use Blocks and other tools and technology to improve the efficacy of their voter registration work. 

This position reports to the Deputy Director of Voter Engagement and the Director of Voter Engagement.

Salary: $40,000-45,000 annually along with a benefits package including medical, vision, dental, 401(k), and more.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • State level administrator for Blocks, the database State Voices Florida uses to track voter registration information.
  • Creating user accounts, managing the access of different staff, and monitoring usage of Blocks.
  • Administer our voter registration program at the county level and internally verify their forms. 
  • Visually inspect voter registration forms & flags.  
  • Undergo a Phone Verification process & report fraudulent activity, disconnected numbers, and any potential errors within Blocks. 
  • Providing training (individual and group) and technical support to staff on Blocks, Voter Registration Quality Control, and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Hold weekly one on one partner check ins with the Deputy Director of Voter Engagement and/or Director of Voter Engagement.
  • Pulling regular reports about voter registration activity on a  weekly basis.
  • Develop “how-to” one-pagers / videos on Blocks, Voter Registration Quality Control best practices and external tracking systems.
  • Create and maintain documentation for the Data & Program Department.
  • Monitor the data transfer and raise alarms when drop off rates are below the comfort level of the team.
  • Support on scanning and redacting training, flags and resolutions for staff
  • Lead on holding staff accountable for addressing/resolving problems with quality control that come up in the phone/visual verification process.
  • Build a re-training curriculum that is responsive to Quality Control trends.
  • Help DDVE and DVE build relationships with election officials and/or coordinate that process. 
  • Train staff to understand quality control flags, problematic forms, and fraud.
  • Support staff through investigation processes. 
  • There is some in-state travel required.
  • Execute any assigned duties during book closing visits, as needed.
  • Provide on-site and in-person trainings on programmatic aspects that relate to tools, reporting, and quality control
  • Kickoff/regional/ongoing trainings: Lead and co-facilitate in-person EVC trainings scheduled throughout the cycle.
  • Be a part of the training team at Dream Defenders, facilitate ongoing training as needed
  • Notify and guide partner QC staff in expediting form deliveries throughout the entirety of the  program.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Soft Skills

  • Aptitude for punctuality and strong time-management 
  • Ability to prioritize tasks to meet the needs of the work-flow and deadlines 
  • Customer service oriented attitude 
  • Desire to learn new skills and different ways of doing things 
  • Possess a passion for social, racial, and economic justice, and desire a long-term career in the nonprofit field, operations, and/or data and technology sector.
  • Detail and deadline oriented, highly organized, and thrive in a fast-paced team-oriented environment. 
  • Patience working with people of broad skill levels
  • Ability to respond promptly to time-sensitive requests
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and prioritize work 
  • Creative approach to problem solving and eagerness to troubleshoot complex issues

Required Qualifications

  • A strong commitment to the civic engagement of historically underrepresented communities.
  • Ability to learn and use an online database platform.
  • Diplomatic, professional approach to problem-solving.
  • Ability to manage several tasks/projects concurrently and prioritize work effectively.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, be detail-oriented and meet deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, specifically including the ability to translate technical instructions into easy-to-follow language for non-technical audiences.
  • Patience working with people with a wide range of skill levels.
  • Excellent organizational, time-management, oral and written communications skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1-2 cycles experience in labor, political or community organizing and political campaigns preferred.
  • Past experience with voter registration preferred.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills preferred.
  • Experience working in coalition with partners or experience working in diverse communities, particularly in communities of color.
  • Reliable access to transportation.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish/Kreyol (or another language) a plus.
  • Some (any) experience working with the Voter Activation Network (VAN) and/or NGP EveryAction or other databases

Process to Apply

  1. Submit a Resume & Cover Letter to [email protected]
  2. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at State Voices Florida where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deputy Director of Voter Engagement

Dream Defenders is hiring a Deputy Director of Voter Engagement to help the organization in the success of our statewide youth voter registration and voter education program for the 2022 elections. The Deputy Director of Voter Engagement will be responsible for the day to day management of our organizers and fellows across the state. In addition, they will support the Director of Voter Engagement in executing a statewide voter registration plan. This position is remote but will require some in person work and travel throughout the South Florida region.

The Deputy Director of Voter Engagement reports to the Director of Voter Engagement.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work with the Director of Voter Engagement to implement the statewide voter registration program
  • Support the process of hiring and training fellows and organizers
  • Supervise organizers setting goals, developing work plans and acting as a coach and mentor to ensure staff development and by conducting regular check-ins.
  • Analyze daily and weekly reports to track progress to goals and implement rigorous quality control measures
  • Examine the workplace for environmental or physical factors that could affect employee health, safety, comfort, and performance.
  • Create, implement and monitor health and safety policies and procedures for statewide voter registration program
  • Investigate health and safety incidents and accidents to identify what caused them and how they might be prevented
  • Develop and conduct employee health and safety and training programs.

Skills & Experience

  • Staff management experience as a volunteer leader, organizer, or canvass manager
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Familiarity with electoral campaigns
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Creative problem solving
  • Flexible and self-motivated
  • Has led trainings or workshops

Key Requirements

  • Strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Access to laptop and cell phone
  • Ability to interact with canvassers/petitioners with a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • Experience with VAN, EveryAction, Google Business Suite, and Google Sheets/Excel, BLOCKS is highly preferred.
  • Position requires a valid Florida driver’s license and reliable transportation.
  • Spanish/Haitian Kreyol/English bilingual is a skill we value, but it is not a requirement.
  • Willingness to work long hours and weekends
  • Ability to relocate as needed
  • Full vaccination against COVID-19
  • COVID-19 considerations:
  • All employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, be willing to submit to regular testing. All employees and volunteers are required to wear masks at all times, indoors and out due to FL’s high transmission status.
  • Ability to work frequent evenings and weekends to attend community events and lead meetings; frequent travel within the region is required. Position requires a valid Florida driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position with Dream Defenders, a project of Tides Center. The salary range is from $55,000 – $65,000 annually. Employee benefits include: medical, dental and vision coverage, retirement savings plan options, disability and life insurance options, and a flexible spending plan. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time in order to complete key assignments and related tasks on schedule.

35Voter Registration Organizer

Status: Exempt, full-time
Location: Florida

Counties:

  • Broward
  • Alachua

Dream Defenders is hiring a team of Organizers to help the organization in the success of our statewide youth voter registration and voter education program for the 2022 elections. They will be responsible for day to day management of voter registration teams to engage and turn out young Black and Brown voters so we can build the political power of our generation in order to transform Florida. They will recruit and train volunteers, organize campus voter registration events and engage youth voters at community events. This is an in-person position that will require travel throughout an assigned turf.

The Organizer reports to the Director of Voter Engagement

Job Responsibilities:

  • Collecting Voter Registration forms and pledge cards.
  • Recruit, hire and train voter registration teams. Provide constructive feedback and troubleshooting support when issues occur.
  • Develop subject matter expertise in the voter registration process and workflows
  • Develop and maintain daily quality control system entries and upload. Time management will be essential in this role given strict reporting deadlines.
  • Maintain high accuracy of data collection; ensure that our voter registration program is accurately registering voters and maintaining the highest standards of integrity, form completion, and data quality. Investigate and document any errors or QC concerns; ensure all records are properly uploaded into our quality control software and stored securely.
  • Create aspirational goals and coach fellows and regional volunteers to success.
  • Meet and exceed benchmarks for voter contact and volunteer recruitment.
  • Manage volunteers and Fellows to successfully execute voter registration activities.
  • Provide canvass teams with the positive leadership culture, resources, guidance and technical support required to succeed during each phase of the program while ensuring compliance with all policies and best practices.
  • Ensure that voter registration team is launched and completed in a timely, orderly fashion
  • Plan and organize outreach activities to successfully execute voter registration goals.
  • Communicate all pertinent on-the-ground information to, and provide timely response to requests from, the Fellows under your direction
  • Ensure that voter registration teams properly perform their roles and maintain accurate and reliable data
  • Complete daily and weekly reporting as part of metrics-based performance evaluation
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Voter Engagement
  • Must be able to hit metric goals on a weekly and quarterly basis and work well under pressure gathering voter registration on college campuses.

Skills and Experience:

  • Experience or knowledge in grassroots community, labor or electoral organizing programs. Experience in programs that include volunteer outreach (canvassing, phone banking, house visits, etc.), training volunteers, monitoring goals, developing strategies and tactics, and forming alliances with other groups.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills and the ability to prioritize and effectively manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced work environment. Creative problem-solver who is resourceful during challenging or new situations.
  • Demonstrated awareness of one’s own cultural identity, views about differences, and the ability to learn and build on varying cultural and community norms. An understanding of racial justice and the urgency of confronting institutional racism and inequity. Commitment to equity and inclusion as organizational practice and culture. Experience working across lines of race, immigration status, ethnicity, language, class, gender and other identities and experience.
  • Ability to work frequent evenings and weekends to attend community events and lead meetings/debriefs.
  • Time management will be essential in this role given strict reporting deadlines.
  • Must share our organizational commitment to centering racial justice and equity in the work we do and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture. Must share our strong belief in everyday peoples’ ability to affect change and in their fundamental right to be heard by decision-makers and to influence the policies and decisions that affect their community.
  • Ensures the integrity of the organization’s voter registration system.
  • Implements policies, procedures, and systems for efficient and effective voter registration programs.
  • Supervises, evaluates, and develops assigned voter registration teams.

Key Requirements:

  • Strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Access to laptop and cell phone
  • Ability to interact with canvassers/petitioners with a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • Experience with VAN, EveryAction, Google Business Suite, and Google Sheets/Excel, BLOCKS is highly preferred.
  • Position requires a valid Florida driver’s license and reliable transportation.
  • Spanish/Haitian Kreyol/English bilingual is a skill we value, but it is not a requirement.
  • Willingness to work long hours and weekends
  • Ability to relocate as needed
  • Full vaccination against COVID-19
  • COVID-19 considerations:
  • All employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, be willing to submit to regular testing. All employees and volunteers are required to wear masks at all times, indoors and out due to FL’s high transmission status.

The starting salary for this position is $42,000. Employee benefits include: medical, dental and vision coverage, retirement savings plan options, disability and life insurance options, and a flexible spending plan. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time in order to complete key assignments and related tasks on schedule.

Physical Demands:
This job will require travel, development of reports and carrying materials/boxes (Up to 20lbs).

About Dream Defenders
Dream Defenders is a membership-based organization of diverse youth, young adults and students fighting for a better future across the state of Florida. Established in 2012 in response to the unjust murder of 17-year old Trayvon Martin, we organize campaigns, services, and political-education programming. Today, Florida’s young people are experiencing ever increasing violence, incarceration, poverty and profit for a few. Tomorrow, through building deep, local power in our communities, we will make Florida a place where everyone’s most basic needs are met – safety, food, shelter, healthcare and education.

For more information, visit: www.dreamdefenders.org
TO APPLY: Please send a Resume and Cover letter to [email protected] outlining your qualifications and interest in this role.

“Dream Defenders”, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.”

Voter Registration Fellows

Status: Exempt, part-time, temporary
Location:  Florida

Counties:

  • Miami Dade
  • Leon
  • Broward
  • Alachua
  • Hillsborough
  • Palm Beach
  • Pinellas

Dream Defenders is hiring a team of Fellows to help the organization in the success of our statewide youth voter registration and voter education program for  the 2022 elections. They will be responsible for day to day voter registration to engage and turn out young Black and Brown voters so we can build the political power of our generation in order to transform Florida.  They will  work in a fast-paced campaign environment. They will recruit and  train volunteers,organize campus voter registration events and engage youth voters at community events. This is an in-person position that will require travel throughout an assigned turf. 

The Fellows reports to the organizers.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Must be willing to dedicate +20 hours a week to collecting Voter Registration forms and pledge cards. 
  • Recruit and train volunteers  for voter registration teams. Provide constructive feedback and troubleshooting support when issues occur. 
  • Develop subject matter expertise in the voter registration process and workflows
  • Maintain high accuracy of data collection; ensure that our voter registration program is accurately registering voters and maintaining the highest standards of integrity, form completion, and data quality. Investigate and document any errors or QC concerns. 
  • Meet and exceed benchmarks for voter contact and volunteer recruitment.
  • Communicate all pertinent on-the-ground information to, and provide timely response to requests. 
  • Ensure properly performing and collecting voter registration forms within their role and maintain accurate and reliable data
  • Complete daily and weekly reporting as part of metrics-based performance evaluation.
  • Must be able to hit metric goals on a weekly and quarterly basis and work well under pressure gathering voter registration on college campuses.
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned. 

Skills and Experience

  • Experience or knowledge  in grassroots community, labor or electoral organizing programs. Experience in programs that include volunteer outreach (canvassing, phone banking, house visits, etc.), training volunteers, monitoring goals, developing strategies and tactics, and forming alliances with other groups.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills and the ability to prioritize and effectively manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced work environment. Creative problem-solver who is resourceful during challenging or new situations.
  • Demonstrated awareness of one’s own cultural identity, views about differences, and the ability to learn and build on varying cultural and community norms. An understanding of racial justice and the urgency of confronting institutional racism and inequity. Commitment to equity and inclusion as organizational practice and About Dream Defenders
  • Dream Defenders is a membership-based organization of diverse youth, young adults and students fighting for a better future across the state of Florida. Established in 2012 in response to the unjust murder of 17-year old Trayvon Martin, we organize campaigns, services, and political-education programming. Today, Florida’s young people are experiencing ever increasing violence, incarceration, poverty and profit for a few. Tomorrow, through building deep, local power in our communities, we will make Florida a place where everyone’s most basic needs are met – safety, food, shelter, healthcare and education. culture. Experience working across lines of race, immigration status, ethnicity, language, class, gender and other identities and experience.
  • Ability to work frequent evenings and weekends to attend community events.. 
  • Time management will be essential in this role given strict reporting deadlines.
  • Must share our organizational commitment to centering racial justice and equity in the work we do and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture. Must share our strong belief in everyday peoples’ ability to affect change and in their fundamental right to be heard by decision-makers and to influence the policies and decisions that affect their community.
  • Ensures the integrity of the organization’s voter registration system.

Key Requirements

  • Strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Access to laptop and cell phone
  • Ability to interact with people  with a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • Experience with or knowledge of VAN/miniVAN, EveryAction, Google Business Suite, and Google Sheets/Excel, BLOCKS is highly preferred but not required.
  •  Spanish/Haitian Kreyol/English bilingual is a skill we value, but it is not a requirement.
  • Willingness to work long hours and weekends
  • Between ages of 16-35
  • Must be committed to leading social justice campaigns
  • Must be accountable for their work
  • Full vaccination against COVID-19

COVID-19 considerations:

All employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and be willing to submit to regular testing. All employees and volunteers are required to wear masks at all times, indoors and out due to FL’s high transmission status.

The starting salary for this position is $20/hourly. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time in order to complete key assignments and related tasks on schedule. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

This job will require travel, development of reports and carrying materials/boxes (Up to 20lbs).

TO APPLY

For more information, visit: www.dreamdefenders.org 

Please send Resumes and Cover Letters to [email protected], with the Position Titles in the subject line. 

Development director

Dream Defenders’ Development Director is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s fundraising. From managing and establishing a fundraising plan, to maintaining donor relationships and securing new ones, to managing the grant cycle the Development Director will advance the organization’s sustainability through actively seeking funding partners. Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director, the Development Director will spearhead development efforts as Dream Defenders continues to grow. A new position in the organization, the Director will have the opportunity to build the development function.

ABOUT DREAM DEFENDERS
The Dream Defenders was founded in April 2012 after the tragic killing of 17-year old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. That Spring, young Black, Latinx, and Arab youth marched from Daytona Beach Florida to Sanford Florida where Trayvon Martin was killed. With that fire in their bellies, they then went back to their communities and campuses to organize. Today, the Dream Defenders is organizing Black and Brown youth to build power in our communities to advance a new vision we have for the state. Our agenda is called the Freedom Papers. Through it, we are advancing our vision of safety and security – away from prisons, deportation, and war – and towards healthcare, housing, jobs and movement for all.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Development Director will implement and evaluate a comprehensive, multi-year fundraising plan to increase individual giving in support of Dream Defenders’ work. Working closely with other team members, this position will manage all aspects of fundraising and will:

  • Develop and execute an annual fundraising plan
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations
  • Manage the implementation of a donor management system and oversee data entry and gift processing
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
  • Creating and executing a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Overseeing organization of special events
  • Developing and tracking proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising
  • This list of duties and responsibilities is not to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Commitment to our vision of safety and security – away from prisons, deportation, and war – and towards healthcare, housing, jobs and movement for all.
Demonstrated fundraising experience.
Extensive donor database experience
High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) and knowledge of search functions for donor research purposes.
Ability to execute annual giving campaigns, special events, direct and personal solicitation, as well as, all aspects of a public and private grant life cycle, and corporate engagements
Excellent communication skills, including written communications, with the ability to connect to a variety of audiences.
Superior interpersonal skills, engaging professionally with volunteers, colleagues, and donors.
Available to work weeknights and weekends as needed.
Respect for confidentiality of donor information and a strong sense for donor ethics
Strong work ethic, professional manner, and appearance in representing Dream Defenders.
Outstanding project management skills with careful attention to detail and can manage multiple projects simultaneously.

TO APPLY
For more information about Dream Defenders, visit: www.dreamdefenders.org.
Please email your cover letter and resume to [email protected], with the Position Titles in the subject line.

“Dream Defenders”, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.”