Southwest Pennsylvania Canvass Director

The Southwest Pennsylvania Canvass Director will report to the Political Director and will work with other staff on the Pennsylvania Organizing and administrative teams to support Food & Water Watch’s work.

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.

About The Organization:  

Food & Water Action has been working to build political power in southwest Pennsylvania for almost ten years. In 2023, we knocked on 40,000 doors in support of Sara Innamorato’s campaign for County Executive- the most of any group knocking doors in that hotly contested race. With the 2024 general election in 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 Southwest Pennsylvania Canvass Director will recruit and manage a team of canvassers who will hit our goals to win major victories in 2024. The position will be based in Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District.

About the position:

The Southwest Pennsylvania Canvass Director will report to the Political Director and will work with other staff on the Pennsylvania Organizing and administrative teams to support Food & Water Watch’s work. The canvass director will run a canvass operation that knocks on tens of thousands of doors to educate and mobilize voters in the general election. This is a full-time temporary grant-funded position starting as soon as possible, running through November 8.

Salary: $60,000 annualized at a pro-rated rate

Location: This position will be based in Allegheny County.

This position will start as soon as possible, running through November 8, 2024.

We 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.    

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • 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 the region
  • 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. 

Compensation: Compensation will be $60,000 annualized at a pro-rated rate.

Click here to apply. Please include your resume, cover letter and three professional references to be considered.

We will review your application and if we feel that your knowledge, skills and abilities are potentially a good match for our organization, we will be in contact with you. Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Food and Water Watch is an equal opportunity employer who encourages applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, and other members of underrepresented groups.

Food & Water Watch (FWW) is committed to the health and safety of its staff members. Moreover, FWW, as an organization, promotes science-based policy. Science clearly shows that unvaccinated populations drive the spread of the coronavirus and the emergence of new variants, and that unvaccinated people are more likely to contract COVID and experience severe symptoms. Effective immediately, prospective new staff members are required to provide proof of vaccination or request a waiver as a condition of their offer of employment.


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Contact Email: [email protected]

Post Date: 07.08.24

Job Type: Temporary

Office Location: Remote

Department: Legal