Community Events Canvassers | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Community Events Canvassers

Community Event Canvassers

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) is hiring! We seek to hire numerous part-time Community Event Canvassers to work 20-hours/week from  August 12 to November 9 staffing community tabling events, registering voters, collecting petitions, and making phone calls to voters.

Some of these positions can be focused on a specific college campus, so we encourage students to apply.  


Note: We are also advertising other part-time positions, including for Democracy Champions, and Data Entry Specialists. Individuals may apply for more than one role. 


Position Title:  Community Event Canvasser


Hours: part-time, 20 hours per week, flexible scheduling (By mutual agreement, it may be possible to add more weekly hours as the election date approaches.)


Duration: August 12-November 9, 2024


Pay: $28 / hour


Desired locations include but are not limited to: Louisville; Lexington; Bowling Green; Covington and NKY area; Richmond / Berea; Georgetown; Danville; Morehead; Prestonsburg / Pikeville; Hazard; Corbin / London / Somerset; Hopkinsville; Madisonville


Who We Are

KFTC is a grassroots organization with thousands of members and a dozen chapters across Kentucky organizing for racial, social, healing, and economic justice, a healthy environment, and an honest democracy. We believe in the power of community organizing – people working together to achieve common goals. It’s a long-term approach that focuses on building and exercising power, especially among people affected by injustice, to improve the quality of life for all. 

KFTC has built up a powerful infrastructure to foster democratic values in our state - through tactics such as targeted voter registration, educating on candidate stances, voter mobilization, training candidates, endorsing candidates, and changing laws to make more space for democracy.

We engage in this work to create an authentic, participatory Democracy, which is needed to create the life Kentuckians deserve.  We want to make elected officials more responsive to Kentuckians as a whole.  We also seek to create an environment in which better candidates will run and get elected.  

KFTC’s grassroots leadership has adopted the following description of what we are working to be and achieve together over the next ten years:

  • 2031 Vivid Description: Kentuckians For The Commonwealth is a collective light, leading the way to a thriving, joyful, intergenerational, multi-cultural society where people are free from oppression and where equity, health care, and racial, economic, and social justice exist for everyone. We are a beloved community, where all people are connected and affirmed through healthy relationships, and dedicated to achieving mutual liberation.
  • 2031 Audacious Goal: Guided by Black, Indigenous, People of Color and impacted communities, we will recruit, equip, and activate a network of 100,000 members and partners across all 120 counties to dismantle racism and all systems of oppression, to develop a robust democracy and transform the future of Kentucky.

What You’ll Do

You will be responsible for scheduling and setting up voter registration tables and circulating with clipboards at community festivals, in parks, in front of friendly businesses, on college campuses, and other locations to register voters and ask people to sign petitions.


You’ll connect with people, listen to their stories and concerns, register people to vote, share information about important issues, and encourage them to get involved in democracy. You’ll also help train and support volunteers working with you.


You’ll attend a virtual 2-hour training each week.  These 2-hour trainings are every Tuesday from 2pm ET  to 4pm ET and are mandatory.


You can also expect to spend time talking with voters on the phone, especially on days when the weather is unsafe for tabling and in the weeks between the voter registration deadline (October 7) and the fall election (November 5). During the final month, you will call thousands of voters (including people we registered to vote and/or who signed petitions) to let them know where candidates stand on key issues and share information that supports people to vote. 


Specifically, you will:

  • Learn. You will participate in several paid orientation days plus a weekly virtual training during one of your shifts. You will gain skills, confidence, and valuable experience on the job. 
  • Show up. You will participate in regular shifts doing tabling, assisting with events, or making phone calls.  Your local organizer will identify great places to set up voter registration or petitioning tables, but if you have ideas about great opportunities, it’s even better.
  • Register voters in prioritized communities and locations. You will staff voter registration tables and/or circulate with a clipboard at community events and venues to register voters and collect petitions. You can expect to work outside in many weather conditions and to engage with people and communities who may be unfamiliar to you. You may be asked to help transport and set up tables, chairs, signs and materials, and sometimes canopies. 
  • Make phone calls. Some shifts will be spent talking with voters on the phone, connecting with them about key issues, candidates, volunteering, & voting.
  • Assist with community events. Some shifts may be spent assisting with community events planned by KFTC to connect with voters and volunteers. 
  • Inform and engage voters. You’ll connect with voters around key issues, candidates, how to register, the voting process, and ways to get involved, including as volunteers.
  • Train and support volunteers to do voter registration and have meaningful conversations with voters.
  • Take pictures and collect quotes from people you meet at events
  • Ensure all voter registration cards are protected and turned in safely and promptly, according to procedures.
  • Assist with data collection and data entry as needed.
  • Comply with organizational rules and procedures, including legal and COVID guidelines.
  • Contribute to a culture of mutual respect, support, accountability, appreciation, good working relationships, and constructive communication with your supervisor, co-workers, and volunteers.
  • Be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and willing to take other precautions (including masking indoors when at work) to keep our members, staff, and the public safe.
  • Other duties as assigned


We’re looking for people who are:

  • Committed to racial justice, anti-colonialism, equity, inclusion and democracy
  • Able to work and connect well with diverse people, especially Black and Brown Kentuckians, low-income and working class folks, young people, LGBTQ+ folks, disabled Kentuckians, and others whose voices and votes are too often discounted.
  • Committed to the mission and values of KFTC
  • Excited about doing public outreach, deep listening, and connecting with voters at tables, events, and by phone.
  • Self-motivated and independent, and also work effectively in teams
  • Reliable, organized, and responsive. Able to ask for help when needed.
  • Coachable, excited to learn, eager to teach others. 
  • Able to follow procedures and instructions with a high degree of accuracy and minimal supervision. 
  • Committed to safeguarding confidential or sensitive voter data and information.
  • Self-directed, confident, capable
  • Collaborative, patient, hopeful
  • Able to de-escalate and stay calm in potentially contentious situations. 
  • Introspective and committed to lifelong learning with a strong, ever-growing, and intricate knowledge of self.
  • Able to prioritize self-care for the purpose of collective care, as it is intrinsically tied to the energy infused in the work.

What Else You Should Know

  • You will be required to participate in a paid, in-person orientation in Lexington starting on August 12 and in weekly on-line zoom trainings after that.
  • This position offers $50 / month to compensate for a cell phone that you use for work, and provides reimbursement of $.46 / mile if you use your own vehicle for authorized work. 
  • This position requires moderate local travel and working weekday evenings and Saturdays.
  • You must have access to a car you can use for local work related travel and/or be able to show up reliably and on-time to a wide range of local community locations using a bike or public transportation.
  • You will be supervised by a KFTC staff leader, and work closely with other KFTC organizers who may provide day-to-day direction and support.
  • KFTC is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage BIPOC people, Kentuckians with felonies in their past, women, and LGBTQ individuals to apply for open positions.


How to apply

  • Please complete this online application before July 3 at midnight.
  • To ensure that all qualified applicants are fairly considered for these roles, KFTC is not requiring that applicants submit a cover letter or resume. Please take your time with the application and tell us about yourself and your interest in and qualifications for this role. We don’t care about your grammar. We want to learn what’s important for us to know about you.  
  • We’ll be scheduling interviews starting July 8.
  • If you have questions about this position please email [email protected] and type “Community Event Canvassers” in the subject line.