What does a canvass director do?

As a Canvass Director with Fund for Equality, a project of Fund for the Public Interest, you’ll help build the people power we need to achieve full equality for LGBTQ Americans. We are hiring for immediate positions, and positions beginning August 2020.

Key responsibilities

As a canvass director, you will run your own office and work on campaigns with the Human Rights Campaign. You’ll recruit supporters, raise money and mobilize thousands of people to take action. Being a director requires that you work independently, exercise good judgment, and work hard to meet the office’s staffing, campaign and fieldwork goals.

Meet goals for your campaign

Reach or exceed your office’s fundraising and membership goals. Most offices have goals of educating 100,000 people, raising $250,000 and identifying 5,000 members each year.

Recruit, train & manage staff

  • Recruit, hire and manage a staff of 10 to 40 canvassers.
  • Train staff on effective canvassing and campaigning techniques.
  • Run staff meetings and skills trainings.
  • Evaluate staff performance and give ongoing feedback.
  • Identify strong staff, teach them leadership skills and promote from within.


Lead by example. Canvass three to four times a week so you can train new staff, evaluate current staff, raise money, identify and activate members, and educate the public on the issues.

Run the office

  • Oversee administrative functions related to campaign goals, staff management, fundraising, membership development and general office management.
  • Ensure that funds raised and member information collected gets to the partner organizations.
  • Complete your staff’s payroll accurately and in a timely fashion.


We are looking for college graduates who have leadership experience and excellent communication skills, and who are willing to work hard to make lasting, positive change on important issues.


We have an excellent training program—it’s one of the things for which we’re most widely recognized. All positions have a monthlong initial training, most of which is spent working in an existing field office and getting hands-on training. After that, we follow up with a classroom-style training. Throughout the year, new and experienced canvass directors will participate in advanced trainings on staff management, canvassing, campaign strategy, media and public speaking.


We work on the campaigns that we think are the most pressing, and set up our ground operations where we think we can make the biggest difference. We are running campaigns in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Miami, Milwaukee and Washington, D.C.

Pay and benefits

The target annual compensation for canvass directors is $28,000 - $35,000 in the first year, depending on the position. Fund for Equality offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

Things to know when you apply

Fund for Equality has a vision of a better future, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to making positive change. Click here for things you should know about our organization when you apply.

Fund for Equality is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

Change takes people power, and people power starts with you.

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