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Montreal: Friends of Public Services seeks assistant campaigners

Assistant Campaigner positions at Friends of Public Services

Volunteer position
Time commitment: 
5 hours/week, from Feb 8 to June 8, 2016 (four months), with opportunities for continued involvement.


Founded in 2015, Friends of Public Services is a national organization advocating for a strong, democratic, and equitable public sector in Canada that takes a leadership role in ecological sustainability. We believe that public health care, education, and many other services represent monumental achievements of social movements, and should be improved and expanded. FPS aims to build sustained opposition to the neoliberal agenda of austerity and privatization, and highlight the accomplishments and potential of public services as one of the most effective methods of redistributing wealth and empowering the public to shape the direction of the economy -- especially when it comes to addressing the climate crisis. More about us, and what we did last year.
The position:
The Montreal-based assistant campaigner position is involved with many aspects of Friends of Public Services' operations, including assisting with research, outreach, writing, fundraising, editing, social media. Assistant campaigners work with FPS's coordinator in our Montreal office, and be in contact with other volunteers and collaborators in Montreal and across Canada. Individuals in this position will gain experience designing and running online campaigns. FPS is a new organization with rapidly-evolving strategies and practices, and assistant campaigners will play a part in shaping the organization's practices and culture.
Tasks include:
• Assisting with campaign planning
• Developing educational materials
• Member outreach
• Research related to privatization, climate change and public sector issues
• Drafting or proofreading blog posts and mass emails
• Cultivating social media presence
• Maintaining web site
• Support for fundraising work
Required qualifications and attributes:
• Commitment to social and environmental justice
• Non-academic writing/editing skills
• Working knowledge of social media 
• Research skills
• Access to computer and internet
• Residing in Montreal for the duration of the position
Optional qualifications and attributes:
• Bi/multi-lingualism (French and other languages)
• Experience in social movements
• Graphic design skills
• Familiarity with Photoshop or equivalent software
• Tech savvy
• Knowledge of audio or video editing
• Journalism experience
• Experience with online collaboration tools like Skype and Googledocs
• Blogging experience
To apply:
Send an email to [email protected] with a cover letter (under 300 words), writing sample and CV. If possible, please include all three in a single pdf file, the filename of which contains your first and last name. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, but must be sent in before noon on February 4.

About FPS:

Friends of Public Services is a grassroots organization dedicated to the expansion and democratization of public services. We believe in equitable and inclusive public services for all, workplace democracy, and meaningful community participation in decisionmaking. Read more...

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