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2023 Legislative & Electoral Fellowship

About Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon

PPAO is the statewide political voice for Planned Parenthood’s two healthcare affiliates in Oregon and for reproductive health care and freedom. PPAO defends the Planned Parenthood mission by advocating for public policy that will enhance and protect reproductive health care; by building support and accountability among our elected officials in Oregon; by working with coalition partners to reduce health care disparities within our state and build a more equitable society, where everyone has access to care regardless of location, income, immigration status, race, gender or sexual identity; and by engaging and motivating the public to join the fight for reproductive freedom. Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon supports state and local candidates who consistently champion reproductive health care, including abortion, birth control and comprehensive sex education. Our Fellows are integral in our efforts to protect and expand the critical healthcare services that Planned Parenthood provides: family planning, lifesaving cancer treatments, and safe and legal abortion. In a post-Roe landscape, many states are banning or severely limiting abortion access, and our access to reproductive health care is under consistent federal attack. At PPAO, we are leading the way for Oregon to safeguard and expand access to reproductive health care.

The Fellowship Experience

As a Legislative and Electoral Fellow, you will gain foundational experience in the political and nonprofit fields. Fellows will work with PPAO staff during the legislative session to implement a government relations strategy, which includes intensive community outreach that drives constituent contact into the Legislature, creating and submitting testimony, lobbying, and digital organizing. In addition to working on PPAO’s legislative agenda, fellows will gain experience in electoral work through our political action committee, Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon. You’ll be part of an impactful grassroots campaign to contact Oregon voters and educate them on local candidates in school board races across the state. You will learn and use grassroots organizing skills that advance the movement for reproductive freedom while engaging in important electoral and legislative efforts that will serve Oregonians for years to come.

Through extensive training with PPAO/PP PAC staff, Legislative and Electoral Fellows will gain real-world experience and valuable résumé-building skills in many aspects of political and community engagement work including: Planned Parenthood supporter outreach and patient advocacy, voter contact and mobilization, volunteer recruitment, community care and sustainability, digital organizing and data management. After completing our program, Fellows have gone on to be appointed to public office and hired as staff at PPAO, the Oregon Legislature and political campaigns.

Commitments

Fellows must be able to commit to up to 10 hours a week, primarily weeknights and some weekends. This is a part-time, hourly, limited-term position at $15/hour with a maximum of 10 hours a week. This fellowship is a 5-month opportunity (January 25th through June 30th, 2023) that will be conducted hybrid remote and in-person depending on the current public health guidelines. While our Field Organizers are based out of Eugene and Portland, we encourage applications from all regions of Oregon.

Responsibilities

  • Commit to 10 hours per week, primarily weekday evenings and weekends, from January 25th through June 30th, 2023.
  • Step into a leadership role for community advocacy, outreach, canvassing and base building.
  • Conduct phone, text and digital constituent outreach; voter persuasion; and get-out-the-vote work from home and in-person, depending on COVID-19 guidelines.
  • Engage meaningfully in culture change work to destigmatize abortion and change the hearts and minds of our community members.
  • Possible travel within northern or southern regions of Oregon, depending on COVID-19 guidelines.
  • Assist with lobbying elected leaders regarding their votes on bills of interest at the Legislature, in-district or virtually, depending on COVID-19 guidelines.
  • Ensure that PPAO/PP PAC has a visible presence and a voice at town hall forums as they arise. 
  • Help with training or education sessions on pending legislation and ballot measure issues.
  • Help manage the flow of data by keeping the internal database current and accurate.

Qualifications

  • High level of commitment and passion for the reproductive freedom movement.
  • Willingness to be flexible in a fast-moving environment, and to take initiative on projects and tasks.
  • Ability to prioritize and handle a variety of projects simultaneously and often independently.
  • Great problem-solving skills and dependable, collaborative and communicative with your fellowship cohort.
  • Willingness to meaningfully interrogate and push back against systems of oppression including, but not limited to: systemic racism, capitalism, patriarchy, ableism, heteronormativity and transphobia.
  • Desire and ability to work collaboratively with members of the fellowship cohort, coalition partners and PPAO/PP PAC staff.
  • Reliable weeknight and weekend availability.

Applications will be accepted through December 11th, 2022 at 11:59PM. Virtual interviews will be scheduled for early January, and hiring decisions to be made by January 13th, 2023. Click here to apply!

For more information, please contact Naomi Strait (she/her) at [email protected] (Portland) or Rebecca Nelson (she/her) at [email protected] (Eugene).

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. The employee will also perform other reasonable duties as assigned by the supervisor or other management. Job descriptions, including minimum requirements and job responsibilities, will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a nondiscriminatory work environment. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, genetic information, application for workers’ compensation benefits, use of statutory protected leave, veteran or military status, pregnancy, union activity, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Planned Parenthood is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus and innovation.

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