Oregon Census Manager

October 8, 2019

Hours: Full Time, Temporary, Non-exempt, At-will

Salary: $52,000 – $59,000 DOE, plus full benefits and generous PTO

Reports to: Oregon Advocacy Manager

Location: Portland, OR

Contract of employment: November 2019 – October 2020, with permanent opportunity upon evaluation

Deadline to apply: October 24, 2019


Forward Together is seeking a strategic and enthusiastic person to join our team to prepare and implement our field goals for the 2020 Census. The ideal candidate has experience building relationships easily, can work across issues and with partner organizations on a shared campaign goal. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who understands campaign and community organizing as key elements to achieving racial and gender justice.

Who We Are

Forward Together transforms culture and policy to work for all of us nationwide. Since our founding in 1989, we have continually fought to dismantle the ways our society marginalizes us based on race, gender and sexuality. Today, we build courage and foster connection among our multi-racial community of changemakers to secure the rights, recognition and resources all families need to thrive.

Across our country, and in our organization, we envision communities where we are all at home, where we take care of and respect each other, and where everyone is better off. We value the shared leadership of people of color, women, immigrants, LGBTQ+ and Indigenous people in building this future. Find out more about us at forwardtogether.org.

The Opportunity

The #WeCountOregon campaign is a coordinated statewide effort to ensure that every Oregonian—especially people of color, native people, children under 5, renters, immigrants, people with limited English proficiency, and multiple family homes—are counted in the 2020 US census.

The Oregon Census Manager will work with the Oregon Advocacy Manager to build a civic engagement team committed to reaching hard to count communities for the 2020 Census. This work will be done in partnership with the #WeCountOregon campaign, an initiative to ensure that the 2020 Oregon Census is equitable, fair, and just. Key priorities for this position include managing a team of 12 canvassers, tracking daily and weekly field benchmarks in relation to overall program goals, and building relationships with partner organizations.

You are perfect for this position if…

  • You like people. They like you back. You are great at relationship building.
  • Multi-tasker is your middle name. You love to own multiple projects and can track timelines and outcomes to get it done.
  • All about the details. You know that devil is in the details so you own the details.
  • Teamwork is your dream. People look up to you and you pride yourself on leading from the front. Field work is your passion and it shows!
  • You like to laugh. Change work can be hard. You can laugh at yourself and with others in times of difficulty.


  • This position will serve as the liaison to the #WeCountOregon campaign on Forward Together’s behalf.
  • Develops and implements a concrete field plan for Forward Together’s engagement in the #WeCountOregon campaign.
  • Develops and supports Forward Together’s paid canvass team of 12 civic engagement organizers in using tactics including direct community outreach, door knocking, phone banking, rapid response, and text banking.
  • Leads daily team meetings with the canvass to discuss daily goals, progress and the impacts of the field team’s work.
  • Participates in daily field-team calls with partner organizations at the #WeCount table to share and learn from other organizations on the campaign.
  • Conducts outreach and uses strategic data tools (including but not limited to VAN) to cut turf, create lists and pull reports on Forward Together’s progress during the campaign.
  • Submits weekly reports of field progress to the Forward Together Oregon team.
  • Works with FT Administrative and Finance teams to track hours, pay, mileage and other administrative details for canvass staff.
  • Supports other Forward Together organizing strategies as needed, including online actions, social media.
  • Collaborates with other partner organizations at the #WeCountOregon table, including but not limited to, reporting progress of field program to the #WeCountOregon Statewide Field Director.
  • Travels frequently for events and meetings within Oregon as needed. National travel occasionally to conferences/trainings and staff strategy/evaluation sessions as needed.


  • At least 3 years of experience in a range of community organizing strategies and tactics.
  • Has experience managing paid staff in a fast paced environment.
  • Experience with field organizing systems and tools.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Has demonstrated leadership development experience in a fast paced environment such as an electoral or issue campaign.
  • Commitment to social justice and Forward Together’s mission.
  • Flexible and comfortable in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities.
  • Strong ability to use systems, manage calendars and organize information, including proficiency in Microsoft Office, Gmail, and Google calendars.
  • Ability to hold confidential information, use good judgment and exercise keen awareness of other people’s needs.
  • Strong orientation toward growth and improvement, creative thinking and problem solving.
  • Ability to travel in and outside of state.
  • Experience working in partnership with, by and for communities of color.


To Apply

People of color, queer, transgender, gender nonconforming people and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. EOE.

Please send cover letter and resume to: oregon-census-manager@forwardtogether.org with the Subject line: FirstName_LastName_Resume/CoverLetter.

Forward Together will not consider applications with missing materials.

No phone calls, please. Due to the high volume of applications, only those selected for further discussion will be contacted.