Bark Hiring Canvass Director

Protect Mt. Hood National Forest as Bark’s new canvass director in Portland, Oregon

Position: Canvass Director | Location: Portland, Oregon

Start as early as January 2. Resumes considered upon receipt. Position closes December 31. Email resume to



About Bark:

Bark is the resource for community action to protect Mt. Hood National Forest and surrounding federal lands. We prioritize grassroots organizing and believe in the power of an engaged public. Bark’s door-to-door and street canvasses are internally run out of the office and have a reputation as one of Portland’s best outreach operations. In 2017 Bark’s goal is to have 45,000 conversations with potential supporters and to raise $263,000. Canvassers and field managers are members of Communications Workers of America Local 7901.


General responsibilities:

The Canvass Director is responsible for growing Bark’s grassroots membership base and for fundraising. You are responsible for leading Bark’s door-to-door and street canvass programs, which educate and engage individuals in Bark’s programs and raise revenue for the organization. The Canvass Director works directly with other staff to align outreach efforts and meet strategic goals.


Specific Duties:

  • Recruitment and staffing: Maintain a canvass team of 15-25 canvassers by conducting outreach, interviewing prospective staff, making hiring and firing decisions. Maintain 2-4 field managers by developing leadership and management skills and promoting qualified staff.
  • Staff Training and Management: Train employees in canvassing/fundraising skills and support development of leadership and management skills. Work with staff in individual and group settings, with a particular eye towards developing leaders. Cultivate a welcoming and motivating atmosphere. Manage unionized workers within the bounds of our Union Agreement. Manage disciplinary issues.
  • Canvassing: Canvass in the field twice per week, to train new and experienced staff in the field and to assess new communities for potential canvassing.
  • Strategic Leadership: Coordinate outreach efforts in support of programmatic goals and priorities; strategically align outreach work (list building, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, etc.,) with Bark’s 20 Year Vision.
  • Administration: Identify and organize canvassing locations. Set outreach and fundraising goals in consultation with executive director. Track communication data, and income and expenses. Manage the canvass budget and prepare staff payroll. Maintain records for future organizing efforts. Ensure accurate and relevant reporting of team performance.
  • Ensure Member Information Security: Ensure that all policies on information security are followed and that members' information is secure at all times.
  • Run an Innovative Office: Identify and test new methods/technologies to improve organizing and fundraising.


Required Qualifications:

  • 2-5 years in canvassing experience
  • Commitment to environmental preservation and positive social change
  • Proven experience in fundraising
  • Strong communication and motivational skills, work ethic, and desire for political change
  • Strong commitment to maintaining a safe office environment and to Bark’s anti-oppression (DEI) work
  • Very well organized
  • Must be able to work within a team, have proven leadership ability and experience handling a lot of responsibility.
  • Strong self-direction and the ability to take initiative.
  • Strong skills prioritizing and juggling multiple tasks.
  • Flexibility to work outside normal business hours that include evenings and weekends, and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.
  • Complete and coordinate special projects as needed
  • Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis


Canvass Director Preferred Skills:

  • Fluency in a second language.


License and Certification:

A valid Oregon State Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle.


Salary and Benefits

Hourly wage plus performance bonus is $34,000-$44,000/year. Full health and dental benefits and generous vacation time. This position is NOT a member of Communications Workers of America Local 7901.