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Canvass Captain – 2020 Census
January 23, 2020 at 2:08 pm

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Position: Canvass Captain – 2020 Census (Long Beach, West Hollywood, San Fernando Valley)

Salary: $15.00 per hour

Type: Part-Time, Temporary, 15-20 hours a week

Start: March 2020

Closing date of this position: Open until filled

Reports to: Census Program Manager

Organizational Background:

Equality California (EQCA) is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization with over 800,000 members. Equality California brings the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating, and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. Through its legislative work, EQCA has successfully sponsored 140 pieces of pro-equality legislation cementing California as the state with the strongest LGBTQ-civil rights protections in the country.

Equality California Institute (EQCAI) is a 501(c)3 organization that has a parallel mission to EQCA, its 501(c)4 counterpart. EQCAI educates the broader community on important LGBTQ issues such as transgender equality, violence and hate crimes, healthcare, health disparities, the needs of LGBTQ seniors and youth, homelessness and immigration. Over the last five years, EQCAI has spearheaded successful programs to tackle these issues, including multiple public education campaigns, such as Transform California, Equality4All, #Take It, I’m PrEP’d, Let California Ring, Fair Share for Equality, the Breakthrough Conversations Project, and Health Happens with Equality.

In 2019, Equality California launched Silver State Equality, a program to advance the mission of full, lived equality for all LGBTQ people in Nevada.

Position Overview:

EQCAI seeks a part-time Canvass Captain to help lead the implementation of EQCAI’s Canvass and Text-to-Relay 2020 Census Campaign outreach.

The Canvass Captain will support EQCAI’s 10-week canvass campaign in one of the following communities, Long Beach, West Hollywood or San Fernando Valley, to educate EQCAI members about the 2020 Census and encourage the completion of the questionnaire during the self-response period.

Additionally, the Canvass Captain will support the Census Program Team in volunteer recruitment, training, and retention to ensure an accurate and complete count in the 2020 Census.

This position would be based in our Los Angeles office and will be supervised by the Census Program Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities

Working under the leadership of EQCAI Census Program Manager, the Canvass Captain will:

  • Ensure that canvass and text-to-relay metrics are being met;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with EQCAI stakeholders as it relates to the #WillBeCounted 2020 Census Campaign;
  • Supervise a team of volunteers on behalf of EQCAI’s census engagement plan;
  • Engage EQCAI members about the 2020 Census through canvassing, phone-banking, and text-banking;
  • Track census engagement activities using both qualitative and quantitative methods;
  • Adhere to all data security and privacy protocols around census engagement.


  • Ability to work nights and weekends;
  • Commitment to working across lines of difference, including race, class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age to achieve objectives;
  • Knowledge, passion, and commitment to addressing issues impacting the LGBTQ community as well as advancing equality and social justice generally;
  • Ability and interest to work with a wide range of organizations and institutions including other LGBTQ groups, schools, unions, religious congregations, and other social justice and advocacy organizations;
  • Experience managing volunteers;
  • Experience in community engagement, campaign work, or other forms of direct outreach;
  • Excellent communication, project management, and multi-tasking skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills;
  • Spanish language proficiency preferred, but not required;
  • Proficiency in use of technology such as laptop computers and tablets;
  • Above all else, a positive attitude and willingness to work collaboratively and in support of the EQCAI mission.

Equality California is an equal employment opportunity employer. Equality California does not make employment decisions or discriminate based on protected characteristics including, but not limited to, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, gender (including gender identity and/or gender expression), sexual orientation, age, physical or mental handicaps, veteran status, or genetic information as prescribed by applicable local, state, and federal law. We strongly encourage diverse candidates to apply, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, people of diverse gender identities, and non-LGBTQ allies.

To apply:

Email resume and cover letter Jeremy Payne at jeremy@eqca.org. Please be sure to put “Canvass Captain – 2020 Census” in the subject line of your email.



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