Textbooks Campaign Organizer
Posted on: December 26, 2016
Textbooks Campaign Organizer, Student Government Resource Center
Over the last decade, the cost of college textbooks has soared. Since 2006, the cost of a college textbook increased by 73% – over four times the rate of inflation. Today, individual textbooks often cost over $200, sometimes as high as $400. For millions of students, that means choosing between food and books, working longer hours, or going without the course materials and struggling to succeed.
That’s why the Student Government Resource Center (SGRC) is hiring a campaign organizer to launch a nationwide network of student governments to advocate for accessible and affordable textbooks and course materials. This position will deepen and expand our campaign to expand the use of innovative solutions on campus like open-licensed textbooks, which are free online and free to download.
The campaign organizer doesn’t sit behind a desk. We need someone who is willing to work hard to advocate on behalf of students and help them advocate for themselves – whether it’s reaching out to student leaders from around the country, creating platforms and structures to support their advocacy, or working one-on-one to train those students as they develop plans to make change on their campuses.
Our two-year program emphasizes hands-on training and leadership development, giving staff the opportunity to make a tangible impact on critical issues while gaining real-world skills that will prepare you to be a future leader within PIRG. Some primary responsibilities include:
- Recruit student government leaders to join the campaign.
- Work closely with top students to develop their skills and advise them on campaign strategy.
- Create campaign guides and other materials for student activists.
- Collaborate with coalition partners in the open textbooks movement.
- Attend student government conferences to run workshops and expand our network.
- Visit key campuses to run activist trainings and campaign planning sessions.
- Use Facebook groups, email lists, webinars, and other tools to connect your campaign activists with each other.
- Keep your projects on track, hold students accountable to their campaign plans, and communicate regularly with the rest of the SGRC team.
- Assist in building the organization by participating in fundraising, staff recruitment, and marketing efforts.
About the Organization: The Student Government Resource Center (SGRC) works to strengthen student governments and statewide student associations into more effective vehicles for student engagement and empowerment, by providing them with training and resources designed to help them build a culture of organizing and advocacy. SGRC was founded in 1984 by student body presidents from around the country who were working together on the first-ever National Student Campaign for Voter Registration. Since then, SGRC has worked with student leaders in every state to help them develop stronger organizations and win concrete victories for students.
Locations and start dates: This position is ideally based in DC, though other locations are possible. We accept applications on a rolling basis. Start date: ASAP
Salary & Benefits: The target annual compensation for this position is $25,500 in the first year. Staff in their second year receive a raise which averages $1500. SGRC offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.
U.S. PIRG is part of The Public Interest Network — a group of organizations that share a vision of a better future, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to making positive change. Click here for things you should know about our network when you apply.