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Fund for the Public Interest Assistant Director Reviews

Updated Mar 13, 2019

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "No better way to improve grassroots organizing and communication skills"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Learn an immense amount of skills, make friends and connections across the country, make tangible impact on real world issues, build resume with nonprofit experience, canvassers and field managers who canvass well can earn quite good money

    Cons

    Depending on position the hours can be quite intense and being rejected over and over can be disheartening. This job is not for everyone, but if it’s a good fit and you give your all it is definitely worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize to directors and other campaign staff that staying healthy and taking care of yourself is more important than hitting goals. People who don’t sleep or eat well don’t make as much social change.

    Fund for the Public Interest2018-03-05
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Cause, But Demanding Hours with Little Pay"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -great work experience -good job training

    Cons

    -long hours that aren't always advertised -job insecurity if not meeting fundraising goals -pay that is below a livable wage

    Advice to Management

    Make your hours less demanding and pay your workers a livable wage

    Fund for the Public Interest2019-03-14
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Director"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers were passionate and from reputable schools

    Cons

    The summer work times were the most difficult

    Fund for the Public Interest2018-09-07
  4. Helpful (8)

    "Easily the worst job I have ever held"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Dont care about substance use on job

    Cons

    Just about everything including the pro

    Advice to Management

    Hiring staff is incredibly deceiving. They promise hands on "political" work when in reality regardless of your title you spend 5 hours a day outside in extreme weather interrupting people's dinner begging for money that rarely goes to where they think it will. Upper management is incredibly disorganized, passive aggressive, and seemingly unqualified to manage anything. The pay still left me on food stamps and a co worker...

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    Fund for the Public Interest2018-05-14
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Focus on retention not recruitment! not easy to commit long term to this job"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    great office culture, lots of responsibility

    Cons

    extensive training fails to cover some actually applicable day to day things, turnover rate is high bc they don't care very much about their employees. upper management only responds to things they want to

    Advice to Management

    put more money towards paying your directors well and treating all employees with respect--> that long term investment will require far less money/effort towards recruitment and training so you can actually build a team of experienced and committed organizers.

    Fund for the Public Interest2017-10-18
  6. Helpful (3)

    "This place is absolutely horrible."

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    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Non-management employees are usually great.

    Cons

    Pay is very low, abuse of employees, con employees out of money, sexual harassment in office, exploit idealistic young people, and expose employees to street harassment.

    Advice to Management

    Need a complete overhaul of campaign model.

    Fund for the Public Interest2017-10-03
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Hard good work"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Canvass Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fund for the Public Interest for more than a year

    Pros

    - Focus on training- For Canvass Staff a full day of shadowing, one hour of paid training before work for the first five days, then weekly skills workshops For Directors- over 100 hours of paid classroom training the first year on staff, then subject and skills training -I feel like I can talk to anyone about the issues to anyone- I also volunteered on an electoral campaign and people there acted like I was a wizard...

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    Cons

    - Just like all campaign jobs (electoral or issue based) the hours are demanding as is the work. -It can be physically demanding especially with medical issues. -Learning to talk to stranger about money and politics is hard not honestly not for everyone. It took me a while to get over my anxiety around it. -Change comes slowly, and with a political climate like this one, that can be frustrating

    Advice to Management

    I think it would be helpful to new staff to get more context on how this job prepares you for a career in politics. I feel like a lot of the new hires I meet have no idea how this work fits into the larger political movement and tactics outside of the Fund.

    Fund for the Public Interest2017-08-04
  8. Helpful (4)

    "You really have to want it"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time

    Pros

    -Great cause to work for -Surrounded by great people -Casual dress code if wearing slacks and a button down bothers you -Flexible location(if not a bit misleading, see below)

    Cons

    I was hired in the spring to start in the summer. By the time I had started, I had already been asked to relocate twice because the Fund had over-hired for my position- at least by two times the number of people they needed in the position(asked even after noting that I had signed a lease for an apartment in this location). Furthermore, it was only a week before I started that I was made aware that if I did not meet fundraising...

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    Advice to Management

    -Understand that while canvassing was vital in the founding of the Fund, re-evaluate if it is financially feasible enough to disenchant, underpay and overwork so many young activists -Quotas are important, but for full time hires be a bit more lenient on quota meeting in the first week, or give more advice than 'do better or you'll be let go' -If one of the most important things about canvassing is educating the public,...

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    Fund for the Public Interest2017-08-21
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Worst. Job. Ever."

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    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    you meet some truly great people.

    Cons

    1. This work can be dangerous, there is absolutely nothing safe about being a solitary female canvassing a neighbourhood at night by yourself. 2. little to no diversity 3. Hours are shocking, you will be there all day every day and not be properly compensated for it. 4. the organization is very deceptive about hours, pay, and the kind of support you will get towards fulfilling your mandate. 5. they use sleazy and...

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    Advice to Management

    respect your workers, pay them fairly, observe fair and safe labour practices.

    Fund for the Public Interest2017-08-01
  10. Helpful (4)

    "There are much better options out there"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1) Meeting some of the best people here. Passionate, like-minded, fun individuals. Mostly students or recent college grads. 2) Never know what cool networking could come rom canvassing. 3) You're attempting to work for a good cause. 4) might get to go on a camping-canvass 5) director position has good leadership for resume

    Cons

    1) The biggest. They are deceptive. Left and right, from the start. Everything from salary, to your job description, and for some people, job title. You could be hired for one position (recruitment) and told the week you start that you'll be doing something totally different (canvass office mgmt), and usually you have no say. They may play down how much you'll be canvassing. They may say raises are possible after a few...

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    Advice to Management

    You wouldn't need to invest hundreds of hours on recruitment each year targeting directors, if the directors working there were treated well and could stand to stay for more than a year.

    Fund for the Public Interest2017-06-07
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