Census 2020 Canvasser

Lao Outreach Worker
February 9, 2020

Census 2020 Canvasser

  • Part Time
  • Anywhere

JOB TITLE:                           Census 2020 Canvasser

DEPARTMENT:                    Health and Social Services

REPORTS TO:                       Civic Engagement Manager

JOB SCHEDULE:                  Part-Time

EXEMPTION STATUS:        Non-Exempt


General Description:

SEAMAAC welcomes applications for a Census 2020 Canvasser. SEAMAAC is a nonprofit organization in Philadelphia, with the mission “To support and serve immigrants and refugees and other politically, socially and economically marginalized communities as they seek to advance the condition of their lives in the United States.” SEAMAAC envisions a strong and unified society, where immigrants and refugees work alongside other Americans to build shared political, economic and social power. We envision a community where the contributions of each generation of Americans, whether Native to this land, immigrant, or brought against their will, are equally acknowledged, valued and embraced, and where all people live whole, healthy lives with joy and dignity.


Primary Responsibilities:

SEAMAAC is looking for a personable and energetic individual with a strong passion to participate in educating Asian American Pacific Islander communities in the importance of completing the 2020 Census. SEAMAAC will provide coordination, mentorship, and training. Essential responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Canvassing: Door knocking individual households, primarily in Southeast Philadelphia, to provide education on the importance of the census, encouraging households to fill out a pledge card
  • Encouraging community members to complete census pledge cards at community events
  • Phone banking: Calling community members to provide education on the importance of the census
  • Text Banking: Texting community members to provide information and education on the census
  • Actively participating in organizational-wide and civic engagement efforts and events.
  • Extensive working in the field with the public with extended periods of walking.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Fluency in an Asian language is highly desirable, including but not limited to Mandarin, Vietnamese, Korean, Hindi, Punjabi, Nepali, Khmer, Hmong, Lao, Indonesian, Burmese (and/or one of the ethnic languages/dialects such as Karen, Chin, Shan, etc).
  • Experience working with AAPI communities and Limited English Proficiency populations preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse staff
  • Understanding of and commitment to SEAMAAC’s principles, concerns, and considerations in regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, and disabilities



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly expected to be on their feet and/or walking. The employee is required to talk and hear. The employee regularly is required to sit, use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently lifts and/or moves up to 5 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While canvassing in the neighborhood, there is a potential for interacting with unpredictable community members. Inside and outside work with exposure to weather conditions.


NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must undergo criminal, child abuse and health background checks.  SEAMAAC will consider all applicants fairly and will review background check results to determine whether they affect the applicant’s suitability for the job.



This description is intended to describe the essential job functions. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and requirements. Other functions may be assigned and management retains the right to add or change the duties at any time.


Salary and Benefits:

Hours:  This position ranges from 10-25 hours per week, per the Canvasser’s availability. Must be flexible to work some weekends. This is a temporary position, from January 2020-July 2020.

Salary: Hourly rate: $15-$18/hour commensurate with experience.

Benefits: This position only offers sick leave on an accrual rate.


SEAMAAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Interested applicants should submit a detailed cover letter and resume to employment@seamaac.org.

To apply for this job email your details to employment@seamaac.org