Make Textbooks Affordable Campaign Organizer

As part of a nationwide network of student and consumer advocacy organizations, the Student PIRGs have worked for nearly 50 years to amplify the power of student activism. Our Higher Education Project was launched in 1994 on the premise that affordable, accessible higher education is critical for our nation’s future.

According to the College Board, the average undergraduate student should budget between $1,200 and $1,300 for textbooks and supplies each year. That’s as much as 40% of tuition at a two-year community college and 13% at a four-year public institution. For many students and families already struggling to afford a college degree, that is simply too much – meaning more debt, working longer hours, or making choices that undermine academic success.

For more than a decade, the Student PIRGS have led the way in exposing publisher’s practices that rip off students, championing cost-saving textbook options like used books and rental programs, and advocating for open textbooks as a long-term solution. We can save students a ton of money, and put the heat on publishers to make textbooks affordable.

We are hiring a campaign organizer who is willing to work hard to advocate for the students on college campuses across the country. As a campaign organizer with the Student PIRGs you will help develop campaigns, build coalitions, mobilize and organize the public, showcase our work online and in the media, and make our case directly to decision-makers in order to make textbooks more affordable.

As a Textbooks Campaign Organizer your responsibilities will include:

  • Organizing our student leaders and staff around the country to build grassroots power
  • Directly advocating on Capitol Hill and across various institutions on behalf of students
  • Conducting research to demonstrate the urgency and impact of higher education issues
  • Working with the media to generate broad public support and pressure for our campaigns
  • Recruiting and building relationships with coalition partners in DC and around the country
  • Running a citizen outreach office during the summer, where you’ll recruit and lead a team of canvassers to fundraise for important issues.

Duration: This position is a one year commitment and will begin immediately and continue through August 2022.

Apply : Please apply on our website. Please indicate in your cover letter that you are interested in the Textbooks Organizer position.

Pay & Benefits: The target annual compensation for this position is between $28,500 – $35,000 depending on location and relevant experience. The Student PIRGs offer a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

Locations: The ideal candidate will be based in Washington, DC but other locations may be approved.

The Student PIRGs work closely with The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to social change. Click here for things you should know about our network when you apply.

Each of the groups that partner with the Student PIRGs is an equal opportunity employer.

For Los Angeles-based positions: the Student PIRGs will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment: Full Time Schedule

  • Start Date October, 2021

  • Professional Level: Entry level

  • Salary: $28,000 – $35,000

  • Location: Temporarily Remote. Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC