Census Jobs: How Do You Mobilize a Temporary Workforce of Half a Million People in Less Than Two Years?

Monday, February 25, 2019 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm EST
Philanthropy New York; 320 East 43rd Street; NYC 10017
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The 2020 Census Funders Group is an ad hoc group of regional philanthropic leaders working in partnership with national and local nonprofit, government and business leaders – as well as our upstate sister organization New York Funders Alliance and its members. There are about two dozen foundations already associated with this group, but its meetings are open to all who are interested in learning about progress toward a full and fair 2020 Census count.

How Do You Mobilize a Temporary Workforce of Half a Million People in Less Than Two Years?

This question is the theme of the Census Funders Working Group’s first 2019 briefing. In 2010, the Census Bureau recruited, trained and deployed a temporary workforce of over 600,000 people, including everything from office managers to field supervisors to enumerators who reach out to households that didn’t mail back their census form. And the workforce has to be expansive enough to cover every census tract in every community in the country.

After months of preparation, this ambitious and important undertaking is gearing up now for 2020. Census professionals anticipate that this time around will be more challenging. For the 2010 census, we were still digging out of the recession, and census jobs were a lifeline for thousands of out-of-work people. Today’s strong economy will make recruitment for the 2020 Census much harder.

Nonprofits that know how to connect jobseekers to the right job opportunities can be helpful. We are pleased to co-sponsor this briefing with the Workforce Funders Group, a coalition of foundations with seventeen years’ experience supporting employment programs. 


  • How foundations and nonprofits can help the Census Bureau achieve its hiring goals
  • How a strong economy can affect the Census Bureau's recruitment goals
  • What types of positions are involved, what skill levels are required, and what the timelines are for different types of positions
  • What roles the City and State governments will play in outreach and screening for census jobs
  • Likely screens, e.g., citizenship status, background checks, age/education level requirements, and familiarity with technology, among others


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All interested funders.


2:45 - 3:00 PM  Check-in
3:00 - 5:00 PM  Program

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