HIRING: 2016 Field Organizers! (Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, Greeley)

(Here’s the PDF version of this job)

Summary: New Era Colorado is seeking energetic, dedicated people to join our team to mobilize young people for this year’s historic election! You’ll be on a committed, passionate team of folks, registering and turning out thousands of young voters to make sure our voices are heard at the ballot box. This year, we’re engaging young people on critical issues like climate change, minimum wage, student debt, reproductive rights, and more. Make an impact with one of the biggest young voter mobilization programs in the country!

You, yes, you, should throw your hat in the ring if you’re excited about making 2016 the best damn year for young voters that there ever was. You’d be a great fit if you’ve got the energy to talk to young voters en masse, if you’re determined to hit ambitious goals, and if you give a sh*t about making an impact on the issues that young people care about.

This year’s going to be incredible. Really. You shouldn’t miss it. Positions with New Era offer exciting opportunities for leadership, personal development—and professional development and our team is as supportive and friendly as they come. We’ve got full-time and part-time positions starting late spring and going through mid-November. Read on for more info!

About us: We’re an innovative nonprofit organization that mobilizes young people to move Colorado forward through civic engagement, leadership development and advocacy work. We register and turn out thousands of young voters every year, work on issues like election access, economic justice and climate change, and train hundreds of young leaders to create change. Since our founding, we’ve registered more than 100,000 young voters, passed policies like online voter registration,and given out probably more than 20,000+ buttons that say “Vote, F*cker” on them (good, right?). And along the way, we got more than a million views on our Campaign for Local Power video, got named “Campaign of the Year” by New Organizing Institute in 2013, and taught ourselves how to make Where’s Waldo costumes on the cheap for voter registration.
Get to know us:
Website | Facebook

Job Activities:

  • Work on a small team in Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins or Greeley to execute a large-scale voter registration and turnout program targeting young voters
  • Recruit, train, and organize volunteers to collaborate with us on voter registration
  • Maintain a regular presence at college campuses, community events, festivals, and concerts
  • Lend a hand to all areas of the organization-including (but not limited to!) the Fort Collins, Boulder and Denver programs

What we’re looking for:

  • Deep commitment to New Era’s mission of engaging more young people in our democracy
  • Strong enthusiasm for voter registration, voter turnout, and voting rights
  • Passion for tackling the issues facing our generation, especially economic justice issues
  • Highly organized (seriously) and able to work efficiently and effectively under tight deadlines
  • Enthusiasm for working within diverse and underrepresented communities
  • Willingness to work nontraditional hours on a regular basis & campaign hours during election season
  • A high energy personality and enthusiasm for engaging thousands of young voters face-to-face
  • Work style that is flexible, respectful and collaborative, and will maintain a supportive, empowering work culture
  • Some experience working with young voters, voter registration or campaigns preferred, but not required
  • Reliable transportation and a driver’s license strongly preferred
  • Spanish language skills are a plus, but not required

Please note: we care more about your desire to do the work than whether you have formal or informal experience. We do not require formal education experience. We encourage you to submit your application if this job excites you!

Position details: We are hiring for multiple part-time and full-time positions across the state. The positions are based out of New Era’s Boulder, Denver or Fort Collins offices, with travel along the Front Range. The positions will be reporting to New Era’s City Leads in Boulder, Denver, and Fort Collins. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis, with start dates happening between early June and mid-July.

Salary range is $30,000 to $33,000 annualized, commensurate with experience. Healthcare and paid time off contingent upon length of employment.

New Era Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all, and strongly encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.

To apply: Please email FieldOrganizerJobs at NewEraColorado dot org a single PDF application with a paragraph explaining why you’re interested in this position, a resume, and 2-3 references (name, how you know the person, title, phone and email. In the body of the email, please list the city you are applying to or list all of the cities you’d be willing to work in.

No phone calls please.

 

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Introducing myself – New Era’s new Executive Director

Hey everybody,

Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d say: This week, I started my new job as New Era’s Executive Director!

Now that it’s official, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and share some thoughts on what’s next for New Era Colorado.

First, about me: I started with New Era as a volunteer in 2010 while I was living in Colorado Springs, though “weird superfan” is probably a more accurate descriptor of my involvement. There’s a photo of me riding the New Era bus in our archives that captured my enthusiasm from those days: grinning and giving a nerdy thumbs up, heading into downtown Colorado Springs to vote early in the 2010 midterm—at the time, there was no place I would’ve rather been.

So I jumped at the chance to join the staff in 2012. Most recently, I’ve served as our Deputy Director, working alongside Steve on organizational strategy and running our major programs.

And before all that, I was one of our organizers, registering thousands of voters and training interns and volunteers. I’ve done my job in many a strange costume, prepared dozens of young people to testify at the legislature, and hand-punched literally thousands of “Vote, F*cker buttons.” Blood, sweat, tears? Check, check, check.

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Really, I poured myself a glass of New Era kool-aid long before anyone passed me the pitcher. So I mean it when I say that I’m thrilled to be our second-ever Executive Director.

And what a year to get started: our incredible team is poised to run Colorado’s largest young voter mobilization program ever in 2016. We’ll register up to 50,000 young people to vote for the election, and stay with ‘em until they cast their ballot.

Right now, we’re well on our way to those huge goals—we’ve registered nearly 15,000 voters so far this election cycle!

Stay tuned for more about what we’ve got lined up for this year! In the meantime, I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas about New Era’s future, so feel free to drop me a line anytime (really, please do): Lizzy(at)neweracolorado(dot)org.

Lastly, thank you: this organization is truly unique and impactful, and I’m grateful to be part of its next chapter. Thanks for having me.

-Lizzy

P.S. None of this would be possible without New Era’s incredible founder, Steve Fenberg – so we hope you’ll join us to raise a glass to his leadership at his going away party next Wednesday – click here to join the host committee. See you there!

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HIRING: Field Manager

(Here’s the PDF version of this job)

New Era Colorado Foundation & New Era Colorado Action Fund are seeking a Field Manager to coordinate a team of organizers to reach our ambitious 2016 civic engagement goals. We’re looking for an enthusiastic, experienced, and results-orientated individual to drive a team toward success in registering thousands of young voters throughout the Front Range for this year’s historic election.

The Field Manager will be a key leader on New Era’s 2016 field team, and will play a role in New Era’s statewide field program. This position offers tremendous opportunity for leadership, management experience, innovation, and professional development. This position is approximately 80% execution and 20% planning.

About us: We’re an innovative nonprofit organization that mobilizes young people to move Colorado forward through civic engagement, leadership development and advocacy work. We register and turn out thousands of young voters every year, work on issues like election access, economic justice and climate change, and train hundreds of young leaders to create change. Since our founding, we’ve registered more than 100,000 young voters, passed policies like online voter registration,and given out probably more than 20,000+ buttons that say “Vote, F*cker” on them (good, right?). And along the way, we got more than a million views on our Campaign for Local Power video, got named “Campaign of the Year” by New Organizing Institute in 2013, and taught ourselves how to make Where’s Waldo costumes on the cheap for voter registration.
Get to know us:
Website | Facebook

Job Activities:

  • Recruit, hire, and train a team of 5-15 organizers based out of the Denver Metro area.
  • Work closely with the Organizing Director to manage the team to run a large-scale voter registration drive and turnout program targeting young voters.
  • Motivate and manage a team to reach ambitious field goals on a daily basis. Work
    alongside your team in the field to meet these goals.
  • Coordinate and oversee all field work for the team, including schedule, program prep, site selection, supplies, performance metrics, data entry and quality control.
  • Play an integral role in planning and executing our statewide 2016 civic engagement strategy.
  • Manage, analyze, and report on all field metrics on an individual- and team-level basis.
  • Transition, manage, and train the field team to our high-energy GOTV program.
  • Onboard and train additional team members at the start of, and during, GOTV.
    Assist with New Era events, including National Voter Registration Day.

What we’re looking for:

We’re looking for someone who deeply believes in field work while supporting a team of organizers to remain energized and motivated to achieve ambitious goals. We’re looking for the following:

  • Commitment to New Era’s mission and to advancing the organization’s goals and objectives
  • Strong enthusiasm for organizing young people, voter registration, voter turnout, and election access
  • Highly organized (seriously), able to work independently, and able to work efficiently under tight deadlines
  • Enthusiasm for, experience with and ability to work within diverse and underrepresented communities
  • A high energy personality and excitement to talk with thousands of young voters
  • Self-starter who shows strong initiative and is committed to constantly improving upon every aspect of our work
  • Relentlessness in reaching goals
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to work nontraditional & campaign hours
  • Experience working with young voters, voter registration, or campaigns preferred but not required
  • Reliable transportation and a driver’s license required

We care more about your desire to do the work than whether you have formal or informal experience. The same goes for formal educational experience—if you don’t have it, no big deal. We encourage you to submit your application if this job excites you!

Position details:

This is a full-time position based out of New Era’s Denver office and will be reporting to our Organizing Director, Molly Fitzpatrick. Ideally, this person would begin mid-June 2016. This position ends mid-November 2016.

We welcome applications from all, and strongly encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.

To apply:

Please submit a resume with a paragraph explaining why you’re interested in this particular position, and why you’re well-suited for it to the attention of Molly Fitzpatrick to FieldManagerJob at NewEraColorado dot org. References (name, how you know the person, title, phone, and email) may be requested during the interview process. New Era Colorado is an equal opportunity employer.

Priority deadline for this position is Friday, April 29, so hurry on over!

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Meet our new Northern Lead Organizer!

Jennifer Williams is a proud Larimer County native who studied Communications and Women’s Studies at Colorado State University. Over the past 4 years, Jennifer has been working on local, state and federal campaigns in Northern Colorado. Jennifer is excited to bring her knowledge of the area and enthusiasm to New Era.

Passions: Getting scrappy in the field, Colorado craft beer,  Red Rocks concerts, recruiting more young women to get involved in democracy, and hot sauce

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Welcome Spring 2016 Voter Registration organizers!

We’ve got a talented crew of Spring Organizers that are registering voters in high schools and on college campuses in 5 counties! These folks have already registered hundreds of young people and we couldn’t be more proud.

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New Era’s Next Executive Director

Friends:

We have some big news to share…

When we started New Era 10 years ago, I never expected that we’d grow this quickly, to have the impact we’re having now. We’ve engaged more than a million young people face-to-face, and added well over 100,000 of them to the voting rolls in Colorado. We’ve passed innovative policies to begin tackling our generation’s biggest challenges, and we’ve modernized our state’s elections to make our democracy more accessible for all voters.

But, I’ve always felt that even if we all vote, and even with the best ideas to fix what’s broken, we still need one key ingredient–an ingredient that serves as a catalyst for change more than anything else: leaders.

In other words, we often know what needs to be done–but sometimes we just need more leaders to help with the how.

Announcing our next ED

That’s where Lizzy Stephan comes in. I first met Lizzy in 2010 when she volunteered for New Era in Colorado Springs. She joined our team in 2012, moving quickly from Organizer to Organizing Director to Deputy Director.

And soon, Lizzy will lead from a new role: Executive Director.

New Era’s Board of Directors unanimously and enthusiastically voted to make Lizzy Stephan New Era’s next Executive Director, as of April 18th.

Over the last four years, Lizzy has been the engineer of our most effective organizational innovations. She’s brought our work to a new scale, while making what we do more strategic, data-driven, and systematized. And along the way, she’s trained interns to run voter registration drives in Waldo costumes, prepared dozens of volunteers to testify in front of Colorado’s legislature, and she’s punched thousands of Vote, F*cker buttons. In short, Lizzy bleeds the New Era kool-aid and will ensure we continue to always beat our best. She has the vision and the experience to lead New Era into our next chapter.

I’ve spent ⅓ of my life as New Era’s Executive Director, so it’s bittersweet to transition out of that role. However, I genuinely can’t think of anyone I’d rather have take over the amazing privilege of being the leader of New Era Colorado. I’m confident Lizzy will take this organization to new heights and I’m incredibly excited for the future. As for me, in mid-April I’ll transition into the role of Strategic Advisor for the transition period to help everything go as smoothly as possible and ensure we don’t miss a beat for the upcoming 2016 election.

Until then, I invite you to bombard Lizzy with congratulatory notes and gifs. You can drop her an email here: Lizzy@neweracolorado.org.

Onward,
Steve & the New Era Colorado Board of Directors

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Voter Registration Update


We just kicked off our 2016 voter registration efforts and are excited to announce that we’re already at 1,379 registered voters. Volunteer with us and let’s break youth turnout records this year.

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Welcome spring 2016 interns!

Who are these people? And why are they pointing at the ceiling?

A few short weeks ago, we said a big ‘ol “WELCOME, EVERYBODY!” to our biggest internship class ever. We couldn’t be more excited to work with this crew all spring. Stay tuned to see what these movers + shakers accomplish in the coming months!

 

 

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HIRING: Voter Registration Organizers

(Here’s the PDF version of this job)

New Era Colorado Foundation is seeking multiple spring Voter Registration Organizers ASAP to join our voter registration teams in Fort Collins, Boulder and Denver.

We’re looking for energetic, dedicated folks who are excited to get more young people involved in our democracy by registering them to vote for this year’s historic 2016 election. Now is the time to join our team to make sure young voters turn out this year. These positions will fill up fast, so get in touch with us ASAP!

These roles offer great opportunities for leadership, innovation and teamwork, and can be part- or full-time. These positions currently have an end date of May 20th, but have the potential to extend through mid-November 2016.

About us: We’re an innovative nonprofit organization that mobilizes young people to move Colorado forward through civic engagement, leadership development and advocacy work. We register and turn out thousands of young voters every year, work on issues like election access, economic justice and climate change, and train hundreds of young leaders to create change. Since our founding, we’ve registered more than 100,000 young voters, passed policies like online voter registration,and given out probably more than 20,000+ buttons that say “Vote, F*cker” on them (good, right?). And along the way, we got more than a million views on our Campaign for Local Power video, got named “Campaign of the Year” by New Organizing Institute in 2013, and taught ourselves how to make Where’s Waldo costumes on the cheap for voter registration.
Get to know us:
Website | Facebook

Job Activities:

  • Work on a small team to execute a large-scale voter registration drive targeting young voters in Fort Collins, Boulder and the Denver metro area
  • Organize short-term volunteers to collaborate with us on voter registration
  • Work with the team to reach ambitious voter registration goals, all while wearing roller skates
  • Lend a hand to all areas of the organization-including (but not limited to!) the Fort Collins, Boulder and Denver programs

Here’s a list of knowledge/skills/qualities that our ideal candidate would possess. Please note: If you’ve got some of this but not all of it, we’d still encourage you to apply if this job excites you!

  • Commitment to New Era’s mission of engaging more young people in our democracy
  • Enthusiasm for registering young people to vote and making our democracy more accessible
  • Enthusiasm for working within diverse and underrepresented communities
  • Highly organized (seriously), ability to work independently and efficiently
  • Relentlessness in reaching goals
  • Spanish language skills preferred, but not required
  • Some experience working with young voters, voter registration or campaigns preferred, but not required

We care more about your desire to do the work than whether you have formal or informal experience. The same goes for formal educational experience–if you don’t have it, no big deal. We encourage you to submit your application if this job excites you!

Position details:

We are hiring for multiple part-time and full-time positions. The positions are based out of New Era’s Boulder, Denver or Fort Collins offices, with travel along the Front Range. The positions will be reporting to our Special Projects Manager, Carrie Hillman.

Ideally, these positions would begin the second week in February. These are temporary positions that end in May 2016, but have the opportunity to extend through November 2016.

We welcome applications from all, and strongly encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.

To apply:

Please submit a resume with a paragraph explaining why you’re interested in this particular position, and why you’re well-suited for it to the attention of Carrie Hillman to SpringJobs@NewEraColorado.org. References (name, how you know the person, title, phone, and email) may be requested during the interview process. New Era Colorado is an equal opportunity employer.

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A big announcement

Friends,

In the summer of 2006, I stepped on stage and took the mic at Club Vinyl. I welcomed a big crowd of people who probably weren’t quite sure why they were spending their afternoon at a Denver nightclub. Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon and House Speaker Andrew Romanoff joined me on stage. At that moment, they were probably having serious doubts about their staff’s judgement in adding this stop to their schedules.

The event was the kickoff party for a newly-minted organization, whose purpose was to “reinvent politics for a new generation.” We called it New Era Colorado.

I don’t remember what I said on stage that day. But I do know that I had no idea what the next ten years of my life were about to look like.

In those early days, we took a “fake it ‘til you make it” approach to getting New Era off the ground. Budgeting, fundraising, and management structures were learned via some serious “on the job training.” I was 22 years old. Managed by a board of 22-year-olds. I kept my tie hanging in my closet pre-tied out of fear of not remembering how to do it next time.

Looking back, serving as the Executive Director for New Era has been both the hardest and most meaningful thing I’ve ever done. I feel enormously lucky to have had the opportunity to pour my heart into something like this.

I told myself over the past few years that as soon as I felt like New Era was in a place where it could be handed off, then I would do that so someone else can shepherd the organization into its next ten years. Thanks to the incredibly talented and dedicated staff team, our board of directors, and our generous supporters, I feel that now is that time.

So, here goes nothing: I’m writing to you today to announce that I’ll be transitioning out of my current role at New Era in the spring of next year. This week, the Board of Directors will be kicking off a comprehensive hiring process to find New Era’s next Executive Director.

New Era’s next Executive Director will be inheriting an organization with a track record of always striving to beat its “best”–and a roadmap of how to continue to be one of the most innovative, impactful and fun organizations in the country. Over the past several months, the board and staff have been investing considerable time into creating a strategic plan for New Era’s future. The intention isn’t to write a step-by-step plan, but to articulate a “North Star” for our work–to solidify the values and truths that have been core to our organization’s success–and to provide enough direction for our next generation of leaders to blaze a trail of even more impact.

I don’t know exactly what’s in store for New Era’s next decade, but I do know that it will continue to be an organization that thinks big and takes risks. It will continue to break down the barriers which prevent young people from shaping their own future. It will continue to invite new voices into the political process to be a force for a more fair, just, and sustainable world. And, of course, it will continue mobilizing a generation that will solve the problems nobody else can.

But, I’m not going anywhere just yet. I’ll still be here for several more months and there’s a lot to do to make sure New Era runs the biggest and best statewide young voter engagement program next year. And when I do transition out, I will remain involved in whatever capacity is most helpful.

In the meantime, thank you for helping us “make it.” It’s been an incredible honor. For now, let’s get back to work. There’s more to be done.

Onward,

Steve

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