NOW HIRING: Advocacy Manager

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New Era Colorado Foundation and New Era Colorado Action Fund are seeking a full-time Advocacy Manager to advance advocacy programs and campaigns on our priority issues. This person will spearhead our on- and off-campus field organizing efforts, with a particular focus on abortion rights, but including work on student debt and higher education, economic justice, and climate change as well. Our Advocacy Manager will play an important role in helping New Era sustain the momentum we helped young voters build at the ballot box in 2016, and to translate that momentum into meaningful advocacy work on critical issues facing our generation.

We’re seeking a committed and resourceful individual who is passionate about social justice to manage the implementation and execution of New Era’s advocacy work, including campus and field organizing efforts, our work at the legislature, on ballot measures, and other venues as necessary. The Advocacy Manager will work closely with New Era’s Advocacy Director, Organizing Director and Denver/Boulder Program Managers to oversee and execute creative, high-impact campaigns, train young people to tell their stories to our elected officials, manage a team of student organizers on our abortion rights campaign, and implement creative ways for New Era and our base to win on our priority issues in Colorado. This person will be bottom-line on making sure we hit ambitious campaign goals, tracking progress and evaluating the impact of different tactics to help shape our work moving forward.

This is a crucial moment for today’s young people, who are members of the largest, most diverse, most progressive generation in history. There is power in our generation, and together we need to use it to win progress on the issues impacting us. Our Advocacy Manager will play a key role in our work in this context, which is why our ideal candidate is passionate about mobilizing young people to advance progressive issues, enthusiastic about building political power for young people and translating that power into meaningful victories, and can manage multiple projects with strong attention to detail.

About New Era:
New Era is an innovative nonprofit organization that works to reinvent politics for young people, mobilizing and empowering a new generation to participate in our democracy to make Colorado a better place for everyone. We have three core program areas: civic engagement, advocacy, and leadership development. We register and turn out thousands of young voters every year, work on issues like election access, economic justice, abortion rights and climate change at the state and local level, and train hundreds of young leaders to create change. Since our founding, we’ve registered more than 150,000 young voters, passed policies like online voter registration, and given out probably more than 50,000+ 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, our This Is Why We Vote video was featured on Upworthy, we got named “Campaign of the Year” by New Organizing Institute in 2013, and our volunteers and interns taught us how to make Where’s Waldo costumes on the cheap for voter registration. Get to know us: Website | Facebook

Professional Development + New Era’s team
This position offers extensive opportunities for leadership, management experience, program planning, innovation and professional development on an incredibly supportive team. Professional development opportunities include extensive chances for advanced trainings and experience in skills like management, field organizing, communications, messaging and campaign strategy, lobbying and more. Our team is very supportive, incredibly dedicated to creating social change, and takes the work very seriously—but not ourselves. We’ll never miss an opportunity to get a zoomed-in screenshot of you making a weird face in a group photo. Very few of us were cool in high school. We deeply believe that young people can create and accelerate social change. We really, really want you, yes, you, to apply!

Key job activities and responsibilities:

  • Work closely with New Era’s Advocacy Director, staff and volunteers on an ongoing basis to drive campaign priorities and goals in the field and evaluate campaign strategy
  • Advance New Era’s abortion rights work, in particular, through high-impact campus organizing, and manage student organizers to build the campaign
  • Advance a coherent “youth agenda” of progressive policies through legislative advocacy, ballot measure campaigns, campus work, communications campaigns and more to raise visibility of issues and advocacy priorities in New Era’s 2018 electoral work
  • Recruit, train and organize volunteers to collaborate with us and enhance our field work
  • Bottom-line and track progress towards advocacy and campus organizing goals, assist in monthly reporting requirements
  • Occasionally compile research and track additional organizing, media and advocacy opportunities through which to elevate New Era’s work and expand our advocacy program
  • Assist in and support other areas of the organization, including New Era’s leadership development program, fundraising and civic engagement work as they relate to advocacy

Here’s a list of knowledge/skills/qualities that our ideal candidate would possess:

  • Deep commitment to New Era’s mission and a determination to tackle the issues facing our generation, including economic and racial justice, climate change, election access, and reproductive justice
  • Strategic, creative thinker with strong problem solving skills & analytical ability
  • Self-starter who shows strong initiative, sets high standards for individual and team performance, and is committed to constantly improving upon every aspect of our work
  • Highly organized (seriously) and able to work efficiently and effectively under tight deadlines
  • Ability to bring a strong lens on equity and inclusion to the work, including demonstrated success working effectively within underrepresented communities
  • Strong communication skills and a passion for and experience with engaging young people face-to-face
  • Ability and willingness to work nontraditional hours, including evenings and weekends as needed
  • Work style that is flexible, respectful and collaborative, and commitment to maintaining a supportive, empowering work culture
  • Experience managing, training, or organizing people, including staff, volunteers or interns preferred
  • Reliable transportation and a driver’s license strongly preferred
  • Spanish language skills are preferred, but not required

Please note: we care more about your talent, desire to do the work, and your drive and ability to improve every day 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:
This is a full-time, permanent position based out of New Era’s Denver office (which is actually a cozy little house), reporting to the Advocacy Director. The position requires frequent travel to our Boulder office and campuses. New Era provides a comprehensive benefits package, including medical and dental coverage (with 75% of the premium covered by the employer), an annual RTD Ecopass (free public transit!), paid sick and vacation time, and lots of pizza during election times. Salary range is $34,000 to $36,000 annualized, commensurate with experience.

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 LGBTQ people to apply.

To apply:
Please email your resume and cover letter as a single PDF to to the attention of Charley Olena with the subject line “Advocacy Manager Application: Your Name.” In your cover letter, please describe why you want to do this job in particular at New Era, and how you found out about the position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Priority deadline is January 11th, but the position will be open until filled. No calls please.

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ColoradoStudentsVote.Org has launched!

Hey students! We’ve launched as a voting resource for college students across the state. Get your campus-specific voting questions answered today!

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Got Voting Questions?

Got voting questions? Head on over to this page for Colorado voting information!

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Big news on the Campaign for Local Power!


Yesterday, the City of Boulder took a major step forward by submitting their revised plan to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to create a locally-owned, renewable electric utility.

It’s big news: this filing shows that the city has never been in a stronger position to prevail over Xcel Energy’s obstructionist tactics of the last 5 years.congratulations-boulder

Let’s get technical: This filing represents the culmination of years of research and planning done by a world-class team of engineers, former regulators, policy analysts, and legal experts.

For 5 years, Xcel’s been dragging out this fight, blocking the city’s progress and stalling on providing key information that the city needed to complete their plan.

The PUC ordered Xcel to release that information, so the city was able to complete a detailed plan to separate from Xcel Energy while meeting the voter-approved requirements: increased renewable energy, the same or better reliability as Xcel Energy, at the same or better rates than what Xcel currently offers.

This moment, right here, represents a key milestone in Boulder becoming a world-renowned laboratory for innovation in the clean energy sector, and a model for tackling climate change across the country.

Xcel Energy has been dragging out this fight, rather than listen to the will of voters in both 2011 and 2013. Help us counteract their misinformation by spreading the word of this incredible milestone.

Stay tuned,

New Era

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HIRING: Organizers

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Summary: New Era Colorado Foundation and New Era Colorado Action Fund are seeking outgoing, dedicated, and enthusiastic individuals to join our team to help us register and turn out thousands of young voters for this year’s historic 2016 election! This year, we’re engaging young people on critical issues like climate change, minimum wage, student debt, and more. We’re hiring part- and full-time positions on a rolling basis, so get your application in today!

About us: New Era Colorado is an innovative nonprofit organization that mobilizes young people to move Colorado forward through civic engagement, leadership development and advocacy work. 


  • Work closely with a team of 5-10 individuals to register thousands of young people to vote along the Front Range
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and 1:1 check-in meetings with the Field Manager, as well as evaluations, debriefs, and trainings
  • Meet daily and weekly goals for voter registration and pledge to vote postcards
  • Participate in voter registration form processing and data entry
  • Plan ways to make voter registration, phone banking & door knocking efforts fresh, engaging and exciting to young voters
  • Equip young voters with the information they need to cast a ballot and help them make a plan to vote
  • Chat up young voters everywhere, every way: by calling them to make sure they know where to go to vote, by knocking on their door to give them a voter guide, and even putting them in a golf cart to head to the polls

What we’re looking for:

  • Available to work some weekday evenings and weekends; willingness to work nontraditional hours
  • Deep commitment to New Era’s mission of engaging more young people in our democracy
  • Excitement for registering young voters and turning them out to vote
  • Enthusiasm for working within diverse and underrepresented communities
  • Work style that is flexible, respectful and collaborative, and will maintain a supportive, empowering work culture
  • 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. Please submit your application if this job excites you!

Position details: 

  • Full time positions are based on an annual salary of $29,000-$31,000
  • Part-time positions are based on $15/hour
  • Part and full-time positions available on a rolling basis starting late July, ending Nov. 11th
  • Organizers report to New Era’s Field Manager
  • Some travel required to work out of New Era’s Boulder & Fort Collins offices; occasional travel to Colorado Springs as well (we reimburse for mileage)
  • 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 organizerjobs (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org a single PDF application with a paragraph explaining why you’re interested in this position, a resume, and 1-3 references (name, how you know the person, title, phone, and email.)  Interviews are scheduled on a rolling basis. 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.


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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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


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:

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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