NOW HIRING: Operations Manager

Are you our next Operations Manager? We sure hope so. Check out the job description below and get that application in – we’re moving quickly on this one!

(Here’s a PDF version of the job description)

Job description: Operations Manager

New Era Colorado Foundation & New Era Colorado Action Fund are seeking an Operations Manager to lead our financial systems and manage all aspects of our behind-the-scenes procedures and daily operations. We’re looking for a highly organized individual to play a key role on our team, creating and polishing the procedures we need to be an effective workplace and to fulfill our mission of engaging young people in our democracy.

The Operations Manager is responsible for all aspects of financial management, organization-wide administration and human resources. You’d be a great fit if you have a can-do, resourceful attitude, if you get excited about creating efficient systems, if you have some experience with Quickbooks (it’s not a deal breaker if you don’t), and have an interest in working in a small, dynamic non-traditional work environment. We’re looking for someone with attention to detail, sensitivity to confidential information, and a strong ability to work with numbers. Although experience is a plus, we will absolutely consider very organized, driven individuals who think strategically about creating efficient systems and processes, and who are eager to be trained. This position offers tremendous opportunities for growth, innovation, and initiative on a very supportive team.

Here are the job activities and responsibilities, by category:

Financial Management

  • Process and track revenue and expenses by program and account
  • Reconcile bank accounts on a monthly basis
  • Process cost-sharing billing between New Era’s legal entities
  • Prepare financial reports for the Executive Director, Finance Committee & Board of Directors
  • Coordinate with an outside firm to conduct an annual audit
  • Coordinate with an outside CPA to file organizational annual tax returns
  • Assist in the creation of and ongoing management of organizational budgets
  • Manage grant agreements/contracts in order to ensure compliance with all terms, including for restricted grants
  • Create and implement processes and procedures, as necessary, to ensure smooth operations for the organization

Organizational Administration & Compliance

  • File lobbyist disclosure reportings for applicable employees
  • Maintain office lease agreements and other contracts with vendors
  • Maintain contracts, files, and other documents in an organized fashion
  • Ensure adequate and working supplies and equipment in offices
  • Manage and renew various insurance policies, including liability and Director’s and Officer’s insurance
  • Manage New Era’s offices, including repairs, communications with landlords, security, purchasing, answering the phone, etc…

Human Resources

  • Run payroll on a semi-monthly basis
  • Ensure timesheets are being used and aggregate them on a per payroll as well as monthly basis in order to perform cost-sharing billing
  • On-board and off-board employees and interns as necessary
  • Manage employee benefits packages
  • Maintain New Era’s employee handbook with current policies, procedures and practices
  • Maintain employee/contract labor files and processing 1099s annually
  • Process reimbursements for employees on a regular basis

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

  • A strong interest in numbers, efficiency, and orderliness
  • Highly organized (seriously), able to work independently, and able to work efficiently under tight deadlines
  • Experience working with Quickbooks
  • Some previous experience in bookkeeping/accounting
  • Positive, solutions-oriented attitude
  • A self-starter that shows strong initiative
  • Some knowledge of nonprofit legal structures
  • Committed to the organizational mission in order to effectively promote and advance the goals of New Era Colorado Foundation & New Era Colorado Action Fund

Please note: This is a position with a wide range of responsibilities, so if you’ve got some of what’s listed above but not all of it, we’d still 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. New Era provides a comprehensive benefits package, including medical and dental coverage, an annual RTD Ecopass, paid sick and vacation time, and lots of pizza during election times. Salary range is $35,000-$45,000, commensurate with experience.

About New Era
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?). Get to know us on our website ( or our Facebook (

To Apply
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references as attachments to the attention of Lizzy Stephan to No phone calls please.

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.


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NOW HIRING: Boulder Lead Organizer

NOW HIRING: Boulder Lead Organizer

New Era Colorado Foundation & New Era Colorado Action Fund are seeking a Boulder Lead Organizer to spearhead our civic engagement, advocacy and leadership development work in Boulder, Colorado.

We’re looking for an excited and resourceful individual who is passionate about organizing young people, voter registration and turnout, and tackling the most pressing issues facing our generation. The Boulder Lead Organizer will be a core part of our team, and will play an integral role in exciting campaigns–like our 2016 young voter registration and turnout  program and our groundbreaking Local Power campaign. This position offers tremendous opportunity for leadership, innovation, teamwork and professional development.

About us:
We are a multi-issue organization committed to building a more hands-on democracy through our three core program areas: civic engagement, advocacy, and leadership development. Through these programs, we work to provide the resources and tools for young people to gain power in all levels of our democracy. Our work is year-round, with most of our efforts focused on registering and turning out thousands of young voters to vote on state- and local-level elections. We also advocate for a wide range of policies that impact the millennial generation, but we primarily focus on voting rights, climate change and economic justice.

Lastly, we’re training the next generation of young leaders in the state through our year-round leadership development programs. Program participants learn the skills they need to make a positive impact in their communities while helping to advance our civic engagement and advocacy efforts.

Check out our Facebook for more info:

Job Activities:

  • Lead the execution of large-scale, volunteer-driven voter registration drives and turnout programs targeting young voters in Boulder (including all aspects of voter registration, phone banks, canvasses, voter guide distribution, etc)
  • Work closely with the Organizing Director to manage and grow our leadership development and training internship program (includes spring, summer, and fall sessions)
  • Play an integral role in planning and executing the 2016 civic engagement strategy for the Boulder office
  • Hire and manage a small team of organizers and organizing fellows to assist with the execution of the 2016 civic engagement program in Boulder
  • Organize volunteers to conduct grassroots outreach and civic engagement activities, and manage all aspects of the Boulder office’s volunteer program (including goal-setting, recruitment, management and plugging volunteers into leadership opportunities)
  • Work closely with the Organizing Director to advance New Era’s Local Power campaign through grassroots organizing, occasionally coordinating communications efforts, and further developing our strategy
  • Lead all grassroots lobbying activities in Boulder, and engage interns and volunteers in Colorado’s legislative session
  • Work closely with the Organizing Director to develop city-level advocacy campaigns and lead all campaign execution
  • Work with coalition partners to collaborate on programs and campaigns as needed
  • Maintain a regular presence at college campuses, community events and festivals
  • Lend a hand to all areas of the organization-including (but not limited to!) the Denver program and fundraising efforts

What we’re looking for:

  • 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
  • Passion for tackling the issues facing our generation, especially climate change and economic justice
  • Strong affinity for building relationships and for developing young leaders
  • 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 hours on a regular basis & campaign hours during election season
  • Some experience working with young voters, voter registration, or campaigns preferred

Our ideal candidate has experience in or knowledge of some of the following areas: voter registration, volunteer recruitment and management, election work, issue activism, event planning and leadership development.

BUT, 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 Boulder office and will be reporting to our Organizing Director, Molly Fitzpatrick. Ideally, this person will begin in late July/early August.

New Era provides a comprehensive benefits package, including medical coverage, an annual RTD Ecopass (for light rail & bus), paid sick and vacation time, and lots of pizza during election times.

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, cover letter, and 3 references to the attention of Molly Fitzpatrick to New Era Colorado Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

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Update: Boulder utility progress

It’s been a year since you ignited our Campaign for Local Power and put us on the path to defeat Xcel Energy 2:1.

Since, Boulder’s taken some big steps towards forming our own local electric utility, and we thought you’d want to know about ‘em.

First of all: last week, it came out that Xcel “inadvertently” included campaign expenses in its request to raise rates on Colorado customers. It was almost half a million dollars. Oops?

Click here to share the graphic we made highlighting Xcel’s curious “error.”


Now, here’s the quick & dirty version of updates from Boulder:

The city of Boulder is making a ton of progress so far. They’ve taken the first steps towards transitioning the utility’s infrastructure (i.e., poles & wires) from Xcel, and they’re launching a two year-long pilot program to learn more about Boulder’s energy usage so that the utility can better serve our community.

Unsurprisingly, Xcel’s refusing to cooperate–they’re suing the city of Boulder & organizing some sketchy opposition–the latest in its efforts to keep Boulder from creating our own city-owned utility.

Despite Xcel’s shenanigans, things are really moving. It’s incredible. Thanks for helping us get here–we wouldn’t be able to update you on the progress of our local electric utility without the huge swell of grassroots support that powered our campaign to this point.

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Now hiring: Voter Registration Organizers!

New Era Colorado Foundation is an innovative vehicle for hands-on democracy. We engage, educate, and train a new generation of active citizens and young leaders in Colorado. We are seeking outgoing, hilarious and enthusiastic individuals to join our team to help us register and turnout thousands of young voters for the November 2014 election in Colorado. Get on board!

Title: Voter Registration Organizer
Location: New Era Colorado Foundation Denver office (travel required along the Front Range)
Reports to: Field Manager
Type: Part-time or full-time, temporary
Start: Early August

Job Activities

  • Work closely with a team of 3-10 individuals and New Era’s field manager to execute a large-scale voter registration drive targeting young voters along the Front Range
  • Research events and conduct outreach in order to find opportunities to register young voters
  • Plan ways to make voter registration efforts fresh, engaging and exciting to young voters
  • Collect thousands of pledge to vote postcards from young voters
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and 1:1 check-in meetings with the Field Manager, as well as evaluations, debriefs, and trainings
  • Meet minimum goals for voter registration, pledge to vote card collection, and volunteer recruitment.
  • Sometimes registering a lot of voters means you need to wear a robot costume. Sometimes it does not.
  • Voter registration form processing, data entry, and data management.
  • Some travel required to work out of New Era’s Boulder & Fort Collins offices; occasional travel to Colorado Springs as well.


  • A high energy and contagiously fun(ny) personality
  • Strong track record of setting and meeting goals
  • Outgoing, enthusiastic, and so damn excited to register young voters
  • Experience with and ability to work within diverse and underrepresented communities
  • Some experience working with young voters, voter registration, or campaigns preferred but not required
  • Commitment to the organizational mission in order to effectively promote and advance the goals of New Era Colorado Foundation
  • Ability to work independently
  • Available to work weekday evenings and weekends; willingness to work nontraditional hours
  • Reliable transportation preferred but not required

Position details
Position can be part-time or full-time. The hours are nontraditional, including many evenings and some weekends, with more demanding hours leading up to the voter registration deadline.

Length of employment: This position is temporary through October 16th, 2014, but will most likely be extended through Election Day for voter turnout work – in which case it would end November 7th, 2014.

To apply
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 2 references to the attention of Todd Faulkenberry to New Era Colorado Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

We’ll be scheduling interviews on a rolling basis starting immediately.

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Big news!

Big news–on Saturday, New Organizing Institute announced that we won their “Most Valuable Campaign of 2013″ award!

To say that we’re excited and grateful would be an enormous understatement.

We just wanted to say THANK YOU to all of you. Thank you for believing in us–in local power–enough to invest whatever you could in this campaign–be it your time, your support, or a donation.

You saw right away that this campaign was bigger than Boulder, and you stepped up. You gave us hope and renewed our faith in the power of communities to build the world we dream of.

This award belongs to all of you. We can’t thank you enough.

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Are you our next intern?

Are you one of our future interns? We sure hope so.

interns pic stitch

Click here to scope out the program and get your hands on an application!

We’re now accepting applications for our 2014 spring internship programs in Denver & Boulder! You, yes you, should apply.

Here’s the scoop – quick & dirty version:

WHAT: New Era’s spring 2014 internship program, focused on building grassroots campaigns to impact policy makin’ during Colorado’s legislative session. Fine-tune your leadership skills, get your hands dirty, & learn to advocate for the issues you care about like the boss you are & the leader you were born to become.

WHO: We are looking for a solid crew of energized of folks who are pumped (excessively so) to learn the ropes. No experience necessary! Seriously.

WHEN: The program starts in early February, ends in late April. We’re accepting apps on a rolling basis, so get yours in!

WHY: Because you want some hands-on experience. Because this looks like fun. Because you need some new friends. Because this video/campaign inspired you. Because, democracy.

Sold? Ok great – here’s where you can download an application. Get that sucker in ASAP, got it?

Still not sold? Check us out on Facebook to get a feel for what we’re all about, creep on former interns, or email us (info(at)neweracolorado(dot)org) to grill us about the program. Or just read more here.

Email info(at)neweracolorado(dot)org with questions, concerns, or gift ideas for fathers because we’re having a hard time with it.

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Support us on Colorado Gives Day!

Tomorrow is Colorado Gives Day, a statewide, 24-hour blitz to support Colorado nonprofits.

We are writing today to ask for your support, because you of all people know what we can do if we head full-force into 2014.

Click here to schedule your tax-deductible donation to support New Era Colorado Foundation on Colorado Gives Day!

2013 has been an incredible year for us, to say the least–and we’re ready for an even bigger 2014, because it’s critical that young people have a strong say in shaping the future of our state.

This year, we ran the biggest campaign in our organization’s history–and we need to be bigger next year. We helped pass game-changing elections access legislation–and we need to make sure young voters take advantage of it next fall.

After a year like this one, it is clear that what we are doing is working. And there’s more where that came from.

We want to increase the youth vote share in Colorado, train dozens more leaders, and engage hundreds more volunteers. And we’re ready for it: this year alone, we made over 100,000 voter contacts. In the last two years, we have registered over 40,000 voters.

On Colorado Gives Day, invest in New Era to mobilize young voters in 2014. Click here to schedule your donation.

If you believe Colorado deserves a more hands-on democracy, if you know young voters will shape our state in 2014 and beyond, and if you think we’re the right organization for the job: please support our work today to have a lasting impact on Colorado tomorrow.

Thank you for your support–past, present, and future. It means the world to us.

-Steve, Carrie, Alexis, Nina, Lizzy, and Molly

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Make 310 our lucky number.

Last week’s victory in Boulder was the result of a transformative grassroots campaign made possible by literally thousands of individual people.

We wanted to share a video recap of it all with you—and to ask that you commit to sticking with us moving forward.

We won this round because of you—and we need you to commit to helping us win the next one by becoming a monthly member. A small monthly donation of any amount ensures that we can keep fighting, but on a larger scale—and it ensures that we stay innovative, independent, and nimble.

In honor of our campaign this year we’re hoping you can help make 310 (Xcel’s ballot measure) our lucky number and get us to 310 monthly members by the end of the year. Our efforts this year shouldn’t just go down in history as defeating a bad ballot measure–they should represent something so much bigger than that, which requires long-term work.

Monthly members allow us to grow this movement and engage young people in our democracy on a larger scale than we would have imagined before all of this. It’ll also allow us to keep tabs on Xcel in Boulder to ensure what we fought for becomes reality.

So take a look at what we have accomplished together, and commit today to growing and sustaining the grassroots efforts that are changing the face of Colorado:

Campaign Recap Video

Thank you again for getting us this far. Here’s to moving forward together and reclaiming our democracy for all our communities.

-New Era

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We won.

We won.

Tonight, we stood up. We stood up and said NO to corporate control of our energy future. But more importantly, we said yes to something so much bigger: people.

Yes, this was a campaign about energy. About our planet. About a corporation that just refuses to change. But all along what it was really about was people. People made this victory possible.

People like you: The one who lives in Alabama and mailed us your laptop for our phone-banks. The one we phone-banked to talk about the issue and then came by our office an hour later to drop off drinks for our volunteers who were working late. You sent us the only money you had in your pocket, you brought us food, you spent every Saturday volunteering, and you sent us the kindest notes from around the world that kept our team going. You have moved us to tears, energized us to reach beyond our capacity, and sustained us through each day. You renewed our belief that our communities are strong enough to bring about the changes we need–and you made us certain that we would prevail.

For the second time, our grassroots campaign defeated a coal industry giant.

And for the second time, it is crystal clear: Xcel’s dirty money can’t buy community, trick voters, or inspire young voters to enter the political process. It can’t spark neighbor-to-neighbor outreach. It can’t mobilize a diehard army of volunteers.
Only people can do that. And boy–did we have people.

Over 1 million of you watched the story of our campaign. Over 6,000 of you gave to grow our reach. And because of that support, our volunteers and organizers were able to log over 100,000 voter contacts. In short, this has been the definition of a grassroots campaign because of you.

For those of you far away: This fight has always been as much about our community as it is about yours. Thank you for supporting us, for sticking with us till the end. Honestly, without you, we might have lost our democracy to the highest bidder this round.
But now, with this behind us, we are able to continue working to create a model for how communities around the country can take control of their energy future.

Our communities need an impactful strategy to combat climate change. We are proud to have fought for this one alongside each of you, and we look forward to the work ahead.

For now, though, we have this to say: Go home, Xcel. Your money is no good here.

Now get some sleep.


Steve, Carrie, Becca, Molly, Lisa, Nina, Jenn, Alexis, Getzan, Gary, Lizzy, Nina, Brian, Chris, Elena, Kate, Jonah, Ellie, Kaitlin, Rhiannon, Jill, Susan, Arielle, William, Nathan, Becca, Jackson, Galen, Alayna, Gina, Toni, Sidney, Kathryn, Jourdan, Mitchell, Nora, Becca K, Daniela, Julia, and Lauren

P.S. Wanna support our work moving forward so we can do even bigger and better things? Yes, please.

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Update: Campaign for Local Power


With less than 2 weeks left, we wanted to share an update about our local power campaign.

Voting has begun, and we are talking with thousands of Boulder voters each day to ensure they know that a NO vote on measure 310 is a vote for clean energy and local control.

Our volunteer army continues to grow, and our office can barely accommodate those who come in after work to call Boulder voters to ensure they’ve received their ballots.

If we can speak one-on-one with enough voters, we can win this fight. We could be reaching even more voters with more help–so we wanted to include how you can help from near and far.

How you can help:

  • If you live in Boulder and can volunteer, please sign up–we need you now more than ever.
  • If you know even 1 person who lives in Boulder, please reach out to gently remind them to vote (text, Facebook, email, call).
  • At this point in the game, a donation would still make a huge impact–helping us reach more voters each and every day.

Thank you again for your support thus far. We are in awe of how you have helped us grow this grassroots campaign. This is what it looks like when a community comes together to fight for all of our futures. We are sharing your encouraging messages with our team of volunteers and are proud to fight knowing that you have our back.


New Era

Local power volunteers

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