Now Hiring: Development Director

NOW HIRING: Development Director

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Job Description: Full-time Development Director
Location: Denver, Colorado
Application Deadline: Position will be open until filled
Target start Date: Late March/early April 2017

Summary
New Era Colorado Foundation and New Era Colorado Action Fund are seeking a full-time Development Director to lead and grow our annual fundraising and donor base. The Development Director will develop and implement our annual fundraising plan, manage foundation funding and donor relationships, and oversee the development department’s operations, including managing New Era’s Development Manager. This position is a member of New Era’s senior leadership team. We are looking for a strong writer and strategic thinker who is passionate about social justice and young people’s ability to create change.

New Era’s revenue development relies on a strong combination of grant-writing and foundation support, individual donors, a robust monthly membership program, business revenue, and small-dollar donations—raised through numerous events throughout the year, as well as a few mailers and online fundraising campaigns. Our ideal candidate is excited to dig in to raise the resources we need to keep fighting and growing our impact, and has some previous fundraising experience. This position requires a determination to hit goals, resourcefulness, and strong management of multiple projects with significant attention to detail.

About New Era Colorado
New Era Colorado 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 60,000+ 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, another million on our This Is Why We Vote video (which 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: Our website | Our Facebook.

Professional Development + New Era’s team
This position is a leadership role on New Era’s senior team, and offers extensive opportunities for growth, advanced management experience, innovation and professional development on an incredibly supportive team. Professional development opportunities include advanced trainings, an annual professional development budget, and learn-by-doing skills building. Our team is 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 want you, yes, you, to apply!

Job Activities
Department Planning & Management

  • Develop, manage, and implement a strategic annual fundraising plan and development budget to maximize our fundraising efforts
  • Develop calendars and action plans for various fundraising streams and goals
  • Monitor and evaluate all fundraising activities to ensure that fundraising goals are being achieved
  • Manage our Development Manager, who executes portions of the annual fundraising plan, working to cultivate this individual’s skills and grow in the role
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to develop annual fundraising pitches and key messages. Use the top pitches to drive the development of supporting narratives, research, and materials.
  • Manage and prioritize the Executive Director’s time spent on fundraising efforts such as major donor cultivation, stakeholder outreach, etc.
  • Manage the Executive Director’s relationships with individual donors, key foundation contacts, and institutional donors through ongoing planning, positioning and thorough record keeping
  • Oversee and further development all development systems, including our donor database, to support effective department operation
  • Direct the development of online & printed promotional materials, such as New Era’s annual report
  • Continuously build new relationships with community stakeholders and connectors to advance the mission and fundraising goals of the organization

Foundations & Grants

  • Own all aspects of grant writing and reporting efforts, including the development of supportive materials
  • Direct research on foundation prospects conducted by the Development Manager and/or interns
  • Maintain relationships with current foundation grantors while cultivating relationships with prospective foundations and program officers
  • Develop the strategy for our asks, and ensure that we’re always presenting a fresh, compelling, well-supported case for investment in our work

Individual donors

  • Provide direction and work collaboratively with staff and board members on a coordinated donor strategy to build and enhance relationships with established and prospective donors in order to maximize funding
  • Support the Executive Director’s direct solicitation of gifts with donor context, supportive materials, etc…
  • Work closely with the Development Manager to plan, manage and execute New Era events aimed at raising major gifts, including but not limited to an annual fundraising event and house parties
  • Manage the maintenance of detailed records of all former, current, and prospective donors in the organization’s database, including solicitations and communications
  • Direct all donor acknowledgement, including drafting and generating thank you letters & materials

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

  • Strong written communication and editing skills, and an ability to write and produce content for a wide variety of audiences (formal and informal) in accordance with our organization’s voice; able to wear a variety of different writing “hats,” when writing pieces such as, but not limited to: grant proposals, compelling fundraising emails and lively and humorous event pitches.
  • Strategic, creative thinker with strong proactive problem-solving skills & analytical ability to continuously assess and enhance the effectiveness of our goals, tactics and plans.
  • Previous fundraising and/or political experience; minimum of 1-3 years of previous fundraising experience at a nonprofit or political campaign or 2-3 years of political or progressive non-profit experience.
  • Highly organized (seriously) & detail-oriented, with proven ability to effectively and thoroughly manage projects with many moving parts to produce high-quality results in a timely manner.The ideal candidate is able to develop internal systems to keep development projects and the development team organized.
  • Passion for New Era’s mission and a commitment to advancing organizational goals.
  • Work style that is flexible, respectful, collaborative and nimble; brings a commitment to maintaining a supportive, empowering work culture. Enthusiasm for working with diverse communities and stakeholders.
  • Experience managing people, especially staff (but management of interns or volunteers is also experience we value), with a proven track record of communicating effectively and maintaining positive working relationships with those managed.
  • (Preferred, but not required) Knowledge of Colorado politics and the progressive nonprofit infrastructure. The ideal candidate is familiar with the Colorado political landscape and progressive nonprofit infrastructure, and already has relationships with key stakeholders in this sphere.

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 Executive Director. 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, an annual professional development budget, and lots of pizza during election times. Salary range is $46,000-$52,000 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 submit a resume and cover letter (as a single PDF) to the attention of Lizzy Stephan to developmentjob@NewEraColorado.org. 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. The priority application deadline is March 7th, but we will review applications on a rolling basis so it is to your advantage to submit your materials early. This position will be open until filled. No phone calls please.

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NOW HIRING: Denver Organizing Manager

NOW HIRING: Denver Organizing Manager

(Here’s a handy PDF version of all of this)

Summary
New Era Colorado Foundation and New Era Colorado Action Fund are seeking a full-time Denver Organizing Manager to lead the young voter engagement, leadership development, and grassroots issue campaign work in our Denver office. We are looking for a committed and resourceful individual who is passionate about social justice and young people’s ability to create change.

This position is charged with recruiting, training, and engaging young people in our organizing efforts during elections, on college campuses, in the legislature, and at the ballot box. The Denver Organizing Manager will spearhead all of our young voter registration and turnout efforts in Denver, and will play a key role on our field team in crafting and executing our issue campaigns (with a focus on student debt, economic justice, and climate change). This person will manage spring, summer and fall classes of 6-10 leadership development program participants, build relationships throughout the Denver area with partner organizations and campuses, and in 2018 will run a large young voter mobilization program in the metro area, managing a team of organizers and playing a key leadership role in our statewide program. Overall, the Denver Organizing Manager is a core member of our team with significant leadership in driving our work in the city.

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. That’s why our ideal candidate is passionate about mobilizing young people to advance progressive issues, has experience working with diverse and underrepresented communities, is enthusiastic about building political power for young people and translating that power into meaningful victories, and has the enthusiasm to talk to hundreds of young people in a day to register them to vote or get them involved. This position requires a determination to hit goals, resourcefulness, and strong management of multiple projects with significant attention to detail.

You should absolutely (!) throw your hat in the ring if you’re excited by this challenge and ready to work hard.

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, another million on our This Is Why We Vote video (which 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 advanced trainings and learn-by-doing skills building in areas including management, field organizing, volunteer management, campaign strategy, and more. Our team is 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!

Job Activities:

  • Lead all aspects of New Era’s voter engagement and leadership development work in Denver, including program planning and execution.
  • Collaborate with New Era’s program staff to develop and drive priority issue campaigns forward. Responsible for meeting all relevant goals, objectives and priorities in Denver.
  • Recruit, train and manage young people enrolled in our spring, summer and fall leadership development programs, working closely with the Boulder Program Manager and Organizing Director to continue to develop and improve the program.
  • Maintain a regular presence at college campuses, community events and festivals.
  • Lead all aspects of Denver’s volunteer program (including goal-setting, recruitment, management and plugging volunteers into leadership opportunities).
  • Lead the execution of large-scale, volunteer-driven voter registration drives and turnout programs targeting young voters in Denver (including all aspects of voter registration, phone banks, canvasses, voter guide distribution, etc). This includes hiring and managing a team of 3-6 organizers in 2018.
  • Lead all grassroots lobbying activities in Denver, and engage interns and volunteers in Colorado’s legislative session through delivering testimony, attending committee hearings, and lobbying.
  • Pitch in for “all hands on deck” efforts and other areas of the organization occasionally—including (but not limited to!) the Boulder program, our high school voter registration work, and fundraising efforts.

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 (You’ve got ideas for how we can better achieve our goals, you regularly troubleshoot your plans and adjust accordingly).
  • Self-starter who shows strong initiative in making improvements to our work, sets high standards for individual and team performance, and is committed to constant improvement of yourself and the organization.
  • 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 preferred but not required (including staff, volunteers, or interns)
  • 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 Organizing Director. 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, a professional development budget, 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 submit a resume and cover letter (as a single PDF) to the attention of Molly Fitzpatrick to DenverManagerJob@NewEraColorado.org. 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.

Priority deadline is February 21, but the position will be open until filled. No phone calls please.

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ColoradoStudentsVote.Org has launched!

Hey students! We’ve launched ColoradoStudentsVote.org 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!

Friends—

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

(Here’s the PDF version of this job)

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. 

Responsibilities:

  • 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.

-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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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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