“New Era’s quirky approach to politics is refreshing”5280 Magazine
Summary: New Era Colorado Foundation and New Era Colorado Action Fund are seeking a full-time Advocacy Director to advance advocacy programs and campaigns on our priority issues.
We’re seeking a committed, resourceful individual who is passionate about social justice to spearhead New Era’s advocacy work, including our work at the legislature, on ballot measures, and in other arenas as well. The Advocacy Director will work closely with New Era’s Organizing Director and Executive Director to design strategic campaigns, and will manage campaign implementation, execution, and evaluation, as well as oversee the majority of New Era’s communications work. This person will collaborate with coalitions within the progressive movement, train young people to tell their stories to our elected officials, and design creative ways for New Era and our base to move the ball forward on economic justice, climate change, election access and abortion rights in Colorado. The Advocacy Director will be a member of New Era’s leadership team.
Professional development + New Era’s team: Our ideal candidate thinks strategically and critically about which tactics and activities will help us to achieve our goals, is enthusiastic about building political power for young people and translating that power into meaningful victories and campaigns, and can manage several projects with attention to detail in a fast-paced environment.
This position offers extensive opportunities for leadership, creativity, innovation and professional development on an incredibly supportive team. Professional development opportunities include management coaching, working with the Bus Federation (the national network that we’re a member of), and extensive opportunities for training. 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!
About us: 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 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 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
Here’s an overview of the key job activities and responsibilities:
- Work closely with New Era’s Organizing Director and Executive Director on an ongoing basis to develop campaign strategy, priorities, and goals, engaging New Era’s leaders as well
- Manage the execution of all of New Era’s advocacy work, advancing a coherent youth agenda through legislative advocacy, ballot measure campaigns, communications campaigns and more
- Develop advocacy work plans and supervise staff and volunteers in advancing economic justice, climate change, election access and abortion rights campaigns.
- Oversee the majority of our communications, including drafting, editing, message development, etc…
- Manage, support and work closely with New Era’s Communications Manager to advance our communications goals
- Represent New Era in various progressive coalitions, and collaborate regularly with our partners
- Manage a long-term campaign to advance abortion rights in Colorado through organizing, creative communications work, leadership development and more
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!
- Deep commitment to New Era’s mission and to advancing the organization’s goals
- Determination to tackle the issues facing our generation, including economic and racial justice, climate change, election access, and reproductive justice
- Highly organized (seriously) with proven ability to effectively and thoroughly manage projects with many moving parts to produce high-quality results
- Enthusiasm for, experience with and ability to work within diverse and underrepresented communities
- 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
- Strategic, creative thinker with strong problem solving skills & analytical ability
- Very 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. Ability to write/produce funny, punchy content that appeals to a wide audience of young people.
- Work style that is flexible, respectful and collaborative, and commitment to maintaining a supportive, empowering work culture
- Willingness to work long hours, and nontraditional hours at various times throughout the year
- Experience managing people, especially staff but also including interns, is preferred but not required
- Reliable transportation and a driver’s license strongly preferred
- Preferred but not required: Fluency in Spanish (written & oral), familiarity with Colorado politics and/or the Colorado progressive movement
Position details: This is a full-time 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, paid sick and vacation time, optional enrollment in a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with an employer match after one year of employment, and lots of pizza during election times. Salary range is $40,000-$50,000, commensurate with experience.
New Era Colorado Foundation and New Era Colorado Action Fund are equal opportunity employers. 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 your resume, cover letter, and three references as a single PDF attachment (all of those documents in one single PDF) to advocacydirector@Neweracolorado.org, to the attention of Lizzy Stephan. In your cover letter, please describe why you want to do this job in particular at New Era and please indicate where you found this job posting. Your references should be people we can contact about you (preferably your former employers/managers), and you should include name, title, phone, and email address for each person.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Priority deadline is Friday, June 10th, 2016 but this position will be open until filled. No calls please.
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
- 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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
Steve & the New Era Colorado Board of Directors
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.