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NOW HIRING: Organizing Fellows

July 6, 2021

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Build political power for young people, engage and activate our generation to take action on progressive issues, and work to build a political home for young people across the state. 

(Part-time positions available in: Boulder, Denver)

To Apply

Use this Google Form to submit your application materials (application questions + your resume). Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. These positions will be open until filled and will be removed from our website once it is filled (if the posting is still up, you can and should still apply!)

We are prioritizing campus-based hiring in order to meaningfully engage students at our target partner campuses, so Auraria and CU Boulder students are encouraged to apply. All positions will require in-person work with members of the public. 

About the Position  

Coming off of a historic election with record youth voter turnout, now more than ever, we need to continue building permanent power for our generation and make progress on the issues that are impacting the most marginalized. We have incredible momentum to make a powerful impact in 2021 and beyond, and we envision young people as a driving force for change, as members of the largest, most diverse, most progressive generation in history. 

New Era Colorado is seeking multiple part-time organizing fellows who will work to organize, educate, and mobilize young people to take action and make an impact on progressive issues here in Colorado. In this position you’ll work on a team to register voters and mobilize young people to build momentum on higher education reform, towards the 2022 legislative session. You’ll recruit volunteers and engage young people through organizing tactics including phone banking, tabling & educational events, opinion media, and digital & relational organizing – all while working towards a vision of a truly equitable Colorado for our generation. Organizing Fellows will conduct voter registration at local college campuses to reach students through regular tabling, as well as large-scale events like National Voter Registration Day!

This is a seasonal position that goes through November 12, 2021.

About New Era

New Era is the leading voice for young people in Colorado politics and one of the most effective youth civic engagement organizations in the country. We work to reinvent politics for young people, mobilizing and empowering a new generation to participate in our democracy to advance progressive change. We’ve registered over 200,000 young people to vote and driven record young voter turnout. We organize to advance economic justice, abortion rights, climate action, and election access. Along the way, we’ve passed student debt relief and young voter access legislation, made two viral videos (This Is Why We Vote; Campaign for Local Power), and eaten ~1 million pizzas. 

We are early on a journey to embed equity and inclusion in our organization’s day-to-day and DNA, and to transform into a truly anti-racist organization. For us, this means working to authentically centering the experiences and leadership of young people of color in our program work; dismantling white supremacy within our organizational systems, policies and culture, and rebuilding anew; and ensuring that we have a thriving, diverse team of staff and board members advancing our mission. We expect all staff to engage enthusiastically in this work.

Our team is deeply dedicated to 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 (and turn it into a Slack emoji) and we hope you have an HBO login to share. We truly believe in the power of young people. Get to know us: Our website | Our Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Weekly Responsibilities 

    • Connect with young people on college campuses in Boulder or Denver through frequent in-person tabling, to mobilize them to register to vote, take action on issue campaigns, and volunteer with us. Constantly recruit and work with volunteers to build youth power on campus.
      • Potential for travel to field locations outside of Boulder or Denver
  • Reconnect in person with students and on-campus communities, including student organizations and student governments, to create an engaged base of young people who show up and advocate on progressive issues at the ballot box and the legislature
  • Plan and organize in-person and virtual events and trainings for young people and volunteers to learn about civic engagement tactics like community and coalition building, relational organizing, writing and sharing stories, and mobilizing on issues they care about.
  • Drive young people to action on the  issues that are impacting our generation through tactics including regular phonebanking, and potentially other tactics including (but not limited to) educational events, texting, campus visibility, and writing opinion media for publication (LTEs, op-ed, blogs).
  • Remain flexible and adaptable to unforeseeable events that impact our communities; when necessary, implement New Era’s programmatic rapid response protocol and actions with equity at the center.
  • Engage in personal and organizational equity and anti-racism work, involving (but not limited to) weekly identity-based caucuses for liberation, accountability and healing, equity trainings, and regular stepbacks on equity.
  • Plug into other programs including our high school voter registration program, reproductive justice work, and our partner organizations’ work. Support with other organizational priorities as needed; remain nimble and flexible to the changing demands and priorities of organizing work.

What we’re looking for

  • Commitment to progressive values, freedom & equity | You are committed to advancing economic justice, abortion access, access to voting, and fighting climate change, recognizing the specific impacts on marginalized people.
  • Commitment and enthusiasm to organize young people | You are passionate about mobilizing and reaching young people to take action for progressive change.
  • Effective communication across a team | You can communicate in a timely, proactive manner, and have a solutions-oriented mindset. You’re ready to tackle challenges head-on by proposing solutions and collaborating.
  • Able to take direction, giving and receiving feedback, uses feedback to improve | You are enthusiastic to grow and develop at NEC through feedback.
  • Drivership & Initiative | You take initiative with independent work, and can manage responsibilities including volunteer relationships, field shifts, and changing priorities.
  • Flexible and adaptable | You are down to work in an environment with constantly changing circumstances and rapidly moving parts. You’re able and willing to work nontraditional hours (evenings & weekends) to meet young people where they are and when they’re free.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion | You are deeply committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through and within our organization. You think critically about your own identity and work respectfully and collaboratively across different identities – specifically race.

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 or organizing experience. We encourage you to submit your application if this job excites you! 

Position Details, Compensation and Benefits

We are hiring for multiple part-time, in-person, seasonal positions. The positions are based out of New Era’s Denver or Boulder office (respectively), with travel along the Front Range and with some remote work. Boulder positions will be reporting to New Era’s Boulder Organizing Manager in Boulder, and Denver positions will be reporting to New Era’s Denver Organizing Manager in Denver. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis starting early July. 

This is a part-time hourly position compensated at $16.00 per hour. 

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. 

COVID-19 Statement

In accordance with New Era Colorado’s commitment to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, New Era Colorado has adopted this vaccination policy to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, visitors, and the community at large from infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, that may be reduced by vaccinations. All employees, except those who work from home 100% of the time, are required to receive COVID vaccinations, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.

Further, this role will require in-person organizing including tabling and other in-person events. New Era Colorado is committed to the safety of our employees and has robust safety protocols to protect the safety of our employees in regard to COVID-19. All employees are required to follow these safety protocols. If you have any questions about our safety protocols please contact us at info@neweracolorado.org.