NOW HIRING: 2021 Organizing Fellows
November 20, 2020
Build political power for young people, engage and activate our generation to take action on student debt reform, and work to build a political home for young people across the state. (Part-time positions available in: Boulder, Denver)
Preferred start date is January 11th, 2021. Use this google form to submit your application materials (application questions + your resume). The priority deadline to apply is December 7th, but this position 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!). No phone calls please.
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 young people to advance student debt reform priorities by educating, mobilizing, and developing young people to take action and make an impact on this issue here in Colorado. In this position you’ll work on a team to recruit volunteers, engage young people through organizing tactics, including phone banking, events, opinion media, and digital & relational organizing – while working towards a vision of postsecondary education accessibility and economic freedom for our generation. Additionally, Organizing Fellows will conduct virtual voter registration sessions for high school students across the state to continue engaging them in our democracy in an exciting way even in the virtual world.
This is a temporary position that goes through May 28, 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
- Connect with young people through targeted outreach and organizing through weekly phone-banking and volunteer engagement
- Build a list of supporters who will take action during the 2021 legislative session for student loan debt reform and other economic justice priorities; Work to identify and develop spokespeople who can testify on this issue
- Plan and organize virtual events and trainings for young people to learn more about student debt and get trained on how to share their story and advocate for issues they care about
- Support volunteers and work on drafting opinion media (LTEs, op-ed, blogs) to raise visibility for the issues that are impacting our generation.
- Work to strengthen the narrative and visibility around student loans and the need for economic justice
- Participate in rapid response actions and organizing as needed
- Conduct brief virtual voter registration sessions with high school students across the state of Colorado; perform other supportive duties as needed for our high school voter registration program
- Support with other organizational priorities as needed
- On an opt-in basis, organize on campuses and other community locations using tactics such as campus visibility and/ or tabling.
What we’re looking for
- Commitment to economic freedom & equity | Demonstrates a strong commitment to advancing economic freedom and mobility, eliminating barriers to access to postsecondary education, and recognizes that student debt has disproportionate impacts on marginalized communities
- Commitment to New Era and enthusiasm to organize young people | Demonstrates enthusiasm for the mission of New Era, the issues we work on (climate, abortion rights, election access, and student debt), and our theory of change and is passionate about mobilizing and reaching young people to take action.
- Effective communication across a team | Demonstrated ability to communicate issues, share updates, and communicate needs in a timely, proactive manner. Has a solutions-oriented mindset; demonstrated urge to find solutions and propose them, and engage in collaborative problem-solving processes
- Flexible and adaptable | Demonstrated ability to work in a flexible and fast-paced environment with constantly changing circumstances and rapidly moving parts. Ability and willingness to work nontraditional hours (evenings & weekends) to meet young people where they are and when they’re free
- Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion | A deep commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through and within our organization and a demonstrated ability to think critically about your own identity and work respectfully and collaboratively across different identities – especially racial identities
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 positions in Denver and Boulder who can work between 10-25 hrs per week. The positions are currently remote with optional, reduced in-person contact. Hazard pay is available for optional reduced in-person tactics. The pay is $16 an hour. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis. 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.