NOW HIRING: 2021 Voter Registration Field Organizers!
June 21, 2021
Build political power for young people, particularly young people of color, and engage high school and community college students across Colorado by executing a large-scale voter registration program and building a political home for young Coloradans.
(Full-time in-person positions available in: Denver)
Use this Google Form to submit your application materials (application questions + your resume). The priority deadline to apply is July 7, 2021, but this position will remain open until filled (if the posting is still up, you can and should still apply!). This position starts in mid-August. No phone calls please.
About the Position
New Era Colorado is seeking enthusiastic, dedicated people to join our team to empower high school students to pre-register and register to vote. The next generation of Coloradans is the largest and most diverse in our history, and if you’d like to join the fight to amplify their voices and build their political power at all levels of democracy, you should apply!
This position mostly involves travelling to high schools and community colleges connecting with hundreds of students each week about the importance of civic engagement, the issues that most impact young people and registering eligible students to vote. You will be catching them in the hallway, the lunchroom, presenting in their classroom or at an assembly for the school. Additionally, you will spend time conducting virtual voter registration sessions for students across the state if virtual engagement is our only option for that school. You’ll be on a team of committed, passionate folks, having truthful and important conversations about our political system with young people, many of whom belong to communities who have been systematically shut out of the political process. You’d be a great fit if you’re passionate about social justice, if you’ve got the energy to talk to hundreds of young people in a day, and if you’re determined to hit ambitious goals.
This is a temporary full-time position starting in mid-August and ending in late October.
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 register young people to vote and drive 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 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 high school civic engagement program works to educate high school students on the importance of civic engagement and register eligible students to vote. In 2013, New Era worked to help pass legislation that would allow 16 and 17 year olds to pre-register to vote, meaning that when they turn 18, their voter registration automatically activates. To date we’ve registered over 200,000 young people to vote in Colorado, over 32,000 of whom we (pre)registered in high schools across 14 counties, and we can’t wait to continue the momentum!
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
- Work on a small team in Denver and surrounding areas to execute a large-scale civic engagement education and voter registration program reaching high school and community college students, particularly students of color, across all of Colorado
- Spend 3-4 days per week in high schools and college campuses, registering students at our table and collecting pledge to vote postcards through classroom presentations, and ~1 day per week on data entry
- Conduct 30-45 minute virtual voter registration and civic engagement educational sessions with students across the state of Colorado
- Connect with community college students on critical economic justice issues impacting our generations in order to lay the groundwork for our 2022 legislative session work
- Perform other supportive duties as needed for our high school voter registration program
- Coordinate with teachers, administrators and fellow organizers to find creative ways to maximize the impact of each high school visit
- Frequently travel across the Front Range, with possible travel to the Western slope and other communities across the state like Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Greeley
What we’re looking for
- Commitment to New Era and enthusiasm to organize young people | Demonstrates enthusiasm for New Era’s mission of engaging more young people in our democracy and empowering young people to make themselves heard; enthusiasm for voting rights, registration, and turnout, and our theory of change.
- 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 on a regular basis (a typical high school day + travel).
- Enthusiastic about field work and organizing | A passion for engaging young people face-to-face and virtually on college campuses and in the community, through regular tabling and other organizing tactics. Demonstrated willingness to recruit and form relationships with young people, build volunteers into leaders, and create a respectful, inclusive political home for young people.
- 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. Ability to sensitively and productively navigate tough conversations about voter eligibility, power and privilege, and people’s lived experiences that differ from your own, without causing harm.
- Outcomes-based, ambitious and detailed oriented | Commitment to stay focused on the outcomes of our work, rather than the inputs, to reach our daily and monthly goals as a team. Relentless in the pursuit of results, and we measure and evaluate our impact through clear quantitative and qualitative metrics. Ability to pay close attention to detail to ensure each registration form is complete and accurate.
Preferred, but not required:
❖ Some experience working with young voters, voter registration or campaigns
❖ Reliable transportation and a driver’s license
❖ Spanish language skills
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Position Details, Compensation and Benefits
We are hiring for multiple full-time in-person seasonal positions. The positions are based out of New Era’s Denver office, with travel along the Front Range and a possible trip to the Western Slope with some remote work. The positions will be reporting to New Era’s Organizing Program Manager in Denver. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis starting early July.
This is a full-time hourly, non-exempt position with overtime eligibility, compensated at $16.35 per hour which is equivalent to $34,000 annualized. Benefits include healthcare (medical, dental, and vision; employer pays 75% of the premium) and paid time off.
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.