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NOW HIRING: Campus Organizing Fellows (CSU Fort Collins, Auraria, CU Boulder)

June 10, 2021

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Summary & Position Details

New Era Colorado is seeking passionate, energetic part-time student organizers to mobilize young people to advance abortion rights and make an impact on this issue both on and off campus! Fellows will work together on a small team on their campus to lead the charge to protect abortion access, educate their peers about the issue, and combat abortion shame and stigma. These positions offer an incredible leadership and professional development opportunity at the forefront of New Era’s expanding advocacy program. 

Organizing fellows will engage in a variety of high-impact grassroots tactics to raise the visibility of abortion access as an issue among young people. They will work closely with New Era’s Advocacy Team to collect and share stories, plan and facilitate educational events, and build a community of pro-abortion advocates. Part of this position will also include working with young people to be civically engaged to empower them and fight back against statewide initiatives aimed at threatening access to abortion.

This is a part-time, seasonal position that begins in August and ends in early December, with opportunities to stay on for up to three semesters. We are hiring for positions at CU Boulder, CSU Fort Collins and Auraria. Pay is $16 per hour, with 10-13 hours of work expected per week. Preferred start date is August 9th. 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.

How to Apply

Use this google form to submit your application materials (application questions + your resume). No phone calls please. 

COVID-19 Statement

This role will include in person field work including tabling and in person visibility such as flyering and chalking, and possible 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.

Job Responsibilities 

  • Educate students on campus about abortion access in a radically inclusive manner through peer-to-peer conversations on a weekly basis, utilizing tactics such as tabling and class and student group presentations.
  • Build and maintain a base of abortion access suporters, volunteers, and student leaders through recruitment (tabling, phonebanking, and relational organizing), regular communication/outreach, and leading 1:1 meetings and trainings.
  • Plan and facilitate events (both in person and virtually) aimed to train, empower and mobilize advocates to talk and organize around abortion.
  • Strengthen pro-abortion access visibility through weekly visibility tactics, such as flyering on campus, creating content for our social media platforms, and distributing branded materials such as our stickers and pins. 
  • Contribute to changing campus culture by leading actions that support abortion access and challenging threats to abortion access on campus and statewide.
  • Keep track of metrics and progress to goals both through Google Spreadsheets and our volunteer data system EveryAction.
  • Lead 1-3 areas of work: data management, coalition building, volunteer recruitment and development, event planning, visibility, media, and fieldwork.
  • During spring semesters, there will be opportunities to participate in the legislative process and uplift work regarding reproductive freedom during the Colorado General Assembly legislative session.
  • During fall semesters, there will be opportunities to participate in the electoral process and educate people about pro or anti-abortion ballot meaures. 

Qualifications

  • 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 
  • A Commitment to Equitable Abortion Access | Demonstrates a deep commitment to advancing access to abortion in an inclusive manner, acknowledges that barriers to access have disporportionate impacts on marginalized communities and is eager to build their knowledge through educational trainings 
  • Commitment to New Era and young people’s ability to build power  | Demonstrates enthusiasm for the mission of New Era, the issues we work on (climate, abortion rights, election access, and economic justice), and our theory of change
  • 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, phonebanking 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 
  • Team Player | Demonstrated willingness to be a part of and work collaboratively with a cohesive team in a supportive and positive way – with a commitment to fostering an empowering work culture and team environment
  • Resourceful and highly organized problem solver who is a strong owner of the work |  Demonstrated ability to be a strong owner of their work, show strong initiative in making improvements to our work, set high standards for individual and team performance, work and problem solve independently
  • Flexible and Adaptable | Demonstrated ability to work in a flexible and fast-paced environment with constantly changing circumstances. Ability and willingness to work nontraditional hours, including evenings and weekends as needed, to meet young people where they are and when they’re free

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! 

About The Brazen Project

The widespread adoption of laws designed to restrict abortion and the increasingly polarized political climate at the national and statewide levels have left the abortion rights movement at a critical juncture in this country. At the same time, the Millennial and Gen Z generations grew to become the largest, most diverse, and most progressive generation in history—poised to exert an unprecedented impact on our democracy and our culture. As the power of youth advocacy grows on the ground, it is critical that this generation engage proactively in the fight for abortion rights and emerge as a powerful, outspoken constituency on this issue.

The Brazen Project is a Colorado-based, youth-led reproductive rights initiative. We envision a movement for reproductive freedom rooted in and informed by the real experiences of the young people we fight for. For us, this means meeting young people where they’re at and working with them to create a culture without abortion stigma, where folks are not shamed for choosing to speak up or not about their experiences, where pro-abortion access advocacy on college campuses is led by students and where the people with the most institutional power are invested in supporting these efforts for the long-term. We also envision a political climate where protecting and expanding abortion access isn’t seen as a political issue but, instead, a matter of fighting for the dignity and humanity of the most marginalized communities.

This initiative aims to build the awareness, skills, and power of young people on college campuses around the state. We currently organize at CU Boulder, CSU Fort Collins, and on the Auraria campus in Denver, with student cohorts made up of 4 part-time Campus Organizing Fellows on each campus. Fellows are the core of the program as they lead the implementation of our abortion access education and pro-abortion access conversations with their peers throughout the semester to achieve this vision. They also participate in delivering feedback and informing the strategy of the program – addressing gaps, brainstorming creative new tactics, and building this program to exist at its greatest potential. Our Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

About New Era Colorado

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 250,000 young people to vote and driven record young voter turnout. We organize to advance economic justice, abortion rights, climate action, and election access. 

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 center 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