Now Hiring: Western Lead Organizer

June 9, 2020

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New Era Colorado is seeking a full-time, seasonal Lead Organizer to manage our regional teams of organizers in Durango. This is a key leadership role that will be instrumental in driving young voter turnout in Colorado this year! 

About the Position

The Western Lead Organizer will facilitate the success of their team on the ground in Durango. In this role, you will be charged with building an inclusive, motivated team, and strong plans to achieve ambitious field goals while engaging thousands of young voters along the way. You will ensure your team contributes to our collective, organization-wide voter registration goals, in addition to our Get Out The Vote turnout program that helps young people navigate how to vote and what’s on the ballot. This position requires a determination to hit goals, resourcefulness, and the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities with a consistent attention to detail. There is power in our generation – the largest, most diverse in our country’s history – and together, we need to utilize that power to win progress on the issues impacting us and fight back against bigotry, hate, oppression, and injustice.

About New Era & Our Team

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 have driven record young voter turnout statewide. 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 approximately 1 million pizzas. 

We are early on a journey to embed equity and inclusion in our organization’s day-to-day and DNA, 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—just 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

Job Responsibilities

  • Field planning and management l Lead the execution of a large-scale, volunteer-driven voter registration drive and turnout program (including but not limited to phone banks, canvasses, and voter guide distribution). Bottom-line and track your team’s progress toward all field goals, while consistently identifying new opportunities and avenues in which to register more voters.
  • Day-to-day field work l Responsible for executing voter registration and turnout work on college campuses, high schools, and community events. Provide regular, structured feedback to organizers and volunteers to ensure that your team will always hit the daily goal.
  • Team management l Responsible for fostering an inclusive, empowering, and welcoming environment for organizers to thrive in every day. Support and coach individual team members to be successful in their role. You will facilitate weekly meetings, and create the weekly/monthly schedule for organizers. In some cases, Lead Organizers may be asked to collaborate with field leadership in hiring organizers.

What We’re Looking For

Our ideal candidate strongly believes in young people’s ability to create change and is a flexible problem solver who can stay organized while engaging face-to-face with young people in the field. We’re looking for someone with a passion for increasing participation and leadership among young people – especially young people of color, and is committed to leading and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through every aspect of their work. 

  • Commitment to New Era | Demonstrates enthusiasm for the mission of NEC, the issues we work on (climate, abortion rights, election access, and economic justice), and our theory of change.
  • Enthusiastic about field work, organizing, and young people’s ability to build power | A passion for engaging young people face-to-face on college campuses and in the community, through regular tabling and organizing. Demonstrated willingness to recruit and form relationships with young people, build volunteers into leaders, and create a respectful, inclusive political home for young people 
  • Resourceful, Highly Organized |  Strong owner of their work, takes proactive initiative in making improvements to our work, enforce high standards for individual and team performance, efficient under tight deadlines, and is committed to constant improvement of themselves and the organization.
  • Flexible and Adaptable | Demonstrated ability to work in a flexible and fast-paced environment with constantly changing circumstances, rapidly moving parts, and longer hours. Ability and willingness to work nontraditional hours, including the occasional evening and weekend as needed, to meet young people where they are and when they’re free
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion | A deep commitment to New Era’s mission and 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 talent, desire to do the work, and your drive and ability to improve every day than whether you have formal or informal experience. We do not require formal education or management experience. Management experience (volunteer, student group, intern, paid staff) is a benefit, but not a requirement. We will get you the training and coaching you need! If this job excites you, we encourage you to submit your application!

Position Details, Compensation, and Benefits

This is a full-time, seasonal position based out of Durango, CO. This position will start in June and end shortly on November 13th, after the General Election. Healthcare (medical, vision, and dental, with 75% of the premium covered by the employer) and paid time off contingent upon length of employment. Salary range is $39,000 annualized, commensurate with experience. 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

New Era Colorado collects all application materials via Google Forms. For consideration, please submit here.

This position will be open until filled, and will remain on our website until then. If the posting is still up, you should still apply! No phone calls please.

COVID-19 Statement

New Era Colorado prioritizes the safety of its staff above all else. As we plan for our eventual return to field work, we base our internal decision making process on guidance from world health experts, the state, and local school districts. Our staff currently operates on an entirely remote basis. Until we are confident in our ability to send teams into the field with required PPE and comprehensive personal safety protocol, we will continue to do so.