Democracy Works is seeking an Operations Associate to help build turbovote.org.

We believe that if voting were more convenient, more people would vote; and if more people voted, we could reinvigorate local and primary elections, politicians would be held more accountable, our leadership would be more representative, and our democracy would work better (at least most of the time).

To that end, TurboVote is a web service that makes voting as easy as renting a Netflix DVD. We provide free email and text message reminders for all elections and mail (yes, snail mail!) completed voter registration forms and absentee ballot request forms, along with addressed, stamped envelopes.

We’re currently working with 57 colleges and a tech company you may have heard of before. You can learn more about us on ABC, Mashable, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

As this is a startup, we’re used to moving quickly. You will make sure TurboVote’s internal operations remain nimble and efficient while we grow (and learn the nitty gritty skills needed to run a startup).

Here’s what you’ll be doing:
• Streamlining internal processes
• Coordinating with our bookkeeper to make sure financial information is being properly recorded
• Invoicing partners, depositing payments and printing checks
• Applying for grants and writing grant reports
• Running payroll, as well as managing HR and insurance paperwork
• Scheduling meetings and assisting executive staff with miscellaneous operations-related tasks
• Preparing annual reports and documents for board meetings

Qualifications:
• Extremely organized (we can teach you how to manage HR and insurance documents)
• Great with words (can write warm and conversational emails without sounding too informal, can write with perfect grammar without sounding stuffy, can write an inspirational and well-researched paragraph about democratic participation that isn’t stiff or corny)
• Great with numbers (we can teach you about QuickBooks and payroll)
• A passion for getting details exactly right

You’ll fit in if:
• You want to get this done right now
• You want to get this done right
• You’re a not-so-secret idealist
• Why is your favorite question
• You enjoy pub trivia (especially if you can help us best our perpetual 2nd-place finish)

Nice to have:
• Experience with QuickBooks
• Experience with data visualization
• Experience with nonprofit accounting
• Experience with writing grant applications and annual reports

This full-time or part-time position will be based out of our Brooklyn headquarters. Candidates should send a resume and write a pithy email about themselves to Seth and Katy at work@turbovote.org. The email should have the subject line: “Will work for democracy.”

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