Democracy Works – which runs TurboVote – seeks a Finance Director.

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 DVD from Netflix. 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 serving over 188,000 users and working with 58 colleges, several large not-for-profits, and a tech company you may have heard of before. You can learn more about us from the New York Times, 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 financial operations remain nimble and efficient while we grow.

Here’s what you’ll be doing:

  • Manage and oversee financial operations; provide strategic financial guidance
  • Analyze sources of income/revenue to identify revenue needs and shortfalls
  • Manage day-to-day operations, including fiscal controls
  • Prepare all periodic financial reports and information for internal review and external purposes including account reconciliations
  • Develop and oversee the policies and procedures for financial control and reporting that meet current and future business requirements as well as relevant regulations affecting the organization
  • Design and manage tracking systems for both restricted and non-restricted grants.
  • Prepare annual reports and external documents for board meetings and funders
  • Oversee organizational budgeting, project budgeting, financial forecasting, and cash flow
  • Oversee the external audit, review and analyze results and recommend for approval the audited financial statements.
  • Manage tax filings
  • Handle insurance and risk management needs
  • Super Special Projects


  • Minimum of 4 years experience in a finance and administration leadership role, preferably in the philanthropic or non-profit sector
  • Strategic mindset, with the ability to build systems that will support Democracy Works’ growth and operations over the next 3-5 years
  • Deep knowledge of finance and accounting principles, rules and regulations, with proficiency in a financial management software package (QuickBooks preferred) as well as spreadsheet and word processing tools
  • Extremely organized with amazing time management skills and strong attention to detail. Great judgment. Also! Discretion with confidential information
  • A relentless focus on results, with a demonstrated understanding of data management and analysis
  • Great with words (warm and conversational emails that aren’t too informal, perfect grammar that isn’t stuffy)
  • Able to build effective teams, coach and develop others
  • A passion for getting details exactly right
  • Degree in finance, accounting and/or management strongly preferred
  • CPA designation preferred

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

This full-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 Anne at The email should have the subject line: “Will work for democracy.”

Democracy Works is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We encourage qualified diverse candidates to apply.  Democracy Works does not discriminate against any candidate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, national origin, age or any other protected category.