Note: as of 1/15/2015, we are no longer accepting applications to this position.

At Democracy Works, we believe voting should fit the way we live. To that end, we build technology for both voters and election administrators that simplifies the process and ensures that no voter should ever have to miss an election.

TurboVote, our first service, tracks an individual voter’s elections. We provide all the materials and information they need to get registered, stay registered, and cast a ballot in every election, from municipal to national—and we’ll even mail forms with an addressed, stamped envelope for the local election office. Ballot Scout helps local election administrators track absentee ballots as they travel through the mail, providing transparency in the vote-by-mail process and making it easier to follow up when things go awry. We also work with the Pew Charitable Trusts and Google to ensure that the Voting Information Project’s data is up-to-date and ready from one election to the next.

In our quest to make voting easier, we’re looking for an experienced communications expert to help us share our mission and work with a larger audience. Whether it’s helping a TurboVote partner school tell the story of how they implemented our tools so other campuses can repeat their successes, or pitching a local newspaper on the innovations their local election office is making, we want to reach more voters through effective storytelling and outreach.

As the Director of Communications, you’ll:

  • Get to know our voters, TurboVote’s college and nonprofit partners, and election administrators nationwide
  • Identify strategic opportunities to use blogging, social media, press releases, conference presentations, and other public communications to expand our reach
  • Craft beautiful written materials across a variety of media
  • Collaborate with our development team, product leads, and outreach leads to polish and refine our institutional voice and standardize our external communications across the staff

You are:

  • Fascinated by how things work, and enjoy making complex processes clear and intuitive to others
  • A wordsmith more inspired by the exactly-right term than a flowery phrase
  • Creative, and able to spot opportunities others don’t see
  • Conversant in technology (and curious to know more!)
  • Intrinsically motivated, happy developing and executing your own plans
  • Highly collaborative, able to find common threads across our programs and teams
  • Nimble, comfortable switching between multiple tasks

You have experience:

  • Developing communications strategies and iterating on them
  • Handling media outreach, including press releases, pitching stories, and conducting interviews
  • Blogging, tweeting, crafting email newsletters, and other digital outreach
  • Developing metrics for communications effectiveness, then monitoring and acting on them
  • Previous work in campaigns or startups preferred but not required
  • Bonus points for familiarity with Creative Suite and an eye for graphic design

Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Democracy Works also offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance and vacation. We’re based in Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO, and we hope you’ll want to work from one of these offices—though we’ll consider remote arrangements for the perfect candidate.

To apply, send a resume and pithy introduction to Katy and Seth at with the subject “Will communicate for democracy.”

We are inspired by the idea of building an awesome and truly diverse team, so we strongly encourage applicants of all races, colors, political party associations, religions (or lack thereof), national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, abilities, and branches of military service. Feel free to contact if you have any questions about our commitment to diversity or about general hiring practices.