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

Who we are
We’re Democracy Works, a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the idea that voting should fit the way we live today. We’re a team of software developers, public policy wonks, and civic organizers working together to build tools that both voters and election administrators will love.

What we do
We started out in 2010 by building TurboVote, a website that registers voters, streamlines tasks like updating registrations or requesting absentee ballots, and provides timely election reminders so voters don’t forget to vote. As we’ve grown, that focus on bringing modern technology and exceptional design to civic participation remains at the core of our work.

In 2014 we expanded our offerings to serve election administrators directly. Local election offices are constantly innovating to streamline operations and better serve their voters, but the distributed nature of our electoral system can make it difficult to share new tools and best practices across jurisdictions. Our new Government Services initiative is designed to change that, by providing the technology infrastructure needed to scale these innovations and make them available – and affordable – to offices across the country.

Ballot Scout, our first tool for local election officials, tracks ballots sent through the mail using USPS Intelligent Mail barcodes. It’s designed to do all the heavy lifting for election administrators, from helping them implement Intelligent Mail barcodes on their mailings to providing a way to monitor mailed ballots via a dashboard of intelligible, actionable tracking data. The tool also includes a public interface, giving voters the opportunity to look up the status of their ballot online and/or sign up for SMS or email updates about their ballot.

Where you fit: Government Outreach Lead

As the Government Outreach Lead, you will be responsible for growing our new government program. In 2015, you’ll be focused on establishing formal partnerships with local election offices across the country. In this role you will need to immerse yourself in the world of election administration, build relationships with key stakeholders, and think creatively in order to generate revenue opportunities for Ballot Scout and other Democracy Works products.

Your job will include:

  • Creating and identifying opportunities for program growth and new organizational relationships
  • Following up relentlessly with new leads
  • Guiding potential partners through the sales cycle, esp. in lead qualification, research and onboarding
  • Attending relevant conferences and meetings to promote Democracy Works initiatives
  • Recording and maintaining relationship-tracking data
  • Enthusiastically promoting our mission

You are:

  • A problem-solver with a “yes, and” mentality
  • At home in an agile, fast-paced work environment
  • Dedicated to providing top-notch customer/constituent service
  • An excellent oral and written communicator, with phone presence and presentation skills
  • Adept at translating ideas for diverse audiences with varying skill sets and levels of expertise
  • Willing to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Organized, able to prioritize time effectively and multi-task

You have:

  • Experience in non-profit or commercial sales, business development, account management or fundraising (cold-calling or telesales a plus)
  • A proven track record of meeting or exceeding individual goals
  • Familiarity with local/state/federal government or another cautious, deliberate work culture
  • A passion for elections and democracy
  • Willingness to travel

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 introduction to Adrienne and Monica at work@turbovote.org with the subject “Will reach out 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 work@turbovote.org if you have any questions about our commitment to diversity or about general hiring practices.

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