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Happy Election Day! We like to celebrate voting, so here’s some good news to go with casting your ballot.

But first, let me ask – have you voted yet? If not, make sure you cast your ballot today! You can find polling place and ballot info at turbovote.org/election-day.

Now, here are a few exciting updates from our work this cycle:

  • This October, TurboVote passed a milestone with over a quarter of a million voters served.
  • Nationwide, we’re now working with more than 200 colleges and universities to make civic participation a core element of the student experience.
  • USA Today and the National Journal covered our campus voter engagement work.
  • Our Voting Information Project (VIP) team successfully collected and standardized polling place information for all 50 states and DC. Today, that data is live on Google, Facebook, and WordPress, where we expect that tens of millions of voters will see it.

Today also marks the first day of our 2015 operations. In order to continue growing and improving, we’re recruiting six more people across the organization:

  • A Business Development Lead to identify and recruit new college and university partners for TurboVote.
  • A Government Outreach Lead to champion our work with local election officials.
  • A Partner Support Lead to build out implementation materials, provide hands-on trainings, and develop new and better features for our partner colleges and universities.
  • A Director of Communications to improve how we connect with our voters, partners, friends, and the public.
  • And two Software Developers to help us build a service-oriented, Clojure-powered platform capable of powering an ecosystem of voter engagement tools.

We hope that you’ll help us find exactly the right candidates for each of these, so please pass them on!

Expanding the team and getting through another major election always makes me reflect back on how far we’ve come in the past three years with your support. It’s incredible, but it’s even more exciting to remember that this is still only the beginning!

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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, our newest product, 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.

These products are the work of our six-person developer team. Languages we use include Ruby, Clojure, ClojureScript, JavaScript, and Python. Our web projects are built with Rails, Pedestal, and Compojure. Our front ends use jQuery, React, and Om. We use SCSS to write our styles. Our databases are MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Datomic. We deploy Docker containers to EC2 servers. Some of our interprocess communication happens via Redis, some of it via Amazon’s SQS, some of it over plain HTTP. And all our code lives on GitHub. You should have experience with some of this and ready to get experience with the rest.

We pair program, collaborate with product managers, and make sure our efforts deliver value to voters. Our flat structure means that you’ll get the opportunity to lead on a variety of projects on a rotating basis.

In the next year we’re looking to rebuild the frontend for turbovote.org, split the Rails backend into independent Clojure services, improve our Ballot Scout webapp and services, and automate the quality-assurance process for Voting Information Project data. If any or all of these projects sound interesting to you, then you’re interesting to us.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with 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 Wes and Katy at work@turbovote.org with the subject “Will code 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.

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.

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.

The Democracy Works partnerships team recruits schools, organizations, and local governments to promote voter engagement to their students and members and provides support to these partners as they use our technology. Over 200 colleges and universities, and more than a dozen nonprofit organizations currently use TurboVote.

In 2015, our goals are to invest in our existing partners and find creative ways to help them build more comprehensive programs for voter engagement, and to conduct outreach to potential partners and set the stage for substantial program growth over the next two years. In order to accomplish these goals, we’re looking for a multitalented organizer, customer-service whisperer, and product designer to join our team.

As the partner support lead for TurboVote, you will strengthen relationships with each of our partners and work closely with them to ensure they are using our technology strategically. You’ll become an expert in the world of higher education and cultivate a passion for promoting civic engagement. Also, as the primary contact with most of our partners, you will be responsible for communicating their needs to our product design and software development teams, and help test and train partners on new features as we improve the platform.

You will:

  • Develop and execute an outreach plan to keep our partners engaged throughout the year and ensure that they’re prepared for elections as they approach
  • Design systems for contact tracking and reporting so every partner gets the customized treatment they need, and help launch our new CRM
  • Collect feedback from partner organizations and use it to propose new training materials, best practices, and features
  • Serve as a partner advocate in the product development process and act as a liaison between partners and our technology and operations teams
  • Revise and refine our implementation training materials and build them into a comprehensive toolkit for effective voter engagement

You are:

  • An excellent communicator, with strong editing and public speaking skills
  • A fantastic listener with an ability to read between the lines
  • Exceptionally organized, able to prioritize time effectively and multi-task
  • A leader who knows how to motivate others and inspire them to succeed
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive
  • Creative in developing processes and procedures
  • Just tech-y enough to communicate with developers and translate needs
  • Comfortable navigating bureaucracy and a foe of red tape

You have experience:

  • Working with CRM tools (preferably Salesforce) and proficiency in Excel
  • Collaborating with developers or in technology-driven organizations
  • Providing excellent customer/constituent service for a diverse audience
  • Working with or for governments, big corporations, or another cautious, deliberate work culture
  • Writing in a wide variety of media, from email newsletter to how-to guides

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 Katy at work@turbovote.org with the subject “Will provide support 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.

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 work@turbovote.org 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 work@turbovote.org if you have any questions about our commitment to diversity or about general hiring practices.

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.

The Democracy Works partnerships team recruits schools, organizations, and local governments to promote voter engagement to their students and members and provides support to these partners as they use our technology. Over 200 colleges and universities, and more than a dozen nonprofit organizations currently use TurboVote.

In 2015, our goals are to invest in our existing partners and find creative ways to help them build more comprehensive programs for voter engagement, and to conduct outreach to potential partners and set the stage for substantial program growth over the next two years. In order to accomplish these goals, we’re looking for a multitalented organizer and deal-closer to join our team.

Where you will fit in: As the business development lead, you will be responsible for continuing to grow our program through renewing our existing partnerships and generating new leads to set the stage for exponential growth in 2016. In this role, you will need to build relationships with key stakeholders, and think creatively in order to generate revenue opportunities across TurboVote (and potentially other Democracy Works products). You’ll become an expert in the world of higher education and cultivate a passion for promoting civic engagement. Also, you will have the persistence to navigate red tape and work with bureaucratic organizations.

Your job will include:

  • Generating and pursuing new leads
  • Guiding prospective partners through the sales cycle, from introduction to onboarding
  • Identifying–and creating–opportunities for program growth and new organizational relationships
  • Attending relevant conferences and meetings, and identifying other strategic speaking engagements, in order to promote the TurboVote program and create new opportunities
  • Enthusiastically promoting our mission
  • Diligent data collection and entry to maintain and organize relationship-tracking data and reporting so every contact gets the customized treatment they need.

You are:

  • Driven, with a deep sense of purpose
  • A master of persuasion
  • Happiest in a fast-paced work environment with frequent change
  • An excellent oral and written communicator
  • Self-confident, bold and energetic
  • Excited to face a challenge
  • Not afraid of “no”

You have:

  • Experience in non-profit sales, business development or junior account management roles
  • A mastery of making cold calls, tracking down decision makers and researching leads
  • A proven track record of meeting or exceeding individual goals
  • Familiarity with higher education, government, large corporations, or another cautious, deliberate work culture

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 Sam at work@turbovote.org with the subject “Will organize 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.

Today, in celebration of National Voter Registration Day, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education announced that 100 member institutions have adopted TurboVote, an innovative “one-stop-shop” voter engagement platform, thanks to a partnership between two higher education associations and the nonpartisan nonprofit technology organization, Democracy Works.

A product of Democracy Works, TurboVote makes it easy for students to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and sign up for text and email reminders with important election information, dates and deadlines.

With TurboVote, AASCU and NASPA member institutions are taking steps to institutionalize voter engagement by integrating the technology into established processes such as freshman orientation and class registration. By embedding the platform into critical student interactions, they ensure that every student will have the materials and information he or she needs to vote in every election.

“The University of Central Oklahoma’s partnership with TurboVote is an amazing opportunity to enhance the civic engagement of our students, faculty and staff,” said Janelle Grellner, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of Central’s American Democracy Project. “Changing registration rates, voter knowledge and voting behavior is something we can start here on our campus as we strive to graduate competent, confident and civically-minded citizens. TurboVote will supercharge our efforts.”

When students sign up with TurboVote, the system keeps track of all their elections—local, state and national. If students wish to register, update their addresses or request absentee ballots, TurboVote sends them the necessary forms and information with pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelopes, and then sends reminders to ensure that users never miss another election.

“NASPA members have a unique opportunity to promote democratic engagement across the many channels of the co-curriculum,” says NASPA President Kevin Kruger. “We are excited to add TurboVote to the tools used to educate students for citizenship both inside and outside the classroom.”

TurboVote’s platform helps colleges and universities meet federal mandates that require institutions provide students with voter registration information. With help from AASCU and NASPA, TurboVote hopes to support institutions in meeting these mandates and set a new standard for voter engagement in higher education.

George Mehaffy, AASCU’s vice president for academic leadership and change, notes, “This partnership sends an important message to institutional leaders that democratic engagement should be a part of every student’s college education.”

(See the entire list of institutions in the NASPA/AASCU TurboVote cohort)