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.

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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.

Here is our updated leaderboard of top 50 TurboVote campuses this week. These rankings reflect the top performing colleges and universities out of the over 200 TurboVote campuses nationwide. We are so excited by the incredible progress that we are seeing across the country!

If you have any questions about your school’s numbers, please contact us at partnerships@turbovote.org.

Brigham Young University 1365
Miami Dade College 1048
University of Florida 744
Florida State University 632
University of Chicago 624
Harvard University 611
University of North Georgia 573
California Polytechnic State University 550
Elmhurst College 538
Mercer University 527
Arizona State University 505
Case Western Reserve University 500
Stanford University 444
Towson University 437
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis 432
St. Petersburg College 425
Illinois State University 406
Virginia Tech 400
Boston College 399
Adventist University of Health Sciences 386
University of Nebraska-Lincoln 380
Ivy Tech Community College 376
Washington University in St. Louis 372
Elon University 366
Brown University 363
Middlebury College 356
Georgetown University 342
University of Nevada, Reno 329
The College of William & Mary 319
University of Texas at Austin 311
Polk State College 293
Northeastern University 289
University of Idaho 284
The University of Virginia 279
Christopher Newport University 277
West Chester University 277
Michigan State University 263
Juniata College 260
Clayton State University 257
Broward College 256
George Mason University 255
San Francisco State University 253
Macomb Community College 249
Georgia Gwinnett College 246
University of Akron 244
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 242
SUNY Geneseo 237
Trinity University 233
Hobart and William Smith Colleges 225
University of Texas at El Paso 219

Hosted with help from our friends at AASCU, we held several exciting webinars in recent weeks. During these webinars, our college and university partners came together to share implementation strategies for promoting civic engagement on campus with TurboVote.

Many thanks to our partners who joined these conversations and shared the secrets to their success! It was inspiring to hear all of the amazing stories of TurboVote implementation across the country.

You can view the 44 minute recording of one of the recent “success story” webinars here: https://aascu.adobeconnect.com/p390m7gzl2i/

To sign up for an upcoming webinar, please contact us at rsvp@turbovote.org.

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)

Today is Constitution Day, and we’re celebrating the fact that more than 200 colleges and universities now promote TurboVote as an integral part of their students’ civic education. These partners are institutionalizing voter engagement on their campuses and working to provide their students with all the materials and information they need, for every election. How better to commemorate the Constitution’s 225th anniversary?

This dedication to supporting students’ civic participation spans all corners of higher education. Our partners include both Marlboro College’s 235 students in Vermont’s Green Mountains and Ivy Tech Community College’s 31 campuses across the state of Indiana. On a map, they span from the University of Puget Sound to the Florida Keys Community College.

US map showing TurboVote partners

Half of these institutions are implementing TurboVote as part of our collaboration with NASPA and AASCU, two of the largest leadership networks in higher education. Their participation helps create stronger connections between TurboVote schools, and supports even better implementation practices across all our partners. It’s not just individual schools, it’s a community building the future of campus civic engagement.

They’re already hard at work
In the past three weeks, these partners have already signed more than 10,000 students up for TurboVote. Our top implementers so far this fall are Harvard, Elmhurst College, Miami Dade College, the University of Florida and the University of Chicago, but there’s still plenty of time for our other partners to catch up as major registration events kick off this week and next.

And we’re not done yet
Next Tuesday, Democracy Works and our TurboVote partners will celebrate National Voter Registration Day alongside more than a thousand community organizations, schools, and the National Association of Secretaries of State. Now in its third year, National Voter Registration Day is a recognized holiday for civic engagement. If you’d like to celebrate with us, send your friends to TurboVote on Tuesday, and join the conversation on the #CelebrateNVRD hashtag!