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. Our second tool, 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 through the strategic use of our technology. Over 120 colleges and universities and more than a dozen nonprofit organizations currently use TurboVote.
In 2016, our goals are (1) to invest in our existing partners and find creative ways to help them build more comprehensive programs for voter engagement and (2) to reach new potential partners and set the stage for substantial program growth in advance of the presidential election.
As this is a startup, you’ll get to wear a lot of hats. You should be:
• Unafraid of “no.”
• At home in an agile, fast-paced collaborative environment
• Comfortable with oral and written communications in a variety of settings, including phone presence and presentation skills
• Organized, able to prioritize time effectively and multi-task
• A relationship-builder and all-around “people person”
Experience in political organizing, leading an organization, editing and designing, or business development a plus, but not a requirement.
Your job will include:
• Generating and pursuing new leads
• Collecting and maintaining data on our partners so every contact gets the customized outreach they need
• Build relationships with current and potential partners across the country and supporting their campus programs (you’ll spend a lot of time on the phone).
This full-time position is located in Brooklyn from early June to mid-August.
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.
2014 Director's Intern Reflection:
This summer I had the pleasure of interning at TurboVote, where I worked with an amazing team of seven other interns to increase civic engagement across the country and make registering to vote easy and fun. Together we set expectations for one another and agreed to work from 9:30 to 5:30 each day. The work environment was relaxed, progressive and a lot of fun. All the employees at TurboVote went out of their way to get to know the interns and spend one-on-one time with us.
Each day the interns reached out to college campuses about TurboVote and worked on a variety of special projects. Our task, ultimately, was to get schools and non-profits to partner, which we did by calling and emailing students staff and administrators. We discussed the importance of voter engagement, explained what TurboVote does and negotiated price and implementation. Interns developed and tested new outreach strategies and began work on system-wide partnerships. The organization is currently transitioning from a startup to a more established non-profit, but there is still plenty of flexibility and all the employees were receptive to new ideas. This summer gave me plenty of experience in teamwork, communication, salesmanship and contact management.
Max Kennedy '16