Organizing Fellows (Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Durango)

NOW HIRING: Part-Time Youth Agenda Fellows (Denver, Boulder, Northern, Western)
New Era Colorado Foundation and New Era Colorado Action Fund are seeking part-time Youth Agenda Fellows to directly organize young people to build progressive youth power toward the 2022 Election, while participating in our leadership development program to gain the skills and knowledge to become Colorado’s next generation of progressive leaders!

To apply for this position

Our preferred start date is Tuesday, August 9. Onboarding will take place between Tue. August 9 – Fri. August 12. To apply, submit your application materials (application questions + your resume) and indicate which city program you are applying to. The priority deadline to apply is June 24, but these positions will be open until filled and will be removed from our website once filled (if the posting is still up, you can and should still apply!). No phone calls please.

COVID Statement: This role will include in-person, community-facing work. New Era Colorado is committed to the safety of our employees and requires proof of full vaccination status for all employees unless a religious or medical accommodation is granted. If you have any questions about our safety protocols please contact us at [email protected]

Summary & Details

New Era Colorado is seeking applicants to our 14-week 2022 Leadership Development program. Part-time Youth Agenda Fellows will participate in leadership development programming (trainings, educational opportunities, coaching, and more) to develop foundational organizing skills and expertise to become strong organizers, and to build up Colorado’s next generation of progressive leaders. Fellows will also work on city teams (Denver, Boulder/Fort Collins, and Western), made up of part-time fellows and full-time organizers, to educate, engage and mobilize young people on campuses and in our communities around our generation’s most critical issues, including economic justice, abortion rights, and more, to build youth power for the 2022 Election and beyond. This position is intentionally geared towards folks with little to no organizing experience, as part of our Leadership Development program. Our goal is to develop the next generation of organizers and leaders, so this role does not require formal education or organizing experience. We encourage you to submit your application if this position excites you!

From August to mid October, teams will work to build a powerful base of young people, prioritizing young people of color, through campus and community tabling. From mid-October through Election Day, teams will utilize a variety of tactics (phonebanking, tabling, voter education, voter guide dissemination, and door-knocking) to mobilize this base to vote in the 2022 Election, providing critical voter support and accurate election information, working towards state-level and local-level progressive victories. Along the way, fellows will receive a deeply intentional educational series focused on building organizing skills, equity and anti-racism practice, and foundational knowledge about the rich and diverse history of organizing and movement-building. Program activities will include hands-on work contributing to our critical 2022 goals, to put learnings into practice and build towards victory on the Youth Agenda in 2022.

Leadership Development Program Information 

Fellows will be active participants in New Era’s 2022 Leadership Development program, which will include regular trainings, educational experiences, professional development, and coaching. Learning topics will include, but are not limited to:

  • Anti-racism learning and practic
  • The history of organizing and movement-building
  • Organizing skills development
  • The issues that matter most to young people, particularly young people of color (the Youth Agenda), including abortio
  • Systems of governance
  • Hands-On Organizing Responsibilities

This program is designed to build participants into strong organizers through hands-on, peer to peer organizing work. These responsibilities will include:

  • August – October:
    • Table on campuses multiple times per week, with some off-campus community tabling, talking to hundreds of young people per week, in order to
      • Engage young people on critical ballot issues (including abortion) to provide education, and some persuasion;
      • Collect multi-issue comment cards that ID young people on what issues matter to them;
      • Register young people to vote;
      • Engage young Black people to take action on issues, especially ones that disproportionately impact young Black folks, through the Let My People Vote program;
      • Engage young folks specifically on abortion rights through the Brazen Project;
      • Recruit volunteers to join us in our work by giving every young person you talk to an exciting volunteer pitch;
      • Visit classrooms to give short voter registration sessions, getting entire classrooms to register right on the spot;
    • Work to secure and/or maintain access to our core campuses
  • October/ November
    • Transition to our Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) program that continues through Election Day. GOTV program expectations will include:
      • Tabling daily on campus and in the community to provide peer-to-peer voter education, engage young people on critical ballot issues (including abortion), walk young people to their campus Voter Service Center, distribute Voter Guides, and make vote plans
      • Phonebank in the evenings, calling young folks to talk them through the voting process, answer their questions, educate them on ballot issues, and get their pledge to vot
      • Learn and incorporate accurate election information as a youth voter expert
      • Deliver Voter Guides across your city by engaging businesses, community centers,
      • Knock doors to engage young folks in youth-dense neighborhood.
  • Throughout the program:
    • Conduct weekly volunteer recruitment calls in order to bring more people into New Era’s work. Work with volunteers in the field to build our organizing power and develop volunteers’ leadership and organizing skills.
    • Maintain the organization and preparation of field supplies, while keeping shared office spaces clean and functional.
    • Keep track of metrics and progress to goals and conduct weekly data entry


Who is this position + program for?

This position is intentionally geared towards folks with little to no organizing experience, as part of our Leadership Development program. Our goal is to develop the next generation of organizers and leaders, so this role does not require formal education or organizing experience. We encourage you to submit your application if this position excites you!

We are looking for applicants who:

  • Enthusiastic about organizing and mobilizing young people face-to-face to participate in the political process, and ready to have constant conversations with young people to move them to action;
  • Are committed to anti-racism and continuous learning and practice;
  • Are flexible, adaptable, and able to meet challenges with a solutions-mindset;
  • Committed to progressive values, freedom & equity.
  • Students at the following campuses are especially encouraged to apply: the Denver Auraria Campus, CU Boulder, CSU, UNC, DU, Fort Lewis College, Western State! Not a student? This position is still for you- we encourage you to apply!


Position Details, Compensation and Benefits

This program is a commitment of 15 hours per week minimum, 20 hours per week maximum. Leadership development educational training sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings for roughly 3 hours , and hands-on field organizing shifts will mainly happen on campus between 9am-3pm on Mondays – Thursdays, with additional weekend and evening field shifts. Fellows will be expected to complete a weekly required number of field organizing hours, alongside the weekly leadership development training sessions.

This position is part-time and will require some evenings and weekends. This is a seasonal position that starts on Tuesday, August 9 and ends on November 18, with potential opportunities to return to the program in Spring 2023. Some travel in/around your team’s region to get to field offices, field sites and perform other program duties should be expected; . The pay is $18/hour*. Students at the following campuses are especially encouraged to apply: the Denver Auraria Campus, CU Boulder, CSU, UNC, DU, Fort Lewis College, Western State.


About New Era Colorado: 

New Eraims to build a youth movement that fights for a common vision of the world: one that centers equality, prosperity, love, and joy. A vision where everyone is treated fairly, has their basic needs met, and can thrive. Young people are the most impacted by the challenges and issues we face today and have the capacity to dream bigger, designing the solutions towards this future. And yet, young people are often shut out from the halls of power and ignored by elected officials. That’s why at New Era, we organize young people to participate in the political process, develop as leaders, and find a political home. Since our founding in 2006, we’ve registered more than 250,000 young people to vote and consistently turn out those registrants at one of the highest rates in the country. We’ve won critical protections for student loan borrowers, played a key role in ballot measure campaigns to protect abortion rights and climate, enacted voter preregistration for 16- and 17-year-olds, advocated for key improvements to our voting systems, and more.

*This salary is currently under negotiation by the bargaining unit represented by the Denver Newspaper Guild and may be subject to change upon ratification of a final contract.


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