HIRING: Community Engagement Manager

Spend the 2018 election cycle running a huge grassroots and electoral organizing GOTV effort, developing leadership skills, and managing the largest young people-powered Get Out The Vote campaign Chicago has ever seen!

Not for the faint of heart, this program is going to challenge you and your peers to grow as individuals, as leaders, and as a team. The position focuses on training young leaders who are ready to commit themselves full time to working in public service.

Chicago Votes Education Fund is seeking a Community Engagement Manager to manage our grassroots campaigns, direct voter engagement, volunteer recruitment, and general outreach efforts in Chicago. The Community Engagement Manager is a mid-level staff position that will work directly with Chicago Votes senior staff while managing organizers.

Role & Responsibilities

Community Engagement Manager  will execute a decentralized, civic engagement program including but not limited to:

  • Voter registration, volunteer canvassing, phone banking and voter turnout efforts in targeted regions of Chicago.
  • Oversee the management and execution of the Chicago Votes’ nonpartisan civic engagement program, DemocracyCorps.
  • Manage organizing efforts on college campuses, high schools, and in neighborhoods in Chicago where young people live.
  • Assist in volunteer management of our Cook County Jail Votes program. This role requires you to be inside Cook County Jail. 
  • Build community partnerships with existing community organizations.
  • Oversee the day-to-day management of volunteers and leaders and a penchant for getting large crowds of people registered to vote and to the polls.
  • Act as an ambassador of Chicago Votes and represent the organization at community events.

The Community Engagement Manager will directly aid in the development of community leaders and strengthen their investment in their neighborhood. The Community Engagement Manager won’t be tied to a desk, will meet lots of people, and will make change happen at the grassroots level. This temporary, full time, exempt role spans 2018.

Knowledge | Skills

We’re seeking candidates with great leadership skills and are excited to learn about cutting-edge, new organizing methods. Some other things we’re looking for include:

  • Prior organizing experience (required)
  • Proven and highly effective organizational and written/oral communication skills
  • Strong track record of setting and meeting goals
  • A self-starter that can show strong initiative and work independently
  • Strong affinity for networking and building strategic relationships
  • Ability to work efficiently under tight deadlines
  • Experience with and ability to work within diverse and underrepresented communities
  • Strong Anti-Oppression frameworks
  • Experience working with young voters, voter registration, or campaigns preferred
  • Willingness to work non-traditional work hours and weekends
  • Willingness to work until all tasks are complete


Strong Applicants Should Be…

  • Culturally competent and comfortable discussing race, gender, and power
  • Meticulous and detail-oriented
  • Highly organized and productive
  • Prepared to travel city-wide (frequently by public transit)
  • Committed to the idea and practice of leadership development


To Apply

Please submit a resume, three references, and cover letter demonstrating your commitment to progressive values and experience in organizing to “Rudy@ChicagoVotes.com”.


Chicago Votes supports and fosters leadership from underrepresented communities. We strongly urge woman, LGBTQIA, people of color, and folks from immigrant communities to apply.