Democracy Cup Fellow

Job Description: Democracy Cup Fellow 

Start Date: Fall 2017

Spend this season learning all you can about classroom facilitation, grassroots and electoral organizing, and youth mentorship!

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 aiding civics teachers to implement the newly created Participate Curriculum and engaging CPS students in the general election.

Role & Responsibilities

The Democracy Cup Fellowship will aid Chicago Public School Civics teachers in the execution their day-to-day civic engagement curriculum and engage the students in the upcoming general election.

They will oversee the management and execution of the Chicago Votes’ nonpartisan, Get Out the Vote effort including, but not limited to voter registration, volunteer canvassing, phone calling and parades to the polls. This effort will coincide with the Chicago Public School fall/winter semester. The position requires knowledge of running street and event based canvassing, facilitating social justice trainings, and a penchant for getting large crowds of young people registered to vote and to the polls.

The Democracy Cup Fellows will not only educate students in the classroom but also facilitate an after school program that will develop new community leaders and strengthen their investment in civic participation and community organizing. Fellows won’t be tied to a desk or stuck in the classroom. They will meet lots of people, and will make change happen at the grassroots level.

Knowledge | Skills

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

  • Committed to voting and building a radically inclusive democracy
  • Proven and highly effective organizational and written/oral communication skills
  • Strong track record of setting and meeting goals
  • High energy and fun(ny) personality
  • 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
  • Some experience working with young voters, voter registration, or campaigns preferred
  • Strong commitment to social justice
  • Willingness to work non-traditional work hours and weekends

Strong Applicants Should Be…

  • Unstoppably positive, with a strong ability to motivate volunteers
  • Culturally competent and comfortable discussing race, gender, and power
  • Meticulous and detail-oriented
  • Highly organized and productive
  • Frugal / efficient (i.e. making much happen with little)
  • Self directed *and* collaborative
  • Prepared for occasional odd and long hours
  • Prepare to travel city-wide (frequently by public transit)
  • Committed to the idea and practice of leadership development
  • Willingness keep a Positive attitude and flexibility: Approach work with a spirit of “yes”. Strike a positive tone, push work forward through obstacles and adapt quickly as things change.

About Chicago Votes

We engage, inspire, and build the power of Chicago’s next generation of civic leaders. We train young people with the leadership skills, civic knowledge and hands-on experience to have a lasting impact on democracy in our city.

To Apply:

Interested applicants should apply by emailing resume and cover letter to 

Chicago Votes supports and fosters leadership from underrepresented communities. We strongly encourage folks from immigrant communities and communities of color, as well as those who identify as women, LGBTQ or working class, to apply.