The 2022 Democracy Corps will work with student leaders at Kennedy King College, Malcolm X College, Truman College, and Chicago State University to get out the vote in the Illinois General Elections. They will work directly with Chicago Votes staff and volunteers to execute the Chicago Votes Reimagining Democracy program.
Role & Responsibilities
The 2022 Democracy Corps fellows will host a governor’s forum on campus, register voters, and coordinate college-based Parade to the Polls® to increase youth civic participation in the 2022 General Elections. This will include:
- Work together with the Democracy Corps team to put on a governor’s forum at Malcolm X College.
Voter Registration & Pledge to Vote
- Engage in voter registration activities on campus.
- Host voter education and volunteer events on campus.
- Text banking our universe of young people in our target wards.
- Election Judge Recruitment.
College Parade to the Polls®
- Work with on-campus student groups and administration to plan a Parade to the Polls®.
Voter Guide Support
- Voter guide research and development.
- Voter guide distribution.
Chicago Votes Support
- Support the organization in other volunteer and event based programming.
Occasional travel in Chicago will be necessary to fulfill the expectations of this position.
Knowledge | Skills
Organizers who have great leadership skills and are excited to learn about the cutting edge new organizing methods. Some other things we’re looking for:
- Proven and highly effective organizational and written/oral communication skills.
- 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.
- Ability to work within diverse and underrepresented communities.
- Some experience working with young voters, voter registration, or campaigns.
- Committed to the idea and practice of leadership development.
- Strong ability to motivate volunteers and partners.
- Culturally competent and comfortable discussing race, gender, and power.
- Must commit to working 20 hours a week.
- Must have a commitment to building the leadership capacity of Black & Brown youth.
- Must have a commitment to learning and being in a community with a diverse staff from various racial & ethnic, gender, sexual, economic, and immigration status backgrounds.
- Must be punctual.
- Must be a good and clear communicator.
- Must be willing to attend in-person events and meetings with safety protocols in place.
- Must have reliable communication and transportation.
Relevant Software & Tools
- NGP VAN (our donor database and primary tool for emailing our base)
- Google Apps/Drive
- Pages, Numbers, and Keynote
- Social Media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Hootsuite
Timeline and Benefits:
- Applications Due: July 22, 2022
- Interviews: July 27-August 5th
- Program Length: Mid-August to Mid-November 2022
- Time commitment: 20 hours/week
- Compensation: $22/hour
- Part time, non exempt.
Please submit an application here. The application requires a resume and cover letter (written, audio, or video).
Please direct any questions about the position to Rita at firstname.lastname@example.org Please direct any questions about the hiring process or application to Josh at email@example.com.
Chicago Votes supports and fosters leadership from underrepresented communities. We strongly urge formerly incarcerated people, womyn, LGBTQIA, people of color, and folx from immigrant communities to apply.