Join Our Team!

We are seeking passionate young folks to apply for the following positions: GOTV Coordinator and Brian Sleet Memorial Fellowship

GOTV Coordinator  

Start Date: September  

Overview 

The GOTV Organizer will manage our grassroots campaigns, direct voter engagement, volunteer recruitment, and general outreach efforts in Chicago for the 2022 Midterm Elections. The GOTV Coordinator will work directly with Chicago Votes staff, program participants, volunteers and partners to increase youth voter turnout in Chicago. 

Role & Responsibilities

The GOTV Coordinator will execute the day-to-day civic engagement program and turn-out efforts including: 

Voter Registration, Voter Education, & Get-Out-The-Vote

  • Engage in voter registration activities on college campuses and in target communities.
  • Support Chicago Votes’  voter education and volunteer events on campus. 
  • Facilitate a voter outreach program that includes phones, doors, texting, and direct messaging. 
  • Work closely with Chicago Votes program participants to plan large scale voter turnout events including the high school and college Parade to the Polls®. 
  • Support Chicago Votes staff and program participate in drafting and executing a voter guide distribution plan for the 2022 Midterm Voter Guide program. 

Volunteer & Event Attendee Recruitment 

  • Manage volunteer and event attendee recruitment.
  • Oversee volunteer training and development. 
  • Facilitate regular volunteer outreach events. 

Data Management  

  • Manage the collection and entry of all data associated with the 2022 GOTV plan in Targetsmart and EveryAction. 

Significant 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.

Position Requirements…

  • 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. CTA travel is expected and or use of personal car throughout most of the Chicago city limits. 
  • Must have experience working with EveryAction VAN and/or Targetsmart VAN
 
Relevant Software & Tools
  • EveryAction VAN (voter file) 
  • NGP VAN (our donor database and primary tool for emailing our base)
  • Google Apps/Drive
  • Pages, Numbers, and Keynote
  • Canva 
  • Social Media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Hootsuite
Logistics

Timeline & Benefits:

  • Applications Due: Rolling basis 
  • Interviews: Rolling basis 
  • Orientation: September 
  • Program Length: September – November 18th, 2022 
  • Time commitment: 20 hours/week
  • Compensation: $24/ hour 
  • Part time, non exempt
 
 
To Apply

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 Rudy Garrett at rudy@chicagovotes.com. Please direct any questions about the hiring process or application to Josh at josh@chicagovotes.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.


HIRING: Brian Sleet Memorial Fellowship

Brian Sleet was a founding board member of Chicago Votes. Far beyond that, and even more important, Brian was part of our family! On December 26th, 2018 we lost him suddenly and the void in the heart of our organization has been difficult to bear. Brian was dedicated to empowering a new generation of Black political change makers, which is why he helped found Chicago Votes and cared so deeply about our work. In honor of Brian and the values he held; his loved ones have created the Brian Sleet Memorial Fellowship for Leadership and Advocacy.

Each year, this program will fund political advocacy and organizing training programming for students at Whitney Young High School, Brian’s alma mater. The Brian Sleet Memorial Fellowship for Leadership and Advocacy is a paid, part time, leadership development program that will train and activate the next generation of young, African American, civic leaders to carry on his legacy of advocating for social justice and political empowerment of the Black Community. The fellowship will run from Monday, June 13th – Friday, September 16th (based on availability) The Sleet Fellow will:

  • Support 2022 Get-Out-the-Vote efforts including voter registration, volunteer recruitment, and voter guide development. 
  • Support Chicago Votes programming
  • Engage in self-selected work
  • Attend Chicago Board Of Elections, City Council, and Cook County Board meetings and draft memos debriefing their findings

Responsibilities 

To accomplish the above mentioned objectives, our Ideal candidate will have an interest in grassroots organizing at the community level and possess the capacity to complete the following activities.

  • Engage in large scale and event-based voter registration, pledge to vote card collection, and canvassing.
  • Act as an organizational ambassador at community events.
  • Coordinate both individual and group projects.
  • Assist with volunteer recruitment and management.
  • Follow detailed instructions associated with traversing large scale institutions like the Illinois Department of Corrections and Chicago Public Schools.
  • Engage in issue-based research.
  • Support robust digital campaigns.

Apply if you are…

  • A graduating Whitney Young student
  • High energy and funny personality
  • A self-starter who shows strong initiative
  • Flexible and able to thrive in a fast-paced campaign environment
  • Committed to grassroots democracy
  • Passionate about cultivating young leaders and advancing a progressive agenda
  • Committed to the organizational mission in order to effectively promote and advance the goals of Chicago Votes

Relevant Software & Tools

(should know some & learn the rest)

  • NGP VAN (our donor database and primary tool for emailing our base)
  • Google Apps
  • Pages, Numbers, and Keynote
  • Social Media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Hootsuite

Timeline & Benefits 

  • Applications Due: Tuesday, May 31st, 2022 
  • Program timeline: Monday, June 13th – Friday, September 16th (dependent on schedule
  • Time commitment: 10 hours/week
  • Compensation: $22/hour
  • Part-time, nonexempt position

To Apply

Please complete the Brian Sleet Memorial Fellowship Application by Tuesday May 31st.

Know someone you think would be awesome for the program? Nominate them here!

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