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Do you love sports, music and democracy? Here’s a job that combines all three. Work part-time registering voters at Capitals, Wizards and Mystics games, plus select concerts. You’ll represent HeadCount.org – one of the nation’s largest civic engagement nonprofit organizations – at events hosted by Monumental Sports & Entertainment. This puts you on the front lines of social impact as you help sports and music fans register to vote, check their registration status or learn about upcoming elections.  

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Act as HeadCount's lead representative at Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, and Washington Mystics games throughout the 2022-23 seasons,, plus selected concerts through Election Day 2022
  • Manage full activation including setup, breakdown, and assisting patrons with voter registration and related actions (using tablets, smart phones and paper)
  • Schedule, confirm and communicate with volunteers in advance of each event
  • Train and manage any volunteers or additional representatives while on-site
  • Maintain professional demeanor through all activations, coordinating and liaison with venue staff where applicable
  • Manage all HeadCount materials, including signage, tablet computers, voter registration forms and sending items back to main NYC office in a timely manner through standard protocols
  • Follow up where necessary for replacement materials or restock of items
  • File reports following each event
  • Maintain a calendar of upcoming events, with no cancellations less than two weeks in advance for anything other than illness or emergency
  • Timely communication with manager, volunteers and arena/team staff

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Previous experience with voter registration, field organizing or volunteer management
  • College major or degree in related field
  • Passion for civic engagement
  • Commitment to remain nonpartisan at all times
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Ability to maintain a neat and orderly setup
  • General availability throughout the week to communicate with volunteers and HeadCount staff
  • Ability to travel to and from the Capital One and Sports & Entertainment arenas in Washington D.C.
  • Demonstrating reliability, strong judgment and professional maturity

HOURS:

  • An average of 3-4 events each week, mostly in evenings but some weekend afternoons
  • Event and staffing times will vary, but generally arriving at 4:45 for 7PM start times, breaking down at the end of the second intermission or half time, or when the concert headliner begins. Approximately four (4) hours total on-site
  • Approximately two (2) hours off-site per event, including communication with volunteers, filing reports, and shipping completed voter registration forms

COMPENSATION:

  • $175 per event
  • Additional $50 per event when confirming and managing three or more volunteers 

Please email resume with the subject line "Washington DC Sports Field Organizer" to  [email protected] 

  HeadCount provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, HeadCount complies with applicable state and local laws.
HeadCount’s Field and Community Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for New York City-based students to run voter registration and turnout drives. Ideal candidates should have experience in community organizing, voter participation and advocating for social justice. Prior experience in voter registration, Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts, community engagement and digital outreach are a plus. The Fellow will assist in the execution of HeadCount’s field campaign by conducting outreach to NYC-based community events and organizations and then staging on-the-ground voter registration drives.   EXPECTATIONS:
  • Commit to 20 hours/week for a four-month (semester) period

  • Set up voter registration drives at HeadCount NYC-based community events and support HeadCount’s overall community engagement efforts

    • Will entail multiple events per week after initial training

    • Research and identify voter registration opportunities and reach out to event organizers to offer our services

    • Liaise with HeadCount’s coalition partners and other organizations to set up and manage events, coordinate volunteers, share best practices

    • Lead trainings and engage coalition partners as needed

  • Lead voter registration drives at events, sometimes with support of volunteers and sometimes individually

  • Work with HeadCount staff to document best practices for community engagement

  • Consult with HeadCount team on communications, branding and messaging

  GOALS:
  • Field and Community Fellows will gain critical in-person and digital outreach experience in a fast-paced environment.

  • The Fellow, with guidance from HeadCount’s Field Director, will help strengthen relationships with HeadCount’s community partners and establish best practices for outreach and engagement.

  • Help young and diverse audiences engage in the democratic process

  COMPENSATION: 
  • $20 per hour
  • Fellows must submit a summary of their hours worked at the conclusion of every week and provide detailed reports of their experiences in the field
 

Please email a brief cover letter and resume under the subject line "Field Fellowship" to [email protected].

HeadCount is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to embracing diversity and inclusion in our hiring practices. We celebrate all cultures, backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, and know that we are better together. In addition to federal law requirements, HeadCount complies with applicable state and local laws.

Internships

Internships are available with HeadCount to assist with the development of HeadCount’s graphics including digital/social media graphics, printed material, internal and B2B documents, giveaway items and wearable items. College credit is available. Requires a minimum of 15 hours (Fall and Spring) or 30 hours (Summer) per week, during business hours.  

Responsibilities

  • Work with the art department on developing art that reaches Gen Z audiences
  • Work with the art department on developing art that reach and communicate to a b2b audience
  • Generating creative and engaging ways to educate audiences about voting via graphic design and social media
  • Assisting in cross-departmental projects
  • Develop interesting physical items to give away as incentives and/or thank you gifts

Qualifications

  • Design experience in the Adobe Design Suite
  • Baseline knowledge of graphic/commercial design
  • Background knowledge and proficiency in art, illustration and/or commercial design
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Sample design portfolio
  • Ability to work at least 15 hours a week
  • Ability to prioritize and handle a variety of projects simultaneously
  • Ability to produce concrete results with minimal supervision
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and in a team
This is an unpaid internship but college credit is available. Intern must be located in New York City or be able to work from a remote location. This is an excellent opportunity to hone your media design skills while gaining valuable and high-profile experience in the political, music or nonprofit arenas. Please reply with a cover letter and resume (as attached documents) to [email protected] with “Art and Creative Internship” in the subject line.
Editorial interns at HeadCount get hands-on writing experience and frequent bylines in the HeadCount blog, while also drafting content for social media and other platforms. They work alongside staffers with years of professional writing experience and get direct feedback about their writing and editorial skills. They also get experience in other aspects of the HeadCount organization. College credit is available. Requires a minimum of 15 hours (Fall and Spring) or 30 hours (Summer) per week, during business hours.  

Responsibilities

  • Assist Social Media Manager in copy writing and posting on HeadCount social media channels
  • Assist in developing and maintaining the monthly social media calendar
  • Perform weekly social media checks and engage on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok
  • Create TikToks for HeadCount
  • Work with the digital department on developing marketing strategies that reach Gen Z audiences
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Excellent writing skills and samples
  • Student working towards a degree in related field
  • Nonprofit or social activist experience a plus
  • Excellent attention to detail and proofreading skills required
This is an unpaid internship but college credit is available. Intern must be located in New York City or be able to work from a remote location. This is an excellent opportunity to hone your professional skills while gaining valuable and high-profile experience in the political, music or nonprofit arenas. Please reply with a cover letter and resume (as attached documents) to [email protected] with “Digital Marketing Internship” in the subject line. 
Artist Relations Interns will work with artist’s managers, labels, venues and media outlets to help spread the message about voter registration and the HeadCount organization. Our AR interns get first hand experience on the front lines. Learn how the music industry works overall & make a ton of new connections. College credit is available. Requires a minimum of 15 hours (Fall and Spring) or 30 hours (Summer) per week, during business hours.  

Responsibilities

  • Manage research & record label contacts for artists
  • Suggest artist partners that would be a good fit for HeadCount by reaching and tracking social media accounts
  • Assist AR managers with artist outreach emails
  • Assist AR managers with advance details for tours including adding tour dates & info to our site for our volunteer teams
  • Assisting AR managers with external partner calls
  • Attend and take notes during calls and internal meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Interest in Music Business as a career
  • Some background in digital, events or media
  • Enthusiasm
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Strong OPS, organizational & communication skills
This is an unpaid internship but college credit is available. Intern must be located in New York City or be able to work from a remote location. This is an excellent opportunity to hone your artist relations skills while gaining valuable and high-profile experience in the political, music or nonprofit arenas. Please reply with a cover letter and resume (as attached documents) to [email protected] with “Artist Relations Internship” in the subject line. 
Students with an interest in politics, music or grassroots organizing can channel their passions by interning with HeadCount. This is an opportunity to get invaluable hand-on experience and make an important contribution to a dynamic and growing organization. Our interns work side-by-side with seasoned staffers and play an important role from day one. Many of our interns have been offered and accepted full-time positions with HeadCount and others have landed jobs within the music industry and at other non-profits. College credit is available. Requires a minimum of 15 hours (Fall and Spring) or 30 hours (Summer) per week, during business hours.

Responsibilities

  • Research up-to-date election dates, laws and processes for all 50 states
  • Research various topics related to elections (i.e. legislation regarding social issues)
  • Create engaging ways to educate audiences about voting via social media
  • Attend and take notes during calls and internal meetings
  • Assist in writing and editing emails
  • Assist in cross-departmental projects where voter information/research is needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Student working towards a degree in related field
  • Nonprofit or social activist experience a plus
  • Proficiency required in MS Office and Google Workspace programs
  • Excellent attention to detail and proofreading skills required
This is an unpaid internship but college credit is available. Intern must be located in New York City or be able to work from a remote location. This is an excellent opportunity to hone your strategic operation skills while gaining valuable and high-profile experience in the political, music or nonprofit arenas. Please reply with a cover letter and resume (as attached documents) to [email protected] with “Voter Engagement Internship” in the subject line. 
Students with an interest in politics, music or grassroots organizing can channel their passions by interning with HeadCount. This is an opportunity to get invaluable hand-on experience and make an important contribution to a dynamic and growing organization. Our interns work side-by-side with seasoned staffers and play an important role from day one. College credit is available. Requires a minimum of 15 hours (Fall and Spring) or 30 hours (Summer) per week, during business hours.

Responsibilities

  • Attend concerts events to register voters
  • Create content (blogging, drafting and proofreading documents, social media, creating excel data sheets, research, compiling music playlists)
  • Plan grassroots and community outreach volunteer programs
  • Research election dates and deadlines, route voter registration forms to election boards, and communicate directly with voters
  • Perform general non-profit management and administrative tasks, as needed
  • Attend and take notes during calls and internal meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Student working towards a degree in related field
  • Nonprofit or social activist experience a plus
  • Proficiency required in MS Office programs
  • Excellent attention to detail and proofreading skills required
This is an unpaid internship but college credit is available. Intern must be located in New York City or be able to work from a remote location. This is an excellent opportunity to hone your strategic operation skills while gaining valuable and high-profile experience in the political, music or nonprofit arenas. Please reply with a cover letter and resume (as attached documents) to [email protected] with “Field Internship” in the subject line.  

Volunteer Positions

Regional coordinators oversee 5 to 8 "Team Leaders." They organize, motivate, recruit, train, and manage individuals spread across a region of the U.S., and serve as the key liaison between HeadCount and our representatives in the field. This is primarily a phone and e-mail-oriented position, but we encourage Regional Coordinators to join us at festivals and occasionally travel to other cities to train new Team Leaders. This position requires people who are proactive, thorough and enjoy leading others. This is considered a volunteer position, but Regional Coordinators are eligible for a yearly performance-based stipend of up to $1,000.  

Requirements

  • Excellent leadership and management skills
  • Strong work ethic, maturity and sense of accountability
  • About 4 to 8 hours per week of availability for phone and email communication
  • Being self-motivated and thorough
  • Passion for voter engagement and
  • Relevant leadership experience
To apply, please register as a volunteer by clicking HERE and be sure to check off that you are interested in a leadership position. In addition, email a brief cover letter and resume under the subject line “Regional Coordinator” to [email protected].   Share this listing directly via this URL: https://www.headcount.org/job/regional-coordinator/
HeadCount is adding Team Leaders all across the country. Team Leaders are the heart and soul of HeadCount and are the people most responsible for registering thousands of voters at concerts, festivals, and community events. They represent the organization any time a HeadCount-affiliated artist appears in the team’s metropolitan area. Within their metro, Team Leaders also work with venues, promoters, and community event organizers to identify the best local opportunities to register voters. This means organizing and scheduling teams of volunteers (using HeadCount’s volunteer portal), training new volunteers and managing the process of setting up a voter registration table at an event. It also involves directly interfacing with staff at local concert venues and tour production crews from our affiliated bands. Team Leaders also reach into their community to identify gaps in voter registration access and provide registration services. This could be at high schools, street fairs, or other relevant community events. The goal is for at least 25% of annual activations to come from community events. Team Leaders must be reliable, professional, and good communicators. Most of all, they need to inspire volunteers to work together toward a common goal. If you love music and consider yourself a natural leader, this may be the position for you. This is considered a volunteer position, but Team Leaders are eligible for a yearly performance-based stipend of up to $1,500.  

Requirements

  • Strong work ethic, maturity and sense of accountability
  • Flexible schedule allowing you to be on site at concerts before doors open
  • Natural leadership ability
  • Commitment to following protocol
  • Relevant leadership experience
To apply, please register as a volunteer by clicking HERE and be sure to check off that you are interested in a leadership position. In addition, email a brief cover letter and resume under the subject line "Team Leader" to [email protected]. Share this listing directly via this URL: https://www.headcount.org/job/team-leaders/
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