Opportunities & Internships

HeadCount is a nonpartisan organization that works with musicians to promote participation in democracy.

We offer many volunteer opportunities in various aspects of the organization. See specific opportunities below.

Team Leader

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].

Touring Team Representative

HeadCount sends volunteers on tour with bands like Dave Matthews Band, Phish, and many others. These positions involve going to every show on a concert tour and registering voters while also training and organizing local volunteers. These are volunteer positions, but all your expenses are paid. It’s an amazing way to see America, experience a music tour and be a good citizen.

Volunteer position, with travel expenses and per diem provided by HeadCount.

Requirements

  • Strong work ethic, maturity and sense of accountability
  • Some experience volunteering for HeadCount or equivalent
  • Natural leadership ability
  • Commitment to following protocol
  • Outgoing and comfortable approaching people

To apply, email a brief cover letter and resume under the subject line “Touring Teams” to [email protected].

Grassroots Organizer

HeadCount is hiring full-time organizers in cities around the U.S. to lead non-partisan voter registration and get-out-the-vote activities at concerts, cultural events, and public gatherings. These positions will be added on a rolling basis, from January 2020 through the Fall.

Hiring decisions and timing will be based on the quality of the candidates, opportunity for impact in each market, and availability of funding.

Possible locations will include: Atlanta, Detroit, Las Vegas, Miami, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Richmond, Raleigh, and Tampa.

Candidates must be passionate about both music and democratic participation, and have a strong track record in grassroots organizing, while also bringing a creative outside-of-the-box approach to their work. Experience working with entertainment venues, voter registration, campaigns, volunteer management, special events are all beneficial to the position.

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ABOUT US 

HeadCount is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy. 

We stage voter registration and turnout drives at a diverse array of events and locations, through a network of over 40,000 volunteers.

ABOUT THE ROLE

HeadCount’s Grassroots Organizer will work remotely from one of the target markets and will report to the Director of Voter Engagement. This is not your traditional 9:00-5:00 job and requires nontraditional hours and flexibility.

The Organizer will be responsible for staging at least five voter registration drives per week, and working with local volunteers and HeadCount “Team Leaders” to expand the presence to as many as 10 events per week.

The Organizer will be responsible for sourcing and maintaining relationships with music and entertainment venues, event promoters, other local businesses, community organizers, high schools, colleges, and service providers. Through this network, the organizer is expected to set up high impact and high volume voter registration drives. At least a quarter or these drives should reach a diverse or underserved audience. 

The Organizer will be trained on legal compliance in voter registration for all states. They must have a strong eye for detail and be confident in high-quality voter registration without errors or omissions. 

Travel will be a requirement of the position as events and opportunities may present themselves state-wide. 

The Organizer will be trained on HeadCount’s systems and processes and all drives will be set up in accordance with prescribed procedures. Daily check-ins with the Director of Voter Engagement are required. 

This is a contract position. Compensation is commensurate with experience and competitive within the nonprofit sector.

DEADLINES AND CONTACT INFORMATION

 To be considered please send a cover letter, plan for project implementation, resume and contact info for 3 references to [email protected]. Please include the City location in the subject line of your e-mail.

Applications will be received on a rolling basis from November 15, 2019 to September 1, 2020. 

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. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

HeadCount expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of HeadCount’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

Regional Coordinator

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].

Diversity and Field Fellowship – Spring 2020

HeadCount is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses the power of music and community to register voters and raise social awareness. We’re seeking two energized, creative, and dedicated team players to join our growing organization as our Diversity and Community Field Fellows. 

The fellowship program provides an opportunity for young students of color to gain grassroots community organizing experience, and lead voter registration drives throughout New York City. Candidates must have a passion for music and civic engagement and will contribute to HeadCount’s national community initiative. 

The fellow must be able to work 15-20 hours per week for 12-15 weeks in New York City, with 40% of the time spent in the office and 60% in the field. Fellows will be mentored throughout the fall term as they develop professional skills and receive a stipend of $2,500 distributed in 3 equal payments. 

Responsibilities

  • Research and compile a list of non-ticketed events, organizations, and student groups aimed at serving communities of color, underserved groups, and students in New York City
  • Organize voter registration drives and joint events with community partners
  • Lead volunteer recruitment and engagement at community events and shows
  • Conceptualize and create information material and content to use at community events
  • Submit weekly reflection deliverable with feedback on events and tasks

Qualifications

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • A student attending a two or four-year college, university or technical school
  • Must come from an underrepresented group*
  • Demonstrate leadership potential and interested in civic engagement in under-served communities
  • Experience with community organizing and canvassing a plus

*For this purpose, underrepresented groups are those who identify as any of the following: Asian, East Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, Latinx, Native American, Middle Eastern, or multi-racial

To apply for this position, please complete the following Google Form Application AND send an updated resume with subject line “Diversity and Community Field Fellowship” to [email protected].

Application:  https://forms.gle/pp2N7v8zfX9HkScJA

DEADLINE TO APPLY: DECEMBER 6th, 2019 11:59 PM EST.

Music and Politics Internship Spring 2020

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 position with HeadCount and others have landed jobs within the music industry and at other non-profits.

Responsibilities

  • Attending concerts and registering voters
  • Content creation (blogging, drafting and proofreading documents, social media, creating excel data sheets, research, compiling music playlists)
  • Grassroots and community outreach (volunteer program planning, conference calls)
  • Artist relations (identifying potential artist partners, tracking concert schedules, coordinating events)
  • Voter registration administration (researching election dates and deadlines, routing voter registration forms to election boards, communicating directly with voters)
  • General non-profit management and administration.

College credit is available. Requires a minimum of 15 hours (Fall and Spring) or 30 hours (Summer) per week, during business hours. Our office is located in the Garment District of Manhattan.

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

Please reply with a cover letter and resume (as attached documents) to [email protected] with “HeadCount Intern” in the subject line.

Marketing and Public Relations Internship Spring 2020

Marketing and Public Relations Intern

The Marketing and Public Relations Intern will work on daily tasks to help promote upcoming HeadCount events and election information.

Responsibilities:

  • Content creation
    • Blogs, social media copy, email copy
  • Assist in responding to media requests from reporters
  • Outbound pitching of stories to reporters
  • Assist in posting on all of HeadCount’s social media 
  • Data tracking performance of HeadCount social media posts and emails 
  • Assisting with the development of proactive digital media strategy
  • Help execute outbound text messages 

Qualifications

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Student working towards a degree in related field
  • Attention to detail and proofreading skills required
  • Knowledgeable in social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Strong Organization skills

College credit is available. Requires a minimum of 15 hours (Fall and Spring) or 30 hours (Summer) per week, during business hours. Our office is located in the Garment District of Manhattan.

Please reply with a cover letter and resume (as attached documents) to [email protected] with “HeadCount  Marketing Intern” in the subject line.

Graphic Designer

HeadCount is looking for graphic designers to assist with the design of materials, including banners, brochures, identity and other printed promotional items. This is a Volunteer position.

Requirements

  • Proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator and other design software
  • Skilled in design, layout and typography
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Willingness to work as part of a team and commitment to HeadCount’s goals
  • Understanding of print and print production. Ability to set up files for optimal print results
  • High level of organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines

Email brief cover letter and resume under the subject line “Graphic Designer” to [email protected].

Field Volunteer

Field Volunteers are the driving force behind HeadCount. Since our launch in 2004, thousands of music fans have signed on to help register voters at concerts and encourage participation in democracy. As the true frontline warriors in the fight for democracy, volunteers must be enthusiastic, good communicators and most of all reliable. They also must be willing to miss part (or, in some cases, all) of a concert and make HeadCount’s activities their priority the night of an event.

*This is a volunteer position

Requirements

  • Maturity, strong work ethic and responsibility
  • Enthusiasm
  • Willingness to proactively register voters, which includes approaching people directly and asking them to register to vote
  • Willingness to learn voter registration rules and participate in HeadCount training
  • Ability to arrive at venue before doors open to the public on nights you are volunteering, and miss portions or (in rare cases) all of the live music performance

To apply, please register as a volunteer by clicking HERE and follow instructions upon receiving email response.