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.

Managing Director, Cannabis Voter Project

Description:

Lead HeadCount’s efforts to turn one million Cannabis Voters out to vote in 2020 and beyond. The burgeoning Cannabis Voter Project is in search of a full-time leader to help achieve ambitious goals in the next 15 months. This leader will work with HeadCount.org to unlock all the potential of this rapidly-developing initiative.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Partnership management. Work with leaders in the cannabis and media industries to help identify, register and turn out one million cannabis voters.
  • Fundraising. Network and collaborate with various partners and supporters to help raise funds that directly support the initiative.
  • Oversight of CannabisVoter.Info website and all related digital properties
  • Strategic organizing. Work with technology partners, media outlets, experts and industry leaders to maximize our impact.
  • Artist and Influencer relations. Leverage high-level contacts with musicians, comedians and community icons to spread Cannabis Voter Project to new audiences.
  • Budgeting and general management. Oversee two experienced part-time associates while tracking expenditures and revenue, and serving as primary liaison to Advisory Board as well as HeadCount staff and board of directors.
  • Compliance. Ensure all activity is compliant with 501c3 regulations and all other applicable law.

Qualifications:

  • At least 5+ years in the cannabis industry, political campaigns or another related field, with a deep contact base
  • Relevant experience in either fundraising, project management, non-profit management, political campaigns, or marketing
  • A strong passion for voting, civic engagement, and empowering citizens
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Location:

  • New York City or remote

Salary: 

  • Commensurate with experience

 

Send cover letter and resume to [email protected]

www.CannabisVoter.Info

Director of Digital Strategy

We’re seeking a Director of Digital Strategy, who will play an important role in HeadCount’s work getting the vote out. Through an approach grounded in music and grassroots organizing, we seek a social media- and technology-savvy professional with a passion for democracy and an eye toward how digital media and culture can be used to further civic participation. 

Responsibilities will include integrating new technologies into our operations, constructing voter registration campaigns with media and technology partners, overseeing social media accounts, managing CRM and advocacy software systems and related data intake, and shaping HeadCount’s overall digital strategy and execution. 

About HeadCount: We’re a 15-year old non-partisan, non-profit organization that promotes voter registration and civic participation through music and culture. We work with hundreds of musicians ranging from Ariana Grande to members of The Grateful Dead, and stage voter registration drives at over 1,000 events each year. 

Responsibilities:

  • Strategy: Setting and executing high-level digital strategy that will assist HeadCount in its goal of registering and turning out voters.
  • Partner Outreach and Management: Pursue and manage relationships with key digital partners
    • Digital Communications: Develop and execute digital marketing and communications
    • Oversee the creation of social media copy and content for the @HeadCountOrg channels and partners
    • Track trends and new technologies and utilize best practices
    • Develop impactful storytelling and creative campaigns through social channels
    • Oversee the building and managing of communications calendars
    • Oversee improvements and updates to HeadCount.org website
  • CRM Management & Email Marketing
    • Oversee the drafting and distribution of newsletters and  email blasts
    • Oversee the use of database and targeting for election reminders and other key communication
    • Track and Integrate various data flow into a cohesive and useful database
  • Reporting and Analysis: Compile and distribute regular reports to the internal team; utilize data to evaluate campaign efficacy; evaluate digital performances and seek areas for opportunity/growth
  • Field Executions: Get out from behind the desk and get with the people
    • Attend music festivals as a HeadCount representative
    • Test out new technologies and digital activations
    • Share live social media from key events
  • Team Supervision: Overseeing one full-time manager as well as interns and volunteers
  • Creative Marketing & Content Development: Lead with a creative mindset in everything you do – from introducing new technologies to integrating unexpected elements into HeadCount campaigns. 

Qualifications: 

  • 5-10 years experience in digital marketing
  • Strong written/oral communication skills
  • An in-depth understanding of social media platforms, industry trends, new technologies
  • The drive to take initiative, work independently, and be accountable while also working as a team player
  • Knowledge of politics and pop culture
  • Passion for HeadCount’s mission of promoting civic participation

Additional Considerations (plusses, but not required): 

  • Experience with WordPress, Hubspot, Phone2Action, TurboVote, Rock the Vote’s voter registration tool or any other relevant digital platforms
  • Experience with content creation
  • Relationships and network in related fields

 

BENEFITS

Salary is commensurate to experience and competitive within the non-profit sector.

Healthcare, and 401K

Flexible  Vacation

 

To apply, please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to [email protected] under subject line “Director of Digital Strategy.”

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].

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 – Fall 2019

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: AUGUST 23, 2019 11:59 PM EST.

Music and Politics Internship

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.

Field Internship

HeadCount.org, a non-profit organization that stages large scale voter registration drives at concerts and other public gatherings, offers field internships to college students interested in political organizing. We provide a unique opportunity to learn leadership and organizing skills, while mobilizing fellow students and also experiencing great music!

Interns will set up voter registration tables at their campuses and educate their campus community about voting regulations that affect students, while also working directly with local concert venues and concert promoters to stage voter registration at live music events. You will be closely supervised via weekly check-in calls and a structured itinerary, but also have the freedom to manage your time independently and take a unique, original approach to leadership.

Responsibilities

  • Lead 12-15 voter registration drives at local concerts or campus events
  • Learn local and national voter registration guidelines
  • Participate in weekly conference calls
  • Communicate directly with school officials to obtain authorization for all on-campus activity
  • Recruit volunteers
  • Be responsible for voter registration forms and their submission
  • Create educational resources to inform campus on local elections and other voter information
  • Participate in HeadCount’s digital media efforts

Qualifications

  • Student working towards a degree in related field
  • Minimum of 15 hours per week
  • Strong work ethic, maturity and accountability
  • Natural leadership ability
  • Ability to organize peers

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

Public Relations Intern

Public Relations Interns will work with reporters, PR firms and electronic media outlets to help spread the message about voter registration and the HeadCount organization. Our PR interns get first hand experience on the front lines.

Responsibilities

  • Following up on media requests and interfacing with reporters
  • Tracking media hits and outreach
  • Tweeting and making Facebook posts
  • Blogging
  • Supporting HeadCount’s PR agency
  • Working with artists

Qualifications

  • Interest in PR as a career
  • Some background in PR or media
  • Enthusiasm
  • Strong organizing skills

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

Editorial Intern

Editorial inters 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.

Responsibilities

  • Content creation (blogging, drafting and proofreading documents, creating excel data sheets, performing research)
  • Drafting and selecting social media content
  • Tracking various media
  • Long-term editorial projects
  • General nonprofit management and administration

College credit is available. Interns must be willing and able to work at least 15 hours (Fall and Spring) or 30 hours (Summer) per week, generally during business hours. Our office is located in the Garment District of Manhattan.

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

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

Web Development And Digital Media Intern

Internships are available with HeadCount to assist with the development of HeadCount’s online presence and digital media strategy. Responsibilities of this position include:

  • Maintenance and design of the www.HeadCount.org website
  • Maintenance and design of www.HeadCount.org/blog
  • Assisting with the development of a proactive digital media strategy
  • Utilizing digital media assets as a political and community organizing tool
  • Creation of Web Banners and other online marketing tools
  • Managing, creating and sending regular electronic mailers
  • Initiating creative media projects and managing their implementation
  • Development of digital media content for Facebook, Twitter and other Web platforms

Requirements

  • Experience in HTML
  • Experience with WordPress
  • CSS, and JavaScript. PHP or Flash Experience a plus

Qualifications

  • Strong organizing skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • 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

Details

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 locations. This is excellent opportunity to hone your digital media skills while gaining valuable and high-profile experience in the political, music or nonprofit arenas. To apply please send your cover letter and resume as attachments to [email protected].

WordPress Developer

HeadCount is searching for a WordPress Developer to aid in our ongoing digital media efforts. Paid, contract work available. Longterm working relationship desired. The WordPress Developer will work to maintain and update headcount.org in WordPress. He or she will be expected to install, configure and modify plugins as needed. The ideal candidate will also be made responsible for managing our servers.

Requirements/Qualifications

  • Experience with WordPress
  • Experience with PHP, HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Experience in integration with third party social media sites (Facebook, Twitter)
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and handle a variety of projects simultaneously
  • Ability to produce concrete results with minimal supervision

Other Preferred Skills

  • Social Media
  • SEO

Please email HeadCount Managing Director Laurie Lenninger at [email protected] with the subject line “WordPress Developer”.

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.