job: Director of Civic Engagement


Director of Civic Engagement

Reports to: CMO & Head of Impact

Preferred Start Date: July 1, 2019 is a movement to create the most socially active generation in history.

  • We fight for our members every single day. We care deeply about activating millions of young people around the world to make impact in their communities.
  • We believe in young people. We believe all young people have the agency to create social change and we provide them with the guidance to make it happen.
  • We don’t hire just anybody. We work hella hard, we move super fast, and we’re a bunch of weirdos. We want people who get excited to come to work at our dynamic office every day.
  • We genuinely stand behind who we are and what we do. No faking it here. Everyone on our staff has their own “why” for coming to work every day. What will yours be?


Overview: is looking for a Director of Civic Engagement to create, lead, and evaluate all of our civic engagement initiatives, for our 6 million+ members, 13-25 years old, in every area code of the U.S. You’ll work to ensure that young people’s voices are heard by our government, at all levels, and that we are running effective campaigns that mobilize young people to act, advocate, protest, attend town hall meetings, get out the vote, and everything in between. The goal? Long-term behavior change. We want these activations to give young people the tools, resources, and experiences necessary to continue to be civically engaged throughout their lives.


  • Voter Registration & GOTV.
    • Manage all aspects of DoSomething’s voter registration and GOTV initiatives, our most important and high profile initiatives for 2019 and 2020.
    • Work with strategic partners in the space to produce the largest youth turnout for a US election. Ever.
  • Civic Strategy.
    • Develop civic strategy for the organization to promote lifelong civic behaviors amongst our members.
    • Advocate across the organization to incorporate civic engagement best practices into our work.
    • Decide when DoSomething needs to participate in events that are happening (say, in the Women’s March), lead when no one else is stepping up, or actually sit this one out.
    • Along with our Civic Engagement Lead, head up our rapid response strategy as it relates to causes most important to young people.
  • Civic Expertise.
    • Identify trends and insights in civic engagement and young people to share with our staff, and integrate into our work.
    • Develop and lead our Civic Engagement Advisory Board, made up of experts in the civic space, to contribute to thought leadership in the space.
  • Project Management.
    • Lead advocacy initiatives for, amplifying youth voices and making sure that their POV is heard on a national stage. These will be organization-wide initiatives, and you’ll manage a cross-functional team strategy (campaigns, messaging, social, editorial, etc) to achieve our civic impact goals.
    • Run campaigns for DoSomething and, in conjunction with our partners and sponsors, always with an eye on how each campaign can ladder up to civic action.
    • Oversee our college campus activists and help connect them to each other and to our current DoSomething campaign initiatives.
    • Manage awesome college and high school interns.


  • A big campaign win. You have previously led a group of people to a measurable success on a social change campaign. This could have been as an activist, professionally, or on the side.
  • Outstanding project management experience. You’re a quick thinker who knows how to put out fires (short-term triage), then reconfigure processes (long-term improvements).
  • Political expertise. You know everything there is to know about how the government works (but you still smile on a regular basis), and you understand how young people can effect change in that arena.
  • Partnership experience. You have overseen and grown partnerships with activists, elected officials, and organizations.
  • A major cause-y news addiction. You know who breaks news on Twitter in different cause spaces because you live & breathe this stuff.
  • Strong presentation, verbal, and written skills, as well as proven ability to develop well-positioned and thoughtful documents and presentations.
  • Troubleshooting pro. We’re looking for someone who can stay cool under pressure while also springing quickly into action to get everyone back on track.
  • Mentorship. A genuine eagerness to mentor, encourage, and learn from a diverse and talented team.
  • Unafraid of change. Enthusiasm for a fast-paced, constantly changing work environment.
  • Advocacy. You know how it’s done. Either you’ve worked at an NGO and had policy wins, or you’ve been in government and seen it from the inside. Or, you just happen to be one of the founders of Black Lives Matter. That would be awesome, too.
  • Youth expertise. You understand what makes young people tick, and love being immersed in youth pop culture.

Select Perks & Benefits.

  • 3 weeks’ vacation plus the week between Christmas and New Year’s (and Summer Fridays from Memorial Day to Labor Day—office closes at 1:30), a fun office environment, a spot on our summer kickball team, and occasional brownie bake-offs. Plus, you don’t have to come to work on your birthday.
  • 100% medical and dental premiums covered. Yep, you read that right.
  • Five (or six? We’re losing count) different ways to make coffee. We also have tea, if that’s more your thing.
  • DoSomething is an equal opportunity employer. Obviously.

Please, no calls.

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Who are we?

  • is one of the largest organizations in the world focused on young people and social change. DoSomething Strategic is the consulting arm of Our 6 million+ members take action, online and offline, to better their communities by participating in one of our 250+ cause campaigns.

How and why we collect data from you.

  • We collect and retain data that is included in your job application. This includes your full name, contact information, and any personal information disclosed in your resume, cover letter, and other supplemental application materials.
  • Data is collected for evaluation criteria when seeking employment at DoSomething
  • We will only use your data for what was originally intended—for purposes of seeking and gaining employment at DoSomething. Your data will not be “recycled” for marketing emails or sold to third parties.

How long do we retain this data?

  • DoSomething will retain candidate profiles for 3 years.
  • Annually on August 1, candidate profiles from 3+ years prior will be entirely deleted from our system.

Is your data secure?

  • JazzHR maintains secure job board pages. Job boards will default to HTTPS. Additionally, if we were to terminate our contract with JazzHR, our candidate data would be deleted from JazzHR’s systems in accordance with JazzHR’s Terms of Service.
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