Job Openings

Citizen University teaches and promotes the art of powerful citizenship. We work with a national array of partners to help Americans cultivate the values, systems knowledge, and skills of effective citizenship.


Managing Director/Chief Operating Officer

Citizen University is a recognized leader and innovator in the field of civic engagement, working at the intersection of the public, private and independent sectors, to democratize the practice of civic power. In the coming year, we are poised to grow significantly and are seeking an effective, purposeful, and accomplished leader who, along with our Founder and CEO, Eric Liu, shares our vision for a healthier democracy.

 Key Attributes

Given our ambition and need to grow both in capacity and influence, we are seeking a leader of considerable experience and skill launching or managing a start-up; an individual who has demonstrated the ability to support and manage a healthy team; cultivate productive and joyful networks; and design systems that bring effectiveness and efficiency forward. We are seeking an individual who has a burning passion to be part of this ambitious and dynamic effort at this critical moment in national civic life.

 The Nature of the Job

The Managing Director/COO will report to and work in close partnership with the CEO, building and leading the Citizen University team. S/he will manage and cultivate staff, programs, partnerships, and new initiatives. Experience in finance, budgeting and project management are essential. The ideal candidate will possess exceptional verbal and written communication skills.

 Core Responsibilities

  • Support, and as appropriate, lead the growth and expansion of Citizen University in scope, capacity and influence
  • Cultivate and maintain productive networks and relationships to serve mission
  • Help set and lead organizational priorities that enable results-oriented alignment
  • Identify new opportunities that comport with strategies and purpose
  • Create a data-driven learning environment with inspiring and measurable goals
  • Assist with fund development and revenue generating efforts

Required Skills and Attributes

  • Values of service, mutuality, and responsibility to a greater good
  • Knowledge of the civic leadership, civic education and democratic practice nonprofit and philanthropic landscape
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities, and adhere to timelines
  • Demonstrated ability to work in partnership across organizations
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate staff
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Commitment to learning and continuous improvement
  • Optimistic and problem-solving orientation
  • Ability to adapt quickly and have comfort with ambiguity
  • Ability to work with people across disciplines, perspectives, and ideologies
  • Sense of humor and play, and a readiness to improvise.

The position is full-time. Salary $85,000-$90,000 or commensurate with experience. Seattle-based. Some travel necessary.

Please send résumé and cover letter to Position open until filled.


Citizen University – Program Manager

The Program Manager will work closely with the Programs Director, the CEO, and other members of the Citizen University team to manage programs, partnerships, and new initiatives; provide logistical and organizational staffing and support for Citizen University projects and programs; liaise with community partners, groups and individuals; participate in team meetings; and fulfill other programming and logistical needs as they arise.


  • Manage diverse portfolio of projects and programs
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships and organizational partnerships
  • Design and create new projects and initiatives
  • Plan and execute events and programs in Seattle and nationally
  • Research and develop curricular content in line with project goals
  • Manage project budgets and reports
  • Participate in team meetings and organizational planning

Qualifications and skills:

  • Undergraduate degree, plus 1-3 years of relevant experience
  • Computer literacy including spreadsheets, email, and word-processing
  • Attention to detail, self-motivated, and entrepreneurial.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Interpersonal: Tact and diplomacy, empathy, problem solving, team player
  • Communication: strong written and oral communications skills.
  • Passionate about organization’s goals
  • Sense of humor, creative, and ready to improvise

Full time. Salary $44,000-$48,000. Must live in Seattle. Some travel necessary.

Please send résumé and cover letter to Position open until filled.


Citizen University Conference Planning Internship

As a key part of the Citizen University Conference team, you will reach out to community partners, groups and individuals; maintain a Citizen University presence on social media; participate in team meetings; and fulfill other programming and logistical duties.

You will gain experience playing a crucial role in nonprofit programming, make valuable connections with local and national leaders, and be part of an exciting movement to rekindle citizenship in America. We hope you’ll join us!


• Provide logistical support for Citizen University’s portfolio of programs including the Civic Collaboratory, Joy of Voting, Sworn Again America, and the Power Curriculum
• Support ongoing outreach programs and activities for our 2017 conference
• Develop and maintain strong social media presence
• Research, suggest, and arrange partnerships with fellow organizations

Qualifications and Skills:

• Knowledge/Experience with Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites
• Interpersonal: Tact and diplomacy, empathy, problem solving, team player
• Communication: Good verbal and writing skills
• Passionate about Citizen University’s goals
• Goal-oriented, self-motivated
• Strong attention to detail
• Sense of humor, creative and ready to improvise

15-20 hours per week through March 2017. Flexible schedule. Position open until filled. Pay is $300/wk.

Please send résumé and cover letter to