Virginia21 is driven by the belief that young people can make a difference, and our staff is committed to proving it.

Virginia21 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization non-profit organization that engages young people in the political process by providing information, directing advocacy, and coordinating political action on a non-partisan issue platform. With chapters all around the Commonwealth, VA21 has engaged thousands of young people in the political process since its founding in 2002.

Policy Director - Richmond, VA

We are looking for a dynamic and energetic government affairs professional to take the lead in growing and focusing our advocacy and policy education efforts. The ideal candidate will be smart, personable, passionate, and will bring to the job a broad professional network, as well as a sense of humor. We work in a fast-paced, campaign-style environment. This position reports to the Executive Director.

The Policy Director will be responsible for the following:

  • Managing, directing, and executing Virginia21’s advocacy efforts throughout the year, but especially during the General Assembly session. This includes:
    • Creating and implementing a broad, long-term legislative strategy for Virginia21
    • Advocating for/against specific legislation and budget items
    • Forming and maintaining a positive working relationship with important policy actors, including: legislators, legislative aids and staff, Governor’s office and policy advisers, relevant cabinet officials and staff, SCHEV, and other issue experts, government officials, allies, or persons of importance relevant to Virginia21’s goals.
    • Tracking, reading, and briefing staff and student members on legislation
    • Attending, and sometimes testifying at, all relevant committee and subcommittee meetings during session
    • Working with the Director of Engagement to organize and mobilize Virginia21 student members on legislative issues
  • Outgoing policy communications from Virginia21, and ensuring that these communication efforts support our policy goals. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Press releases
    • Email blasts
    • Blog posts
    • Social media posts
  • Fostering and maintaining relationships with various members of the media and media outlets to promote policy initiatives and successes.
  • Other duties as assigned. Virginia21 is a small organization, and the entire staff works closely together on most major parts of our program throughout the year.

Basic Qualifications
Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • An unwavering commitment to Virginia21’s mission. The applicant must believe in the importance of civic engagement and be driven to help develop the next generation of leaders in the Commonwealth. They must be committed to working every day for the causes that are important to young people, such as affordable access to a high-quality postsecondary education.
  •  A thorough understanding of Virginia governmental structure and processes, including but not limited to the legislative process and budget process
  • 2+ years of experience working in or around Virginia politics/government/public policy. If the applicant has not lobbied directly on legislation, they must have worked in a role where they had a front row seat to the advocacy process and understand how it works.
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills, including the ability to draft public documents such as press releases and email blasts. The applicant should also understand the importance of clear, focused messaging and reflect that in their communications.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. The applicant should express an eagerness to forge new relationships and build a vast professional network. The eventual hire will be expected to schedule and take meetings on a regular basis with various people of importance, and your professional network will be your most valuable tool in this position.
  • A sharp mind for public policy, an ability to learn quickly and be able to discuss new policy topics, and a desire to constantly stay informed of all news and goings-on in our policy world
  • A willingness to work with leaders and elected officials from both political parties
  • Must be a self-starter who can create their own work without always having to be assigned a task
  • Must work well in a small, group setting and be comfortable brainstorming and thinking creatively

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least one year of experience as a professional lobbyist in Virginia
  • A working understanding of higher education policy in Virginia
  • Experience dealing with press/media, including issuing press releases or giving interviews on behalf of an organization

Salary up to $50,000/year, commensurate with experience. We also offer full health, vision, and dental benefits, along with monthly cell phone and travel reimbursement.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and references to by August 1st, 2017.

Fall Development Internship


Virginia21 is seeking a development intern to work closely with the Development Director and be responsible for providing administrative and research support. This internship offers experience in database management, research, and donor prospecting along with experience with day-to-day fundraising operations with a small, statewide organization. The development intern will be expected handle a variety of tasks related to institutional and individual giving. You will help with managing relationships with current and prospective donors and researching ways to bring in additional funds. This position is unpaid. This internship will coincide with the Fall semester from August-December and the intern should expect to commit 10-15 hours a week to the position, with some work being done remotely.


  • Process donations and prepare acknowledgement letters and other correspondence.

  • Maintain foundation, corporation and individual donor files.

  • Create monthly fundraising reports and other database reports as needed.

  • Continually update and correct database records.

  • Conduct preliminary research on prospective corporate foundation and individual donors.

  • Send appropriate documentation to process credits to donors.

  • Maintain guest lists, gather and prepare registration materials and other duties as assigned for fundraising events.

  • Prepare media materials for distribution. (i.e. copying, filing, mailing, e-mailing)

  • Assemble media and donor kits for events and meetings.

  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Development.


  • Issue agreement. You must be passionate about the needs of the 18-26 year old generation, including improving access to higher education, ensuring student health and safety, and promoting economic development for young people.

  • Commit to at least 10 hours a week, some work can be done remotely, and be flexible when we hold events or actions

  • Excellent writing skills

  • Strong Microsoft Office knowledge

  • Current college student


  • Experience in finance, development, and fundraising

  • Basic knowledge of supporter management database systems & e-mail communications (NGP VAN, Survey Monkey, Constant Contact, etc.)

  • Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud


Send a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample that showcases your writing ability to Kate at Applications must be received by August 20th, 2017.



The voter engagement intern is responsible for assisting the Director of Engagement in both online and grassroots activity including but not limited to maintaining website content, online advocacy, and social media properties for Virginia21; providing general writing, research and administrative support, ability to travel to VA college campuses with Director of Engagement and Student Leadership Committee chair. The individual will specifically assist in building a comprehensive communications plan, and the implementation of a young voter outreach campaign during the fall election season. This individual may receive course credit and will receive extensive practical experience in the fields of advocacy, organizing, programming, and communications. The internship will run from approximately September to December, and the individual must be able to commit to at least 15-20 hours a week. Some individuals may be eligible for a stipend depending on availability.



  • Assists with website maintenance by creating, updating and developing web content and coordinating the production of content for Virginia21 campus chapters.

  • Writes regular blog posts related to young voter interests, including higher education, job prospects, entrepreneurship, state elections, etc.


  • Posts to Virginia21’s social media channels.

  • Researches graphics and news articles for sharing on social media.

  • Contributes to email message planning, production, editing, and testing as well as targeting and updating email lists.

  • Assists with development of online advocacy campaigns.

  • Promotes online campaigns on social media.


  • Proofreads content before and after its publication to the website or social media.

  • Serves as a resource for voter registration and election information to Virginia21 chapter leaders across the state.

  • Works with Director of Engagement and other Virginia21 team members on content development, research and content updates.

  • Provides regular communication and updates on all projects and tasks.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Issue agreement. You must be passionate about the needs of the 18-26 year old generation, including improving access to higher education, promoting economic development, and supporting good government policies

  • Commit to at least 15 hours a week, and be flexible when we hold events or coordinated actions

  • Excellent writing skills

  • Strong Microsoft Office knowledge

  • Current college student interested in public advocacy and/or politically motivated careers


  • Political campaign, voter registration or legislative affairs experience

  • Basic knowledge of supporter management database systems & e-mail communications (NGP VAN, Survey Monkey, Constant Contact, etc.)

  • Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud

  • Experience with Squarespace website maintenance

  • Basic photostory / video production and editing skills


Send a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample that showcases your writing ability to Tim Cywinski at Applications must be received by August 25th. Feel free to send Tim an email with any questions.