CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Fair Elections Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity in our work environment and believe it furthers our mission. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Counsel

Fair Elections Center is a national, nonpartisan, non-profit voting rights and election reform  organization based in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to use litigation and advocacy to remove barriers to registration and voting, particularly those disenfranchising underrepresented and marginalized communities, and to improve election administration.

The Center litigates cutting-edge voting rights cases in federal and state court and engages in a wide variety of advocacy efforts, including: drafting state legislation to protect and expand voting rights and submitting testimony in support of positive reforms; advocating to defeat voter suppression bills and rules; producing reports, talking points, and fact sheets on election modernization proposals and issues affecting people of color voters and members of language minority groups; updating our state voter guides for all 50 states; conducting trainings and seminars on voting issues for community organizations and their supporters; and working directly with Secretaries of State and local election officials to ensure that the right to vote is protected and expanded. We provide election law expertise to state-based civic engagement coalitions and community organizations that need help accessing the ballot as they plan their programs, encounter problems, and engage elections officials.

 

Position, Duties & Responsibilities:

Fair Elections Center is seeking an attorney with a background or strong interest in civil rights, voting rights, and/or election reform to join our legal team. The Center has an aggressive and expanding litigation docket, including pending challenges to Kentucky’s arbitrary voting rights restoration scheme for people with felony convictions, restrictions and penalties imposed on voter registration groups in Florida, and the recent purging of over 31,000 voters in Wisconsin, brought with our co-counsel at the Kentucky Equal Justice Center, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Law Forward, respectively. In another pending matter in North Carolina, we and our partners at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice are seeking to make permanent the absentee ballot cure procedure the court ordered in 2020.

 

Primary responsibilities for this Counsel position will include the following, with the first two comprising the overwhelming majority of this Counsel’s time:

  1. Working as part of Fair Elections Center’s legal team to develop and litigate all aspects of federal and state lawsuits to protect the right to vote, including investigating voting rights barriers, drafting internal legal research memos, coordinating with partners on the ground, recruiting clients, drafting complaints, conducting discovery, drafting briefs in the trial court and on appeal, and more.

  2. Working with partner election reform, registration, and mobilization groups to advance legislation, rules, and administrative practices which expand voter participation and to oppose voter suppression measures.

  3. Engaging in ongoing outreach to state and local election officials to discuss reform initiatives and identify opportunities to collaborate to improve voters’ access to the ballot.

  4. Collaborating on researching and drafting policy reports and other publications on election reform and voting rights.

  5. Supporting the work of the Center’s Campus Vote Project to expand and protect voting rights for college student voters.

  6. Drafting op-eds and blog posts to communicate the impact of various election reforms to wider audiences and to oppose voter suppression efforts; and

  7. Additional responsibilities include speaking engagements, attending staff and partner meetings, and assisting with the review of development materials.

 

Qualifications:

A J.D. is required, as is a minimum of five years post-J.D. experience, which can include any mix of clerkships, fellowships, and/or practice. Substantial litigation experience is strongly preferred, though this need not be civil rights or public interest litigation experience. A passion for the defense of civil rights and voting rights is essential, as is an interest in an inclusive democracy. Candidates with some familiarity with election and voting laws and/or policy, some knowledge of barriers to registration and voting and the mechanics of elections, and some familiarity with grassroots, community-based organizations or campaign organizing are strongly preferred as well. Policy experience is also a plus. Candidates need a proven ability to multi-task, work collaboratively and meet deadlines. Defending our democracy and the right to vote at this perilous moment is a tremendous privilege, as well as a tremendous challenge. A sense of humor and a sense of humility are both valuable assets on that road.

The applicant must currently be a member of a State Bar and ultimately be able to waive into the D.C. Bar in the future. This position is located in Washington, DC but well-qualified remote candidates will be considered.

Prior to the pandemic, some travel was required to develop and litigate cases, testify at legislative and other government hearings, and participate in important coalition meetings, and conferences. Though the legal team has ultimately not been required to travel to litigate our cases since early 2020, as courts reopen and require our attorneys to appear in person, travel will once again be required.

Salary for this position will range from $85,000 to $100,000 depending on experience. Benefits include generous vacation and employer-paid health, dental and vision coverage, life, and disability insurance as well as a 403(b) pension plan with employer contribution.

Fair Elections Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity in our work environment and believe it furthers our mission to create and preserve an inclusive democracy for all. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

To Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to Kristina Moore at kmoore@fairelectionscenter.org.

Communications Associate

Fair Election Center’s Campus Vote Project (CVP) was launched in 2012 to expand our work on student voting issues. We work with universities, community colleges, faculty, students, and election officials to reduce barriers to student voting. CVP helps campuses institutionalize reforms that empower students with the information they need to register and vote. The CVP Communications Associate have four main areas of focus:

  1. Content Creation and Social Media Management

  2. Basic website support (wix)

  3. Support E-blast development

  4. Support CRM management

 

Position Description
Campus Vote Project seeks a Communications Associate. The Communications Associate is a key member of our team. They will be charged with working with the CVP Communications Director to support external and internal communications, with a focus on social media management and content creation.

The ideal candidate has a passion for voting rights with a particular interest in helping college students access our democracy, is an experienced graphic designer and has some background with front end web support.

 

Goals of the Position

  • Develop media content for public distribution, including graphics and videos 

  • Support managing social media profiles across various platforms

  • Craft written communications, such as language for e-blasts and blog posts

  • Update the CVP website with necessary content

  • Keep CRM database up to date

 

Requirements

  • Communications background and/or experience 

  • Graphic design and/or content creation skills

  • Wix front end development experience preferred but not required

  • Experience engaging with youth/political messaging a plus

 

The position is a full-time contract position from August 15, 2022 through March 31, 2023. Salary is $4,500/month. Fair Elections Center and CVP are equal opportunity employers and enthusiastically encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.

 

The priority application deadline is July 25, 2022. To apply, email a resume and cover letter, along with content and writing samples to Kristina Moore at kmoore@fairelectionscenter.org.

Curriculum and Research Associate

Fair Election Center’s Campus Vote Project (CVP) was launched in 2012 to expand our work on student voting issues. We work with universities, community colleges, faculty, students, and election officials to reduce barriers to student voting. CVP helps campuses institutionalize reforms that empower students with the information they need to register and vote. Campus Vote Project’s Curriculum and Research Associate has four main areas of focus:

  1. Planning and executing civic engagement programming that will be presented to our student fellows across the country, as well as tracking program completion, including organizing student data in our CRM

  2. Brainstorming ways to uniquely engage students in legislative advocacy, redistricting, milestone commemorations (i.e. 26th Amendment), etc. within CVP and with partners in the student voting space.

  3. Increasing CVP’s engagement with faculty interested in bringing student voter engagement into their classroom 

  4. Expanding the reach of the CVP Research Collective and helping with research tasks.

 

Position Description
Campus Vote Project seeks a Curriculum and Research Associate. The Curriculum and Research Associate is a key member of our team. They are charged with supporting the work of the Curriculum & Research Manager. Primarily, the Curriculum and Research Associate will assist in program creation and execution, as well as data tracking  with “Democracy Fellows,” student positions committed to carrying out democratic engagement programs at their colleges or universities. Democracy Fellows coordinate with administration and faculty, helping organize student voter registration, voter education, and voter turnout activities. 

 

This position will also seek to create and maintain meaningful relationships with faculty members through our Fellowship and Research programs. The Curriculum and Research Associate also works to expand the reach of the CVP Research Collective, which is a community of student researchers who pursue understanding more about the higher education and civic education ecosystem. Finally, the Curriculum and Research Associate will participate in partnerships with Students Learn Students Vote Coalition members. This position reports directly to the Curriculum and Research Manager. 

 

The ideal candidate has a passion for voting rights with a particular interest in helping college students access our democracy, is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and has a knowledge of student curriculum creation, and experience working with college faculty.

 

Goals of the Position

  • Provide meaningful and unique learning experiences for Democracy Fellows through trainings, discussion blocks, panels, lectures, and more

  • Assist in the implementation and upkeep of the Neon CRM and its use in organizing student data and tracking Fellow requirements

  • Create and maintain meaningful relationships with faculty members, incorporating them in both CVP programming and research

  • Expand the reach of the CVP Research Collective

 

Requirements

  • History of organizing work on campuses or with political/issue campaigns

  • History in curriculum/program development for young people

  • Experience building relationships with college faculty members

  • Experience conducting research about civic engagement and/or higher education a benefit

  • Experience engaging diverse constituencies and experience with institutions of higher education a benefit

  • Experience working with Neon CRM not required, but CRM experience a positive

 

The position is a full-time position. Salary range commensurate with experience is $52,000 - $56,000. Fair Elections Center and CVP are equal opportunity employers and enthusiastically encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.

 

Priority application deadline is July 25th. To apply, email a resume and cover letter to Kristina Moore at kmoore@fairelectionscenter.org

Fall 2022 Legal Internship

Fair Elections Center is seeking second and third-year law students with strong academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to civil rights for fall term internships. Their primary responsibility will be to support the work of the legal counsel to identify and respond to legal and administrative obstacles to voter participation, as well as election administration. Duties will include performing legal research for litigation, legislative advocacy, and reports; investigating relevant legal, rulemaking or legislative proceedings for legal violations; and interacting with election reform organizations and key election officials to advocate for changes that will protect the right to vote. 

 

This is a great opportunity for exposure to election law and voting rights litigation for someone who is a self-starter and comfortable handling significant responsibility. Must possess strong research, analytical, and written and oral communication skills. Ability to meet deadlines is required.

 

Defending our democracy and the right to vote at this perilous moment is a tremendous privilege, as well as a tremendous challenge. A willingness to learn is a valuable asset on that road.

 

The internship requires a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week for 10 weeks. Fair Elections Center will assist students in obtaining academic credit for the internship. This position is located in Washington, D.C., but well-qualified remote candidates will be considered.

 

Fair Elections Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).  Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

To Apply:

Send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample with “Fall 2022” in the subject line to jobs@fairelectionscenter.org.