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.

Executive Assistant

Fair Elections Center is seeking a self-motivated, detailed-oriented, and organized individual to join our team as an Executive Assistant. The Executive Assistant is responsible for assisting the  President/CEO and Vice President to provide high-level, confidential administrative support in clerical, administrative and project-based operations. The candidate should be able  to anticipate the needs of those they support while maintaining a high level of discretion. This is an exciting opportunity to support a growing nonprofit with a mission to use litigation, advocacy, and campus organizing to remove barriers to registration and voting, particularly those excluding underrepresented communities, and to improve election administration.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative support to the President and Vice President including calendar management, coordinating travel plans, meeting preparation, processing phone and email inquiries, electronic files and managing other relevant documents

  • Assist in organizing board meetings including catering, preparation of agendas and the distributions of presentations and materials ahead of the meeting

  • Assist with the preparation of internal messaging and external correspondence as needed

  • Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the President and Vice President informed of all critical issues

  • Act as liaison with other internal departments/programs and outside organizations

  • Engage in special projects and events as needed

  • Provide office management support for the DC office

  • Handle confidential and sensitive matters with discretion and tact

Requirements:

  • 4 years of administrative support in a professional office environment or bachelor’s degree with 2 years of related experience

  • Proficient knowledge of G-Suite applications (Gmail, Google Calendar) and Microsoft Office products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

  • A passion for and commitment to the organization’s mission

  • Excellent organizational, time management, project management, communication, and customer service skills

  • Strong attention to detail and interpersonal skills

  • Must be able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Ability to treat sensitive/confidential information appropriately

Location and Compensation:

The position is located in Washington, DC but currently remote. This is a full-time position, with a salary range of $50,000 - $60,000 depending on experience. Benefits include generous vacation and fully paid health, dental and vision coverage as well as a 403(b) pension plan with employer contribution.

To Apply:

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

Finance Coordinator

The Fair Elections Center is seeking a full-time Finance Coordinator to assist our Finance Director with daily financial procedures. The Finance Coordinator will perform a broad range of day-to-day finance, accounting, and grant activities, including accounts payable, procurement, audit preparation, reimbursements, general bookkeeping, financial reconciliation, and other administrative tasks needed to support the Finance Director.

 

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

  • Accurately reviews, verifies, codes, and processes invoices, requisitions, and reimbursement requests into accounting software. 

  • Investigates and resolves any payment and accounting issues as they arise.

  • Assist with credit card and bank reconciliations by compiling all pertinent documentations (receipts, contracts, payment confirmations, etc.).

  • Develop and prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual financial and accounting information for management. 

  • Assist with budget projections and tracking all income and expenses.

  • Prepare reports that outline the Fair Elections Center’s financial position regarding income, expenses, and earnings.

  • Assist with payroll administration.

  • Supports the Finance Director in the preparation of financial presentations, analysis, and other materials, as needed.

  • Assist in the development and implementation of financial policies and procedures.

  • Organize and maintain financial records and files as needed.

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • 4 years of accounting experience or a related degree plus two years of finance or accounting experience.

  • Expertise in QuickBooks.

  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills.

  • Solid understanding of bookkeeping and accounting principles.

  • Experience using bill.com or similar bill payment software for businesses.

 

Additional qualities/attributes:

  • Highly motivated self-starter

  • Being flexible

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills

  • Exceptional attention to detail

  • Excellent interpersonal and customer services skills

  • Ability to multitask and manage multiple projects and assignments

  • Experience in the nonprofit sector including management of grants preferred, but not required.

Location and Compensation:

The position is located in Washington, DC but currently remote. This is a full-time position, with a salary range of $60,000 - $70,000 DOE.  Benefits include generous vacation and fully paid health, dental and vision coverage as well as a 403(b) pension plan with employer contribution.

To Apply:

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

Deputy State Coordinator - Arizona, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia

Campus Vote Project (CVP) was launched in 2012 by Fair Elections Center 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 Deputy Coordinators have four main areas of focus: institutionalizing voter engagement, providing up-to-date election information, developing student leaders and supporting on-campus early voting advocacy:

  1. Institutionalizing voter engagement means to make it a part of the culture on college and university campuses across the country. This is done through the Voter Friendly Campus program and initiatives such as Ask Every Student.

  2. Providing up-to-date election information that is accurate and tailored to students. We do this through the development of tools such as state student voter guides and webinars on election law with support from the attorneys at Fair Elections Center.

  3. Developing student leaders through the Democracy Fellowship program at colleges and universities and a Student Advisory Board that oversees Campus Vote Project and is a national voice for the organization.

  4. In some states, work with campuses that serve diverse student populations to guide them through the MTV Early Voting is Easier toolkit and advocate with their local elections officials for an on-campus early voting site.

Position Description:
Campus Vote Project seeks Deputy State Coordinators for Arizona, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Deputy State Coordinators are key members of our team. They are charged with working with State Coordinators to manage and strengthen existing relationships with campus administration and faculty leadership and establish new, lasting relationships with campuses to carry out our goals. Deputy State Coordinators will work to  recruit and support campuses in the Voter Friendly Campus program. They will also assist in recruiting and supervising “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. Finally, in some states the Deputy State Coordinator will execute the Early Voting is Easier partnership with MTV, advocating for on-campus early voting sites. These positions report directly to the corresponding State Coordinator.

The ideal candidate has a passion for voting rights with a particular interest in helping college students access our democracy, is committed to building relationships, and has a knowledge of voting rules and regulations in their state, and is located in Arizona, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, respectively.

Goals of the Position:

  • Engage campuses at an institutional level to help create nonpartisan democratic engagement programs in 2022 that promote voter registration, voter education, voter turnout, and foster student leadership, across the entire campus community

  • Provide campus administrators, faculty, and student leadership with accurate nonpartisan information on the voting process and elections through trainings, materials, and one-on-one support

  • Support CVP’s program with campus partners and Democracy Fellows across Arizona, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia

  • Coordinate with CVP’s coalition partners also conducting nonpartisan civic engagement programs on campuses.

  • Complete progress reports highlighting sharable best practices and lessons learned for other institutions and conduct an evaluation of efforts at the end of 2022

  • In some states execute the MTV Early Voting is Easier partnership working with campuses to advocate for on-campus early voting sites

  • Report directly to the state coordinator and support them in carrying out our on-the-ground strategy, including but not limited to:

            -- Creating and hosting virtual student voting summits and programming events

            -- Overseeing the state’s student Democracy Fellows program

Requirements:

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

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

  • Access to a car as travel throughout the state may be required, depending on health and safety conditions in the state

  • Located in Arizona, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, respectively

  • These positions are full-time contract positions from June 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022. Salary is $4,000/month. Fair Elections Center and CVP are equal opportunity employers and enthusiastically encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.

To apply:

Email a resume and cover letter to Kristina Moore at kmoore@fairelectionscenter.org noting the state you are applying for. Priority application deadline is Monday, April 25, 2022.