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.

Campus Vote Project - HBCU Coordinator

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.

 

Position Description

Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project seeks an HBCU Coordinator to join our National HBCU Manager in growing our organization's work to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities to institutionalize civic learning and democratic engagement programs for their campus communities and empower their students to participate in our democracy. The HBCU Coordinator is a key member of our team. They are charged with developing and managing relationships with campus administrators and faculty to carry out our goals. They also supervise “Democracy Fellows,” stipended student positions committed to planning and running democratic engagement programs on their campuses. Democracy Fellows coordinate with administration and faculty, helping organize student voter registration, voter education, and voter turnout activities. The HBCU Coordinator will report directly to the National HBCU Manager. 

 

Goals of the Program:

  • Engage campuses at an institutional level to help create nonpartisan democratic engagement programs 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. 

  • Ensure campus administrators, faculty, and student leadership conduct comprehensive voter engagement programs and begin institutionalizing and cultivating a long-term culture of democratic engagement on their campuses.

  • Implement CVP’s program with approximately 12-15 campus partners and 20-30 Democracy Fellows across AL, D.C./MD, and LA. 

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

  • Engage with coalition partners, make CVP materials and resources available to partners, and foster greater administrator/institutional-level engagement of these partners’ programs.

  • Complete progress reports highlighting sharable best practices and lessons learned for other institutions and conduct an evaluation of all efforts throughout and at the end of each year.

  • Collaborate with the National HBCU Manager to develop HBCU-specific trainings, resources, and events to support HBCU campus partners and students across CVP’s work.

 

Requirements:

  • 1-2 years of organizing work either on campuses or with political/issue campaigns.

  • Superior communication skills both written and oral.

  • Access to a car as travel will be required. 

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

  • HBCU graduates are very strongly preferred.

 

Approach:

  • Professionalism: A high level of professionalism is always required when working on behalf of the organization. 

  • Self-motivation: Being self-motivated is necessary to successfully fulfill the program goals. 

  • Leadership: A positive and persuasive leader will thrive in this position and is important for managing Democracy Fellows and working with campus partners. 

 

This is a full-time remote position, with a salary compensation of $52,500 - $55,000. Fair Elections Center offers generous employer paid health, vision, and dental insurance, 3 weeks vacation, and a 403(B) retirement plan with employer contribution. Fair Elections Center is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages applicants of all backgrounds to apply.


To apply, email a resume and cover letter to Kristina Moore at kmoore@fairelectionscenter.org. The priority deadline is September 26, 2022 but applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Counsel (Litigation focused)

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 experienced 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.

As the pandemic wanes, some travel will once again be required for advocacy, litigation, coalition meetings, and speaking engagements.

 

Salary for this position will range from $95,000 to $110,000 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 voters and for underrepresented and marginalized communities in particular. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

To Apply:

Send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples that demonstrate your legal research and writing to Kristina Moore at kmoore@fairelectionscenter.org.

Counsel (Policy focused)

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 position will focus on advancing the Center’s state policy advocacy priorities, though the counsel will also assist with the Center’s active litigation docket. This work includes pending challenges to new citizenship investigation procedures restricting voter registration in Arizona, Kentucky’s arbitrary voting rights restoration scheme for people with felony convictions, restrictions and penalties imposed on voter registration groups in Florida, and the threatened rejection of absentee ballots in Wisconsin for technical, immaterial defects. We litigate with many partners, including our co-counsel at the Kentucky Equal Justice Center, Southern Poverty Law Center, Law Forward, Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, and Southern Coalition for Social Justice.

 

Primary responsibilities for this Counsel position will include the following:

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

  2. 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.

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

  4. Working as part of Fair Elections Center’s legal team to develop and litigate all aspects of federal and state lawsuits to protect and expand 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.

  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 one year post-J.D. experience, which can include any mix of clerkships, fellowships, and/or practice. Defending our democracy and the right to vote at this perilous moment is a tremendous privilege, as well as a tremendous challenge. A passion for the defense of civil rights and voting rights is essential, as is an interest in an inclusive democracy. Policy experience is a plus, but prior litigation experience is not required. 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. Candidates need a proven ability to multitask, work collaboratively and meet deadlines.

 

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.

 

As the pandemic wanes, some travel will once again be required for advocacy, litigation, coalition meetings, and speaking engagements.

Salary for this position will range from $70,000 - $80,000 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 voters and for underrepresented and marginalized communities in particular. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

To Apply:

Send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples that demonstrate your legal research and writing to Kristina Moore at kmoore@fairelectionscenter.org.

Summer 2023 Legal Internship

Fair Elections Center is seeking current law students with strong academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to civil rights for summer 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 elections official 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.

 

This position will be full-time and requires a minimum 10-week commitment. Fair Elections Center will cover the difference between $6,000 and any school funding obtained, if applicable. 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, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample with the subject line “Summer 2023” to jobs@fairelectionscenter.org.