Career Opportunities

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  • Work Elections Project Manager

  • 2020 Legal Fellowship Sponsorship

  • Spring 2020 Legal Internship

  • Summer 2020 Legal Internship

Work Elections Project Manager (posted 10.18.19)

Fair Elections Center seeks a creative and energetic Project Manager to work with the organization on an innovative program aimed at expanding voter opportunity and poll worker diversity: workelections.com. The position will work on an expansion of an existing pilot project designed to expand, improve, and diversify the recruitment of poll workers.

 

Qualifications. Excellent communication skills are required, as well as outreach or organizing experience, including familiarity with social media and web-based applications. The ideal candidate will be skilled in cultivating and maintaining relationships with organizational partners in the private and nonprofit sectors. Experience with national- or state-level organizations and businesses is preferred. Some knowledge of election administration and voting rights is preferred. Civic engagement and campaign and marketing experience a plus. Applicants should have a strong commitment to the organization’s mission, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a passion for civil rights and voting rights. 

 

Duties and Responsibilities. Primary responsibilities include:

 

  • Conduct outreach to businesses, social service organizations, other election reform organizations and election officials to build capacity around recruiting a more diverse and younger poll worker force;

  • Follow up with secretaries of state, state election directors and local election officials to fill out their jurisdictions’ poll worker volunteer information or update their information;

  • Create a multi-state communications plan and related materials geared to engaging businesses, community non-profits, universities, and other organizations to encourage community members, students, and employees to serve as poll workers;

  • Lead marketing initiative to increase the usage and amplify the profile of workelections.com, including basic ad placement and design of social media, ads and other materials;

  • Track success of marketing and of the site itself, including through designing and implementing a survey for poll workers in conjunction with select local election officials; and

  • Work with Fair Elections Center’s Development Director to find new opportunities for funding;

 

Compensation is based upon experience. 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 encouraged to apply.

 

Please send cover letter and resume with “Work Elections Manager” in the subject line to: jobs@fairelectionscenter.org.

2020 Legal Fellowship Sponsorship (posted 6.7.19)

Position, Duties, & Responsibilities. Fair Elections Center is seeking current law school students or recent graduates with a background or strong interest in civil rights, voting rights, and/or election reform to work on cutting-edge voting rights litigation as a Legal Fellow.  Fair Elections Center seeks applicants to develop proposals for a sponsored fellowship such as Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Justice Catalyst, or other public interest fellowships to begin in the fall of 2020.

The fellow will work closely with Fair Elections Center’s senior counsel to develop a project focused on litigation against barriers to voter registration and voting.   The Center has an aggressive and expanding litigation docket, including pending challenges to the arbitrary felon voting rights restoration scheme in Kentucky, restrictions and penalties imposed on voter registration drive activity in Tennessee, and unnecessary barriers to the use of student IDs as voter ID in Wisconsin. Recent cases include a First Amendment challenge to Florida’s arbitrary felon disenfranchisement and re-enfranchisement system which resulted in the first court order striking down a state felon disenfranchisement or re-enfranchisement scheme in over 30 years, and a federal lawsuit in Louisiana which forced the state to repeal a 142-year-old proof of citizenship requirement that discriminated against naturalized voter registration applicants.

In service of a specific, structured litigation project that will focus on one area of the Center’s target litigation in a few states, the fellow’s duties will include conducting in-depth legal research for pending and future litigation, conducting the necessary factual investigation and plaintiff search to initiate cases, drafting legal memoranda, motions, briefs, and discovery, drafting open records requests, investigating relevant legal, rulemaking, or legislative proceedings for legal violations, and interacting with election reform organizations and key election officials.

 

Qualifications. The applicant must hold a J.D. by the summer of 2020, take the bar in any state, and be willing to waive into the D.C. bar.  Some travel is required.        

 

Fair Elections Center will work with the fellowship applicant to develop a project proposal that is both aligned with the organization’s mission and strategies, as well as with the fellow’s passions and interests.  Fellows will be given significant responsibility and, therefore, must possess strong academic credentials, strong research, analytical, and written and verbal communication skills.  A passion for the defense of civil rights and voting rights is essential, as is a strong interest in an inclusive democracy.  Some familiarity with election and voting laws and/or policy and some knowledge of barriers to the exercise of voting rights and election reform ideas are preferred.    

 

Benefits include generous vacation and health, dental and vision coverage.

 

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 encouraged to apply.

 

To initiate a conversation regarding this fellowship sponsorship at Fair Elections Center, please send a resume and cover letter with “Fellowship” in the subject line to jobs@fairelectionscenter.org.  For more information, please visit www.fairelectionscenter.org.    

 

About Fair Elections Center:

Fair Elections Center is a national, nonpartisan voting rights and election reform 501(c)(3) 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. 

Fair Elections Center’s attorneys and advocates deliver nonpartisan creative solutions to the complex barriers that have been and continue to be erected to prevent citizens from registering to vote and casting a ballot that counts. Working alongside other national and state civil rights and community-based organizations, the Center works to make the processes of voter registration, voting, and election administration as accessible as possible for every American, with a particular focus on underrepresented communities and students.

To these ends, Fair Elections Center litigates cutting-edge voting rights cases in federal and state court and engages in a wide variety of advocacy efforts, including: drafting election reform legislation and submitting testimony in support of positive reforms, advocating to defeat restrictive measures, producing reports on election modernization proposals and issues affecting communities of color, talking points and fact sheets, providing 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 direct help to organizations representing various communities that need help accessing the ballot as they plan their programs, encounter problems, or need help engaging elections officials.

Spring 2020 Legal Internship (posted 9.17.19)

Fair Elections Center is seeking current law students with strong academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to civil rights for spring 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 officials to advocate for changes that will protect the right to vote.  Additional responsibilities may include assisting with legal research and outreach.

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.

 

Flexible start/end dates and weekly time commitment.  Fair Elections Center will assist students in obtaining academic credit for the internship.  Fair Elections Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).  Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to jobs@fairelectionscenter.org.  Please reference your semester of interest in the email subject line and cover letter.

Summer 2020 Legal Internship

Fair Elections Center is seeking current law students with strong academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to civil rights for summer internships.  The 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 officials to advocate for changes that will protect the right to vote.  Additional responsibilities may include assisting with legal research and outreach.

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.

 

Flexible start/end dates for a minimum of 10 weeks.  Fair Elections Center will assist students in obtaining academic credit for the internship.  Fair Elections Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).  Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

 

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to jobs@fairelectionscenter.org. 

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