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Secure Elections Coordinator

Are you energized about helping people vote and making sure that U.S. elections are not disrupted or discredited by hacks and computer errors? Are you someone who can mobilize people to make a call and come out to rally? Do you connect easily with others by phone and on social media? Are you persistent and strategic in reaching out to decisionmakers? Are you an innovator and a problem solver who thinks of new solutions and creative campaigns and is good at persuading people to pursue those ideas together?

Come join our high energy team, committed to voting security, voting rights and fighting corruption, on a critical campaign for our democracy in 2021 and beyond.  We’re looking for someone like you to be a part of Public Citizen’s democracy field team to lead outreach and organizing campaigns on election security. The Democracy Is For People Campaign has been winning pro-democracy campaigns at the national, state and local level for nearly a decade, and this position is critical to victory this year.

You’ve heard that corporations have lobbyists; Public Citizen is the people’s lobbyists, representing the public in the halls of power on a variety of critical issues. We fight for public health and safety, champion corporate and government accountability, and campaign for fair trade, clean and safe energy, and consumer rights.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  The Democracy Is For People Campaign leads Public Citizen’s field work on democracy issues and initiates research related to key campaign goals. We work to build grassroots campaigns to address the most urgent problems facing our democracy. Even when the problems we face feel unprecedented.

As part of the Democracy Is For People team, the organizer will help protect the 2022 election from major disruption. The organizer will help lead our work to pass historic improvements to make our elections both more secure from hackers and more accessible to all Americans, through the sweeping For the People Act. We are also working for more resilient elections via federal regulations and state and local targeted efforts: to improve voting system standards and to stop the tech failures that lead to long lines and people being unable to vote at all. 

Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign:

  • Helped pass resolutions in hundreds of towns and a dozen states calling for the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United to be overturned, helping build a broad grassroots movement.
  • Built national grassroots support for Florida's 2018 Amendment 4 campaign to restore voting rights to 800,000+ people who have completed their felony sentences.
  • Led in-person days of action with 53 events in 27 states in the fall of 2019 to help win $425 million in election security funding, that ended up saving many states and towns when the pandemic hit and vote by mail had to be rolled out very quickly.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work closely with the Democracy Is For People Co-Director in the DC office and other campaign staff to develop and execute a strategic plan to pass election security reforms and regulations, win and maintain public support for election cybersecurity measures and positively engage with election officials, activists, security experts, elected officials and opponents;
  • Maintain the Secure our Vote coalition – including its website, active email program and daily social media posts – and facilitate the coalition’s calls and work;
  • Work to find effective pathways to advocate publicly for election cybersecurity, while bolstering public trust in elections and reinforcing voting rights. Through development of messaging and digital media materials, work with allies to win buy-in on messaging and outreach campaigns. The organizer will be part of winning support for one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation in over a generation – the For the People Act;
  • Assist with or drive, state and Congressional advocacy for election security legislation and funding;
  • Organize state advocacy pushes as needed and outreach campaigns to potentially thousands of local election officials;
  • Assist in outreach to Public Citizen supporters and partners in key states to ensure political support for needed election changes, including supporting days of action;
  • Draft and/or edit outreach materials, opinion editorials, and research summaries;
  • Help manage interns as needed on your projects; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS:

Education and Experience

Skilled in leading coalitions and winning issue campaigns. We seek someone with three to four years of experience in advocacy including prior experience working within coalitions. The ideal candidate will have a record of developing relationships with public officials and winning advocacy campaigns related to voting, tech or democracy issues. Experience in elections administration or state and local politics is a plus.

This is a position for someone who enjoys connecting with new people, building new campaigns quickly as new needs emerge, campaign planning and managing a small intern team.

We’re seeking someone who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment where priorities are dictated by what needs to be done to win.

Knowledge and Skills

We seek someone with:

  • A passion for democracy, election security and voting rights
  • Experience organizing and winning advocacy campaigns at the state and/or local level;
  • Enthusiasm for or experience in working with conservative officials and issue advocates
  • Strong advocacy writing skills for email, and writing and design skills for social media and web advocacy;
  • The ability to think and act proactively and creatively, and to develop cutting-edge outreach and campaign strategies;
  • Experience helping manage and facilitate coalitions and building up coalition campaigns, including recruiting new partners;
  • The ability to be flexible and think on their feet when campaign circumstances change to continue to focus our efforts strategically; 
  • An upbeat outlook, strong attention to detail, the ability to work quickly and efficiently;
  • Organizational skills, including the ability to manage an intern team;
  • The ability to work with a range of personalities;
  • A grasp of the political process and advocacy world; and
  • Policy expertise in election administration, security and/or voting rights is a plus.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:   Competitive salary and generous benefit package. This is a one year grant contingent position. Below is a list of some of our benefits (please note that some benefits have eligibility requirements).

Benefits include:

  • Great medical and dental coverage, 100% paid by PC, including full coverage for children
  • Three weeks paid vacation for new employees, plus five personal days
  • 401K plan with a 5% contribution from PC after one year of employment
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave after one year of employment
  • Sabbatical after 10 years of employment
  • Student loan reimbursement program

TO APPLY:  Send a cover letter, resume, and a one page or less advocacy writing sample via Jazz HR to Aquene Freechild, Co-Director, Democracy Is For People Campaign. Make sure to address in your cover letter why you are interested in this position specifically, applications must discuss why you wish to work on election security.

Public Citizen is an Equal Opportunity Employer and promotes a smoke-free and green environment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, personal appearance or disability. People of color and LBGT candidates are encouraged to apply.

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