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Job Openings at VPC

Controller

Location: Washington, DC

Reports To: Director of Finance & Administration/CFO

About the Voter Participation Center and the Center for Voter Information:

For the last 16 years, the Voter Participation Center (VPC), a 501(c)(3) civic engagement organization, has led the way in recognizing and harnessing the potential power of the Rising American Electorate (RAE) – unmarried women, people of color, and young people – as a vital voting bloc. VPC has positioned itself as the leading experimental and scientific civic engagement organization by accumulating more than a decade’s worth of knowledge and experience in registering and turning out the new majority of eligible voters. VPC’s programs have consistently proven to be some of the most impactful and cost-effective—and to date VPC has registered almost 4 million Americans to vote. VPC continues to innovate with its approach and techniques to impact greater civic engagement, registration, and turnout.

The Center for Voter Information (CVI) is a separate but affiliated progressive 501(c)(4) nonprofit that works to engage and persuade both the RAE as well as the broader electorate.

Position Description:

The Controller manages one staff accountant and is responsible for all financial aspects of the general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, grant compliance and financial systems. This position is responsible for ensuring compliance with the US generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and the implementation of policies and procedures to ensure proper controls are in place to mitigate organizational risk. The Controller is responsible for being proactive in keeping up to date with all new accounting pronouncements, proper treatment of new revenue sources, and any other developments in the compliance space that could impact the organization. This position also includes direct support to the CFO in on-going management and implementation of strategic plans and development of tactical plans. The Controller will also support the CFO in strengthening inter-departmental communications and other staff engagement initiatives vital to the success of the organization.

Specific Duties:

Accounting (70%)

  • Maintain the system of accounts, ledgers, and fiscal records on all transactions and assets, ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Develop and maintain ‘best in class’ internal control framework in collaboration with the CFO.
  • Participates in the development of the annual budget and assists directors with departmental budget preparation.
  • Oversees operating, capital and cash flow budgets and assists senior management in exercising control to ensure expenditures do not exceed budgetary goals.
  • Ensure the accuracy and timeliness of the financial close process (monthly, quarterly, and annual year-end closes) including preparation of journal entries, additional supporting schedules, and key account analysis and reconciliations.
  • Oversee all department, project, and grants financial accounting; ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with related budgets; develop high quality financial report materials for foundation and individual grants and assure they are delivered timely to funders in compliance with donor requirements.
  • Coordinates payroll functions and related reporting.
  • Prepare monthly bank statement reconciliations for review by the CFO.
  • Prepare monthly cost-sharing allocations between the two organizations for review by the CFO, and work with the VPC staff to ensure proper training and compliance.
  • Reviews invoices submitted for payment with appropriate department personnel for accuracy before payment.

Team Leadership (15%)

  • Provide effective management, coaching, and development to staff accountant and any other future direct reports.
  • In consultation with CFO, directs the development of short- and long-term goals and priorities for the Finance team.
  • Provide leadership in building effective relationships with internal staff and external stakeholders, with a particular focus on customer service and problem solving.

Financial Systems (15%)

VPC will be choosing and implementing a new ERP financial system in the next year. This position will provide critical ERP project management and subject matter expertise as follows:

  • Continued stewardship of the current financial system until the new one is selected and implemented.
  • When the time comes, co-lead the financial design, management, and implementation of the related modules of the ERP system. Evaluate and re-engineer processes to standardize, simplify and build efficiencies across the organization.
  • Act as primary liaison with all VPC departments to design and implement seamless interfaces, ensuring effectiveness and efficiency of data exchange. Assure that staff are adequately trained.

Skills/Qualifications:

Must Haves:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting and CPA license or Master’s degree in business or related field.
  • A minimum 10 years of accounting and finance experience, at least five of which must be at a managerial level.
  • Knowledge of the nonprofit arena.
  • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and meet deadlines required.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with all levels of employees, management and external partners.

Nice-to-Haves:

  • Direct experience in the nonprofit arena; emphasis will be placed on experience in a complex nonprofit environment that has multiple program areas.
  • Knowledge of grants management as it relates to compliance and reporting of corporate, foundation, and individual grants.
  • Highly proficient in QuickBooks, Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Experience with the financial management and compliance requirements for a 501(c)(3) with a related 501(c)(4).

The annual salary range for this position is $75,000 – $85,000, commensurate with experience. To apply, email resume, cover letter and at least two professional references to jpage@voterparticipation.org. References are not contacted until you are notified.

VPC/CVI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly value the leadership of people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and other traditionally marginalized communities, and encourage diverse candidates to apply.

 

Director of Data and Analytics

Location: Washington, DC

Reports To: CEO

About the Voter Participation Center and the Center for Voter Information:

For the last 16 years, the Voter Participation Center (VPC), a 501(c)(3) civic engagement organization, has led the way in recognizing and harnessing the potential power of the Rising American Electorate (RAE) – unmarried women, people of color, and young people – as a vital voting bloc. VPC has positioned itself as the leading experimental and scientific civic engagement organization by accumulating more than a decade’s worth of knowledge and experience in registering and turning out the new majority of eligible voters. VPC’s programs have consistently proven to be some of the most impactful and cost-effective—and to date VPC has registered almost 4 million Americans to vote. VPC continues to innovate with its approach and techniques to impact greater civic engagement, registration, and turnout.

The Center for Voter Information (CVI) is a separate but affiliated progressive 501(c)(4) nonprofit that works to engage and persuade both the RAE as well as the broader electorate.

Position Description:

The Director of Data and Analytics will manage and execute a strategic data-driven research program supporting VPC’s mission to increase the civic participation of historically underrepresented groups in our democracy. Managing a three-person and growing analytics team, the Director of Data and Analytics will be enthusiastic about research methods, randomized controlled experiments and innovations in data and technologies to be used in programs and assessments of results. This person will be adept at and have knowledge of advances in technology that can be applied to VPC and CVI programs. Strong skills in people management and project management are required. The successful candidate will possess strong organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills and have the ability to work independently and effectively in an action-oriented office. This is an excellent opportunity for an entrepreneurial, driven individual to play a leadership role in an organization poised to have a huge impact in the upcoming presidential election cycle.

Specific Duties:

  • Leads the creation and implementation of a strategic, rigorous Data and Analytics plan designed to maximize civic participation of the Rising American Electorate.
  • Leads Data & Analytics department, directing staff, consultants and managing resources towards overall strategic plan.
  • Directs the data for all voter contact programs, ensures that data and analysis are both error-free and on-time, manages the development of predictive models, leads the design and implementation of experiments, coordinates the research agenda, manages VPC’s analytics infrastructure, and contributes to the design of new mobilization programs.
  • Explores new data sources and new innovations, determining which are most strategic for overall goals and how best to incorporate, both internally and externally.
  • Works closely with partners across the civic engagement community on shared goals of maximizing voter participation and evaluating programs.
  • Develops and maintains granular, cycle-long reporting structure for internal staff, stakeholders, and external partners that informs strategic decisions.
  • Contributes to overall programmatic strategy and serves as an ambassador for VPC’s analytics research and results.
  • Serves as a key member of the program strategy team.

Skills and Qualifications:

Must-Haves:

  • Passion for the mission of increasing voter participation among underrepresented constituencies
  • Strong people management and project management skills
  • Strong communication and presentation skills with the ability to organize complex ideas for others to understand
  • Experience leading a political data and analytics team
  • Experience designing and executing randomized controlled trials
  • Proficiency in R, Stata or similar languages and familiar with new advances in data analysis
  • Proficiency in SQL
  • Creative thinking and ability to be a strategic player in the design of programs
  • Understands the utilization of statistical models
  • Contributes strategically by looking at the data
  • Translates program results for others to use

Nice-to-Haves:

  • Experience working with large scale direct voter contact programs (field/mail/SMS)
  • Understanding of statistical analysis techniques and latest innovations
  • Familiarity with the academic literature on voter registration, mobilization, elections, public opinion, and interest group advocacy
  • Experience with machine learning, data mining, and predictive modeling
  • Experience with data warehousing

The annual salary range for this position is $120,000 – $130,000, commensurate with experience. VPC/CVI offers an excellent benefits package, including 100% coverage of healthcare premiums. To apply, email resume, cover letter and at least two professional references to info@voterparticipation.org. References are not contacted until you are notified.

VPC/CVI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly value the leadership of people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and other
traditionally marginalized communities, and encourage diverse candidates to apply.

Executive Assistant to the President

Location: Washington, DC

Reports To: President

About the Voter Participation Center and the Center for Voter Information:

For the last 16 years, the Voter Participation Center (VPC), a 501(c)(3) civic engagement organization, has led the way in recognizing and harnessing the potential power of the Rising American Electorate (RAE) – unmarried women, people of color, and young people – as a vital voting bloc. VPC has positioned itself as the leading experimental and scientific civic engagement organization by accumulating more than a decade’s worth of knowledge and experience in registering and turning out the new majority of eligible voters. VPC’s programs have consistently proven to be some of the most impactful and cost-effective—and to date VPC has registered almost 4 million Americans to vote. VPC continues to innovate with its approach and techniques to impact greater civic engagement, registration, and turnout.

The Center for Voter Information (CVI) is a separate but affiliated progressive 501(c)(4) nonprofit that works to engage and persuade both the RAE as well as the broader electorate.

Position Description:

The VPC and CVI seek an experienced, talented individual to join our team as the Executive Assistant to the President in our Washington, DC office. The Executive Assistant will manage the President’s daily schedule while in the office, at outside meetings, and arrange all details of an extensive nation-wide travel schedule. The Executive Assistant will keep and manage all the documents for the President, including past meetings, program notebooks, briefing documents, and the like.

The Executive Assistant will be responsible for coordinating the professional and personal time of the President. The Executive Assistant will assist the President in organizing and setting priorities for the President in a way that reflects the overall strategic goals of the organization and within departments. This individual will work with other members of the staff and coordinate closely with the Manager of Executive Affairs. Responsibilities include: scheduling and facilitating meetings, producing and managing documents for briefings for all meetings, provide a weekly update of the President’s program book, and for the production of travel trip books, and administrative and personal support.

Specific Duties:

  • Scheduling & Facilitating Meetings: Manage correspondence regarding meeting requests for the president; develop/obtain itineraries, work to coordinate travel arrangements, produce agendas, briefing and other materials for the president’s travel and external and internal meetings; maintain the President’s calendar in coordination with the Manager of Executive Affairs.
  • Document Management: Generate the President’s meeting packets, organization program book, documents, travel trip book, and presentations as appropriate; produce memos, briefings, and other supplemental materials as assigned in coordination with departmental directors. Keep meeting records that relate to President’s primary responsibilities and create a system of retrieval. Document management includes understanding timelines for speeches, fundraising meetings, financial reporting, board meetings and communications and the like and helping to ensure that the timeline for document production is met.
  • Administrative Support: Maintain the President’s organizational and personal contact lists and office files; various tasks such as data entry and event coordination as needed and assigned.

Skills/Qualifications:

At least two – three years’ experience with scheduling either on Capitol Hill, as advance staff on a campaign, or working for a senior executive in a nonprofit organization is required. Familiarity with and interest in electoral politics and voting behavior, particularly among the Rising American Electorate, is desired. The ideal candidate is a self-starter and independent learner who is flexible and comfortable dealing with evolving and competing priorities. Level-headedness, a pleasant attitude, and good judgment are critical requirements. A broad base of administrative skills, familiarity with presentation software, excel spreadsheets, quantitative data, and scheduling protocols, and a strong level of computer proficiency is essential.

Applicant must be interested in having familiarity with the programs, history, and metrics of VPC and CVI. Applicant must want to work in a very fast paced environment as well as managing a strategic application of the President’s time. Attention to detail is a fundamental quality.

Compensation and How to Apply:

The salary range for this position is $55,000-$60,000 annually; in addition, VPC/CVI offers a very generous benefits package, including 100% coverage of healthcare premiums. To apply, email resume, cover letter and at least two professional references to: info@voterparticipation.org.  References are not contacted until you are notified.

VPC/CVI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly value the leadership of people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and other traditionally marginalized communities, and encourage diverse candidates to apply.

Deputy Director for Digital Programs

Location: Washington, DC

Reports To: Managing Director for Program

Description:

Major national civic engagement nonprofit organizations seek an experienced Deputy Director for Digital Programs to lead large-scale voter registration and mobilization efforts.

About the Voter Participation Center and the Center for Voter Information:

For the last 16 years, the Voter Participation Center (VPC), a 501(c)(3) civic engagement organization, has led the way in recognizing and harnessing the potential power of the Rising American Electorate (RAE)—unmarried women, people of color, and young people—as a vital voting bloc. The VPC has positioned itself as the leading experimental and scientific civic engagement organization by accumulating more than a decade’s worth of knowledge and experience in registering and turning out this new majority of eligible voters. The VPC’s programs have consistently proven to be some of the most impactful and cost-effective programs in the civic engagement community—and to date the VPC has helped over 4.2 million Americans register to vote. The VPC’s 2018 registration and turnout programs were the largest in organizational history, and the VPC’s programs will only grow smarter and stronger in 2020.

The Center for Voter Information (CVI) is a progressive 501(c)(4) nonprofit that works to engage and persuade both the RAE as well as the broader electorate.

Role 

The Deputy Director for Digital Program will lead the VPC’s and the CVI’s digital programs to register, mobilize and inform the electorate via research-informed tactics and strategies.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Develop and manage research-informed digital voter registration and mobilization programs
  • Lead digital consultant team
  • Ensure digital programs are informed by cutting-edge research and produce measurable results
  • Test new approaches to targeting, modes of communication, and platforms to develop a strategy that maximizes civic participation in 2020 and beyond
  • Help ensure that programs aimed at increasing participation among historically underrepresented communities are culturally competent and produce the intended impact
  • Evaluate and optimize how digital programs fit into larger program strategy
  • Draft reports to partners and funders documenting program successes and failures
  • Collaborate with communications team to integrate digital programs into the broader communications strategy
  • Keep senior leadership updated on program results

The Deputy Director for Digital Program will be a member of the program team and will not be directly responsible for organic social media and email programs.

Skills/Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 5+ years professional experience, including project management experience running effective paid digital programs
  • Direct knowledge of paid digital organizing strategies and tactics including digital platforms, email, and SMS
  • Experience running digital direct acquisition programs preferred
  • Experience on electoral or advocacy campaigns preferred
  • Excellent communication, writing, and time-management skills
  • An understanding of the testing and analytical approaches and tools used by the private sector and/or the civic engagement community to measure impact
  • A commitment to erasing the gaps in political participation in this country
  • Familiarity with the civic engagement and progressive political landscape
  • A track record of getting results in a fast-paced environment

Compensation and How to Apply:

Reports to the Managing Director for Program. This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC. Salary range $90,000 – $100,000. The VPC and the CVI are Equal Opportunity Employers. Applicants of diverse background are welcomed and encouraged to apply. To apply, email resume, cover letter and at least two professional references to: info@voterparticipation.org.  References are not contacted until you are notified.

VPC/CVI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly value the leadership of people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and other traditionally marginalized communities, and encourage diverse candidates to apply.

 

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