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Job Openings at VPC

Deputy Director for Program and Partnership

Location: Washington, DC

Reports To: Managing Director for Program

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 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.

Position Description:

The Deputy Director for Program and Partnership will play a leadership role in designing and implementing VPC and CVI’s efforts to register, mobilize, and educate the RAE—and will work closely with partners at the state and national levels to ensure that VPC and CVI programs are integrated into the broader civic engagement community’s strategies for 2020 and beyond.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Voter Engagement

  • Work closely with organizational leadership to develop strategies to maximize participation and close the participation gap in elections in 2019, 2020 and beyond
  • Assist in the management of the Program team and in the implementation of multi-modal voter engagement programs via digital, mail, phones, SMS, and other modes of communication
  • Collaborate with academics, consultants, and staff to test innovate approaches to civic engagement
  • Help ensure that programs aimed at increasing participation among historically underrepresented communities are culturally competent and producing the intended impact
  • Monitor changes in state election administration and how those changes impact VPC and CVI programs

Program Partnerships

  • Cultivate relationships with program staff at national and state-based civic engagement organizations
  • Manage implementation of state and national partner programs
  • Collaborate with analytics team to regularly evaluate impact of partnership programs and regularly communicate metrics and progress towards goals to partners
  • Develop materials to cultivate new partnerships include proposals, slide decks, and background research
  • Represent VPC or CVI at external events and speaking engagements
  • Collaborate with communications team to ensure external communications are consistent with partner goals
  • Work closely with development team to ensure partner programs are incorporated into development planning

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 6+ years experience on advocacy or electoral campaigns including in project management roles
  • Existing relationships in the civic engagement or progressive nonprofit communities
  • Knowledge of the legal and political issues surrounding voting rights and civic participation
  • Ability to translate analytical evaluations into narrative reports showing program impact
  • Excellent communication, writing, and time-management skills
  • An understanding of the testing and analytical approaches and tools used by the academia and the research-informed civic engagement community to measure program impact
  • A commitment to erasing the gaps in political participation in this country
  • Track record of getting results in a fast-paced environment

This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC. Ability and willingness to travel required (0 – 25% of time). 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 and cover letter to info@voterparticipation.org with the subject line “Deputy Director.”

VPC / CVI is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate based on race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.

 

Senior Director of Development

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 VPC and CVI seek an experienced, talented individual to join our team as the Senior Director of Development in our Washington, DC office. Reporting directly to the CEO, the Senior Director of Development will design and implement a strategic, aggressive fundraising plan with performance benchmarks to raise annual budget from diverse sources, including foundations and individual donors who are interested in maximizing civic participation. The Senior Director of Development will also hire and manage staff and consultants towards overall fundraising goals. This is an excellent opportunity for an entrepreneurial, driven individual to build their own shop and play a senior leadership role in an organization poised to have a huge impact in the upcoming presidential election cycle.

Specific Duties:

  • Develops, leads and implements a strategic fundraising plan for the organization to meet goals for election cycle programming, as well as to ensure sustainable revenue streams for “off” years
  • Project manages all fundraising work including grant reports and proposals, ongoing stewardship of major donors, donor communications, and prospecting new donors
  • Manages staff and consultants towards overall fundraising goals and strategy
  • Cultivates and stewards relationships with donors, including overseeing donor engagement events, webinars, and targeted communications
  • Works closely with Program team to frame the most effective pitches for donor interest, using metrics, research, and data analyses
  • Works with a surrogate group of donors and influencers to leverage gifts from donors
  • Works with Manager, Executive Affairs on strategic scheduling of the President and other principals for fundraising trips and meetings, staffs trips and meetings, ensures principals are well prepared for meetings, and that follow-up from meetings is prompt
  • Creates and improves fundraising systems, including database maintenance, fundraising materials, gift acknowledgments, and tracking of funds towards matching programs and programmatic priorities

Qualifications:

7-10 years relevant experience desired. The most important criterion is a passion for, and deep understanding of, the success of our research- and metrics-driven program and ability to translate its unique value to donors. Strongly prefer candidates with experience on campaigns, political committees, or nonprofit organizations. The ideal candidate will be strategic, politically savvy, an excellent writer and communicator, and entrepreneurial. Passion for the mission of increasing voter participation is a must-have.

The annual salary range for this position is $140,000 – $160,000, 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.

 

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.

 

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