ASSOCIATE 
 DIRECTOR OF 
 STATE AFFAIRS  

The Voting Rights Lab is a campaign hub designed to supercharge the fight against voter suppression and build more equitable voting systems. In partnership with organizations across the country, we work to build winning state-level campaigns to secure, protect, and defend the voting rights of all Americans.

 

Between now and 2020, the Lab will:

  • Fight voter suppression, particularly attacks against people of color, students, and working people, through strategic, winnable state legislative and ballot initiative campaigns in critical, battleground states.

  • Preempt further attacks including voter ID, voter purges, and early voting cuts, through early warning systems designed to detect, monitor, and address voter suppression efforts in real time.

  • Expand participation in our democracy and proactively transform our election systems through the adoption of vote-by-mail, early-vote, and the restoration of voting rights to returning citizens.

The Voting Rights Lab is searching for an Associate Director of State Affairs to help manage and expand our strategic investment in state-based proactive legislative campaigns, as well as prepare to mobilize defensively against pending attacks. The Associate Director will work closely with the Director of State Affairs and the rest of the team at the Voting Rights Lab to develop and manage our work in key states.

 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of the legislative agendas and overall political environments in each of your assigned states

  • Identify, retain and oversee contract lobbyists, engage in direct lobbying of lawmakers yourself, and drive the unique plans to engage and mobilize grasstops leaders and other influencers in each state

  • Assess strategic opportunities to build power and create state level policy change

  • In consultation and collaboration with the Campaigns & Partnerships team, develop and execute strategies to win in each state and map out the path to victory considering the politics and landscape in that particular state

  • Build, maintain and leverage long-term relationships with legislators, the press, partner organizations and other influencers in each state

 

  • Become proficient in voting policy in order to engage substantively on strategy with our Law & Policy team

What we’re looking for in you:

  • At least 6-8 years of experience in organizing, campaigning, issue advocacy, and/or political campaigns

  • At least 3 years of experience with state legislative affairs

  • An ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • Experience initiating and cultivating relationships with legislative, organizational, media and other partners

  • The ideal candidate is an experienced and adept political strategist

  • Proven experience in project management including overseeing staff, budgets, internal processes, and overall project plans

  • Ability to analyze information, formulate plans, and convey them in writing and through oral communication

  • Happy working in a fast-paced work environment and excited about creative problem solving

Details: The Voting Rights Lab is a virtual organization. Candidates can be based anywhere in the United States and will work from a home office. The job entails some travel. You will report to the Director of State Affairs. This could be a full-time salaried position or a contract position.

Salary and benefits: The annual salary range for the full-time position is $90,000 to $110,000 depending on experience. We also offer health benefits including medical, vision and dental coverage, a retirement plan, 25 days paid time off annually, and as well as paid holidays including Dec 24 to Jan 1. We offer ongoing training opportunities and a fast-paced, dynamic, and collaborative work environment.

To apply: Please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@votingrightslab.org, with the subject line “Associate Director of State Affairs” and tell us where you heard about the position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: At the Voting Rights Lab we welcome and value diversity in our workforce and strive to create an inclusive culture and equitable workplace. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, educational attainment, disability, socioeconomic status, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.

Applicants are not expected to provide any past or current compensation information during any phase of the interview process.

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