I. Current Job Opening: FairVote Program Director

II. General Job Applications


I. FairVote Program Director (Ongoing Applications Accepted)

This announcement was originally posted in June 2014. We will continue to entertain new candidates for this position until further notice (as of September 2014).


FairVote, a non-partisan organization, is one of the nation’s most effective advocates for election and voting rights reform. We have a history of effective research, prominent media, successful advocacy and development of innovative ideas designed to make our local, state, and national political systems work better. As detailed at FairVote.org and summarized at Reform2020.com, our program work includes projects to: expand consideration, adoption and effective implementation of ranked choice voting and fair representation voting systems; enable voters in all 50 states choose America’s president in a national popular vote elections; and promote policies that increase voter participation and the representation of women and racial minorities in political office. We are encouraged to be entering a period of growth as more people come to realize that the reforms we focus on are necessary to build a more representative and fair democracy. This fall we will have our largest staff ever, a dynamic Board of Directors, and an annual budget that, for the first time, will exceed one million dollars. We want you to help us keep growing in size and impact.

We seek an experienced program director to supervise our communication, advocacy, research, and legal teams. Expertise in election reform or voting rights policies is ideal but if you have great strengths in other areas, please apply. We seek someone who will: work well with our frequently on-the-road and in-the-media Executive Director; collaborate with the Executive Director to determine FairVote’s response to news or unexpected issues; make the most of opportunities developing in the field of election reform; and provide day-to-day guidance and support for our staff, ensuring they are as focused and productive in their work as possible. We are looking for someone with great dynamism who can keep pace with new issues that arise in the field of election reform and help FairVote determine the best and most strategic responses to these issues.



  • Help supervise the team of 12 staff and Democracy Fellows who make up our research, communications, legal, and advocacy teams.
  • Work effectively with our Executive Director and Development Director; in particular, on developing a short- and long-term vision for the highest priority tasks and actions in our work areas and how to get them done on schedule with modest involvement of the Executive Director.
  • Ensure that our communications work is getting the broadest possible coverage through new and old media and helping each core program staff develop a media presence that amplifies the voice of the organization.
  • Guide staff efforts to develop and complete on schedule the research reports and other analyses that are the key ingredient in our ability to catalyze electoral reform.
  • Represent FairVote in coalitions, public meetings, hearings, press events, conferences, and public events as needed.
  • Help identify key vacancies to fill during future growth and manage the recruitment process. Recommend, review, and approve employment actions, including interviewing, hiring, promotions and raises, and the handling of disciplinary issues.
  • Develop and recommend program budget allocations.
  • Play a role in making sure our office is a great place to work and where all staff members and interns are respected and valued.
  • Be creative and nimble.
  • Give staff the support and regular coaching they need to develop mastery of their field and continue to be challenged by our work.



  • Overall qualifications: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed below. In part, we will tailor the specific job duties to match the skills of the right candidate.
  • Education: Law degree or advanced degree in political science, nonprofit management, communications, business, and/or social science.
  • Experience: 4+ years of being increasingly responsible for small high-capacity teams, including management/supervisory experience. Other relevant experience with public policy, elections-related advocacy, legislative work, grassroots organizing, communications, and/or development.
  • Electoral reform experience is as plus: Our priority work includes campaigns to expand voter turnout and the representation of women and racial and political minorities, reform the Electoral College, and secure the adoption of ranked choice voting and fair representation in elections across the country. The ideal candidate would have experience with one or more of these issues.
  • Communications experience is a plus. As a small advocacy organization, it is essential that we have an effective media presence. Prior experience in media and communications is a plus to add to the capacity provided by other staff.



  • We work in a small space with lots of staff interaction – we are at our best when we speak together frequently and can constantly learn from one another. We host frequent waves of interns and fellows who add to our diversity of perspectives and experience and bring a great deal of energy and new ideas to the team. It’s a joyful and fun place to be because our work is so exciting.



  • Salary will be commensurate with experience and is expected to be comparable to salary for other senior staff. We offer traditional benefits involving health care, commuting assistance and relocation assistance (if applicable). After one year, employees qualify for a retirement plan.



  • Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis, with initial applications reviewed the week of June 30th. To apply, please email a detailed cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in the position, along with a resume, writing sample and contact information of two professional references, to our human resources address: [email protected]


II. General Job Applications:

FairVote is one of the nation’s leading election reform organizations. With strong support from interns and a national network of volunteers, FairVote’s hard-working and energetic staff advances our mission: achieving “the way democracy will be.” Our office is conveniently located in historic Takoma Park, two blocks from the Washington, D.C. Metro Takoma Station (red line).

We periodically have job openings for entry level and mid-profession job seekers. As a result, we accept applications year-round and will keep your resume on file until the next position openings.

Application Process:

  • Resume, cover letter and writing sample, including at least two references who can speak to your relevant skills. Please send materials to hr(AT)fairvote.org