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Fair Elections Center – Managing Director

Position Overview

Fair Elections Center is seeking a dynamic and collaborative Managing Director to join an important organization advocating for voting rights and election reform at a critical time in our country.

The Managing Director will serve as a partner to the President and will help manage the day-to-day work of the organization and ensure that Fair Elections Center is meeting its ambitious goals.             

The Managing Director will serve as an internal and external leader, who will thrive with both programmatic and management work. The Managing Director will help develop and implement long and short-term organizational strategies, interact with funders and ensure strong communication and coordination between staff and program integration.

The ideal candidate will have a strong policy background, be an excellent manager of people and processes, have an entrepreneurial approach to their work and enjoy creating and improving organizational systems and structures.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a talented leader to join a growing organization working to protect the fundamentals of our democracy.

Client Overview

Fair Elections Center is a national, nonpartisan voting rights and election reform organization. Its mission is to use litigation and advocacy to remove barriers to registration and voting, particularly those disenfranchising underrepresented and marginalized communities, and to improve election administration.

Working alongside other national and state civil rights and community-based organizations, the Center works to make the processes of voter registration, voting, and election administration accessible for every American, with a particular focus on underrepresented communities and students.

Fair Elections Center litigates cutting-edge voting rights cases in federal and state court and is currently fighting arbitrary felon re-enfranchisement rules, unlawful voter purges, limits on student voting restrictions on registration drives and inadequate language assistance programs.

In 2012, Fair Elections Center launched the innovative Campus Vote Project (CVP) to focus and expand its work around student voting issues. Since then, Campus Vote Project has been working to institutionalize student voting by working directly with college and university administrators and faculty across the country. CVP is currently partnering with over 240 schools with more than 3.3 million enrolled students across the country.

The Center also engages in a wide variety of advocacy efforts, including: drafting election reform legislation and submitting testimony in support of positive reforms, advocating to defeat restrictive measures, producing reports on election modernization proposals and issues affecting communities of color and students, drafting talking points and fact sheets, providing state voter guides for all 50 states and D.C., conducting trainings and seminars on voting issues for community mobilization organizations and working directly with Secretaries of State and local election officials to ensure the right to vote is protected and expanded.

Position Responsibilities

  • Work in partnership with the President and the Board to implement Fair Election Center’s strategic vision and the processes and systems to achieve it
  • Oversee the execution of the organization’s day-to-day operations, including strategic financial decision-making and management
  • Work with the Finance Director to support the organization's human resources, finance, and technology functions
  • Provide leadership on human resources operations including training, development, compensation and benefits, employee relations and performance evaluations
  • Work closely with all programs and departments to integrate work of the organization including administration, litigation, policy/legislation, research/reports, Campus Vote Project, and communications
  • Work with the President to coordinate the organization’s annual strategic planning and budgeting process
  • Represent Fair Elections Center with funders, partners and allies
  • Identify new internal systems and structures as needed
  • Ensure strong communication and coordination among staff

Key Qualifications

  • A minimum of 15 years of professional experience with a clear track record in managing teams, programs, processes and systems
  • Strong experience in policy development and advocacy
  • Experience with financial oversight and management of operations
  • Effective and persuasive communication skills, both oral and written
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an entrepreneurial setting
  • Track record of success in fundraising and donor relations
  • Excellence in staff management with the ability to develop, coach, and manage high- performing staff
  • Superb interpersonal skills, with an impressive history of forging strong relationships with multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to manage and coordinate multiple projects in a fast-paced, ambitious environment
  • Track record of successful innovation, creative problem-solving and strong analytical skills
  • Experience and/or aptitude to serve as a spokesperson and work with the media
  • Strong commitment to the organization’s mission, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a passion for civil rights and voting rights
  • Law degree strongly preferred

Location and Compensation

The position is located in Washington, DC. The salary range is $125,000-$145,000, depending on experience. Benefits include generous vacation and health, dental and vision coverage as well as a 403(b) pension plan with employer contribution.

To Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume online at The cover letter should be concise, compelling, and outline the specific ways in which you would be a good fit for this position.

Fair Elections Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Fair Elections Center values diversity in its work environment and believe it furthers its mission. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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