Careers

The Center for Election Innovation & Research (CEIR) is a nonpartisan non-profit with a proven track record of working with election officials from around the country and from both sides of the aisle. Our mission is to restore trust in the American election system and promote election procedures that encourage participation and ensure election integrity and security.

Open Positions

Outreach and Engagement Specialist (Texas)

Texas (Remote)

Application Deadline: May 15, 2024

About Us:
The Center for Election Innovation & Research (“CEIR”) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, whose core mission is to work with election officials and build confidence in elections that voters should trust and do trust. CEIR has a proven record of working in a nonpartisan manner with election officials from around the country and from both sides of the aisle.

CEIR’s current goals are restoring public confidence in our election system, supporting and defending election officials, and ensuring election integrity and security. Election officials are increasingly the targets of threats and harassment aimed at making them feel unsafe and undercutting their ability to do their jobs. CEIR’s Election Official Legal Defense Network (“EOLDN”) supports election officials in need by connecting them with pro bono legal services and other resources as permitted by law.

Position Overview:
CEIR is seeking a professional and dynamic Outreach and Engagement Specialist to join our team. The ideal candidate will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with election officials, legal professionals, and other community stakeholders, coordinating outreach initiatives, and driving engagement strategies across Texas. This position requires frequent in-state travel and occasional out-of-state travel.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement outreach and engagement strategies to increase awareness of CEIR’s programs and services, with a special focus on EOLDN.
  • Build and maintain relationships with community organizations, local leaders, the legal community, and other stakeholders to foster collaboration and support.
  • Plan and execute outreach events, workshops, and presentations to engage with election officials and the pro bono legal community.
  • Create compelling outreach materials, including one-page overviews, presentations, and digital content.
  • Monitor and evaluate outreach efforts to measure effectiveness and identify areas for improvement.
  • Collaborate with internal teams to align outreach activities with organizational goals and objectives.
  • Represent CEIR at community events, conferences, and meetings to promote its mission and initiatives.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in outreach or community engagement.
  • Knowledge of Texas government, election administration, and stakeholder landscape a significant plus.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and networking skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and ability to learn new software tools as needed.

Benefits

  • Salary Range: $65,000-85,000
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including:
    • up to 100% of health, dental, and vision insurance premiums paid for by CEIR
    • a 401(k) plan that vests immediately and with up to 5% match (i.e., CEIR matches 100% of your contributions up to 5% of your annual pay)
    • at least 12 weeks of paid family leave (covers parental leave, serious family/own illness, etc.)
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Professional development and training opportunities

How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit the following:

  1. Resume
  2. Brief cover letter or statement of interest
  3. Up to 3 references

CEIR is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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Research Fellow, 2024-25

Washington, DC (Remote Possible)

Location: Washington, DC (Remote Possible)

Organization: The Center for Election Innovation & Research

About Us

The Center for Election Innovation & Research (“CEIR”) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, whose core mission is to work with election officials and build confidence in elections that voters should trust and do trust. CEIR has a proven record of working in a nonpartisan manner with election officials from around the country and from both sides of the aisle. To achieve its goals, CEIR seeks to increase informed civic engagement by educating the public, providing support to election officials, and conducting practical research on best practices for election administration.

Position Overview

CEIR is seeking one or more Research Fellows to join our team in 2024-25 and contribute to our research on elections that voters should—and do—trust.

The Research Fellow will work under the direction of the Research Director and in collaboration with other colleagues to support CEIR’s research initiatives. These initiatives include matters pertaining to election administration, voter registration, voter access, and election integrity and security. The Research Fellow will conduct policy research, perform data analysis, and draft reports and other written materials for CEIR’s diverse audience of election officials, policymakers, the media, and other key stakeholders. The Research Fellow will be closely engaged in the Research Team’s efforts to plan and execute research during the 2024 general election and 2025 state legislative sessions. If interested, the Research Fellow may have an opportunity to lead one or more projects supporting CEIR’s efforts to provide election officials with practical analysis about election administration and inform voters about how elections actually work.

This is a one-year full-time Fellowship, with the possibility of extending or transitioning to a permanent role at CEIR based on performance, interest, and organizational needs. This Fellowship is intended for recent graduates of advanced degree programs, but all interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. This Fellowship will focus on research of interest to election administration practitioners and policymakers, and therefore is best suited to researchers interested in career paths outside of academia.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct research into public policy issues related to CEIR’s research initiatives using rigorous policy research and/or data analysis methods
  • Translate research into (1) external documents, such as issue briefs and research reports, and (2) internal documents, such as policy memos or plain language bill summaries
  • Develop deep expertise on issues relevant to CEIR’s mission, including policies affecting election administration, voter registration, voter access, and election integrity and security
  • Play a key role in discussions around project planning and research design
  • Monitor trends, research, and publications in the election space to inform CEIR’s research portfolio
  • Contribute to a team culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning, quality, collaboration, positivity, and transparency
  • Maintain effective communication with team members and participate in regular team meetings

Qualifications

  • Advanced degree (e.g., MA, MPP, JD, PhD) in a related field completed in the last three years
  • Demonstrated interest in topics of election administration, voter registration, voter access, election integrity and security , or related topics
  • Demonstrated experience in public policy research and/or data analysis, which may include: analyzing provisions in state and federal legislation; data collection, manipulation, and management; and qualitative or quantitative research methods
  • Proficiency with legal research tools (e.g., LexisNexis, Westlaw, BillTrack50), statistical and data management tools (e.g., R, Stata, SPSS, Python, SQL), and/or data visualization tools (e.g., Tableau, R, Python)
  • Aptitude for analyzing, interpreting, and summarizing complex information from a variety of sources
  • Ability to work objectively and in a nonpartisan manner with respect to CEIR’s research
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, with an emphasis on detail and accuracy
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and comfort working in a hybrid or remote environment
  • Commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion both in your work and in the workplace
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
  • A passion for getting nerdy about the details of election policy

Benefits

  • Salary: $65,000
  • One-year, full-time position
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including:
    • up to 100% of health, dental, and vision insurance premiums paid for by CEIR
    • a 401(k) plan that vests immediately and with up to 5% match (i.e., CEIR matches 100% of your contributions up to 5% of your annual pay)
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • Hybrid work environment (if approved for remote work, must travel occasionally for in-person meetings)

How to Apply

Please do not include your name on any of your submitted materials. The application form will ask for your name and contact information in a separate field.

Interested candidates should submit the following to https://electioninnovation.org/careers/apply/:

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter describing the topics within CEIR’s research area which you would most like to work on during the fellowship and your experience/qualifications for such work (no more than 500 words)
  3. A relevant writing sample (e.g., issue brief or excerpt from published paper; no more than five pages or 2000 words)

Questions? Email us at jobs@electioninnovation.org

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin on June 3, 2024. All applications must be received by 9 pm EDT / 6 pm PDT on June 12, 2024.

 

CEIR is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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Not finding what you’re looking for? As a growing nonprofit, we’re always on the lookout for talented, driven individuals who are interested in joining the team. If you’d like to work with us as we seek to improve elections, let us know!

Email us at jobs@electioninnovation.org to tell us how you can help the CEIR Team.

The Center for Election Innovation & Research is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. CEIR will strive to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at jobs@electioninnovation.org or via phone at 1-202-780-1600.