Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project (CVP) was launched in 2012 to expand our work on student voting issues. We work with universities, community colleges, faculty, students, and election officials to reduce barriers to student voting. CVP helps campuses institutionalize reforms that empower students with the information they need to register and vote. Campus Vote Project Deputy Coordinators have three main areas of focus: institutionalizing voter engagement, providing up-to-date election information, and developing student leaders:
Institutionalizing voter engagement means to make it a part of the culture on college and university campuses across the country. This is done through the Voter Friendly Campus program and initiatives such as Ask Every Student.
Providing up-to-date election information that is accurate and tailored to students. We do this through the development of tools such as state student voter guides and webinars on election law with support from the attorneys at Fair Elections Center.
Developing student leaders through the Democracy Fellowship program at colleges and universities and a Student Advisory Board that oversees Campus Vote Project and is a national voice for the organization.
Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project seeks a Virginia Deputy State Coordinator. Deputy State Coordinators are key members of our team. They are charged with working with State Coordinators to manage and strengthen existing relationships with campus administration and faculty leadership and establish new, lasting relationships with campuses to carry out our goals. Deputy State Coordinators work to recruit and support campuses in the Voter Friendly Campus program. They also assist in recruiting and supervising “Democracy Fellows,” student positions committed to carrying out democratic engagement programs at their colleges or universities. Democracy Fellows coordinate with administration and faculty, helping organize student voter registration, voter education, and voter turnout activities. This position reports directly to the Virginia State Coordinator.
The ideal candidate has a passion for voting rights with a particular interest in helping college students access our democracy, is committed to building relationships, has knowledge of voting rules and regulations, and is located in Virginia.
Goals of the Position
- Engage campuses at an institutional level to help create nonpartisan democratic engagement programs that promote voter registration, voter education, voter turnout, and foster student leadership, across the entire campus community.
- Provide campus administrators, faculty, and student leadership with accurate nonpartisan information on the voting process and elections through trainings, materials, and one-on-one support.
- Support CVP’s program with campus partners and Democracy Fellows across Virginia.
- Coordinate with CVP’s coalition partners also conducting nonpartisan civic engagement programs on campuses.
- Complete progress reports highlighting sharable best practices and lessons learned for other institutions and conduct an evaluation of efforts at the end of the year.
- Report directly to the State Coordinator and support them in carrying out our on-the-ground strategy, including but not limited to:
– Planning and hosting student voting summits and programming events
– Overseeing the state’s student Democracy Fellows program
- History of organizing work on campuses or with political/issue campaigns.
- Experience engaging diverse constituencies and experience with institutions of higher education a benefit.
- Access to a car as travel throughout the state may be required, depending on health and safety conditions in the state.
- Located in Virginia
The position is a full-time contract position from February 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023. Salary is $4,000/month. Fair Elections Center is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages applicants of all backgrounds to apply.
Priority application deadline is Monday, January 30, 2023. To apply, email a resume and cover letter to Kristina Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.