Organization Overview

Montana Voices is a civic engagement project committed to ensuring that every Montanan is able to participate fully in our democracy. Our mission is to collaborate on programs related to civic access, voting rights, voter modernization efforts, civic engagement and leadership development. Our mission is centered on engaging and empowering underrepresented communities, building sustainable power needed to eliminate barriers to civic participation, and guaranteeing that policy-making is guided by the public.

Position Description

Montana Voices is hiring for the position of Voting Rights Coordinator to lead the Montana Voter Project. The Montana Voter Project (MVP) is a collaborative project that was formed to coordinate efforts to ensure secure and accessible elections in Montana. The MVP works with a broad coalition of organizations and individuals, as well as county and city officials to expand opportunities for civic engagement, and build support for secure and modern elections. By building strong allies and community support for voter modernization and voter protection efforts, we will implement long term legislative, administrative, and ballot strategies to improve voting for all Montanans.

This position reports to/works for the Montana Voices Director and affiliated partner organizations to provide needed support in the areas of voter modernization and election protection.

Primary Functions

Program Management

  • Coordinating voter modernization work, including working with civic engagement groups, tribal governments, and county elections administrators to develop and execute a plan that includes member and voter education, legislative and issue advocacy;
  • Developing and implementing a communications strategy to elevate voter modernization and election protection issues, including organizing an earned and paid media strategy to build support for voter modernization among the broader electorate;
  • Designing and implementing a statewide election protection plan, which will include recruitment and coordination of volunteer election observers and legal experts;
  • Attending and participating in monthly Montana Voices meetings and other gatherings as required;
    Assisting in planning and implementing MT Voices priorities and plans.

Coalition Building

  • Assisting in building and coordinating voter registration work among civic engagement groups;
  • Assisting in building and coordinating voter registration work among civic engagement groups;
  • Building grasstop and grassroots support for voter modernization to bring together a broad-based voting rights coalition.

Research & Planning

  • Tracking and updating interested partners on ballot initiatives for the 2020 election cycle;
  • Researching policy, including reviewing voter modernization policies (e.g. vote by mail, online voter registration, early voting, automatic voter registration) that have passed in other states to help determine best practices that would work in Montana.

Qualifications

Required qualifications for applicants seeking to be the Montana Voices Voting Rights Coordinator include:

  • Passion for voting rights issues and for expanding access to the ballot for all Montanans;
  • Strong sense of initiative and ability to work independently, organize follow-up on multiple projects and tasks simultaneously, take direction and provide leadership on collaborative projects, and work well and creatively under tight deadlines and in a team environment;
  • Passion for working in coalition with diverse individuals and organizations, and ability to navigate multiple sets of expectations and needs by setting priorities and communicating clearly;
  • Absolute commitment to this position through 2020.

Preferred qualifications for applicants seeking to be the Montana Voices Voting Rights Coordinator include:

  • At least two election cycles in issue advocacy or political organizing;
  • Prior experience working in coalition with diverse organizations and individuals;
  • Knowledge of and experience with the Montana political landscape;
  • Prior experience in voting rights advocacy or related advocacy work.

To Apply:

  • Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Amanda Frickle, Table Director, at [email protected]
  • The application process opens Tuesday, November 26th and closes Tuesday, December 17th. Ideal starting date is January 6th or before. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Location: Position can be based remotely, but must be within Montana.

Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried position. The salary range is commensurate with experience, from $50,000-$55,000 per year. Benefits include reimbursement for travel expenses for those applicants with a current driver’s license and access to a dependable vehicle, paid vacation and sick leave, and employer-paid health insurance.

 

Montana Voices is an equal opportunity employer. Women and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.