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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS DIRECTOR

Full-time
Remote
$120,000 per year, plus benefits
Full-time
Remote
$120,000 per year, plus benefits

The National Vote at Home Institute (NVAHI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit nonpartisan organization dedicated to expanding the use of mailed-out ballots in local, state, and federal elections across the U.S. Through our education, research, and advocacy efforts with state and local election officials, policymakers, and partners, NVAHI works to expand this secure, convenient, and voter-supported method of voting and works to ensure state and local election officials have the tools, training and support they need to conduct successful, transparent, accurate and secure mail ballot elections. 

The Government Affairs Director serves as an integral leader for the organization, working with the Executive Director, Board, and staff shaping and executing the strategic priorities for NVAHI. This position routinely interacts with key stakeholder groups, national leaders, state and local elections officials, research professionals/institutions, funders, and partners. This position reports to the NVAHI Executive Director and is responsible for all election official engagement efforts on behalf of NVAHI.

Benefits

  • 401k plan with a 4% Employer Match.
  • Employer paid healthcare.
  • Regular PTO at 15 days annually. Plan will accrue at the rate of 6.67 hours per pay period.
  • 10 paid holidays and 3 floating holidays.
  • STD/LTD coverage.
  • FSA – Medical and Dependent care options.
  • Life Insurance Coverage.
  • Charity Donations – Available through payroll provider.

Job Duties

Strategic Planning and Organizational Duties
  • Assist the Executive Director with setting the strategic short- and long-term priorities for the organization
  • Assist the Executive Director with setting the budget
  • Assist with managing the progress and completion of the strategic priorities
  • Assist with organizational fiscal responsibility and manages the budget for the election official engagement area of focus
Applied Research
  • Works closely with the research team to capture best practices from available election research and promotes these practices with election officials
  • Working collaboratively with the Communications and Research Director, partners with researchers and election officials to conduct research in vote-by-mail administration
Election Policy
  • Working with the leadership team and the board, sets policy priority states for advancing NVAH policy
  • Collaborates with the NVAH policy specialist to monitor legislation of interest
  • Provides written and verbal testimony on NVAH policy initiatives when needed
  • Communicates with legislators, election officials, and partners on the benefits of NVAH policy
Board Duties
  • Prepares board reports for program area
  • Attends and presents at board meetings
Election Official Engagement Duties
  • Identifies key states and stakeholders and conducts outreach to those respective contacts
  • Coordinates and conducts training webinars through the NVAHI Wonk Wednesday series
  • Election Official (EO) Hub
    • Manages the creation of the strategic vision for the EO Hub
    • Oversees the development, implementation and managing of the EO Hub
    • Works with the team to promote vote-at-home and support election officials
    • Manages all staff and contractors associated with election official engagement and the Hub
    • Ensures proper user agreements and practices are adhered to on the Hub
Advisory Services
  • Identifies key states and local jurisdictions to form strategic partnerships to promote the adoption of vote-at-home best practices
  • Works with key states and local jurisdictions to advance and improve VAH practices
  • Works with partners to meet additional election needs of these states and jurisdictions
Summits and Conferences
  • Plans and manages programming for vote-by-mail summits and conferences
Fundraising
  • Assists with grant writing requests and follow-up reports to grantors
  • Supports donor relation efforts
  • Assists with relationship building with donors as needed

Qualifications

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, communication, education, business, public administration, or related disciplines from an accredited institution whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or a foreign equivalent.
  • A minimum of five years of experience managing a program, including supervision of professional staff.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in state and/or local elections administration.
  • Knowledge of advanced principles of management, including strategic planning, development and management of tactical work plans/schedules and broad competence in functioning on the strategic leadership team of a large, diverse, and dynamic firm or enterprise committed to customer and constituent service.
Preferred/Desired Competencies:
  • Cultivates a Shared Strategic Vision: Describes an inspiring, long-term vision with deep meaning for the organization or team.
  • Drives Results: Creates and nurtures a performance-based culture of continuous improvement. Is passionate about data informed decision-making, scientific problem solving, customer responsiveness and satisfaction, and maximizing resources across the organization.
  • Builds Relationships: Builds and maintains internal and external relationships that creates positive customer /partner satisfaction with the services and expertise offered by the NVAHI.
  • Communicates Effectively: Conveys clear, timely and persuasive messages that positively influence the thoughts and actions of others.
  • Embraces diversity and transparency in decision making. Actively contributes to a work environment that embraces building and sustaining relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders, recognizing the value of culture, ethnic, gender and other individual differences, to enhance the attainment of department goals.