Join us in our mission to save democracy
Want to have an extraordinary experience and opportunity to work at the Project's spectacular Montana mountain retreat?
The Project maintains a modest staff primarily composed of recent college graduates dedicated to our mission of voter education and candidate accountability. All staff commit to work through the next general election, at a minimal salary. The Project Vote Smart pledge, signed by all staff, commits individuals to absolute impartiality, respect and deference toward all citizens, and professional integrity.
It is essential that all applicants believe in Project Vote Smart's mission. The contributions you make to your country and the extensive experience you gain will make it worthwhile. Project Vote Smart provides medical benefits, as well as the most extraordinary experience of your life!
If you are interested in contributing to this effort, please send your cover letter, resume and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org for Research positions or email@example.com for other positions. Please indicate the position for which you are applying.
Unless otherwise noted, all positions are at our Philipsburg, MT office. Project Vote Smart is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please see our Equal Opportunity Policy for more details.
Job Title: Membership Associate
Location: Philipsburg, MT
Vote Smart is seeking a Development and Communications Associate to help us enhance our online donation program and to build on our current fundraising program. New hires will join us at our picturesque Great Divide Ranch Research Center in Montana, located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and surrounded by matchless natural beauty. The position entails primarily data entry and communications duties.
Vote Smart, founded by Presidents Carter, Ford, and other national leaders, is a non-profit national research center that collects accurate and factual information on over 40,000 political leaders. Our goal is to empower voters with access to a vast library of reliable, nonpartisan, factual political information. Watch our video to learn more: https://votesmart.org/about#video
-Assist the Development and Communications department in processing donations and managing donor database.
-Work with the Development and Communications department to develop fundraising ideas, advertising campaigns, and promotions.
-Manage and create content for the organization on social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter.
-Maintain contact information for national and statewide media.
-Contact news organizations regarding news releases
-Assist with the writing and editing of external communications
-Research and assist with new outreach/public relations campaign
-Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
-Candidates with experience using DonorPerfect software will be given special consideration
-Experience using social media to promote events, contests, and programs
-Highly organized, with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines, as well as to work both independently and in a team environment.
-Excellent written and oral communication skills
-An open mind and willingness to learn (acceptable in lieu of experience)
-Ability to learn programs and processes quickly
-Excellent interpersonal skills
-Experience with Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, LinkedIn, and other social media outreach resources.
-Those with photography, graphic design, HTML, and videography experience encouraged to apply
-A sincere interest in American politics (a love of the great outdoors is a plus!)
-Dedication to Vote Smart's mission
-Must be able to set aside political beliefs and be objective and non-partisan while working.
-Lastly, please remember that our research facility is located in an extraordinarily beautiful but remote area.
What you will gain:
-Communications, development, and in-house public relations experience on behalf of a nationally-recognized organization.
-Knowledge that you are making a difference by helping American citizens educate themselves on their elected officials and candidates by using Project Vote Smart's resources.
-Memories that will last you forever! While you live and work at our Great Divide Ranch research headquarters located in southwest Montana, you'll have the opportunity to not only spend your off-time hiking, fishing, swimming, and boating (skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing in the winter), but to make lasting friendships with the other interns, staff, and volunteers stationed at this unique organization.
Job Title: Systems Administrator
Location: Philipsburg, MT
Join us on the Great Divide Ranch outside of Philipsburg, MT to help us operate and improve on our internal systems for data acaquisition/entry, communications, and data housing. The majority of our systems are built upon Linux with a wide variety of software and platforms.
Responsibilities of this position will be to continually improve upon our current systems through automation, tuning, and addressing the continually changing needs of our organization. Knowledge of networking technologies as well as technical support of our staff, interns, and users will also be required.
To be considered for this position, you must have a solid understanding of *nix systems, as well as experience with a wide range of systems and platforms.
Bonus points for being familiar with any part of the Web stack, administration of other systems such as Windows or *BSD, or knowledge of SQL systems.
Job Title: Front-End Web Developer
Location: Remote or Philipsburg, MT
Join a small, dedicated team and help us build our new administration program and help improve our Web site and current applications. Most of our Web applications are built upon Django, HTML5, CSS, and jQuery.
Responsibilities of this position include working with the team and other departments to build and improve projects for data acquisition/entry, as well as interactive and informative methods of dissemination. Ability to work on HTML5 Canvas applications and minor changes to legacy Flash applications is beneficial.
Bonus points for having skills in Web design, A/B testing, UI/UX design, information architecture, and Web accessibility standards.
Please include samples of your work with your resume.
Job Title: Full Stack Web Developer
Location: Remote or Philipsburg, MT
Join a small, dedicated team and help us build our new administration program and help improve our Web site and current applications. There is also opportunity for assisting in improving our data acquistion processes. Our systems are built on industry standard technologies like Linux, PostgreSQL, Apache, Lighttpd, Python, Redis, Memcached, and anything that might help with the task at hand.
Responsibilities of this position include Web application development, Linux system administration as needed, and assist others in the team with technical support as needed.
Bonus points for having a strong working knowledge of jQuery, HTML5 Canvas, and other front-end technologies.
Please include code samples or links to repositories along with your resume.
Job Title: Research Associate/Data Wrangler
Location: Philipsburg, MT
Research Associates are the backbone of Project Vote Smart's efforts. Research Associates will be matched to assignments based on their demonstrated abilities and in accordance with the shifting needs of a growing, election-oriented organization. Exceptional applicants may find themselves with opportunities to help manage and develop programs within months of their start date.
Requirements: Ideal applicants will have a good understanding of government and politics, a solid knowledge of current events, experience in researching political issues, exceptional web searching skills, experience with normalizing data, and experience with PostgreSQL. Skilled data wranglers or those that are highly self-motivated, detailed-oriented, committed to self-improvement, and in possession of a strong work ethic do not need to have related experience.
Examples of programs that the researcher may be involved with are:
-Current Officials: The first step to connecting citizens to their government is making it easy for them to find out who their representatives actually are, what their roles are, and how to contact them. Researchers for this program are responsible for making sure that at any given time, our roster of tens of thousands of officials mirrors those currently in office. Other tasks may include inputting biographical information, contact information, committee assignments, and leadership positions.
-Political Courage Test: Project Vote Smart challenges candidates to tell voters where they stand on the issues, but when candidates don't have the courage, we answer the questions for them. Researchers may be involved with: administering Political Courage Tests to candidates through mailings, email, and phone contacts; inputting candidate responses in our database; and collecting evidence for and determining candidates' issue positions.
-Legislative Research: Project Vote Smart makes it easy to see how representatives act in office, summarizing in plain language the key votes made in all 50 states and Congress. Researchers for this program may be involved with tracking the progress of legislation in several states, reading and summarizing legislation, and entering in the votes made by representatives.
-Interest Group Ratings: Project Vote Smart collects performance evaluations of public officials from hundreds of interest groups on the state and national level. Researchers for this program retrieve and normalize these evaluations, as well as collect information about the interest groups to provide context.
-Public Statements: From climate change to how they feel about the business down the street, Project Vote Smart maintains a warehouse of every public utterance made by key politicians. Researchers are responsible for collecting, classifying, formatting, and inputting these statements.
-Public Engagement: Not everyone will gravitate to and make sense of Vote Smart's vast database on their own, so our researchers are often involved in answering our Voter's Research Hotline, researching special requests made by those who call or write, highlighting data relevant to the events of the day on various platforms, and visualizing our data.
All applicants should possess good written and oral communication skills and be dedicated to the Project's mission of voter education and candidate accountability. Applicants must be willing to commit through the November 2014 election, though preference may be given to those seeking to build a career with the Project. The Project Vote Smart pledge, signed by all staff, commits individuals to absolute impartiality, respect and deference toward all citizens and professional integrity.