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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 researchjobs@votesmart.org for Research positions or jobs@votesmart.org 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: National Director

Location: Philipsburg, MT

Description:

The National Director works to ensure that Vote Smart runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis.

Responsibilities:

Responsible for overall day-to day-management of all Vote Smart departments, offices, databases, research, accounting, all personnel and ranch management functions of health and safety, staff and intern recruitment, housing and maintenance.Responsible for day-to-day oversight of all Vote Smart programs, staff, operations, facilities and administration.

Requirements:

Experience required in: Politics/Government, staff management, research, basic IT, and fundraising.

Other useful experience: Facilities management, food service, maintenance, and accounting.

Job Title: Front-End Web Developer

Location: Remote or Philipsburg, MT

Description:

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:

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.

Requirements:

To be considered for this position, you must have a demonstrable experience with Web development using HTML5, CSS, and Javascript. A basic understanding of content management systems, templating systems, and other back-end development frameworks like Django or Ruby on Rails is a must, but you don't need to be an expert.

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: Research Associate/Data Wrangler

Location: Philipsburg, MT

Description:

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.

Responsibilities:

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.

Requirements:

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.

Job Title: Research Associate

Location: Philipsburg, MT

Description:

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 program areas within months of their start date.

Responsibilities:

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.

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, good written and oral communication skills, and experience with normalizing data. Those that are highly self-motivated, willing to help out wherever needed, organized, detailed-oriented, committed to self-improvement, and in possession of a strong work ethic do not need to have related experience.

Job Title: Full Stack Web Developer

Location: Remote or Philipsburg, MT

Description:

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:

Responsibilities of this position include Web application development, Linux system administration as needed, and assist others in the team with technical support as needed.

Requirements:

To be considered for this position, you must have a demonstrable experience with Web development using MVC frameworks, HTML5, Javascript, comfortability with popular RDBMs, version control systems, and use of *nix as a development/production platform.

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.

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