Details: Competitive salary commensurate with experience
About FairVote: FairVote (www.fairvote.org) is the nation’s leading nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms that gives voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans. We have a proven record helping to win trailblazing reforms at the local, state, and national level through innovative research, communications and collaboration. We focus today on ranked choice voting in cities and states and on the Fair Representation Act. Our politically and racially diverse team of staff and volunteers works in our offices in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. near the Takoma Metro and supports field staff in several states.
FairVote New Mexico was launched in March 2017 in order to build on our history of engagement with policymakers and the civic community in the state. That history dates back to the 1990s and has included progress like Santa Fe approving ranked choice voting (RCV) with 65% of the vote in 2008. FairVote New Mexico seeks to improve New Mexico elections by partnering with allies in seeking to adopt and implement ranked choice voting in cities, and to begin discussion of its merits at a state level. The work of FairVote New Mexico’s Director in the last year resulted in the successful implementation of Santa Fe’s first RCV election on March 6, 2018. The project is now looking to expand the adoption and implementation of RCV in other home ruled cities across the state.
Reports to: FairVote New Mexico Director
Job Overview: With administrative and programmatic support from FairVote New Mexico’s Director and national staff in Maryland, the FairVote Central NM Organizer will launch the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho RCV campaigns in mid to late 2018. The position will be based out of Albuquerque. We expect to fill this position with a highly capable, experienced community organizer.
Responsibilities and duties:
● Work closely under the supervision of FairVote New Mexico’s Director to define day-to- day operations and develop overall campaign plan(s), including planning, implementation, and effective communication and coordination.
● Work closely with current and prospective New Mexico reform allies in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, and engage grass-tops, political leaders, and coalition partners as stakeholders in support of the campaign.
● Work closely with local base building organizations and other community groups, as well as recruit local volunteers to develop community leaders around core educational campaign.
● Support effective adoption, implementation and use of ranked choice voting in future city elections in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, with goals including advocacy with policy makers, resolving election administration barriers, and helping to develop and implement a strong voter education and public engagement plan.
● Assess potential opportunities to mobilize supporters including implementation of a voter contact field plan, GOTV, etc.
● Facilitate trainings for staff, volunteers, and coalitions partners as needed.
● Plan events to educate the public and decision makers about democracy and electoral reform issues.
● Identify and build relationships with local media. Manage earned media, including media events to draw attention to campaign, and social media opportunities.
● Ensure all reporting is completed accurately and on time.
● Provide insight into funding proposals and reports.
● Assist with other projects as assigned.
● Minimum 2 years of experience in community organizing and advocacy campaigns.
● Demonstrated ability to engage the grassroots, grass-tops, and policy makers, and experience developing and implementing campaign plans.
● Ability to speak and write compellingly about policy issues.
● Familiarity with the legislative process with Albuquerque and Rio Rancho City Councils and with municipal work in general.
● Spanish language proficiency preferred.
● Demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaboration with others, including managing volunteers.
● Passion for election reform and voting rights, with experience in these areas a plus.
● Strong interpersonal skills, political instincts, and critical analysis skills.
● Flexible, good sense of humor, self-starter and multi-tasker.
● Demonstrated ability to successfully manage competing, time-sensitive priorities.
● Willingness to work irregular hours.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be acceptable as a satisfactory substitute for any given qualification.
Level of Language Proficiency
Spanish language proficiency preferred
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references to email@example.com and FairVote New Mexico Director Maria Perez firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use Central NM Organizer as the subject line of your email. Applications will be reviewed immediately, with projected start dates as soon as June 4th.
FairVote is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a protected veteran, or disability.