Voter Protection Manager, Democratic Party of Illinois

The Democratic Party of Illinois (DPI) is seeking a dynamic individual to fill the position of Voter Protection Manager. The Voter Protection Manager will help manage the 2024 General Election statewide voter protection program that will protect and encourage voter participation. This position will report directly to the Coordinated Director.

About the Democratic Party of Illinois 

In the 2024 election cycle, the DPI will protect and elect Democrats up and down the ballot, while building the most active and inclusive party our state has ever seen. Our work is year-round, and our programs will focus on welcoming Illinois Democrats home to a party relentlessly focused on electing those who champion our causes and our communities. 

What Will You Do?

The Voter Protection Manager will play a crucial role in managing and developing a comprehensive statewide voter protection program for the 2024 General Election in Illinois. This individual will work closely with internal staff, volunteers, community organizations, and legal partners to ensure the integrity of the electoral process and protect voters’ rights.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Program Development: Collaborate with the Coordinated Director and DPI staff to implement the strategic plan for the voter protection program, including identifying key areas of focus and establishing protocols for response and escalation.
  • Voter Protection Hotline:  Lead in the recruitment of and management of Voter Protection Hotline volunteers. Assist in monitoring the Voter Protection Hotline to answer voters’ questions through the Voter Protection Hotline and help manage the hotline software.
  • Training and Education: Organize and conduct training sessions for staff, volunteers, poll workers, and community partners on voter protection tools, laws, procedures, and best practices.
  • Monitoring and Response: Monitor elections activities and voter suppression efforts statewide, and assist DPI Counsel with coordinating rapid response efforts to address issues as they arise, including legal challenges, voter intimidation, and misinformation campaigns.
  • Voter Outreach: Collaborate with community organizations, advocacy groups, and elected officials to conduct outreach and education campaigns aimed at informing voters about their rights and resources available to them.
  • Data Analysis: Collect and analyze data related to voter protection efforts, including incident reports, voter turnout, and demographic information, to identify trends and areas for improvement.
  • Documentation and Reporting: Maintain accurate records of voter protection activities, incidents, and outcomes, and prepare reports for internal and external stakeholders as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned

Who Are You?

The ideal candidate will have a desire to learn more about Voter Protection and have a passion for expanding voting rights and combating voter suppression. Candidates must be able to demonstrate excellent written/oral communication skills and be able to work independently. 

Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to effectively engage and collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including staff, volunteers, community partners, and legal professionals.
  • Commitment to democratic values and the principles of democracy, with a passion for promoting voter participation and protecting voting rights for all.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment, with a high level of attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Experience working with attorneys and legal issues preferred, but not required. 
  • Experience with VAN/Votebuilder, Telzio, LBJ (Lawyers Bound for Justice) and Google Suite preferred, but not required.

Additional skills desired:

• Experience with Voter Access Network (VAN) and Excel. 
• Understanding of state policy issues. 
• Fluency in Spanish, Polish or other second language a plus but not required. 

Job Details:

Applicants must live in or be willing to relocate to Illinois. Applicants must have the ability to travel throughout the state for up to several days at a time and must have a valid driver’s license. Position is mostly virtual, however in-person work would be based out of the Chicago or Springfield DPI offices.

This program will last approximately four months with a start date beginning early August  and an end date of November 30, 2024. The salary for this role is $55,000 – $60,000 and is commensurate with experience.

How To Apply:

Interested candidates should send their resume to [email protected]. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

The Democratic Party of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws.  The Democratic Party of Illinois strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees or applicants because of actual or perceived race (including traits associated with race, including hair texture and protective hairstyles, such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender (including gender-related identity, gender nonconformity, and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age (40 and over), physical or mental disability (including unlawful discrimination against an individual because of the individual’s association with a person with a disability), citizenship status, work authorization status, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, military status, unfavorable discharge from military service, genetic information, order of protection status, marital status, arrest record (including an arrest not leading to a conviction, a juvenile record, or criminal history information ordered expunged, sealed, or impounded), conviction record (unless there is a substantial relationship between the previous criminal offenses and the position or the employment would involve an unreasonable risk to property or to the safety or welfare of specific individuals or the general public), status as a victim or perceived victim of domestic violence, sexual violence, gender violence, or any other crime of violence, credit history or credit report,  or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

The Democratic Party of Illinois complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA), and all applicable state and local law. Consistent with those requirements, The Illinois Democratic Party of Illinois will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with a disability if such accommodation would allow the individual to perform the essential functions of the job, unless doing so would create an undue hardship. If you believe you need accommodation during the hiring process, please contact us.  The Democratic Party of Illinois will also, where appropriate, provide reasonable accommodations for an applicant or employee’s religious beliefs or practices.

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