Election Protection Associate

Washington, DC, USA
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Job Description

Position: Election Protection Associate  

Status: Full-Time (40 hours per week, full benefits)

Reports to: Director of Election Protection 

Salary Grade: Associate

Salary Range: $57,000-$63,000

Location: Washington, D.C. Required 

Job Type: Hybrid (in-office Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

Voluntary Self-ID Questionnaire 

About Us: 

Issue One is helping lead the fight to protect U.S. elections and election workers in 2024 and beyond, ensure a peaceful transfer of power in 2025, and win comprehensive reforms to combat mis-, dis- and malinformation on technology platforms. Issue One built the National Council on Election Integrity (NCEI) and led its $15 million Count Every Vote Campaigns to defend the integrity of the 2020 elections and push back against attempts to undermine confidence in our democratic process. 

Over the past several years, Issue One has become home to one of the largest bipartisan coalitions of its kind to advocate for solutions to fix our democracy. We are poised to continue our outsized impact. This position is key in helping us continue our “punch above our weight” mentality. The position is based in Washington, D.C., and requires working in our downtown office every Tuesday and Wednesday. 


The Election Protection Associate role involves supporting the development and execution of the Faces of Democracy campaign and the NCEI, with a focus on expanding membership and conducting research on election integrity. Responsibilities include administrative support, project management, and contributing to strategic communications campaigns to boost public confidence in elections. The role also involves representing the team in both internal and external meetings, contributing to efforts that advocate for democracy reforms.


  • Support the development and logistical planning of the Faces of Democracy campaign and the NCEI, focusing on membership expansion through proactive outreach and detailed research.
  • Conduct thorough research on election protection and integrity initiatives to enhance the effectiveness of the Election Protection (EP) program.
  • Take the lead on providing administrative support and managing projects for the EP team.
  • Contribute to creating and executing dynamic communications campaigns aimed at boosting public confidence in the 2024 elections and advocating for increased federal election funding.
  • Represent the EP team at a variety of meetings, both within the organization and with external partners.

Job-Related Experience 

  • A Bachelor's degree in a relevant field, such as political science, public administration, communications, or related disciplines, underscoring a strong foundation in the essentials of our work.
  • At least 2 years of professional experience, inclusive of internships, showcasing a commitment and capacity in the spheres of research, communications, and advocacy.
  • Preferred background in campaign strategy and execution, highlighting a deep understanding of public engagement tactics.
  • Legislative experience is desirable, offering insight into the complexities of policy-making and governmental processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with senior leadership in managing relationships, reflecting excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Proven competence in navigating high-stakes environments, ideally evidenced by past involvement in election protection initiatives or related advocacy efforts, underscoring a dedication to preserving the integrity of our democratic processes.

Job-Related Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Proficient in independently prioritizing and executing tasks, demonstrating initiative and self-direction.
  • Exceptionally organized and meticulous with details, particularly in managing information with care.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential for effective collaboration.
  • Skilled in researching, analyzing, and clearly presenting complex information.
  • A genuine passion for, or keen interest in, the principles of democracy reform.
  • Adaptable and committed to providing high-quality service, capable of engaging positively with all stakeholders of Issue One, including donors, external partners, and leadership.
  • A dedicated team player who values collaboration, with a good sense of humor to navigate challenges together.

Structure and Location

This is a full-time, salaried, fully benefited position requiring 40 hours per week. This position is required to be in the Washington, DC area. 


Issue One has developed a comprehensive benefits package that invests in our staff to improve their health and promote a solid work-life balance: 

  • All full-time employees are eligible for a platinum health plan with 100% of the premium paid by Issue One. In addition, the organization covers 75% of the premium for all spouses and dependents of IO staff. 
  • Staff receives more than 50 paid days off annually, including holidays, vacation, personal time, and office-wide closures. 
  • Issue One provides reimbursements and stipends for commuting and any work-related travel.
  • Issue One offers wellness reimbursements and student loan assistance. They are also eligible to be reimbursed for stepping outside of their comfort zone and doing something they have never done before. 
  • All staff are encouraged to participate in professional development throughout the year, and the organization hosts several opportunities for fun and fellowship. 

Tentative Recruitment Timeline

  • April 2-14: The position is posted, and resumes are collected 
  • April 15-19: Resumes are screened, and phone screens are scheduled.
  • April 22-26: Phone screens take place, and first-round panel interviews are scheduled. 
  • May 6-10: First-round panel interviews take place, and finalists are named. 
  • May 13-17: Second-round panel interviews with finalists take place along with paid assessment (if needed).
  • May 20-24: Preferred candidate named and the role offered (contingent on a background check and verification of all educational credentials). 

Special Note: While Issue One will do its best to follow the above timeline, there are instances where the selection process is shortened or delayed due to circumstances beyond our control. The organization will do its best to update all selected candidates on any changes to the timeline. In addition, while resumes may be submitted after April 12, there’s no guarantee they will be screened for a potential interview.

DEI Philosophy and Self-ID Questionnaire 

At Issue One, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) drive everything we do. We celebrate the unique perspectives and experiences that each individual brings to our team. Your voice matters to us, and we're committed to creating an environment where everyone feels valued and respected.

As part of our ongoing DEI efforts, we invite all applicants to voluntarily complete our self-identification questionnaire. Rest assured, your responses are confidential and have no impact on your job application. This survey helps us better understand our diverse community, ensuring that everyone has equal opportunities for success.

How to Apply:

  1. Interested applicants can apply by clicking "apply for this job" in the top-right of this page. Please include how you heard about the position.
  2. All applicants are encouraged to complete the self-identification questionnaire. 

Due to the volume of applications, we will unfortunately not be able to acknowledge receipt of all applications. No phone calls or emails, please. 

Issue One is committed to the principles of equal employment. We are committed to complying with all federal, state, and local laws providing equal employment opportunities and all other employment laws and regulations. We intend to maintain a work environment that is free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation because of age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation (including transgender status, gender identity or expression), pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), reproductive health decisions, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, credit information, employment status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed service member status, status as a victim or family member of a victim of domestic violence, a sexual offense, or stalking, homeless status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws. Issue One is dedicated to the fulfillment of this policy in regard to all aspects of employment, including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, placement, transfer, training, promotion, rates of pay, fringe benefits, and other compensation, the application of disability and/or temporary disability policies, termination, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.