National Vote at Home Institute
Job Description: Executive Director
National Vote at Home Institute and Coalition (“Vote at Home”)
October 10, 2022
NVAHI/NVAHC (“Vote at Home”) has opened an application process to fill its top leadership position of Executive Director. Vote at Home’s Executive Director serves in a chief executive role and reports directly to the boards of the National Vote at Home Institute (NVAHI, a non-partisan, 501 c (3) organization) and the National Vote at Home Coalition (NVAHC), an affiliated 501 c(4) non-partisan policy advocacy organization. .
Created in 2017, Vote at Home’s primary mission is to increase access to, use of, and trust in mailed-out paper ballots, through strategies that include education, research, advocacy, and direct assistance to voters and state and local election officials. In 2020, more than 75 million votes– nearly half of all votes cast –came from voters who’d received mailed out ballots, a dramatic increase from 33 million votes in 2016.
Since its 2017 founding, Vote at Home has raised more than $10 million and helped local election officials in more than 40 states promote and securely administer the dramatic expansion of mail ballots. Through its 501 c(3) research and education efforts, and its 501 c(4) advocacy work, Vote at Home has played a material role in more than a dozen states to help craft, promote, and enact legislation that significantly improves and expands voters’ access to, use of, and trust in mail ballots.
While many organizations are working to protect voters’ current access to mail ballots, and further expand the ease by which voters can apply for and return such ballots, Vote at Home is the only prominent national organization focused on the eventual adoption by U.S. states of full Vote at Home (VAH) election systems.
In such systems, all active registered voters are automatically mailed their paper ballots several weeks prior to each election, and then given multiple accessible options to return them by mail or in person. Other key election administration services – e.g, helping citizens register or update an existing registration; providing disability or language-related assistance; and accommodating voters who prefer to receive and vote their ballots in person -- are also provided.
In 2018, 1 in 20 U.S. voters lived in four states with statewide VAH election systems. For the November 2022 midterms, 1 in 5 U.S. voters do so in the District of Columbia and eight states: California, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii, and Vermont.
In its search for its next Executive Director – which will move into its winnowing and selection phase following the 2022 midterms – Vote at Home recognizes that the political and policy landscape around mail ballots has changed dramatically in the last two years. Accordingly, candidates will be assessed not only on their knowledge and familiarity with the world of election administration and policy, but also on their proven experiences and abilities to raise funds, forge successful partnerships, and collaborate with a diverse range of other leaders and advocacy organizations in the election reform space, whose goals may often (though not always) align with ours.
General Job Responsibilities
The Vote at Home Executive Director shall be responsible for managing all aspects of the organizations’
operations. These major responsibilities include the following:
● Strategy. Recommending, implementing, and effectively executing all VAH policies and key strategies and programs as approved by one or both boards.
● Budget. Fundraising and budget administration, to ensure Vote at Home’s financial sustainability and the effective and efficient expenditure of available funds.
● Management. The hiring, supervision, and performance management of all staff, contractors, and contracts to promote diversity and equity, ensure a collaborative and productive workplace, and comply fully with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.
● Partnerships. The creation of collaborative partnership relationships with other key organizations and individuals to help promote and amplify VAH’s work.
● Communication. The effective communication, in a wide variety of public and private forums, of Vote at Home’s vision, mission, key strategies, and core messages.
The Application Process and other Relevant information
Timeline for Selection process. Vote at Home is now accepting submissions in the form of a resume and a cover letter in which interested candidates can articulate their potential interest in this position, and how their background, experience, expertise, and other relevant factors could make them an excellent fit for Vote at Home’s mission and vision. These submissions should be sent to Jobs@voteathome.org.
While there is no current deadline for submitting a resume and an initial letter of interest, we encourage potential candidates to do so as soon as possible. Following the November 8th election, Vote at Home will begin a screening process to determine which candidates will advance to an interview round, and/or be asked to submit additional material. Vote at Home will review and interview candidates on a rolling basis, and this job posting will close once the position has successfully been filled. It is our hope to have the position filled by January 1, 2023.
Compensation: Vote at Home has budgeted the annual salary for this position at $120,000 to $160,000, negotiable based upon the successful candidate’s professional experience, accomplishments, leadership qualities, and election-related knowledge. The compensation package also includes paid vacation and employer-paid health insurance and retirement benefits.
Location. Vote at Home currently has no central, physical office. The successful candidate’s location is subject to mutually agreed upon conditions.
We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.