Mississippi Election Success Specialist

Mississippi
Success
Full-time
A BIT ABOUT US

VotingWorks is a non-partisan non-profit founded on the powerful idea that the operating system of our democracy should be publicly owned. Every citizen’s vote is sacred, and every citizen deserves evidence that our elections are free and fair.

Forty states use voting machines that are over ten years old. Their technology is outdated, their source code proprietary and their security vulnerabilities – described in detail by the security community over many years – are left unpatched. It’s not surprising that 76% of voters are concerned that our elections are vulnerable to hacking. And if voters lose trust in elections, then the very foundation of our democracy is at risk.

We’re using open-source software, off-the-shelf hardware, and modern product engineering to make elections dramatically safer, more accessible, and more affordable. Affordability may sound pedestrian, but it is key. The front line of America’s election security rests in the hands of the 50% of US counties that struggle to afford basic services, let alone upgrade aging voting equipment.

THE OPPORTUNITY

We are builders. We don’t just believe in the publicly owned operating system of democracy, we’re building it. We believe in voting machines that delight voters, election officials, and security experts. And we’re building them. We believe election officials need the right software to audit their elections. And we’re building that, too. We’re building the tools to help the public gain confidence that our elections are run well.

If you’re like us, you’ve been thinking about the myriad problems and rough edges of our democracy for a while. We’ve decided that talking about it isn’t enough - we must do something.

THE TEAM

We work as a small, tight-knit team. We’re a flat organization when it comes to ideas and input, and we believe in good management, even as a small organization, so that every VotingWorks team member gets regular feedback, guidance, and an opportunity for tremendous personal growth. We strive to be both confident in the skills and knowledge we each bring and humble in our interactions with each other and other stakeholders in the election space.

THE ROLE

Your goal is to make Mississippi election administrators heroes in their communities by helping them successfully deploy VotingWorks’ voting machines. You succeed when these election administrators succeed in delighting poll workers, voters, and the local political parties.  

You’ll need to quickly become an expert on the VotingWorks voting machines and you’ll drive across Mississippi teaching varied audiences of election administrators, poll workers, voters, and elected officials how to use, pack, transport and store the machines. You will be the VotingWorks representative on site when counties comprehensively test their machines and train their poll workers before each election. You will also be responsible for applying software updates and diagnosing problems with, and in some cases fixing, voting machines. But you will not need to learn how to write software code - we’ve got plenty of engineers who do that. 

Your enthusiasm for the product, the mission, and the team should be infectious, surpassed only by your attention to detail. You know that no matter how robust a technology, at the end of the day it’s people who make other people successful and you feel personally responsible for ensuring that everyone who uses VotingWorks machines feels successful. 

You may not have done this exact job before. You might have experience as a former election official or poll worker. Or you might not. You might have been a teacher or an entrepreneur or had another role that’s different from this one but has given you the skills and experience you need to be successful

WITHIN 1 MONTH, YOU'LL

    • get hands on with VotingWorks machines, set up a mock precinct, and demo an election to stakeholders in an interested Mississippi county
    • go behind the scenes in a real election, learning how to train poll workers, conduct Logic and Accuracy tests, and support results tabulation on election night

WITHIN 3 MONTHS, YOU'LL

    • have demoed to a majority of the eligible counties in Mississippi
    • conducted a mock Logic and Accuracy test on machines for an entire county
    • Recruited contractors to support Logic and Accuracy testing and Poll Worker training in October

WITHIN 12 MONTHS, YOU'LL

    • be able to say that you helped make Mississippi counties leaders in technology and democracy and that VotingWorks is ready to support any Mississippi county that wants to use VotingWorks machines
We’re a fully distributed organization, but for this role you’ll need to live in Mississippi or very close by.

WE'RE FULLY DISTRIBUTED

We’re a fully distributed organization, which means that for most roles you can work from anywhere in the United States. We offer a flexible work schedule and we're on board with schedule flexibility: more than half of us have kids, and we enjoy attending their various sporting and non-sporting events. With flexibility comes responsibility: you should be comfortable with significant autonomous work.

COMPENSATION

We’re a non-profit, so we compensate in cash and benefits exclusively. We won’t pay you as much as a big for-profit, but we’ll still pay you a very fair salary and competitive benefits. Compensation is commensurate with your skills and experience.

WE'RE BUILDING A DIVERSE TEAM

We never discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, background, ability/disability or really anything that isn’t about your skills.

We strive to go beyond that: we want to build a diverse organization that truly represents the people of the United States of America. We especially want to encourage women and members of under-represented groups to apply.