Research Associate – Project Vote Smart – Philipsburg, MT

Organization Overview:

Project Vote Smart, founded by Presidents Carter, Ford and other national leaders, is a national research center that collects and distributes factual information on over 40,000 political leaders. According to U.S. News and World Report, “Project Vote Smart would make the Founders weep with joy.” Nonprofit and nonpartisan, we are headquartered in a beautiful but remote area of the beautiful Montana Rockies, far from the influence of special interests. Watch our video to learn more:

Project Vote Smart is looking for skilled people who understand how important it is that all citizens have easy accesses to abundant, factual and relevant information about our elected officials or those campaigning to replace them. All jobs are located at our Great Divide Ranch Research Retreat located in the Montana Rockies.

Research Associates will be matched to assignments based on their demonstrated abilities and in accordance with the shifting needs of a growing, election-oriented research organization. Exceptional applicants may find themselves with opportunities to help manage and develop programs within months of their start date.

Requirements: Ideal applicants will have a solid understanding of government and politics, a working knowledge of current events, experience in researching political issues, exceptional web searching skills, experience with normalizing data, and experience with PostgreSQL. Skilled data wranglers or those that are highly self-motivated, detailed-oriented, committed to self-improvement, and in possession of a strong work ethic, do not need to have related experience.

Examples of programs that the researcher may be involved with are:

1. Research: Examine biographies, key votes in the Congress and states’ legislatures, special interest performance evaluations, campaign finances, public comments.

2. Political Courage Test: Measure each candidate’s willingness to answer the public’s questions and concerns on the major issues facing the nation.

3. Technology: Work on cutting-edge programming, interactivity, and data visualizations.

4. Development and Communications: Coordinate communication and outreach efforts with thousands of supporters, contributors, and members of the media throughout the nation.

5. Maintenance and Food Services: Aid in the support, housing and food services for all the volunteers, staff and students that come to Vote Smart’s unique Great Divide Ranch high in the Montana Rocky Mountains.

All applicants should possess good written and oral communication skills and be dedicated to the Project’s mission of voter education and candidate accountability. Applicants must be willing to commit through the November 2014 election, though preference may be given to those seeking to build a career with the Project. The Project Vote Smart pledge, signed by all staff, commits individuals to absolute impartiality, respect and deference toward all citizens and professional integrity.


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