Voting Access Project Fellow

Position Overview

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLU of GA) seeks a Voting Access Project (VAP) Fellow who is ready to hit the ground running in defense of voting rights in Georgia. This fellow will work with state and local officials, engage coalition partners, and help manage our core volunteer programs, including for election workers, election monitors and the “Peanut Gallery.” This position is grant-funded for two years with the possibility of extension. 

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Strengthen and grow core VAP programs in target counties, including in the following ways:
    • Engaging local Boards of Election, especially around implementation of new voting policies and laws; recruiting new Board of election members and engaging existing Board members, especially around implementation of SB202.
    • Recruit volunteers to become election workers and sustain their involvement in between election cycles, including activating individuals to be involved in related advocacy efforts. 
    • Develop training materials and conduct and/or facilitate training for ACLU-GA recruited poll workers and Deputy Registrars in all relevant election cycles 
    • Expand election worker programs into additional counties.
    • Grow the Peanut Gallery program in additional counties and cultivate volunteers to be long-term civic activists.
    • Provide critical back-end operational support to core programs (i.e., processing reports).
  • Provide rapid response advocacy support for voting issues, such as responding to poll closures, changes to early voting, and other key election administration issues. 
  • Cultivate relationships with target Board of election members; engage in direct lobbying as needed.
  • Develop action plans, leveraging the affiliate’s integrated advocacy model, to prevent voting rights restrictions and advance pro-active reforms that expand access at the state and local levels. This includes longer-term plans as well as rapid response actions during the legislative session.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge on voter suppression issues, redistricting and other core voter rights issues facing us today in Georgia.
  • Experience recruiting and sustaining volunteers.
  • Experience conducting and/or facilitating training; specific experience in election-related matters a plus. 
  • Experience creating internal systems for complex projects.
  • Strong oral and writing skills.
  • Experience working with decision-makers, such as elected officials and other grasstops leaders.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to successfully juggle multiple responsibilities.
  • Ability to thrive in a rapid response environment, where we do not control the hours or pace of the work required.
  • Ability to work with and center historically marginalized or oppressed communities; this includes having a mature understanding of how structural racism, sexism, and prejudice pervade our society.
  • Positive upbeat attitude; team player. 
  • Ability to travel and willingness to work irregular hours.
  • Understanding of Georgia’s state legislative process, preferred.
  • Spanish language, conversational, a plus.

Compensation:

The ACLU of Georgia offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU-GA’s compensation scale. Excellent benefits include paid vacation, sick time and holidays; medical, vision and dental insurance; life and long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) Defined Contribution Retirement. 

To Apply:

Applications should include a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references to jobs@acluga.org. To facilitate our review, your emails should have the subject line: “[Your last name] VAP Fellow Application.” We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  

This job announcement provides a general but not a comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU-GA reserves the right to change the description and/or posting without advance notice.

The ACLU-GA is an equal opportunity / fair chance employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU-GA encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: info@acluga.org.