Vacancy Development and Communications Associate

Ad type: jobs
Company: Vote Smart
City: Des Moines, IA
Workplace street: Des Moines, IA
Category: Marketing
Work schedule: Full Time
Posted: 18 Aug 2019
Requirements for the applicant
Education: 4-Year Degree Required
Work experience: Entry level
Job description

Help defend democracy by joining our team of dedicated staff working to create a political culture of transparency and facts. In this age of fake news, media bias, and political drama, Vote Smart ensures that citizens have access to the tools that they need to make educated political decisions.


Vote Smart, a nonpartisan/nonprofit political research organization, is seeking a Development and Communications Associate. This position entails primarily communications and data management duties.


Duties include:

  • Daily data entry of incoming donations, assisting with depositing incoming money
  • Daily, frequent correspondence with Vote Smart members & ambassadors over phone & email
  • Assisting with thank you mailings and fulfilling materials requests
  • Maintaining media contact database, monitoring press clips, making pitch calls to the media
  • Helping write and edit external communications to members & public
  • Maintaining press clips and making pitch calls to media
  • Helping create content for social media & email marketing; assisting with photography, graphic design as needed
  • Researching and assisting with new outreach campaigns
  • Writing/editing blog posts on current political/legislative news
  • Speaking with local and national media and partner organizations
  • Assisting the Development & Communications Director as needed

  • Skills desired:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to externally communicate courteously, effectively & articulately
  • Attention to detail and accuracy, especially when handling incoming money & data entry
  • Effective time management skills; ability to keep oneself organized without supervision 
  • Strong writing and editing skills; an ability to set politics aside & write in a nonpartisan manner
  • An understanding of structure of media; comfort in making cold-calls to members of the media when necessary
  • A basic understanding of design for creating social media and email marketing graphics
  • An interest and understanding of politics and current political issues; a commitment to nonpartisanship
  • Photography, graphic design, and videography experience is a bonus

  • Vote Smart, founded by Presidents Carter, Ford, and other national leaders, is a non-profit national research center that collects accurate and factual information on over 40,000 political leaders. Our goal is to empower voters with access to a vast library of reliable, nonpartisan, factual political information. Your job will be to help get this message to millions of Americans. Watch our video to learn more: https://votesmart.org/about#video

    Help defend democracy by joining our team of dedicated staff working to create a political culture of transparency and facts. In this age of fake news, media bias, and political drama, Vote Smart ensures that citizens have access to the tools…

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    Submit a resume, cover letter and three professional references to jobs@votesmart.org.

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    Submit a resume, cover letter and three professional references to jobs@votesmart.org.

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