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Director of Election Protection

Director of Election Protection
Organization: Issue One
Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 11/13/2023

Director of Election Protection

Full-Time (40 hours per week, full benefits)

Reports to: Chief of Strategy and Program

Salary Grade: Director

Salary Range: $110,000-$130,000

Location: Washington, DC Preferred (hybrid schedule) or Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Considered


The Director of Election Protection (DEP) leads Issue One’s (IO) work to strengthen U.S. elections, one of two top strategic objectives for the organization. In 2024, IO will lead a multimillion-dollar communications campaign to increase trust in elections, similar to the Count Every Vote effort in 2020.

The DEP will manage the National Council on Election Integrity (NCEI), spearhead IO’s cutting edge Faces of Democracy campaign of election officials and poll workers, and drive the program’s strategic planning, policy development, grassroots and grasstops mobilization. This role involves close collaboration with the communications, legislative, and research teams.

The DEP is seen as an expert on election protection matters and represents the organization at external events and with the media. Currently, the DEP manages the Campaigns Manager and a strategic consultant and manages the election protection budget in consultation with the Chief of Strategy and Program. The election protection team is expected to expand in 2024, contingent upon acquiring additional funding.


  1. Lead Issue One’s election protection strategic objective, including campaign planning, policy development, communications, research, and grasstops mobilization.
  2. Coordinate all election protection activities within the communications, legislative, and research departments and work closely with the leaders of each department.
  3. Manage the Faces of Democracy campaign and the National Council of Election Integrity (NCEI).
  4. Represent IO as an election-protection expert with the executive branch and at external events and meetings with the media.
  5. Lead IO’s election policy development in partnership with the Legislative Director.
  6. Work with the legislative team to develop legislative strategy.
  7. Manage the election protection budget and campaign spending.
  8. Assist the development team with fundraising for the strategic objective, including assisting with proposals and participating in meetings with major donors and partners.


  • Five years+ of relevant experience including experience leading in a large-scale campaign.
  • Significant combination of political, legislative, issue advocacy, and Hill experience, including grassroots and grasstops mobilization.
  • Experience in executive and Congressional relations, including the ability to establish relationships with Republicans, Democrats, and independents.
  • Experience in leading major projects in a campaign, executive, and/or Congressional setting.
  • Experience working with partners and other advocacy groups.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communications skills, including the ability to present complex ideas and information orally to a diverse set of audiences.
  • Proven ability to learn new issues and tackle new challenges.
  • Experience centering gender equity and racial justice in major projects or campaigns.
  • Proven management skills, including personnel and project management.
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills.
  • High capacity to work under pressure, under deadline, and think quickly on your feet.
  • Strong judgment on what kinds of tactics and campaigns will attract positive media attention.
  • Self-motivated with a positive and professional approach to management.

Work Coordination and Supervision:

The Director of Election Protection reports directly to the Chief of Strategy and Program. As a high-level position, the DEP is expected to be independent and self-manage. The following positions will report to the DEP: Campaigns Manager, senior consultants, and other roles as strategically needed. The DEP will regularly manage major projects and campaigns that involve multiple staff across teams. All leadership staff will manage up and determine when to consult with their supervisor and other leaders consistent with IO’s culture of collaboration and shared decision-making model. All leadership staff will make a staffing and decision-making plan when they are out of the office. All leadership staff will adhere to standard management protocols such as checking with a staff person’s manager before assigning them work or requiring them to attend meetings – allowing for flexibility when appropriate. All leadership staff will err on the side of inclusion when determining when to copy colleagues and who to invite to meetings.


This full-time role is based in or around Washington, DC, or the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic. This job requires occasional travel throughout the United States, including travel to DC about once a month. The EPD must also work on-site in our DC office twice weekly (Tuesday and Wednesday) if they reside in the DMV area.


Issue One has developed a comprehensive benefits package that invests in our staff to improve their health and promote a solid work-life balance. All full-time employees are eligible for a platinum health plan with 100% of the premium paid by Issue One. In addition, the organization covers 75% of the premium for all spouses and dependents of IO staff. Staff receives more than 50 paid days off annually, including holidays, vacation, personal time, and office-wide closures. Issue One provides reimbursements and stipends for internet and commuting and promotes a hybrid work environment that allows for working from home but establishes regular in-person office opportunities twice a week. Issue One offers wellness reimbursements and student loan assistance. In addition, all staff are encouraged to participate in professional development throughout the year, and the organization hosts several opportunities for fun and fellowship.

Additional Job-Related Abilities:

The successful candidate will also possess the following characteristics:

  • Team Player – Works well with others in a congenial, collaborative environment involving shared responsibility and credit. Is comfortable with both leading and following, as well as working in tandem with peer colleagues on joint projects.
  • Superior Influencing Skill – Draws upon an active network of contacts and relationships to gain access and influence with key stakeholders. Is a “known entity,” enjoys a reputation for working well with a wide variety of people, and is well received on both sides of the political aisle. Works on and through coalitions to achieve objectives.
  • Leadership – Demonstrates “situational diplomacy” and an appreciation for the personal and agency-level differences involved in executing an effective lobbying strategy. Able to lead teams through effective communications, clear direction, and steadfast follow-through. Hands-on and self-sufficient.
  • Self-Directed – Able to spearhead initiatives, translate plans into specific actions across a team, and execute with urgency. Creates a level of trust with partners around sound judgments in an environment of shifting initiatives, priorities, and public opinion.
  • Impeccable Integrity – Embodies and practices world-class ethical standards. Creates an environment of trust by acting with fairness and consistency, keeping commitments, and providing a rationale for decisions.
  • Ego Maturity – A highly motivated, seasoned, and self-assured quality leader, with high confidence in her or his superior professional skills and ability to drive decisions.
  • Intelligence – A person with strong intellectual capabilities who can synthesize complex data, legal concepts, and government/regulatory issues for the organization’s Hill education and policy efforts. High level of academic and professional achievement, demonstrated through credentials and recognition of key institutions.
  • Flexible Work Style – Comfort working within a public policy environment in general and within an organization proud of its reputation for collegiality, diversity, and creativity in delivering excellent policy and partnership outcomes.

Physical Demands:

  • Most work is done in an office-like environment, completing projects at a desk for extended periods and working with a computer.
  • The employee may sometimes have to lift, push, and/or carry items above ten (10) pounds.
  • The EPD may need to move and/or stand for extended periods, especially when on Capitol Hill.
  • Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the job.

How to Apply:

All interested applicants can apply by clicking “Apply for this Job,” in the top-right corner of this page. Issue One encourages all interested applicants to complete this self-identification questionnaire as a part of their candidacy.

Due to the volume of applications, we will unfortunately be unable to acknowledge receipt of all applications. No phone calls, please.

Issue One is committed to the principles of equal employment. We are committed to complying with all federal, state, and local laws providing equal employment opportunities and all other employment laws and regulations. It is our intent to maintain a work environment that is free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation because of age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation (including transgender status, gender identity or expression), pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), reproductive health decisions, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, credit information, employment status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed servicemember status, status as a victim or family member of a victim of domestic violence, a sexual offense, or stalking, homeless status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws. Issue One is dedicated to the fulfillment of this policy in regard to all aspects of employment, including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, placement, transfer, training, promotion, rates of pay, fringe benefits, and other compensation, the application of disability and/or temporary disability policies, termination, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.

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