Senior Writer and Editor
Founded in 2018, Voting Rights Lab serves as the largest multi-state command center defending against election interference and strengthening our elections. Voting Rights Lab, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the leading source of information on state voting and elections policy. In collaboration with our 501(c)(4) lobbying arm, we deliver cross-partisan, effective advocacy in critical states.
The Senior Writer and Editor will play a pivotal role in creating compelling and impactful content that supports the Voting Rights Lab’s education, advocacy, and development goals. This position is housed within Voting Rights Lab’s Communications Department and requires exceptional strategic thinking, writing, and editorial skills, a keen interest in state elections policy issues, and the ability to collaborate with various stakeholders to produce a variety of engaging content in a face-paced environment.
For this role, we are looking for someone with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience with a proven track record as an excellent writer and content strategist.
This is a fully remote position and will be reporting to the Vice President of Communications. Candidates across the country are encouraged to apply.
Voting Rights Lab is a fully remote organization. This position can be based anywhere in the United States but you may require working during typical business hours in the Eastern to Pacific time zones. This position may require occasional travel.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Serves as lead writer and/or editor for many major writing projects across the organization, such as major gift solicitations and reports. Shepherds writing projects from start to finish: ideation, drafting, editing, design direction, approval, and distribution.
- Crafts content that effectively communicates complex ideas in a clear, compelling, and accessible manner. Maintains high editorial standards while adapting content to suit different platforms, formats, and audiences.
- Prepares and/or reviews external materials about our organization’s work for use by senior leadership; examples include correspondence, prepared remarks, talking points, and slide decks.
- Proofreads and provides editorial suggestions on existing materials and/or materials written by subject matter experts, as assigned.
- Works with Communications and Development departments to regularly audit and update content, ensuring content is timely and best reflects work and priorities of the organization. Makes changes and edits to priority materials, ensuring relevant products are kept updated and incorporating changes from multiple parties.
- Collaborates closely with communications team, subject matter experts, and fundraisers to understand key issues, advocacy goals, messaging strategies, and timelines. Schedules, manages, and conducts interviews with internal staff as needed to identify opportunities to develop and refine storytelling initiatives that resonate with target audiences, and capture timely information on programming and outcomes.
- Works with program teams to gather information and write summaries of specific campaigns and initiatives that demonstrate impact. Tracks and captures outcomes and measures of success.
- Other projects or additional duties as assigned.
What we’re looking for in you:
- Outstanding speaking, writing, editing, and proofreading skills, with mastery of AP style.
- A minimum of 5-7 years of relevant experience in philanthropic and/or communications writing required. Experience working in journalism, at an issue advocacy non-profit organization, in philanthropy, or in state legislative context preferred.
- Experience working with various levels of key stakeholders both internally and externally.
- Strategic and critical thinker with demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects at once often with shifting priorities.
- Experience synthesizing information from various sources in a timely manner, and work both collaboratively and independently with multiple teams and perspectives.
- Ability to write in various voices for distinct audiences. Ability to speak and write with confidence and perspective around issues of democracy, public policy, racial equity, and social justice.
- Comfortability and experience being agile in a fast moving environment with shifting priorities.
- Shares commitment to incorporating and uplifting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice within the work product and process.
- Demonstrated ability to understand state legislative and regulatory processes, compliance regulations governing 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) work and solicitations.
- Proficient in Gsuite preferred.
Compensation and benefits:
We value our staff by offering competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package, detailed below.
The Senior Writer and Editor is in the Director pay band, and the hiring range for this position is $91,000 to $120,000 per year. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. The total compensation package may include the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, depending on the level and position offered.
At this time, we provide the following benefits for eligible employees:
- Medical, dental, and vision insurance that is 100% employer funded
- 401(k) retirement plan, with up to 6% employer match
- Generous paid time off package, including unlimited flexible vacation leave, 2 weeks sick leave, in addition to 13 paid holidays, winter holiday closure, and other PTO opportunities such as parental leave, volunteer time, and more
- Flexible spending account for medical and dependent care
- Short-term and long-term disability insurance
- Basic-term life and accidental death and dismemberment (ADD) insurance, with an employee buy-up option
- Additional benefits including work from home benefits, cell phone benefits, and fitness benefits
You will need to submit a current resume, a cover letter explaining why you want to work as Senior Writer for Voting Rights Lab, and two writing samples (ideally ones that demonstrate your ability to synthesize a complex topic into an engaging request for funding or persuasive argument for policy change).
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Voting Rights Lab is a non-profit organization that is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. VRL’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.
Part of VRL's mission is to ensure that people with records of arrest or conviction can vote. As such, we give full and fair consideration to all applicants, regardless of a past record of arrest or conviction.
Please visit votingrightslab.org for more information.