Nonprofit VOTE is looking to add a Research Coordinator to our team!

Are you an experienced researcher concerned about the state of our democracy? Do you believe in the power of nonprofits and nonpartisan voter engagement? If so, we have an opportunity to put your skills to work in a mission-driven environment to foster a more engaged and inclusive democracy.

Nonprofit VOTE partners with America’s nonprofits to help the people they serve participate and vote, with the goal of closing participation gaps among populations underrepresented in the political process. We are the largest source of nonpartisan resources to help nonprofits integrate voter engagement into their ongoing activities and services. Additionally, Nonprofit VOTE manages the collaborative work of National Voter Registration Day, a single day of coordinated field, technology, and media strategies to raise awareness of voter registration opportunities and help hundreds of thousands of Americans register to vote.

Research Coordinator’s Role

Working within a small, collaborative, and flexible team, your role as Research Coordinator will be to design and conduct program evaluations, analysis of voter engagement data, general policy research, and related writing to inform and strengthen the work of Nonprofit VOTE and National Voter Registration Day.

Core Duties – Program Evaluation, Qualitative, and Quantitative Research

National Voter Registration Day

  • Design and implement of post-event surveys of the National Voter Registration Day partners with both qualitative and quantitative elements. Conduct subsequent analysis of data to draw out lessons and assess impact of broader work. Help draft internal report for key leadership.
  • Develop and monitor A/B/C testing of online voter registration tools (Rock the Vote, TurboVote, used on the NVRD web site, working with the communications team to assess load times, completion rates, and more. Track and match related voter data to assess successful registrations and actual voting rates. Help draft report for circulating to digital partners and key funders.

States Program and Engaging New Voters

  • Design survey of 120 local participating nonprofits to draw out best practices and trends common to successful groups, and compile and analyze results of survey. Supplement with interviews when appropriate. Feeds qualitative side of the Engaging New Voters report below.
  • Lead quantitative analysis of 20,000-30,000 voters engaged through States Program, including work with key data partners to match voter contacts with VAN files to assess demographics, voting rates, and more. Provide key assistance in writing of Engaging New Voters report summarizing key findings to be released in mid to late 2019.
  • Work with program staff to identify research goals to further enhance our understanding of the unique impact of nonprofit service providers and CBOs doing voter engagement work, including assessing net registration rates, cost-per-contact studies, longitudinal benefits, and more. Develop related strategies and work plans.

Policy Research

  • Conduct policy research and support for America Goes to the Polls report, a 50 state ranking of voter turnout relative to VEP as a tool to evaluate the effectiveness of policies like same day registration, automatic voter registration, nonpartisan redistricting, and more. Help with writing of report to be released in early 2019.
  • Helping review and update online resources like 50 state “Voting in Your State” guide with state-by-state summaries of current law as it relates to ex-felon voting rules, protections for victims of domestic violence, registration deadlines, etc.
  • Participate in meetings of research partners like Analyst Institute, Grassroots Solutions, CIRCLE, etc. and stay abreast of current best practices and research.

Related Duties

  • Work in a collaborative fashion with program and communications staff to develop and implement the research and program evaluations identified above.
  • Join in staff planning sessions and discussions.
  • Help as needed with other work of the organization.

 Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • An understanding of the role of nonpartisan voter engagement, along with election administration and voting rights policies, in strengthening democracy and closing participation gaps.
  • Good research habits and attention to detail, including documenting sources, tracking and documenting process for future replication, consistent file naming conventions, data organization, and more.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel, including effective use of Pivot Tables, filters, If-then formulas, and more. Experience with one or more of the major statistical analysis software applications such as Stata, SPSS, or SAS a plus.
  • Experience with and appreciation for good data visualization.
  • Ability to write for a broad, practitioner audience, lifting up key take-aways that can be applied by community leaders and nonprofit staff in the field.
  • Strong project management skills and ability to manage research schedules and workflows involving multiple staff and outside contractors.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, highly-collaborative work environment.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree a strong plus.
  • 2-4 years of successful work experience in applied public policy and/or social science research using quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule according to the needs of the organization, including high profile events like National Voter Registration Day with rigorous deadlines.

 To Apply:

This position will pay between $52,000 and $60,000 depending on experience. Health, dental, retirement, and other benefits provided. Please send cover letter, resume, and 3 writing / research samples to by October 8, 2018.

Position may be located in Boston/Cambridge, MA (preferred) or Washington, DC.

Nonprofit VOTE is committed to values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. These values are reflected in our external work to engage marginalized communities in voting and elections. Internally, we seek to build and empower a diverse staff and leadership team. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Nonprofit VOTE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.