Research Analyst

Fairvote | Takoma Park, MD 

About Job

FairVote, headquartered in Takoma Park near the metro, is a 501(c)3 and 501(c )4 nonprofit organization. Our mission is electoral reform that gives voters a greater choice, a stronger voice, and a more representative democracy. Since 1992, FairVote has been the national leader in developing and distributing the educational tools and analysis necessary to increase public appreciation of ranked-choice voting (RCV) value. We value nonpartisanship and wish to attract candidates who can work across the political and ideological spectrum to advance FairVote reforms.

FairVote is experiencing dynamic growth due, in part, to a surge of interest in its mission, with new resources that position us for significant growth and impact. We are doubling down on our effort to encourage the adoption of RCV in national elections while supporting movements and campaigns in states and cities. With new senior leadership and attention to building a healthy and robust organization with real potential to transform American democracy.

Research Analyst

The Research Analyst will conduct research and data analysis within the Research team and cross-functional teams in support of FairVote’s advocacy mission. They will respond to data requests from colleagues; conduct original research; and manage and prioritize FairVote’s existing applied research projects. The Analyst’s work informs campaigns on priority issues across FairVote with direction and support from their team.

The Research Analyst reports to the Senior Research Analyst. This position is full-time regular, exempt, and benefits eligible. Work may be conducted at our Takoma Park, MD office or may be a remote position. If remote, the Research Analyst would be expected to join the team in Takoma Park roughly 6-12 times per year for in-person meetings and strategy sessions.

Key Responsibilities

Conduct careful and objective research into questions about U.S. elections and electoral reform proposals.

Write FairVote blog posts, guest posts to other sites, fact sheets, and research reports about research findings and electoral reform.

Provide data and analysis to support colleagues’ strategic outreach to national, state and local organizations and leaders.

Participate in ongoing discussions on data collection, study design, methodology, and data analysis.

Analyze data through the use of statistical tools, interpret the results, and provide written summaries of findings.

Work efficiently in a collaborative environment, sharing analysis techniques and common practices with other staff.

Assist with other projects as assigned.


Appreciation for FairVote’s central reform priorities

Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in political science or a STEM field.

Experience using spreadsheet applications such as Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel, and at least one advanced analytics tool such as R, Python, or similar.

Knowledge of statistical methodologies and analyses.

Excellent writing skills, including experience in writing persuasive data-driven materials and compelling narrative reports

Proven ability to work collaboratively and build relationships with groups and individuals with a diversity of experiences and political views.

Willingness to pursue new avenues of inquiry and develop new skills in a self- directed manner.