Ballotpedia: Job opportunities
Ballotpedia is a collaborative team of fast learners and creative problem solvers who are eager to work hard to make the world a better place. We believe the world will be a better place if every citizen has access to information to make informed decisions about their vote in every election in which they are eligible to vote: primary, general, and special elections; federal, state, and local offices.
We work diligently to present the available information about elections, candidates, judges, ballot measures, policies, and more in a way that enables our readers to vote with confidence and to act as engaged citizens outside of the polling booth.
Ballotpedia readers, like Ballotpedia staff, are special people.
When we launched in 2007, we did not go out of our way to seek new readers. Starting with our small team of visionary idealists, nerds, and aspiring political journalists, we just wrote the best unbiased online articles we could, especially about ballot measures. Readers found those articles in droves. It turns out there was an unclaimed audience out there—people who wanted straightforward facts about political issues, and were willing to read at length instead of just scanning the headlines.
“If you build it, they will come": Our readers came to our neutral oasis in growing numbers; we’ve had many millions of lifetime pageviews, we reached nearly half of all voters in 2020, and, in the month surrounding the November 2020 election, we were the 77th most-visited website in the U.S.
We’ve come to realize that we need to meet our readers where they are. In doing so, over the past five years, we’ve grown our email newsletter program from infancy to more than 1,000,000 opt-in subscribers with more than a dozen newsletters to choose from. We scarcely had an email list before 2016. We are working in numerous ways to help put our neutral information in front of people at the times when they most need it, including on mobile phones while you’re standing in the voting booth. We firmly believe that our readers, and the mindset we help them cultivate, are essential to the preservation of our great civilization in a world where too many others are fighting to get us all addicted to sensational posts and the irrational decisions they foster.
If this is a mission you’d be willing to work hard to achieve, and if this is a team you’d be willing to work hard with—JOIN US. Click a job title below to apply.
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Our work makes a meaningful difference in the lives of people around the country.
While politics and campaigns have become increasingly unpleasant, if not downright mean, at Ballotpedia we’re drawn to what’s good, important – and even inspiring in politics. We help people from all walks of life maintain their hope that they can make our country and the world a better place through their engagement in the electoral process. We owe it to them to be at the top of our game, and to produce the best work possible.
At Ballotpedia, we lean into that challenge.
We work together best, and succeed for our readers, by exemplifying the values described below.
We foster collaboration, innovation, and mutual respect.
A creative and respectful culture, embraced by everyone in the workplace, promotes effective problem-solving and continuous improvement.
Striving to “make it better,” we champion innovation and invention. We show appreciation to the people we collaborate with (coworkers, managers, donors, readers, clients, and customers alike) and take pleasure in supporting and recognizing each other's growth and achievements.
Our individual actions have the power to motivate and galvanize each other and the entire organization. And that puts the wind beneath our wings as we achieve the vexing but exhilarating mission of making it easier for people to understand and meaningfully engage in politics at all levels.
Our Core Values
★ Hungry, Humble, and Smart Interactions
We collaborate with respect and kindness in order to achieve our shared goals.
★ An Innovative Mentality
We push boundaries, overcome challenges and achieve success by implementing breakthrough ideas.
★ A Structure-First Approach
We work through challenges and identify opportunities by focusing on the underlying systems and structures that support them.
★ Reader, Customer, and Mission Focus
We put ourselves in the shoes of others.