Staff Position: Electoral Analyst (Presidential)

Do you have a passion for U.S. politics? The Northwest Progressive Institute (NPI) — a pioneering strategy center that works to raise everyone’s quality of life — is looking for a (Presidential) Electoral Analyst based in the Pacific Northwest, including the Seattle area, Spokane area, or Portland area.

You will be part of a dynamic, passionate team committed to revolutionizing grassroots politics and advancing progressive causes through insightful research and imaginative advocacy.

Learn more about what NPI does and who we are.

We are a fast-moving, nimble, and driven team of people who believe strongly in effective activism. You will be volunteering for a nonprofit where your contributions will have a real impact.

This is an unpaid, part-time, remote position with flexible hours.

Role and responsibilities

You will provide coverage of the 2020 contest for the United States presidency for the Northwest Progressive Institute, especially the Democratic primaries and caucuses leading up to the selection of the Democratic nominee. You’ll also help with NPI’s special live coverage on nights when one or more states holds a nominating event (between January and July of 2020).

If NPI is accredited to cover the 2020 Democratic National Convention (as we were in 2012 and 2016), we’ll apply for a security clearance on your behalf so you can represent us inside the convention venues the week of July 13th-16th, 2020 (in either Milwuakee, Houston, or Miami/Miami Beach).

You will be responsible for:

  • Keeping our readers informed of important developments, like candidate announcements;
  • Writing installments of NPI’s Poll Watch series, highlighting credible polls;
  • Analyzing and discussing the candidates’ positions on the issues, especially issues that don’t always get a lot of attention from the mass media;
  • Debunking ads that contain false or misleading attacks on progressive policy positions;
  • On nights that candidate debates are scheduled, providing real time analysis and commentary.

Training and orientation on usage of NPI’s systems will be provided.

To assist you in carrying out your duties as NPI’s (Presidential) Electoral Analyst, you will be provided with access to press releases and media advisories from presidential campaigns. We’ll also set up alerts for you so you can track and report on the release of relevant public opinion surveys and campaign ads.

Requirements and qualifications

You must be able to:

  • Self-manage and work autonomously
  • Know your way around WordPress
  • Check in regularly and report on the status of your tasks
  • Express yourself effectively through email and mobile messaging
  • Carry out verbal and written instructions in English
  • Pay attention to detail and quickly internalize feedback
  • Interact professionally and respectfully with fellow staff, board, and supporters

Familiarity with social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is a plus.

Time Commitment and Start Date

This position requires a commitment of at least eight to ten hours per month in 2019, increasing to ten to sixteen hours in 2020, for a minimum of eighteen months. You will be working remotely, managing your own schedule, and completing tasks at times that are convenient for you. You will be expected to attend monthly team meetings electronically via, which will be scheduled with your input.

We ask that you be ready to begin your training and orientation no later than March 25th, 2019.

No compensation

This is an unpaid, volunteer position. There will be no financial compensation.


As part of the NPI staff, you will be eligible for several cool benefits, including:

  • Complimentary Champion Membership: You will receive all the benefits of an NPI membership at the highest level, including our Framing Sense handbook, wall calendar, Washington Progressive Blogroll t-shirt, and coffee table photobook.
  • Training: Haven’t been to Camp Wellstone yet? We will assist you in the preparation of your application and pay your registration fee if you are accepted to the next Camp Wellstone in the Seattle, Spokane, or Portland areas. Whether you are interested in running for office, finding paid work managing a campaign, or simply becoming a more effective activist, you will love Camp Wellstone — the premier training for progressive candidates and activists.
  • Travel: Each summer, NPI sends members of its staff to Netroots Nation, America’s largest annual gathering of progressives. If you would like to travel with the team to Netroots Nation and you are selected to represent the organization, NPI will cover the cost of your airfare, lodging, and participation in the conference. And, following the general election in November, you’ll have the opportunity to get away for the weekend with the rest of the NPI staff in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Lodging and meals for the retreat will be provided at no cost to you.
  • Low-cost wireless service: If you’d like to save money on your wireless bill every month while enjoying the best possible coverage and reliability available from a U.S. wireless carrier, you can join the NPI wireless plan on a month-to-month basis, and pay only a minimal monthly line fee each billing cycle if you bring your own device.

Note that all staff members receive an NPI email address and access to a multitude of useful tools maintained by NPI to carry out their responsibilities.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please complete the form below. You will be asked to enclose your resume. NPI is an equal opportunity organization. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, citizenship, or disability.