JOB: Data Associate, Voting Information Project

UPDATE: We are no longer accepting applications for this position. Thank you for your interest.

At Democracy Works, we believe that voting should fit the way we live. To that end, we’ve joined forces with The Pew Charitable Trusts as the data and technology contractor for the Voting Information Project (VIP), a collaboration between Pew and Google’s Politics & Elections team to provide every voter with access to standardized information about where and how to vote – data that powers everything from an embeddable Voter Information Tool to our own text message and email reminders to TurboVote’s users.

As the 2016 elections approach, we’re recruiting a Data Associate to join our team in the herculean task of collecting, parsing, and assuring the quality of a nation’s worth of election data from the primaries through November. This is a part-time, hourly position running from January through just after Election Day. The position will have variable hours, depending on the number of upcoming elections we will be preparing data for, culminating in more intensive hours near the November 8th General Election. We ask that you be able to dedicate at least 10 hours a week, which would increase near important election dates.

As a Data Associate for VIP, you’ll:

  • Support an open government dataset that received ~30 million hits in 2014
  • Collect, review, reformat, and generally wrangle the thorniest of elections data
  • Utilize the suite of data tools we created to process and QA datasets and resolve errors and issues
  • Aid in assisting state partners in implementing VIP data standards and support them in resolving data issues and errors

You are:

  • Obsessively attentive to detail
  • Creative, in the way that recognizes the artistry of a well-wrought Excel macro
  • Capable of staying focused in a high-energy environment
  • Passionate about civic tech, open data, and making elections more accessible
  • Excited to learn or master new technical skills

You have experience:

  • Handling large, complex datasets using some combination of Excel, SQL, and Ruby/Python (or similar)
  • (Preferably) in politics, government, or campaigns
  • Working on highly collaborative teams

This is a part-time, competitively-paid position running through the week of the election. We’re based in Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO, but we will consider a remote position for the right candidate.

To apply, send a resume and informal personal introduction to Maria and Noma at with the subject “Will wrangle data for democracy.”

We have an awesome, diverse team, so we strongly encourage applicants of all races, colors, political party associations, religions (or lack thereof), national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, abilities, and branches of military service. Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions about our commitment to diversity or about general hiring practices.