JOB: Data Lead, Voting Information Project

UPDATE: As of June 6, 2016, we are no longer accepting new applications to this posting. Thank you for your interest!

At Democracy Works, we believe voting should fit the way we live. To that end, we build technology for both voters and election administrators that simplifies the process and ensures that no voter should ever have to miss an election.

TurboVote, our first service, tracks a voter’s elections. We provide all the materials and information they need to get registered, stay registered, and cast a ballot in every election, from municipal to national—and we’ll even mail forms with an addressed, stamped envelope for the local election office. Ballot Scout helps local election administrators track absentee ballots as they travel through the mail, providing transparency in the vote-by-mail process and making it easier to follow up when things go awry.

We also work with the Pew Charitable Trusts and Google to ensure that the Voting Information Project’s data is up-to-date and ready from one election to the next. The Voting Information Project (VIP) coordinates with state election offices to publish nationally-standardized information about where and how to vote—data that powers everything from Google’s polling place search to our own text message and email reminders to TurboVote users.

The Data Lead is the VIP team’s stalwart front line as we acquire, parse, and assess a nation’s worth of election data.

In this role, you'll:

  • Manage a dataset that has served millions (and tens of millions) of voters since 2008.

  • Train state election offices in data standards and exports

  • Build and maintain parsers, quality assurance checks, and data management scripts

  • Collaborate with the Democracy Works developer team and Google engineers

You are:

  • Obsessively attentive to detail

  • Creative, in the way that recognizes the artistry in a well-wrought Excel macro

  • Comfortable translating between jargon and vernacular

  • Passionate about civic tech and open data

  • Happiest working with a team

  • Interested in both the macro and micro views of any project

You (hopefully) have experience:

  • Handling large, complex datasets using some combination of SQL and Ruby/Python (or similar)

  • In an agile development environment

  • In politics, government, or non-profits

  • On highly collaborative teams

  • Providing customer support, or working with external partners

Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Democracy Works also offers a benefits package including health insurance, vacation, and a 403(b) retirement plan. We’re based in Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO, and we hope you’ll want to work from our Brooklyn office, though we’ll consider remote arrangements for the perfect candidate.

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

We are inspired by the idea of building an awesome and truly 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 if you have any questions about our commitment to diversity or about general hiring practices.