JOB: Data Fellow

UPDATE: As of August 1, 2016, we are no longer accepting new applications to this posting. Thank you for your interest!

At Democracy Works, we believe that voting should fit the way we live. To that end, we build and maintain several datasets of election information so every voter can know when and where to vote. This data powers everything from Google’s Civic Information API to our own text and email reminders to TurboVote users.

As the November presidential election approaches, we’re recruiting a pair of data fellows to join our team in the herculean task of collecting, parsing, and assuring the quality of a nation’s worth of election data by November. This is a full-time, paid position running from immediately/the start of August through just after Election Day.

As a data fellow for Democracy Works, you’ll:

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

  • Collect, review, reformat, and generally wrangle the thorniest of elections data

  • Apply (and maintain) parsers, quality assurance checkers, and data management scripts

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

  • Interested in civic tech, open data, and government 2.0

You have experience:

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

  • (Preferably) in politics or government

  • Working on highly collaborative teams

This is a full-time, competitively-paid position running through the week of the election. We’re based in Brooklyn, NY and strongly prefer fellows to join us in the Brooklyn office.

To apply, send a resume and pithy introduction to Katy and Carmen at with the subject “Will wrangle 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.