JOB: Data Associate, Voting Information Project (VIP)

Location: We’re based in Brooklyn, NY, but we’re open to remote candidates within the US.
Target Start Date: May 28, 2018
Salary Range: $62,000—$76,000 per year (offers will vary based on experience and location/cost-of-living calculations. Range given is for a Brooklyn-based employee.)
Benefits: Vision, dental, & medical insurance; 403(b) retirement savings plan; generous vacation policy; long-term disability; employee assistance program

What we do
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.

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 associate will be a part of the VIP team, assisting with collecting, parsing, and assessing a nation’s worth of election data.

Our other projects include TurboVote, which 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.

Where you fit in: Data associate
As the data associate for VIP, you’ll:

  • contribute to a dataset that has served hundreds of millions of voters since 2008
  • create and maintain parsers, quality assurance tools, and data management scripts
  • collaborate with the Democracy Works developer team and Google engineers
  • communicate with county and state election officials about the availability, quality, and status of the information they provide

You are:

  • obsessively attentive to detail, having the ability to resolve issues within complex data sets
  • creative, in a way that recognizes solutions to problems inherent with working with large amounts of information
  • comfortable managing databases and cloud based file stores; including upkeep, maintenance, and storage. Ideally comfortable running data queries and scripts
  • passionate about civic tech and open data
  • happiest working with a team with ability to work independently 
  • comfortable providing customer support, or working with external partners

You (preferably) have experience:

  • working with large, complex datasets including; data cleaning, preparation, and processing (converting pdf files to csv files, re-formatting data in Excel or scripting language, for example) 
  • working in elections, campaigns, or organizing
  • performing quality assurance of datasets, including conformance and completeness 
  • in a highly collaborative team environment
  • following technical instructions and writing documentation

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 with remote employees across the United States, and we hope you’ll want to work from our Brooklyn office, though we’ll consider remote arrangements for the right candidate.

To apply:
Send a resume and brief, informal introduction to Franklin and Maria at work@democracy.works with the subject “Will data for democracy.” Please include how you found this job listing. We also encourage all applicants to state their pronouns when applying for any job opening at Democracy Works.

Democracy Works is committed to diversity and inclusion in everything we do and aspires to have a team which is representative of the voters we serve. When hiring, we practice proactive outreach to top talent that’s underrepresented in our sector (including Latinx, Black, AAPI, and Indigenous candidates), and we offer every candidate an anonymized skills evaluation, to reduce implicit bias and resume-dependency in our process. We're a woman- and gay-founded startup, and promote an inclusive culture that stands against racism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism (to name a few). To be explicit, we strongly encourage applicants of all races, ethnicities, political party associations, religions (or lack thereof), national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, abilities, and branches of military service. Feel free to contact work@democracy.works if you have any questions about our commitment to inclusion or about general hiring practices.