JOB: Voting Information Project 2018 Senior Technical Fellow

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Fellowship dates: August 6, 2018 - November 16, 2018
Schedule: Full time; 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday
Stipend: $18,000 

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 text message and email reminders to TurboVote users. 

During the 2018 election cycle, Democracy Works will collect and standardize data on early voting locations, polling places, and local election offices wherever this data is not provided through the Voting Information Project. This work will be done by a team of outreach and technical fellows, guided by the Voting Information Project team.
The senior technical fellow will:

  • work with Democracy Works technical staff to write, run, and debug Python scripts and parsers
  • assist with standardizing & sanitizing datasets
  • perform quality assurance checks on the information to assure accuracy and completeness of the data
  • research and respond to user-reported errors

You are:

  • extremely attentive to details
  • comfortable writing scripts and wrangling data
  • able to organize non-centralized, non-standard information into a coherent format
  • knowledgeable on a basic level of American politics, elections, and/or election administration
  • skilled at managing competing priorities
  • happy to pitch in wherever help is needed

You have experience:

  • creating, modifying, and running Python scripts
  • communicating across different areas of expertise and working in teams
  • working on tight deadlines and quickly turning around deliverables

To apply:
Send a short email with resume, addressed to Sarah, to, titled “Will script for democracy” to begin the application process. Please include how you found this job listing. We also encourage all applicants to state their preferred pronouns when applying for any job opening at Democracy Works. Qualified candidates who meet the above requirements will have the opportunity to complete an anonymized skills evaluation before we schedule an interview. Based on the application, evaluation results, interview, and reference checks, candidates will be selected for the position.

Applications will be accepted, and interviews will be conducted, on a rolling basis.

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 if you have any questions about our commitment to inclusion or about general hiring practices.