JOB: Outreach Fellow, Voting Information Project

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Fellowship dates: August 6, 2018 - November 16, 2018
Schedule: Full time; 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Stipend: $14,000 for the 14-week fellowship

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

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.
 
You will:

  • conduct phone and email outreach to local election administrators to get accurate, up to date information on elections
  • compile the election information into a detailed spreadsheet
  • perform quality assurance checks on the information to assure accuracy and completeness of the data
  • research user-reported errors

You are:

  • extremely attentive to details
  • excellent at communicating, particularly by telephone
  • 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:

  • conducting concise, clear phone and email outreach with a specific ask
  • 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 Kendall, to work@democracy.works “Will do outreach for democracy” to begin the application process. 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. 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 until a final decision has been made.

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.