Job: Government Services Fellow

Location: Chicago, IL
Start Date: August 1, 2016
End Date: November 1, 2016

Salary Range: $48,000 per year (pro-rated)
Benefits: Vision, Dental, & Medical Insurance and Cell Phone Reimbursement
Level: Entry Level

Position Description

According to research, in 2013 nearly 1 out of 3 counties in the U.S. did not have an election website for publishing important voting information -- that’s almost 1,000 counties!  We’re curious if and how the presence of local election websites has improved, and we need your help to find out. 

To participate in elections, people need information. And as the CTCL Government Services Fellow, you will get an up-close view of the types of challenges people across the country face when seeking basic voting information like what’s on the ballot, where to vote, and how the voting process works. 2016 is a big year for democracy. If you love local government, access to civic information, and using research to empower people and institutions, this is the job for you. 

The fellowship runs from August 1 through November 1 and is based in Chicago, IL. Working remotely will be an option for well suited candidates. 

Responsibilities

  • Research: Gather and catalogue information about local election websites.
  • Analysis: Identify gaps, trends, and best practices in how local government publishes local election information online.
  • Writing: Draft short summaries on the overall health of local election websites on a state-by-state basis. 

Desired Qualifications

A successful candidate for Government Services Fellow will have an understanding of our mission and demonstrate a proven track record of success. In addition, while no candidate will possess every quality, the successful candidate will possess many of the following qualifications and personal attributes:

  • Thoughtful project management and attention to detail.
  • Ability to organize non-centralized, non-standard information into a coherent format.
  • Basic knowledge of American politics and elections.
  • Demonstrated research experience.
  • Familiarity with Excel.
  • Experience with civic information and/or election administration.
  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to turn research into recommendations.
  • Tech-savvy and eagerness to learn to use new tools and technology to manage information.

About CTCL

CTCL is a non-partisan, non-profit that uses technology to improve the way local governments and communities interact. We do this by providing resources for local election administrators so they can update the ways they use technology to communicate with voters. We also do this by publishing free, open-source civic datasets that are used in some of the most powerful tools that drive civic participation. 

To date, we’ve built a knowledge network of hundreds of local election administrators through a program we call ELECTricity. And we have published civic datasets that answer questions like 'What’s on my ballot?' and 'Who represents me?', which have been accessed over 60 million times.

To Apply

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

  1. Submit the following information for consideration to whitney@techandciviclife.org. Please mention “Government Services Fellow” in your subject line.
    • A short letter of interest
    • A resume of relevant experience to the responsibilities and qualifications listed above.
  2. People who demonstrate that they are qualified in their application materials will have the opportunity to complete a test.
  3. People who perform well on the test will be asked to participate in an interview.
  4. Based on the application, test results, interviews, and reference checks, one person will be selected for the position.

The Center for Technology and Civic Life is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage people of all races, colors, religions, national origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, sexes, ages, abilities, branches of military service, and political party affiliations to apply.