Position: Civic Data Research Associate
Benefits: Vision, Dental, & Medical Insurance and Cell Phone Reimbursement
Location: Washington, DC strongly preferred
Type: Full Time
Start Date: March 2018
The Center for Technology and Civic Life is looking for a Research Associate to join its Civic Data team. The Civic Data team's programs help organize the country’s election information and answer important questions about government and representation. Some examples of the work the Research Associate will do:
- Collect, maintain, and ensure the quality of CTCL’s civic datasets, including ballot and elected official information.
- Develop systems and processes for tracking research progress and timelines.
- Manage a short-term team of election fellows to hit our data collection goals in a fast-paced and intense period of time.
- Develop new datasets and original research for projects that further the organization’s mission.
- Other duties assigned by the Director of Civic Data.
The Research Associate will be joining a small distributed team, and will report to the Director of Civic Data.
- Research. Lead efforts in maintaining and expanding existing elected official and candidate datasets.
- Dataset Development. Work with the Director of Civic Data to create new datasets and fulfill other civic data contracts as necessary.
- Quality Assurance. Develop and implement systems to ensure the accuracy of CTCL’s civic data.
- People Management. Manage a team of short-term election research fellows to hit our research and quality assurance goals.
- Communication. Clearly communicate with other members of the civic data team, with external partners, and with election officials to ensure high quality results.
- Automation. Create systems and processes for automated collection and maintenance of civic datasets.
- Writing & Analysis. Work with the Director of Civic Data to create documents and analyses based on civic data program work.
A successful candidate for Research Associate will have a comprehensive 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:
- Meticulous attention to detail. You are able to organize non-centralized, non-standard information into a coherent format.
- Thrives in an intensive work culture. You are able to handle the pressure of needing to get results given the tight time constraints inherent in working with elections.
- Strong sense of curiosity. You take delight in immersing yourself in the rabbit hole of civic data and in discovering new, fun facts and edge cases in our work. You are able to stay motivated to produce excellent results when the work gets tedious (as it sometimes will!).
- Intermediate to Advanced Microsoft Excel skills. You have at least a basic understanding of formulas to manipulate text and execute lookups.
- Strong people or project management. You have an intense determination to get results, persist when facing roadblocks, and have a deep commitment to learning and improvement. You’re able to quickly build trust, credibility, and goodwill and provide meaningful feedback.
CTCL is a non-partisan, non-profit that uses technology to improve the way local governments and communities interact. We do this by providing free and low-cost 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 200 million times.
Read more about our work here:
- 2016 Year in Review: https://www.techandciviclife.org/news/2017/1/24/ctcl-turns-two
- The New York Times featuring our Ballot Information Project: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/29/technology/facebook-can-tell-you-what-to-expect-in-the-voting-booth.html?_r=0
- KSMU Ozarks Public Radio featuring our Government Services work: http://ksmu.org/post/nearly-half-missouri-counties-have-no-election-websites-according-one-nonprofit-organization#stream/0
Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. To apply:
- Submit a short application at https://www.techandciviclife.org/research-associate-application and email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- People who demonstrate that they are qualified in their application materials will have the opportunity to complete a test.
- People who perform well on the test will be asked to participate in an interview(s).
- 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.