Position: Civic Data Research Fellow
Location: Washington, DC
Start Date: June 2018
End Date: November 2018
Salary Range: $48,000 per year (pro-rated)
Benefits: Vision, Dental, & Medical Insurance and Cell Phone Reimbursement
Level: Entry Level
“What’s on my ballot?” is the number one question that voters look for online - but the answer to that question is harder to find than you might think. With nearly 8,000 offices responsible for running elections in America, the basic information that voters need to participate in elections is often poorly formatted and hard to find - if it’s online at all. At the Center for Technology and Civic Life, we think all voters should be able to find this information online, and we need your help! In 2016, our ballot data reached between one-third and one-half of all voters in the country, and we expect 2018 to be even bigger.
We’re looking for a set of 2018 Civic Data Fellows to help us standardize the nation’s ballot information, so that all Americans can find information about what will be on their ballot in November. Civic Data Fellows will work closely with our Research Associates and Director of Civic Data to collect and standardize information about candidates and referenda from across the country. If you love democracy, researching obscure facts, and turning chaos into order, this is the job for you!
- Research: Lead efforts in creating and updating our dataset of candidates and issues on voters’ General Election ballots.
- Quality Assurance: Work with the Research Associates and Director of Civic Data to implement data quality checks to ensure the accuracy and completeness of data.
- Issue Support: Once the data goes live, respond to user feedback in real time.
A successful candidate for Civic Data Fellow 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:
- Ability to organize non-centralized, non-standard information into a coherent format.
- Basic knowledge of American politics, elections, and/or election administration.
- Demonstrated research experience.
- Excellent communication skills, particularly by telephone.
- Experience with political data and/or Excel.
- Passion for learning.
- Thrives in an intensive and outcome-driven work culture.
- Tech-savvy and eagerness to learn to use new tools and technology.
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 200 million times.
Read more about our work here:
- 2017 Year in Review: https://www.techandciviclife.org/news/ctcl-turns-3
- 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 techandciviclife.org/civic-data-research-fellow-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.