Position: Data Analysis & Outreach Fellow
Location: Chicago or Washington, DC preferred; remote a possibility for qualified applicants
Start Date: July 2018 through December 2018, decision for renewal by November 2018
Salary Range: $50,000 - 65,000 per year (pro-rated)
Benefits: Vision, Dental, & Medical Insurance and Cell Phone Reimbursement
Level: Entry-Mid Level
CTCL has conducted extensive research on the demographics of power in the United States through its partnership with the Reflective Democracy Campaign. Our groundbreaking analyses of the race and gender of elected officials and candidates across the country has been featured in national news and has shaped the way we talk about representation in the US. We’re looking to add a full-time Fellow to help make our data even more useful, so that the information and insights it contains can better be used to make our government more modern and reflective.
Working with the Director of Civic Data and our external partners, the Data Analysis & Outreach Fellow will focus on improving, analyzing, and growing the use of our Reflective Democracy dataset. Examples of responsibilities include:
- Data research & analysis. Finding new ways of expanding and looking at our existing data that help illuminate how well our government reflects its people. Developing case studies and deep-dive analyses on specific subjects. These deep-dives could include analyses of specific geographies, types of elected office, election types or similar topics.
- Data visualization and reporting. Developing visualizations and reports to best present our research in interesting and engaging ways.
- Organizing and outreach. Spreading the reach of our research by engaging with diverse, mission-aligned audiences doing racial justice, civic engagement, policy, and academic work.
A successful candidate for Data Analysis & Outreach 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:
- Meticulous attention to detail. You are able to organize non-centralized, non-standard information into a coherent format.
- Research experience. You have a background in developing quantitative analyses and reports, including creating data visualizations.
- External outreach skills. You are comfortable contacting people and organizations you haven’t met before to persuade them to form new partnerships.
- Strong writing skills. You are able to clearly explain complex concepts in plain language.
- Familiarity with the civic engagement/racial justice landscape. You have a basic understanding of organizations that do non-partisan work around subjects related to the research.
- Intermediate to Advanced Microsoft Excel skills. You have at least a basic understanding of formulas to manipulate text and execute lookups.
- Strong sense of curiosity. You take delight in immersing yourself in the rabbit hole of research and in discovering new insights in our data.
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:
- Cosmopolitan featuring the Reflective Democracy Campaign: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a12252754/government-maps-female-representation/
- 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/data-analysis-outreach-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.