Position: Data Quality Assurance Fellow
Location: Chicago or Washington, DC preferred; remote a possibility for qualified applicants
Start Date: June 2018 through June 2019, with possibility of renewal
Salary Range: $50,000 per year
Benefits: Vision, Dental, & Medical Insurance and Cell Phone Reimbursement
Level: Entry Level
CTCL’s Civic Data team creates and maintains nationwide datasets of candidate and elected officials, working with partners to ensure that everyone in America can answer basic questions about our democracy. Creating the datasets that power some of the most powerful civic information tools available is hard work. Consistently ensuring that these datasets are the best they can be is even harder. We’re looking for someone with a love of democracy (and a borderline-scary eye for detail) to help maintain and improve the civic information we and our partners provide to the public.
Working with the Director of Civic Data, the Data Quality Assurance Fellow will work with our own data and with our partners to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the civic information available online. Examples of responsibilities include:
- Verifying civic information. Working to confirm the accuracy of information about candidates, elected officials, and more.
- Sourcing political geographies. Helping us link people to their specific representatives and candidates by finding and creating identifiers for district boundaries. This includes working with both electoral district shapefiles as well as Open Civic Data Identifiers.
- Implementing internal quality control systems. Helping our Civic Data team develop and execute strategies for improving our existing quality assurance processes.
A successful candidate for Data Quality Assurance 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. This position is the last line of defense against wrong information getting to the voting public, and we need someone who won’t let anything slip past them.
- Research experience. Not all civic information is easy to find - that’s why we do what we do. We need someone who is comfortable using both online and offline methods to find the information we need.
- Strong sense of curiosity. You take delight in immersing yourself in the rabbit hole of research and in finding out new details about America’s democracy.
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/data-quality-assurance-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.