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Title: Data Fellow, Voting Information Project

At Democracy Works, we believe that voting should fit the way we live. To that end, we’ve joined forces with The Pew Charitable Trusts as the data and technology contractor for the Voting Information Project (VIP), a collaboration between Pew and Google to provide every voter with access to standardized information about where and how to vote–data that powers everything from Google’s Voter Information Tool to our own text message and email reminders to TurboVote’s users.

As national mid-term elections approach, we’re recruiting a cohort of data fellows to join our team in the herculean task of collecting, parsing, and assuring the quality of a nation’s worth of election data by November. This is a full-time, paid position running from the start of September through just after Election Day.

As a data fellow for VIP, you’ll:

  • Support an open government dataset that received 25 million hits in 2012
  • Collect, review, reformat, and generally wrangle the thorniest of elections data
  • Apply (and maintain) parsers, quality assurance checkers, and data management scripts

You are:

  • Obsessively attentive to detail
  • Creative, in the way that recognizes the artistry of a well-wrought Excel macro
  • Capable of staying focused in a high-energy environment
  • Passionate about civic tech, open data, and government 2.0

You have experience:

  • Handling large, complex datasets using some combination of Excel, SQL, and Ruby/Python (or similar)
  • (Preferably) in politics or government
  • Working on highly collaborative teams

This is a full-time, competitively-paid position running through the week of the election. We’re based in Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO, and we’ll take on fellows at either office.

To apply, send a resume and pithy introduction to Paul and Noma at work@turbovote.org with the subject “Will wrangle data for democracy.”

We are building an awesome, diverse team, so we strongly encourage applicants of all races, colors, political party associations, religions (or lack thereof), national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, abilities, and branches of military service. Feel free to contact us at work@turbovote.org if you have any questions about our commitment to diversity or about general hiring practices.

NOTE: this posting is now closed. Thank you for your interest!

At Democracy Works, we believe that voting should fit the way we live. To that end, we’ve built TurboVote, a service that tracks all your elections. We’ll send you all the materials and information you need to get registered, stay registered, and cast your ballot in every election, from municipal to national–and we’ll even mail you forms with an addressed, stamped envelope for your local election office.

In our quest to make voting easier, we’re also joining forces with the Pew Charitable Trusts and Google as the data and technology partner for the Voting Information Project (VIP), a collaboration to provide every voter with access to standardized information about where and how to vote–data that powers everything from Google’s polling place search to our own text message and email reminders to TurboVote users.

The Data Lead will be the VIP team’s stalwart front line as we acquire, parse, and assess a nation’s worth of election data.

As the data lead for VIP, you’ll:

  • Manage an open government dataset that received 25 million hits in 2012
  • Train state election offices in data standards and exports
  • Build and maintain parsers, quality assurance checks, and data management scripts
  • Collaborate with TurboVote’s developer team and Google engineers
  • Build and manage a team of data fellows to hand-collect some of the trickiest elements in the lead up to Election Day

You are:

  • Obsessively attentive to detail
  • Creative, in the way that recognizes the artistry in a well-wrought Excel macro
  • A fluent translator between jargon and vernacular
  • Passionate about civic tech, open data, and government 2.0
  • Happiest working with a team
  • Interested in both the macro and micro views of any project

You have experience:

  • Handling large, complex datasets using some combination of SQL and Ruby/Python (or similar)
  • In an agile development environment
  • In politics or government
  • On highly collaborative teams (leadership experience especially nice-to-have)
  • Providing customer support or hands-on services, or working with external partners
  • Winning pub trivia (okay, this one’s just a nice-to-have)

Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Democracy Works also offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance and vacation. We’re based in Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO, and we hope you’ll want to join our Brooklyn team—though we’ll consider remote arrangements for the perfect candidate.

To apply, send a resume and pithy introduction to Paul and Katy at work@turbovote.org with the subject “Will work for democracy.”

We are building an awesome, diverse team, so we strongly encourage applicants of all races, colors, political party associations, religions (or lack thereof), national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, handicaps and branches of military service. Feel free to contact us at work@turbovote.org if you have any questions about our commitment to diversity or about general hiring practices.

It’s an awesome day—in addition to elections all across the country, I get to share three major announcements with you! Get all the details:

We’re joining VIP!

Voters are Very Important People—which is why the Pew Charitable Trusts and Google teamed up in 2008 to create the Voting Information Project to ensure that voters can easily find their polling places and other important election information. In 2012, this information was searched 25 million times.

We’re joining the VIP team to collect this information from state election officials and standardize it into a national dataset, which means that we’ll be building and maintaining a dataset of every polling place in the United States, the mapping information to tell (nearly) every American where to vote, and other useful election details. It’s an amazing project, and we can’t wait to conquer ALL the voting data! contribute.

A promising future in government

After trekking from Denver, CO to Brattleboro, VT, taking (and reviewing) hundreds of pages of interview notes, sketching dozens of process diagrams, and consuming approximately 1,700 Post-It Notes, our research team concluded an amazing research dive into local election administration. What we found was surprising and wonderful: election administrators are dedicated public servants already experimenting and innovating to serve their voters–even despite working in a zero-fault-tolerance environment, with perpetually tight budgets.

Our research turned up dozens of good ideas for tools and services that could help election offices better serve their voters. Narrowing that list was difficult, but I’m super excited to announce that we’ll be building ballot-tracking tools using USPS intelligent mail barcodes, so election officials can monitor every ballot they send, every step of the way. And we’ll be able to let voters track their ballots too, increasing confidence in the vote-by-mail process and reducing calls about delayed or missing ballots.

Growth spurt

With all these new projects under way, we’re going to need some extra hands around here:

We need your help finding and recruiting the perfect new additions to our team, so please give these postings a look and pass them on! (You can share all four at once, too. Just make sure your tweets/posts include “awesomest civic startup” and “my greatest life regret is that I don’t work at TurboVote,” please.)

  • Director of Government Services –  a senior posting for an operations/product designer to build, test, and launch ballot tracking tools and kickstart TurboVote’s future in government.
  • Director of Engagement – our partnerships team just keeps bringing in new schools! As their reach expands, they need a managing director to help manage the strategy and operations that support their outreach.
  • Government Outreach Coordinator, VIP – the Voting Information Project relies on building and maintaining relationships with state election offices and collaborating with them on data exports. If that sounds like fun, this is the job for you!
  • Researcher – Paul agreed to lead our VIP team, which means we need to replace him as the brains of the TurboVote application (I’m only partly kidding). More precisely, we need someone to track local elections across the country, keep our election office addresses up-to-date, and keep an eye on new election laws as they pass.

We still <3 our college partners

In addition to these new initiatives, we’re still working closely with colleges and universities, including a new partnership with Virginia21 to reach students at 13 of Virginia’s 15 public institutions of higher education. But I’ll try not to overload you fine folks with too much awesomeness in a single dose.

Happy voting!

Bonuses for superfans:

  1. Following @votinginfo on Twitter
  2. Watching my presentation with Kate Krontiris at the Personal Democracy Forum on how awesome local election administrators are.
  3. Sharing The Guardian’s coverage of our government expansion.

UPDATE: We’ve stopped accepting new applications for this posting as of 11/21. Thank you for your referrals and interest!

At Democracy Works, we believe that voting should fit the way we live. To that end, we’ve built TurboVote, a service that tracks all your elections. We’ll send you all the materials and information you need to get registered, stay registered, and cast your ballot in every election, from municipal to national–and we’ll even mail you forms with an addressed, stamped envelope for your local election office.

In our quest to make voting easier, we’re also joining forces with the Pew Center for the States and Google as the data and technology partner for the Voting Information Project (VIP), a collaboration to provide every voter with access to standardized information about where and how to vote–data that powers everything from Google’s polling place search to the text message and email reminders we send to TurboVote users.

The Government Outreach Coordinator will coordinate between state election offices and the VIP team: scheduling communications, planning data transfers, explaining problems to both sides, and generally helping the course of true data run smooth.

You’ll:

  • Translate VIP’s overall strategy into outreach plans and priorities
  • Build and manage relationships with state election officials
  • Plan and schedule check-ins, data delivery, and follow-up to keep the project humming
  • Connect local election staff to our technical experts and coordinate logistical support
  • Promote VIP and election data standards both generally and to nonparticipating states

You are:

  • Empathetic, and a true charmer
  • Conversant in technology
  • Equally comfortable in jeans and suits
  • Passionate about open government data
  • Meticulously organized, able to track lots of details simultaneously
  • A creative problem-solver

You have experience:

  • Managing complex projects and keeping track of details
  • Providing customer support or hands-on services
  • Working with data (that left you eager to learn more)
  • In politics or government
  • Winning pub trivia (okay, this one’s just a nice-to-have)

Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Democracy Works also offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance and vacation. We’re based in Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO, and we hope you’ll want to join our Brooklyn team—though we’ll consider remote arrangements for the perfect candidate.

To apply, send a resume and pithy introduction to Paul and Katy at work@turbovote.org with the subject “Will communicate for democracy.”

We are inspired by the idea of building an awesome and truly diverse team, so we strongly encourage applicants of all races, colors, political party associations, religions (or lack thereof), national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, handicaps and branches of military service. Feel free to contact work@turbovote.org if you have any questions about our commitment to diversity or about general hiring practices.

UPDATE: We’ve stopped accepting new applications for this posting as of 11/21. Thank you for your referrals and interest!

At Democracy Works, we believe that voting should fit the way we live. To that end, we’ve built TurboVote, a service that tracks all your elections. We’ll send you all the materials and information you need to get registered, stay registered, and cast your ballot in every election, from municipal to national–and we’ll even mail you forms with an addressed, stamped envelope for your local election office.

Streamlining democracy requires quite a bit of knowledge: what form you use to register to vote in Wyoming, to whom you mail your absentee ballot application in Maine, and whether there’s an election taking place in Miami, Florida RIGHT NOW. (There is. Well, tomorrow.) We’re seeking a researcher to help us know as much as possible about elections, and use that knowledge to inform our software design, operations, and customer service for 200,000 voters across 50 states.

You’ll:

  • Learn the ins and outs of election rules across 50 states, and apply that big-picture understanding to the smallest details of how we serve individual voters.
  • Track when every election is happening, using only your wits, charm, and deft Google Alert-wrangling skills (plus the occasional temp staffer).
  • Solve any problem, answer any question, and ensure that even our most confused voter gets the information they need.
  • Break things, hunt bugs, and help prioritize new features for our developer team.

You are:

  • (Almost frighteningly) inquisitive
  • Exceptionally organized, able to prioritize multiple projects simultaneously, and detail-oriented
  • Empathetic, and creative in your pursuit of customer service
  • Capable of breaking down large projects into bite-sized chunks
  • Up for tirelessly pursuing obscure election facts

You have experience:

  • Managing complex projects and keeping track of details
  • Providing customer support or hands-on services
  • Writing clear, detailed reports on complicated (and often technical) topics
  • Wrangling data or dabbling in Python/Ruby/R (that left you eager to learn more)
  • Winning pub trivia (okay, this one’s just a nice-to-have)

Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Democracy Works also offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance and vacation. We’re based in Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO, and we hope you’ll want to join our Brooklyn team—though we’ll consider remote arrangements for the perfect candidate.

To apply, send a resume and pithy introduction to Katy and Paul at work@turbovote.org with the subject “Will research for democracy.”

We are inspired by the idea of building an awesome and truly diverse team, so we strongly encourage applicants of all races, colors, political party associations, religions (or lack thereof), national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, handicaps and branches of military service. Feel free to contact work@turbovote.org if you have any questions about our commitment to diversity or about general hiring practices.

UPDATE: We’ve stopped accepting new applications for this posting as of 11/27. Thank you for your referrals and interest!

At Democracy Works, we believe voting should fit the way we live. To that end, we’ve built TurboVote, a service that tracks all your elections. We’ll send you all the materials and information you need to get registered, stay registered, and cast your ballot in every election, from municipal to national—and we’ll even mail you forms with an addressed, stamped envelope for your local election office.

In our quest to make voting easier, we’re also starting to build tools for local election administrators to help them streamline operations and improve voter services. We’re looking for a senior leader to head this initiative and develop our first-ever service offering for local government.

As the director leading our government work, you’ll be responsible for collaborating with our local election “brain trust”, conducting design research and user testing, developing specifications, and setting priorities for our software development team. We want you to get to know local government, fall in love with election administration, and help us build them a better software toolkit. And after helping us build this technology over the course of 2014, we hope you’ll also want to build up an outreach team so we can scale it nationally. We’ve already begun some early research and design, but in joining the team you’ll:

  • Build relationships with local election officials and help them understand our mission
  • Learn the complete ins, outs, and challenges of election administration
  • Imagine and design elegant, helpful tools that simplify election administrators’ work and improve the voting experience
  • Test, listen, and refine user experiences they and their staffs will love
  • Love serving small government offices
  • Run spirited spec conversations and efficient sprint planning meetings
  • Translate needs to features, and features to sprints

You are:

  • A fantastic listener
  • Experienced in providing public services
  • A designer, whether by formal training or cultivated interest
  • Just tech-y enough to handle wireframes and prototypes (familiar with HTML/CSS/Photoshop, with bonus points for Javascript/Python/Ruby)
  • Comfortable moving between startups and suits
  • Creative with bureaucracy and a foe of red tape

You have experience in:

  • Leading teams
  • Conducting user tests
  • Product management
  • Providing excellent customer/constituent service for a diverse audience
  • Working for governments, big corporations, or another cautious, deliberate work culture

Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Democracy Works also offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance and vacation. We’re based in Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO, and we hope you’ll want to join our Brooklyn team—though we’ll consider remote arrangements for the perfect candidate.

To apply, send a resume and pithy introduction to Katy and Seth at work@turbovote.org with the subject “Will design for democracy.”

We are committed to building an awesome and truly diverse team, so we strongly encourage applicants of all races, colors, political party associations, religions (or lack thereof), national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, handicaps, and branches of military service. Feel free to contact work@turbovote.org if you have any questions about our commitment to diversity or about general hiring practices.

UPDATE: We’ve stopped accepting new applications for this posting as of 11/27. Thank you for your referrals and interest!

At Democracy Works, we believe that voting should fit the way we live. So we built TurboVote, a service that tracks all your elections. We’ll send you all the materials and information you need to get registered, stay registered, and cast your ballot in every election, from municipal to national–and we’ll even mail you forms with an addressed, stamped envelope for your local election office.

Our partnership team recruits colleges and nonprofit organizations and helps them use our technology to sign up their students and communities to vote. We are now working with 80 colleges across the country, and in 2014, we want to reach 500 schools, while also helping our colleges reach a greater percentage of their student body than ever before. We think you’re the person our team needs to reach those goals.

Your job will include:

  • Researching, defining and deploying top-level strategy (as well as tracking metrics on a chosen strategy and iterating as needed)
  • Developing new feature ideas and product opportunities from partner feedback
  • Leading with numbers! Develop, track and communicate metrics that reflect partnerships progress in meeting organizational goals
  • Crafting and editing pitch-perfect written communications to potential and existing partners
  • Managing, coaching, and providing a home base for our three person all-star partnership team as they criss-cross the country bringing on college partners
  • Deploying a new and powerful database of partner relationship data to help us communicate more effectively with hundreds of diverse college partners
  • Ensuring internal processes remain nimble, efficient, and effective as you help us scale
  • Networking with community foundations and brokering connections between them and community/public colleges that need help with funding for TurboVote
  • Setting operational priorities and making sure the team has the materials and support they need

You are:

  • A fantastic listener
  • Exceptionally organized, able to prioritize time effectively and multi-task
  • A leader who develops others’ leadership and who can manage from strategic to tactical levels
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive
  • Fascinated by how things work and creative in developing processes and procedures
  • A strategic thinker who always keeps the big picture in mind

You have:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including editing and public speaking
  • 3+ years of management and leadership experience with a proven track record of successfully managing multiple priorities in a rapidly changing work environment
  • Solid analytical skills
  • A lot of initiative
  • Experience with CRM tools
  • Experience with online organizing
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • MPA/MPP/MBA or other relevant advanced degrees desirable but not required

Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Democracy Works also offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance and vacation. We’re based in Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO, and we hope you’ll want to join our Brooklyn team.

To apply, send a resume and pithy introduction to Seth and Sam at work@turbovote.org with the subject “Will manage for democracy.”

We are inspired by the idea of building an awesome and truly diverse team, so we strongly encourage applicants of all races, colors, political party associations, religions (or lack thereof), national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, handicaps and branches of military service. Feel free to contact work@turbovote.org if you have any questions about our commitment to diversity or about general hiring practices.

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