Minnesota Voice is a nonprofit that hosts the We Vote Minnesota coalition. This program was launched in 2014 and is the hub for civic engagement among nonpartisan organizations.
Established in 2011, Minnesota Voice Foundation is a member-based coalition of non-profit organizations working toward permanent change in racial, social, and economic justice by increasing civic engagement and voter participation across the state, especially focused in underrepresented communities; making sure that every Minnesotans’ voice is heard, and the state reflects the values of its people. Our partners are grounded in the belief that: decision makers will be held accountable when collective power has been built; more participation equals a stronger democracy; and that public institutions will improve people’s lives when they advance people driven solutions and address racial and economic disparities.
We are the backbone strategists for the We Vote MN coalition’s execution of a collective impact model, using data driven best practices, leadership development, and grants to help our partners maximize our collective capacities. To be a part of the coalition, an organization makes a commitment to leading with racial equity, to meeting measurable goals as defined in our annual written collective impact plan and a subsequent written division of labor. Our organizational goals are:
- Promote and engage non-profits as key messengers; entry points for voter engagement; incubators of untapped social capital that could be harnessed with investments in leadership development inside and outside the metro areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul
- Fill the gap for nonprofit professional development in civic engagement for communities of color in the state
- People from communities of color learn skills to engage fully in our democracy
- People from communities of color are informed of the effects of public policy on them and their communities and have the means to address their concerns
POSITION OVERVIEW The Data Director is responsible for providing training and support for partner organizations to take a data-driven approach to integrating voter contact tools into their organizing and voter outreach work. The Data Director also supports their staff by using data to inform the collective strategic planning process. The Data Director serves at the direction of the State/Deputy Director.
- Oversee VAN Administration for partner organizations and their consultants. This includes managing user and security settings; providing technical assistance; and monitoring the use of the system to ensure compliance with state and national policies.
- Identify outside data sources to supplement the data in VAN, such as voting history, polling locations, early voting sites, etc.
- Conducting timely and relevant analysis of data, and fielding specialized requests from partners about election data, Census data, etc. to assist them in taking a data-driven approach to their issue and advocacy work.
- Function as part of a national data team to build and maintain the shared state and national data infrastructure necessary to support partner program work. This includes, but is not limited to, required weekly data calls, required biweekly calls with respective Deputy
- Director of Data & Technology, required convening attendance, etc.
- Identify and champion opportunities to conduct tests and experiments; assist table staff and partners in facilitating and executing experiments.
- Develop quality control processes to ensure data integrity.
- Seek out new tools and applications to enhance the work of the table and partner organizations.
- Be actively engaged in, and provide input and feedback on, the annual state planning process.
- Develop and provide strategic guidance on grant proposals. Manage the State Data Manager and/or Data Associate. Other duties as assigned.
Salary: $60,000 – $75,000
Location: St Paul, MN