At Democracy Works, we believe voting should fit the way we live. To that end, we build technology for both voters and election administrators that simplifies the process and ensures that no voter should ever have to miss an election.
TurboVote, our first service, helps voters register, stay registered, and cast a ballot in every election, from municipal to national. We’ve signed up more than seven million voters for TurboVote by building the largest college, nonprofit, and corporate voter engagement coalition in the country, including more than 300 campuses, nonprofits like Headcount, the Sierra Club, Climate Strikes, and the Hispanic Federation, companies like Starbucks, Univision, Facebook, Google, Snap, and dozens more. We also helped (basically) everyone find their polling place through the Voting Information Project. Its data had 123 million impressions in 2016, and over 11 million voters looked up where to vote on GetToThePolls.com. Ballot Scout helps election administrators track absentee ballots through the mail, providing transparency in the vote-by-mail process and making it easier to follow up when things go awry. And in 2018, we became the organizational home of the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED).
The Voting Information Project (VIP) coordinates with state election offices to publish nationally standardized information about where and how to vote—data that powers everything from Google’s polling place search, to our text and email reminders to TurboVote users. VIP’s dataset has served millions (and hundreds of millions) of voters since 2008.
- Work with Democracy Works technical staff to write, run, and debug Python scripts to parse data
- Assist with standardizing & sanitizing datasets
- Perform quality assurance checks on the information to ensure accuracy and completeness of the data
- Research and respond to user-reported errors
- Write and update technical documentation so that other members of the team can recreate processes
- Extremely attentive to details
- Comfortable writing scripts and wrangling data
- Able to organize non-centralized, non-standard information into a coherent format
- Skilled at managing competing priorities
- Happy to pitch in wherever help is needed
You have experience:
- Creating, modifying, and running scripts in Python, R, SQL, SAS, or a similar language
- Communicating across different areas of expertise and working in teams
- Working on tight deadlines and quickly turning around deliverables
Physical demands This position requires regular, daily use of a computer to conduct work and communicate with colleagues. Our Brooklyn office is currently closed, and all staff members are working remotely from their homes. For those working out of our Brooklyn office upon its reopening, the F train stops closest to our office, but exiting the station requires the use of four flights of stairs. Our office has an elevator available at street level. Streets and buildings nearby are currently under construction, which can disrupt sidewalks and results in varying levels of construction noise audible from the office. Our offices share a set of gendered bathrooms with other offices on our floor, and there are no gender neutral bathrooms in the building at this time.
Social expectations This position requires regular check-ins with colleagues and occasional external-facing meetings.
Time and travel expectations Democracy Works’s regular operating hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Eastern Time. No travel is expected for this role.
Stipend: $22,400 for 16 week fellowship (paid in semi-monthly installments)
Location: Brooklyn, NY