The Texas Democratic Party is currently seeking applications for a GIS Analyst.

In 2020, this position will be responsible for managing polling place and vote-by-mail data in support of the Coordinated Campaign to elect Democrats at all levels in 2020. In 2021, they will develop data acquisition and mapping protocols used in redistricting. This position will report to the Chief Technology Officer, with significant, daily collaboration with the Voter Protection Team.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Acquire and analyze Census and other demographic data, legislative district maps, and election results in support of advocacy related to voting rights and redistricting
  • Create districting plans
  • Develop and interpreting data visualizations and reports for geographies / districts
  • Manage the party’s polling place data, regularly sourcing data from multiple sources to validate accuracy
  • Create reports on voter registration, early voting, and vote-by-mail data to inform get-out-the-vote (GOTV) and voter protection activities
  • Support the party’s vote-by-mail (VBM) program’s data needs, including creating target lists, processing incoming data, and analyzing rejection data
  • Analyze vote-by-mail and voter registration data to identify processing challenges and support related advocacy efforts
  • Maintain current knowledge of cutting-edge empirical methods in social science, particularly with regards to voting rights, redistricting, and racial polarization (e.g., ecological inference)
  • Familiarity with political map drawing software such as RedApple, Maptitude, District builder, or the like
  • Learn legal principles related to lawful construction of political districts and essential census tools used in the process, and incorporate them into your analyses
  • Produce political maps and data tables in a variety of formats, including shape files, csv files, and detailed .pdfs
  • Learn to upload and/or download as appropriate from the state RedApple software and liaison with the Texas Legislative Council to obtain map data and analysis
  • Additional duties as assigned by supervisor

Required Skills:

  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial data, and mapping software
  • Experience with Python, Gitlab / Github, and SQL
  • Willingness to learn political tools
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and experience explaining technical concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • An absolute commitment to working at the Texas Democratic Party through the middle of 2021, through the redistricting process

Preferred Experience:

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in statistics, or a related field
  • Knowledge or experience with Census data for redistricting purposes
  • Political or electoral experience, including having volunteered with campaigns
  • Familiarity with VAN and other progressive voter contact tools
  • Familiarity with political and demographic data concerning Texas

Salary: $4,500 monthly

Location: Applicants not currently located in Texas will be considered. However, you will be expected to relocate to Austin by the end of 2020.

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