CURRENT JOB OPENINGS AT VPC


Executive Assistant to the President

Location: Washington, DC

Reports To: President

About the Voter Participation Center and the Center for Voter Information:

For the last 16 years, the Voter Participation Center (VPC), a 501(c)(3) civic engagement organization, has led the way in recognizing and harnessing the potential power of the Rising American Electorate (RAE) – unmarried women, people of color, and young people – as a vital voting bloc. VPC has positioned itself as the leading experimental and scientific civic engagement organization by accumulating more than a decade’s worth of knowledge and experience in registering and turning out the new majority of eligible voters. VPC’s programs have consistently proven to be some of the most impactful and cost-effective—and to date VPC has registered almost 4 million Americans to vote. VPC continues to innovate with its approach and techniques to impact greater civic engagement, registration, and turnout.

The Center for Voter Information (CVI) is a separate but affiliated progressive 501(c)(4) nonprofit that works to engage and persuade both the RAE as well as the broader electorate.

Position Description:

The VPC and CVI seek an experienced, talented individual to join our team as the Executive Assistant to the President in our Washington, DC office. The Executive Assistant will manage the President’s daily schedule while in the office, at outside meetings, and arrange all details of an extensive nation-wide travel schedule. The Executive Assistant will keep and manage all the documents for the President, including past meetings, program notebooks, briefing documents, and the like.

The Executive Assistant will be responsible for coordinating the professional and personal time of the President. The Executive Assistant will assist the President in organizing and setting priorities for the President in a way that reflects the overall strategic goals of the organization and within departments. This individual will work with other members of the staff and coordinate closely with the Manager of Executive Affairs. Responsibilities include: scheduling and facilitating meetings, producing and managing documents for briefings for all meetings, provide a weekly update of the President’s program book, and for the production of travel trip books, and administrative and personal support.

Specific Duties:

  • Scheduling & Facilitating Meetings: Manage correspondence regarding meeting requests for the president; develop/obtain itineraries, work to coordinate travel arrangements, produce agendas, briefing and other materials for the president’s travel and external and internal meetings; maintain the President’s calendar in coordination with the Manager of Executive Affairs.
  • Document Management: Generate the President’s meeting packets, organization program book, documents, travel trip book, and presentations as appropriate; produce memos, briefings, and other supplemental materials as assigned in coordination with departmental directors. Keep meeting records that relate to President’s primary responsibilities and create a system of retrieval. Document management includes understanding timelines for speeches, fundraising meetings, financial reporting, board meetings and communications and the like and helping to ensure that the timeline for document production is met.
  • Administrative Support: Maintain the President’s organizational and personal contact lists and office files; various tasks such as data entry and event coordination as needed and assigned.

Skills/Qualifications:

At least two – three years’ experience with scheduling either on Capitol Hill, as advance staff on a campaign, or working for a senior executive in a nonprofit organization is required. Familiarity with and interest in electoral politics and voting behavior, particularly among the Rising American Electorate, is desired. The ideal candidate is a self-starter and independent learner who is flexible and comfortable dealing with evolving and competing priorities. Level-headedness, a pleasant attitude, and good judgment are critical requirements. A broad base of administrative skills, familiarity with presentation software, excel spreadsheets, quantitative data, and scheduling protocols, and a strong level of computer proficiency is essential.

Applicant must be interested in having familiarity with the programs, history, and metrics of VPC and CVI. Applicant must want to work in a very fast paced environment as well as managing a strategic application of the President’s time. Attention to detail is a fundamental quality.

Compensation and How to Apply:

The salary range for this position is $55,000-$60,000 annually; in addition, VPC/CVI offers a very generous benefits package, including 100% coverage of healthcare premiums. To apply, email resume, cover letter and at least two professional references to: info@voterparticipation.org.  References are not contacted until you are notified.

VPC/CVI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly value the leadership of people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and other traditionally marginalized communities, and encourage diverse candidates to apply.

Data Engineer / Senior Data Engineer

Location: Washington, DC or Remote

Reports To: Director of Data & Analytics

About the Voter Participation Center and the Center for Voter Information:

For the last 16 years, the Voter Participation Center (VPC), a 501(c)(3) civic engagement organization, has led the way in recognizing and harnessing the potential power of the Rising American Electorate (RAE) – unmarried women, people of color, and young people – as a vital voting bloc. VPC has positioned itself as the leading experimental and scientific civic engagement organization by accumulating more than a decade’s worth of knowledge and experience in registering and turning out the new majority of eligible voters. VPC’s programs have consistently proven to be some of the most impactful and cost-effective—and to date VPC has registered more than 4 million Americans to vote. VPC continues to innovate with its approach and techniques to impact greater civic engagement, registration, and turnout.

The Center for Voter Information (CVI) is a separate but affiliated progressive 501(c)(4) nonprofit that works to engage and persuade both the RAE as well as the broader electorate.

Position Description:

VPC/CVI seeks either a Data Engineer or Senior Data Engineer (depending on level of experience) who will be at the forefront of VPC/CVI’s effort to modernize and upgrade its data infrastructure, including the development of a new and more efficient data model to manage, process, and distribute data; implement, test, and maintain pipelines in the data warehouse and analytics environment to improve data quality and integrity, and develop flexible pipeline solutions for data integration, processing, and analysis. The data engineer will work closely with the Data & Analytics and Program teams to mine, integrate, and analyze terabytes of data from a variety of sources, such as voter registration, commercial, and VPC/CVI’s historical program data. The data engineer will build tools to automate repetitive processes that are currently performed manually, and deploy high-quality data pipelines that will enable the teams to work smarter and faster, empowering VPC/CVI to draw better actionable insights and run stronger and more cost effective civic engagement, registration, and turnout programs. 

An ideal candidate has deep passion for increasing voter participation among underrepresented constituencies, and is a collaborator who thrives in a team environment and takes ownership of the work by actively contributes to improving processes, workflows, and communication.

Specific Duties:

  • Design, implement, test, deploy, and maintain data engineering solutions and pipelines in support of VPC/CVI’s data warehouse and analytics environment that are stable, secure, and scalable
  • Streamline and debug existing codebase to improve performance and ensure data integrity
  • Implement quality assurance practices such as version control and testing
  • Design and build tools and workflows to automate repeated data processing tasks including data ingestion from various sources, and reporting and data exchanges with our partners
  • Implement and maintain cybersecurity best practices, with an eye towards the evolving threat landscape
  • Help teammates troubleshoot their SQL and Python code and provide training on those skills
  • Proactively identify technology and tools gaps, and discover better solutions
  • Assist in analytics projects by performing data manipulation/munging on a wide variety of data 
  • Collaborate with data scientists to productionize ML models
  • Generate new data sources through web scraping and API calls
  • Design and build automated dashboards and reports to inform program decisions
  • Support the adoption of industry best practices for data management and governance

Skills/Qualifications:

Must-Haves: 

  • Proficiency in: 
    • Architecting data pipelines and maintaining relational databases
    • Data ETL, ingestion, optimization, collection, analysis, and normalization
    • Designing system architecture in cloud infrastructure services such as AWS and GCP 
    • SQL, especially for query optimization, data compression, and streaming techniques
    • Python, especially for data manipulation and modification, and building, maintaining and deploying automated processes
    • Object-oriented programming
    • UNIX shell scripting (Bash/Zsh)
    • Version control (Git and Github)
    • Using APIs to push and pull data
  • Extensive track records of writing clear code that is well-documented
  • Extensive track records of designing, implementing, testing, distributing, and maintaining wrappers/tools/utility functions for automated tasks 
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new techniques and troubleshoot code without support; work independently and be a self-starter
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in teams, in both a lead and support role
  • Demonstrated ability to coach teammates to improve their skills and teach new skills
  • Effective time management skills, including demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and projects.

Preferred: 

  • Familiarity with web app development tools such as Flask and Heroku
  • Familiarity with Stata
  • Experience in Catalist S and Civis Platform
  • Experience in JSON/XML, CSS, and HTML
  • Experience in advanced data visualization and mapping
  • Experience in or knowledge of large scale voter registration and civic engagement programs

Compensation and How to Apply:

VPC/CVI is open to candidates at either the Data Engineer or Senior Data Engineer level. The annual salary range is $90-100k for the Data Engineer position, and $100-120k for the Senior Data Engineer position–both commensurate with experience. This role could be based out of our Washington DC office or remote, depending on the circumstances. VPC/CVI offers an excellent benefits package, including 100% coverage of healthcare premiums. To apply, email resume, cover letter and at least two professional references to info@voterparticipation.org. References are not contacted until you are notified. 

VPC/CVI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly value the leadership of people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and other traditionally marginalized communities, and encourage diverse candidates to apply.

Data Scientist / Senior Data Scientist

Location: Washington, DC

Reports To: Director of Data and Analytics

About the Voter Participation Center and the Center for Voter Information:

For the last 16 years, the Voter Participation Center (VPC), a 501(c)(3) civic engagement organization, has led the way in recognizing and harnessing the potential power of the Rising American Electorate (RAE) – unmarried women, people of color, and young people – as a vital voting bloc. VPC has positioned itself as the leading experimental and scientific civic engagement organization by accumulating more than a decade’s worth of knowledge and experience in registering and turning out the new majority of eligible voters. VPC’s programs have consistently proven to be some of the most impactful and cost-effective—and to date VPC has registered more than 4 million Americans to vote. VPC continues to innovate with its approach and techniques to impact greater civic engagement, registration, and turnout.

The Center for Voter Information (CVI) is a separate but affiliated progressive 501(c)(4) nonprofit that works to engage and persuade both the RAE as well as the broader electorate.

Position Description:

VPC/CVI seeks either a Data Scientist or Senior Data Scientist (depending on level of experience) who will be at the forefront of VPC/CVI’s effort to expand its analytics and research capabilities by utilizing the latest data science applications to solve some of the toughest challenges in the civic engagement space. The data scientist will take a leading role in improving VPC/CVI’s data processing and analytics work, such as evaluating the quality of data sources and tools, applying statistical methods to generate actionable insights, and building machine learning models to refine program targeting. The data scientist will work on a broad range of statistical, AI/ML, and business intelligence solutions to elevate the impact of VPC/CVI programs. 

An ideal candidate has deep passion for increasing voter participation among underrepresented constituencies, and is a collaborator who thrives in a team environment and takes ownership of the work. They will also actively contribute to improving processes, workflows, and communication.

Specific Duties:

  • Draw actionable insights from past program and external data by formulating research questions, testing hypotheses, and determining solutions with statistical/ML tools 
  • Evaluate the quality of alternative data sources, model scores, and matching algorithms
  • Design, develop, test, deploy AI/ML models that improve program impact and cost-effectiveness
  • Take ownership of the entire data science project lifecycle
  • Develop metrics on key program performance drivers and trends for standardized reporting
  • Proactively identify new data sources and analytics opportunities
  • Develop and maintain documentation for the analytics team’s workflow and code
  • Help teammates troubleshoot their SQL and Python code and provide training on those skills
  • Effectively communicate results with teammates and external partners using data visualizations and presentations tools
  • Support the adoption of industry best practices for data science and analytics

Skills/Qualifications:

Must-Haves: 

  • Proficiency in: 
    • Statistical inferences (probabilities, hypothesis testing, effect estimate, power analysis, regressions, etc)
    • Machine learning techniques (supervised and unsupervised learning, NLP, etc)
    • Every stage of the data science lifecycle, including data mining, cleaning, exploration, feature engineering, modeling, evaluation, optimization, and visualization
    • Python or R and their corresponding ML libraries (Scikit-learn, XGBoost, PyTorch, etc) and visualization libraries (Seaborn, Plotly, etc)
    • SQL for data querying and processing
    • UNIX shell scripting (Bash/Zsh)
    • Version control (Git and Github)
  • Strong track record of bringing industry-standard predictive models to production
  • Solid understanding of distributed storage and big data computing frameworks (Cassandra, Hadoop, Spark)
  • Solid understanding of cloud-based (AWS, Google Cloud, Azure, etc) computing resources and infrastructure
  • Experience in applying advanced research methods and analyzing/interpreting complex research findings
  • Experience in analyzing household-level or person-level data sets including large numbers of features
  • Extensive track record of writing clear code that is well-documented
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new techniques and troubleshoot code without support; work independently and be a self-starter
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in teams, in both a lead and support role
  • Demonstrated ability to coach teammates to improve their skills and teach new skills
  • Effective time management skills, including demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and projects

Preferred: 

  • Knowledge of randomized control trials, experimental design, and survey research
  • Knowledge of deep learning techniques
  • Experience in data mining using API calls, web scraping, etc
  • Experience in building data pipelines and ETL workflows
  • Experience in object-oriented programming
  • Familiarity with Stata
  • Familiarity with reporting and dashboarding tools such as Tableau and Periscope
  • Experience in or knowledge of large scale voter registration and civic engagement programs
  • Professional experience in commercial direct mailing programs strongly desired

Compensation and How to Apply:

VPC/CVI is open to candidates at either the Data Scientist or Senior Data Scientist level. The annual salary range is $90-100k for the Data Scientist position, and $100-120k for the Senior Data Scientist position, both commensurate with experience. VPC/CVI offers an excellent benefits package, including 100% coverage of healthcare premiums. To apply, email resume, cover letter and at least two professional references to info@voterparticipation.org. References are not contacted until you are notified.

VPC/CVI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly value the leadership of people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and other traditionally marginalized communities, and encourage diverse candidates to apply.

Development Associate

Location: Washington, DC

Reports To: Senior Director of Development

About the Voter Participation Center and the Center for Voter Information:

For the last 16 years, the Voter Participation Center (VPC), a 501(c)(3) civic engagement organization, has led the way in recognizing and harnessing the potential power of the Rising American Electorate (RAE) – unmarried women, people of color, and young people – as a vital voting bloc. VPC has positioned itself as the leading experimental and scientific civic engagement organization by accumulating more than a decade’s worth of knowledge and experience in registering and turning out the new majority of eligible voters. VPC’s programs have consistently proven to be some of the most impactful and cost-effective—and to date VPC has registered almost 4.3 million Americans to vote. VPC continues to innovate with its approach and techniques to impact greater civic engagement, registration, and turnout.

The Center for Voter Information (CVI) is a separate but affiliated progressive 501(c)(4) nonprofit that works to engage and persuade both the RAE as well as the broader electorate.

Position Description:

The VPC and CVI are seeking a Development Associate. Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, the Development Associate will be responsible for all aspects of database management, including entry of contribution information, routine auditing, and databasing outreach notes. The Development Associate will also produce briefing memos, conduct donor research, plan travel logistics, and draft written solicitation. This is a full-time position.

Specific Duties:

  • Manages the donor database
  • Conducts audits of existing information
  • Processes incoming contributions and databases notes from development department outreach
  • Coordinates our donor acknowledgement processes, including running thank you notes and preparing a weekly list of thank-you calls
  • Conducts donor research, including updating bios on current donors and prospecting
  • Assists in the preparation of briefing materials, such as meeting memos and trip itineraries
  • Responsible for auditing and managing the donor email listserv
  • Drafts written solicitation for both large and small-scale outreach
  • Other duties as assigned


Skills/Qualifications:

Must-Haves:

  • Ability to prioritize multiple time-sensitive projects at one time
  • Thrives at working under tight deadlines
  • Previous database and data entry experience
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Fluency in GoogleSuite and mail merge

Nice-to-Haves:

  • Experience on campaigns or with political committees or nonprofit organization
  • Previous development experience
  • Familiarity with EveryAction and/or NGP VAN
  • Experience with Asana (or other project management softwares) and Slack

Compensation and How to Apply:

The annual salary range for this position is $37,500 – $47,500, commensurate with experience. VPC/CVI offers an excellent benefits package, including 100% coverage of healthcare premiums. To apply, email resume, cover letter and at least two professional references to info@voterparticipation.org. References are not contacted until you are notified.

VPC/CVI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly value the leadership of people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and other traditionally marginalized communities, and encourage diverse candidates to apply.