CURRENT JOB OPENINGS AT VPC


Data Analyst

Position: Data Analyst – Washington, DC or remote

Reports to: Senior Director of Data Services

Organization Description

The Voter Participation Center (VPC) is the nation’s largest non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to registering and mobilizing voters from the New American Majority (NAM) – people of color, unmarried women and young people – who make up the majority of the potential electorate but have been historically underrepresented in political participation and power. Using direct mail, digital and social media outreach, guided by rigorous data science and experimentation, and working closely with a multitude of partner organizations, VPC connects with millions of voters each year, building the foundation for amore representative democracy.

Over 18 years VPC has helped more than 5.7 million people register to vote. In 2020, as COVID-19 shut down most forms of in-person voter contact, VPC helped more than 4.6 million people apply to vote by mail & cast ballots, registered more than 1.6 million people, and assisted millions of voters in voting early and safely to reduce pressures on polling places on Election Day.

VPC programs are flexible, nimble and scalable. VPC is driven by a commitment to constant research, testing, experimentation and evaluation, and thus offers many of the most cost effective, proven, high-impact programs in the civic engagement field.

The Center for Voter Information (CVI) is VPC’s partner organization, and is a separate but affiliated 501(c)4 non-profit that works to engage both the NAM as well as members of the broader electorate who share their values.

Position Overview

VPC and CVI seek a Data Analyst to provide additional insights and visibility into all aspects of our voter registration and vote-by-mail programs. Your domain expertise and analytic skills will be vital to the success of VPC and CVI’s voter outreach programs; you will be responsible for answering questions about our datasets quickly and accurately, with the ability to communicate where the analysis is incomplete. You recognize that the real world is messy, and know how to clean and organize data to make work easier for your colleagues and the community. You might have some ideas for data sources we have never looked at before or experiments we have not yet conducted — or never examined at scale. At VPC and CVI, you will have the opportunity to work on projects that reach millions of voters, at a time where mail is more important than ever. We cannot do it without you. This role could be based out of our Washington DC office or remote for the duration of the pandemic.

Primary Responsibilities
Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to:

  • Collect, clean, and process data sets
  • Design and develop database queries that provide visibility and actionable insights into data sets
  • Develop clear reports that summarize findings for both technical and nontechnical users

Skills and Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have:

  • Exceptionally strong communications skills
  • Previous experience crafting narratives from unstructured data
  • Previous experience in political data
  • Previous experience in civic engagement, organizing or political campaigns
  • Experience with complex SQL queries over large, messy data sets
  • Previously worked with the voter file

Nice-To-Haves:

  • Previous experience in one of the following: Civis Platform, Catalist, TargetSmart
  • Previous experience in one of the following: Python,R, Stata
  • Previous experience in Tableau or another reporting framework
  • Previous experience with statistical methods in the context of political campaigns

The salary range for this position is $65,000-$75,000. This is a full-time position. VPC and CVI offer an excellent benefits package, including 100%coverage of healthcare premiums.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references. Interested Candidates can APPLY HERE. 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.

Program Coordinator

Position: Program Coordinator – Washington, DC

Reports to: Mail Program Production Manager

Organization Description

The Voter ParticipationCenter (VPC) is the nation’s largest non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to registering and mobilizing voters from theNew American Majority (NAM) – people of color, unmarried women and young people – who make up the majority of the potential electorate but have been historically underrepresented in political participation and power. Using direct mail, digital and social media outreach, guided by rigorous data science and experimentation, and working closely with a multitude of partner organizations, VPC connects with millions of voters each year, building the foundation for amore representative democracy.

Over 18 years VPC has helped more than 5.7 million people register to vote. In 2020, as COVID-19 shut down most forms of in-person voter contact, VPC helped more than 4.6 million people apply to vote by mail & cast ballots, registered more than 1.6 million people, and assisted millions of voters in voting early and safely to reduce pressures on polling places on Election Day.V PC programs are flexible, nimble and scalable.

VPC is driven by a commitment to constant research, testing, experimentation and evaluation, and thus offers many of the most cost effective, proven, high-impact programs in the civic engagement field.

The Center for Voter Information (CVI) is VPC’s partner organization, and is a separate but affiliated 501(c)4 non-profit that works to engage both the NAM as well as members of the broader electorate who share their values.

Position Overview

The Program Coordinator will playa pivotal role in implementing the VoterParticipation Center and Center for Voter Information’s large-scale Voter Registration,Vote-by-Mail and Get Out the Vote programs. This position will assist in the development, production and execution of mail programs. This position will also be responsible for tracking and updating our website based on political developments both nationally and in key states.

Primary Responsibilities
Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in the production of voter registration and mobilization mail programs
  • Perform quality control checks during the creative proofing process
  • Oversee the maintenance of program infrastructure in key states
  • Field and log inquiries about VPC/CVI programs
  • Track political activity nationally and in key states, including candidate, IE, and organizational initiatives as well as public polling
  • Manage VPC/CVI’s elections calendar
  • Assist in preparing reports on VPC/CVI programming
  • Update state-specific voting information on VPC’s website
  • Other general support for program team activities
  • Interface with VPC/CVI’s legal team

Skills and Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience on political campaigns, in community organizing, or in election administration
  • Familiarity with current political landscape and interest in voting rights, and election law
  • Close attention to detail
  • Capability to be an organized, detail oriented, multitasker
  • Ability to be a positive, collaborative team player
  • Comfortability working in a high stakes, dynamic environment
  • Basic Excel and Microsoft Office abilities

Nice-To-Haves:

  • Experience responding to direct questions from the general public

The salary range for this position is $50,000-$55,000. This is a full-time position. VPC and CVI offer an excellent benefits package, including 100% coverage of healthcare premiums.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references. Interested Candidates can APPLY HERE. 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.

Senior Data Scientist

Position: Senior Data Scientist – Washington, DC or remote

Supervisor: Senior Director of Data Science & Analytics

Organization Description

The Voter Participation Center (VPC) is the nation’s largest non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to registering and mobilizing voters from the New American Majority (NAM) – people of color, unmarried women and young people – who makeup the majority of the potential electorate but have been historically underrepresented in political participation and power. Using direct mail, digital and social media outreach, guided by rigorous data science and experimentation, and working closely with a multitude of partner organizations, VPC connects with millions of voters each year, building the foundation for a more representative democracy. Over 18 years VPC has helped more than 5.7 million people register to vote. In 2020, as COVID-19 shut down most forms of in-person voter contact, VPC helped more than 4.6 million people apply to vote by mail & cast ballots, registered more than 1.6 million people, and assisted millions of voters in voting early and safely to reduce pressures on polling places on Election Day. VPC programs are flexible, nimble and scalable. VPC is driven by a commitment to constant research, testing, experimentation and evaluation, and thus offers many of the most cost effective, proven, high-impact programs in the civic engagement field. The Center for Voter Information (CVI) is VPC’s partner organization, and is a separate but affiliated 501(c)4 non-profit that works to engage both the NAM as well as members of the broader electorate who share their values.

Position Overview

VPC and CVI seek a Senior DataScientist who will be at the forefront of VPC and 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 Senior 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 improve program effectiveness. The Senior 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. This position reports to the Senior Director of Data Science & Analytics.

Primary Responsibilities
Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to:

  • 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 and Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have:

  • 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

Nice-To-Haves:

  • 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 reporting and dashboarding tools such as Tableau and Periscope
  • Experience in or knowledge of large scale voter registration and civic engagement programs

The salary range for this position is $90,000-$110,000.This is a full-time position. VPC and CVI offer an excellent benefits package, including 100% coverage of healthcare premiums.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references. Interested Candidates can APPLY HERE. 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.

Chief Financial Officer

Position: Chief Financial Officer – Washington, DC

Supervisor: President and CEO

Organization Description

The Voter ParticipationCenter (VPC) is the nation’s largest non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to registering and mobilizing voters from the New American Majority (NAM) – people of color, unmarried women and young people – who make up the majority of the potential electorate but have been historically underrepresented in political participation and power. Using direct mail, digital and social media outreach, guided by rigorous data science and experimentation, and working closely with a multitude of partner organizations, VPC connects with millions of voters each year, building the foundation for a more representative democracy. Over 18 years VPC has helped more than 5.7 million people register to vote. In 2020, asCOVID-19 shut down most forms of in-person voter contact, VPC helped more than 4.6 million people apply to vote by mail & cast ballots, registered more than 1.6 million people, and assisted millions of voters in voting early and safely to reduce pressures on polling places on Election Day. VPC programs are flexible, nimble and scalable. VPC is driven by a commitment to constant research, testing, experimentation and evaluation, and thus offers many of the most cost effective, proven, high-impact programs in the civic engagement field.The Center for Voter Information (CVI) is VPC’s partner organization, and is a separate but affiliated 501(c)4 non-profit that works to engage both the NAM as well as members of the broader electorate who share their values.

Position Overview

VPC and CVI are seeking a Chief Financial Officer. The Chief Financial Officer will play a critical role in the overall strategic management of VPC and CVI, setting the financial strategy for a budget in the tens of millions of dollars per election cycle, while also designing and delivering effective financial systems and management systems. As VPC and CVI embark upon continued growth and development, the CFO will serve as a true strategic partner to organizational leaders, providing strong and accurate financial guidance to guide decisions, and will lead long-term financial forecasting, budgeting and strategy-setting. This is an ideal opportunity for a proven, financial and organizational leader to apply their experience to advance voting rights activism and advocacy and work to protect the future of democracy and voter engagement. As a key member of the leadership team, the CFO will report to the President and CEO and will manage a team of three.The CFO will also be accountable to the respective Board of Directors for both VPC and CVI.

Primary Responsibilities
Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to:

Organizational Leadership

  • Serve as a thought partner and member of VPC-CVI senior leadership, setting organizational strategy, mentoring staff, and providing oversight
  • As a member of the organization’s leadership team, promote VPC-CVI’s values and culture, building policies and procedures that advance equity and inclusion
  • Effectively communicate and present critical financial matters to the President and CEO and the full Board of Directors for both VPC and CVI, as well as to key external stakeholders (e.g.,funders, lenders, authorizers)
  • Manage and develop a team, including a controller and two staff accountants, ensuring that all staff is coached, developed, and well positioned to achieve their goals

Strategic Financial Analysis and Planning

  • Set financial strategy and lead long-term financial forecasting and budgeting for VPC and CVl’s tens of millions of dollars in overall operating budget
  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the President and CEO; review and administer all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes and keep leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status
  • Plan and coordinate budgeting and cost containment activities; determining all the participants and clearly defining their input and role
  • Recognize and anticipate opportunities and challenges as they relate to financial systems and operations; generate ideas, strategies, and solutions to drive impact
  • Address short- and long-term organizational financial challenges, evaluating and advising on the financial impact of long-range plans and the introduction of new programs and strategies
  • Align annual budgets and long-term financial plans to with key strategic goals
  • Coordinates with the respective VPC and CVI Board Treasurers as manager and custodian of investments and other assets of the organizations
  • Design and implement a cash management system, evaluating the need for obtaining credit or investing surpluses

Team Development and Management

  • Recruit, supervise, and retain a diverse team of financial professionals, serving as an organization-wide model for strong people management and professional development
  • Promote a team-oriented culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; encourage ongoing education and professional development
  • Create a culture of service excellence; supporting the finance team to work in partnership with staff across the organization to understand budgeting and reporting, as needed
  • Supervise accounting team to ensure the integrity and reliability of all accounting functions, including receipts, disbursements, purchasing, payroll, general ledger, bank reconciliation, cashflow management, and audit preparation

Systems and Process Design

  • Oversee and optimize use of enterprise-wide financial software that enables improved organization-wide planning, efficiency and decision making
  • Review financial systems and processes and recommend enhancements that will enable team leaders to more easily understand the benefits and costs of potential strategic and operational decisions
  • Develop systems to guarantee accuracy and compliance of accounting and reporting, as well as leading the financial affairs of VPC and CVI
  • Ensure effective internal controls and compliance with GAAP and applicable federal, state and local regulatory laws and rules for financial and tax reporting and optimization

Financial Management and Oversight

  • Oversee all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for the organization, in conjunction with the respective VPC and CVI Board of Directors
  • Manage teams responsible for all operational finance activities, including accounting, forecasting, treasury, grants management, real estate management, securing, structuring and managing borrowing activities, lender relationships, and financial-related strategic planning and legal work
  • Oversee the annual audit process; liaise with external auditors and the respective VPC andCVI Board of Directors
  • Directs the Finance and Administration team’s delivery of timely, accurate and GAAP-compliant financial and management reporting
  • Play a leadership role in overseeing audit, development and implementation of policy and procedures and maintenance of internal controls function
  • Oversee business relationships with banks and other financial institutions

Skills and Qualifications

  • Financial planning and strategy
  • Managing profitability
  • Strategic planning and vision
  • Quality management
  • Promotion of process improvement
  • Forecasting
  • Corporate finance
  • Budget development

Education, Experience, and Licensing Requirements:

  • MBA or bachelor’s degree in business, finance, accounting, or equivalent experience
    • Master’s degree preferred
  • Certified Public Accountant certification a plus
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in accounting and financial management practices
  • Experience in a senior management position
  • Proficiency with accounting software, word processing, and spreadsheets
  • Solid GAAP and financial reporting technical skills

The salary range for this position is $150,000-$160,000. This is a full-time position. VPC and CVI offer an excellent benefits package, including100% coverage of healthcare premiums.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references. Interested Candidates can APPLY HERE. References are not contacted until you are notified. Applications will be received on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to applications received by COB Friday, April 16, 202.

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.

Analytics Engineer

Position: Analytics Engineer – Washington, DC or remote

Supervisor: Senior Director of Data Services

Organization Description

The Voter Participation Center (VPC) is the nation’s largest non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to registering and mobilizing voters from the New American Majority (NAM) – people of color, unmarried women and young people – who make up the majority of the potential electorate but have been historically underrepresented in political participation and power. Using direct mail, digital and social media outreach, guided by rigorous data science and experimentation, and working closely with a multitude of partner organizations, VPC connects with millions of voters each year, building the foundation for amore representative democracy. Over 17 years VPC has helped more than 5.6 million people register to vote. In 2020, as COVID-19 shut down most forms of in-person voter contact, VPC helped more than 4.6 million people apply to vote by mail & cast ballots, registered more than 1.6 million people, and assisted millions of voters in voting early and safely to reduce pressures on polling places onElection Day.VPC programs are flexible, nimble and scalable. VPC is driven by a commitment to constant research, testing, experimentation and evaluation, and thus offers many of the most cost effective, proven, high-impact programs in the civic engagement field. The Center for Voter Information (CVI) is VPC’s partner organization, and is a separate but affiliated 501(c)4 non-profit that works to engage both the NAM as well as members of the broader electorate who share their values.

Position Overview

VPC and CVI seek an Analytics Engineer to build a new data and analytics platform. This person will have extensive experience in software engineering, at all stages of the development lifecycle. They will contribute to the design, development and testing of software tools for data transfer, analytics, and reporting, as well as to the evaluation of vendor tools and services. The candidate will be joining a team that is responsible for bringing many of VPC andCVI’s pipelines, integrations and data tools in-house. The analytics engineer will be expected to communicate extensively with stakeholders and exercise sound judgement in the design and implementation of these systems. An ideal candidate may have built and deployed their own ETL pipeline, and will bring previous experience with automation toolchains and modern deployment infrastructure to the team. Experience with cloud platforms is helpful but not required. This role could be based out of our Washington DC office or remote.

Primary Responsibilities
Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to:

  • Designing and implementing data pipelines in SQL and Python
  • Maintaining data models across a wide variety of data sources
  • Creating best practices for data standardization and refinement
  • Mentoring team members in software engineering best practices
  • Working as part of a team to maintain a well documented, consistent codebase
  • Communicating with teammates and vendors outside of the analytics team and translating their needs into code
  • Striving for data practices that include traditionally underrepresented groups in our programs even when faced with potentially biased incoming data sources

Skills and Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have:

  • Exceptionally strong communications skills
  • 4+ years of experience in a software engineering role○or a bachelor’s degree and 2+ years of experience○or an advanced degree and 1+ years experience
  • Deep experience in Python
  • Previous work with SQL
  • Comfortability developing in, and for, a POSIX-compliant (Unix-like) environment

Nice-To-Haves:

  • Previous experience with data in politics
  • Previous experience in civic engagement, organizing or political campaigns
  • Experience taking a software system from design all the way to deployment and maintenance
  • Deep experience in at least one of the following: Ansible, Chef, Docker, Puppet,Terraform, or equivalent code-as-infrastructure tool

The salary range for this position is $90,000-$100,000. This is a full-time position. VPC and CVI offer an excellent benefits package, including 100% coverage of healthcare premiums.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references. Interested Candidates can APPLY HERE​. 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.