CURRENT JOB OPENINGS AT VPC


Senior Director of Data Management and Systems

Position: Senior Director of Data Management and Systems

Reports to: Vice President

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 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

The VPC and CVI are seeking a Senior Director of Data Management and Systems. Reporting to the Vice President, the Senior Director of Data Management and Systems will oversee the design and implementation of systems and technology used for managing data across the organization (data warehouses, data platforms, data visualization tools, etc). The Senior Director of Data Management and Systems, and the Data Management and Systems department, will work in close partnership and collaboration with the Innovation, Learning and Impact Department, Data Science & Analytics Department, and the Program Department. The successful applicant requires technological skills, management ability, and clear communication including the ability to write clear memos. Successful applicants will be self-motivated, enthusiastic and work well in a team environment. This is a full-time position.

Specific Duties

  • Develop and implement strategy and processes for effective data management across all programs for both VPC and CVI
  • Establish enterprise data architecture by unifying technology systems into a unified data database
  • Formulate, revise, and implement procedures for quality data acquisition, collection, and management to ensure adequacy, accuracy, and legitimacy of data
  • Guide technology and vendor decisions related to data and analytics to ensure data is centralized, accessible, and actionable for use across all programs for both VPC and CVI
  • Monitor and analyze information and data systems and evaluate their performance to discover ways of enhancing them (new technologies, upgrades, etc.)
  • Support others in the daily use of data systems and ensure adherence to legal and company standards
  • Support data analysts and data scientists conducting randomized control trials, modeling, and other analytic projects
  • Collaborate with data analysts and data scientists on applying learnings from analytic projects to data
  • Establish rules and procedures for data sharing with upper management, individual departments, external stakeholders, etc
  • Devise and implement efficient and secure procedures for data handling and analysis with attention to all technical aspects
  • Assess system performance and make recommendations for software, hardware, and data storage improvements
  • Assist with recognizing and upholding digital security systems to protect sensitive information

Skills and Qualifications
Must-Haves:

  • 5+ years of experience working in data management
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, related field, or similar professional training and experience in these fields
  • Experience on campaigns or with political committees or nonprofit organizations
  • Ability to prioritize multiple time-sensitive projects at one time and work under tight deadlines
  • Experience with data warehouses, data platforms and data integration tools
  • Previous experience managing databases and data acquisition
  • An analytical mindset with problem-solving skills
  • Experience collaborating on and supporting data analysis and data science projects
  • Extreme attention to detail along with excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Experience managing staff and/or consultants and excellent collaboration skills
  • Experience working with principals
  • Friendly, enthusiastic, and positive attitude
  • Fluency in GoogleSuite

Nice-To-Haves:

  • 7-12 years of experience with campaigns, political committees, direct marketing or nonprofit organizations
  • Experience with civic engagement and/or progressive political nonprofit organizations at the state and/or national level
  • Strong experience preparing reports and data visualization

Salary and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $130,000 – $160,000 annually, commensurate with experience. This position is exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime pay. Our comprehensive benefits plan includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance for employees; generous paid time off; access to retirement plan with 3% employer match, and more.

To Apply

Please APPLY HERE and submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. The cover letter should be concise, compelling, and include why you would like to work for VPC-CVI. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by November 1, 2021 for early consideration. References are not contacted until you are notified.

VPC-CVI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes people from all backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives to apply. We strongly value the leadership of people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and other traditionally marginalized communities, and encourage candidates from these communities to apply.


We strive to create and maintain a working environment that is inclusive, equitable and welcoming. At VPC-CVI, diversity, equity, and inclusion are directly aligned with the fundamental belief that people are inherently capable but often lack opportunity. We know that a diverse workforce allows us to see problems in more nuanced ways, creating the thought leadership needed to fulfill our mission and reach our goals.


Data Scientist

Position: Data Scientist – Washington, DC or remote

Reports to: 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 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 Scientist 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 Data Scientist will take an instrumental 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 Data Scientist will work on a broad range of statistical, ML, and business intelligence solutions to elevate the impact of VPC/CVI
programs. An ideal candidate has deep passion for increasing voter participation among historically 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. The Data Scientist is ideally based in Washington, DC although other locations will be considered.

Primary Responsibilities
Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to:

  • Draw actionable insights from large datasets through effective data visualizations and storytelling
  • Evaluate the quality of alternative data sources, model scores, and matching algorithms
  • Assist in designing, developing, testing, deploying ML models
  • Develop metrics on key program performance drivers and trends
  • Develop and maintain documentation for the analytics team’s workflow and code
  • Support the adoption of industry best practices for data science and analytics

Skills and Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have:

  • 2+ yr of experience and proficiency in:
    • Every stage of the data science lifecycle, including data mining, cleaning, exploration, feature engineering, modeling, evaluation, optimization, and visualization
    • Machine learning techniques (supervised and unsupervised learning)
    • Statistical inferences (e.g. probabilities, hypothesis testing, effect estimate, power analysis, regressions)
    • Python and its ML libraries (e.g. Scikit-learn, XGBoost, PyTorch) and visualization libraries (e.g. Seaborn, Plotly, D3.js)
    • SQL for data querying and processing
    • UNIX shell scripting in Bash/Zsh
    • Version control with Git and Github
  • 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
    • Work effectively in teams
    • Manage and prioritize multiple tasks and projects

Nice-To-Haves:

  • Knowledge of unstructured text and natural language processing
  • Knowledge of deep learning techniques
  • Experience with AWS computing resources and infrastructure
  • Experience with data mining using API calls, web scraping, etc.
  • Experience with object-oriented programming
  • Experience with geospatial models and modern GIS systems (e.g. GeoPandas)
  • Understanding of distributed storage and big data computing frameworks (e.g. Cassandra, Hadoop, Spark)
  • Experience with randomized control trials, experimental design, and survey research
  • Experience with or knowledge of large scale voter registration and civic engagement programs

The salary range for this position is $80,000 – $90,000 annually, commensurate with experience. This position is exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime pay. Our comprehensive benefits plan includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance for employees; generous paid time off; access to retirement plan with 3% employer match, and more.

Please APPLY HERE and submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. The cover letter should be concise, compelling, and include why you would like to work for VPC-CVI. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by October 15, 2021 for early consideration. References are not contacted until you are notified.

VPC/CVI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes people from all backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives to apply. We strongly value the leadership of people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and other traditionally marginalized communities, and encourage candidates from these communities to apply.

We strive to create and maintain a working environment that is inclusive, equitable and welcoming. At VPC-CVI, diversity, equity, and inclusion are directly aligned with the fundamental belief that people are inherently capable but often lack opportunity. We know that a diverse workforce allows us to see problems in more nuanced ways, creating the thought leadership needed to fulfill our mission and reach our goals.


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. We strive to create and maintain a working environment that is inclusive, equitable and welcoming.


Program Coordinator

Position: Program Coordinator – Washington, DC

Reports to: Deputy Director of Mail Program

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 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

The Program Coordinator will play a pivotal role in implementing the Voter Participation 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;
  • 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. The cover letter should be concise, compelling, and include why you would like to work for VPC-CVI. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by September 24, 2022 for early consideration. 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. We strive to create and maintain a working environment that is inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

We strive to create and maintain a working environment that is inclusive, equitable and welcoming. At VPC-CVI, diversity, equity, and inclusion are directly aligned with the fundamental belief that people are inherently capable but often lack opportunity. We know that a diverse workforce allows us to see problems in more nuanced ways, creating the thought leadership needed to fulfill our mission and reach our goals.


Analytics Engineer / Senior Analytics Engineer

Position: Analytics Engineer / Senior Analytics Engineer – Washington, DC or remote

Department: Data Services

Reports to: Senior Director of Data Systems

Job Classification: Exempt / Full-time

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 a more representative democracy.

Over 18 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 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 an Analytics Engineer or Senior Analytics Engineer to help build and maintain a new internal data and analytics ecosystem. 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 and CVI’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 be 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

Analytics Engineer Skills and Qualifications
The ideal Analytics Engineer 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 experience with SQL  
  • Comfortability developing in, and for, a POSIX-compliant (Unix-like) environment

Nice-To-Haves:

  • Previous experience with data in politics and/or enhanced voter files
  • 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

Analytics Engineer Salary and Benefits
The salary range for this position is $90,000 – $100,000 annually, commensurate with experience. This position is exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime pay. Our comprehensive benefits plan includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance for employees; generous paid time off; access to retirement plan with 3% employer match, and more.

Senior Analytics Engineer Skills and Qualifications
The ideal Senior Analytics Engineer candidate will have:

  • Exceptionally strong communications skills
  • 6+ years of experience in a software engineering role
    • or a bachelor’s degree and 4+ years of experience
    • or an advanced degree and 3+ years experience
    • or 3+ years of software or data engineer experience working with voter files or electoral/campaign organizations.
  • Deep experience in Python  
  • Previous experience with SQL  
  • Comfortability developing in, and for, a POSIX-compliant (Unix-like) environment
  • Experience taking a software system from design all the way to deployment and maintenance

Nice-To-Haves:

  • Previous experience with data in politics and/or enhanced voter files
  • 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

Senior Analytics Engineer Salary and Benefits
The salary range for this position is $110,000 – $120,000 annually, commensurate with experience. This position is exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime pay. Our comprehensive benefits plan includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance for employees; generous paid time off; access to retirement plan with 3% employer match, and more.

Please APPLY HERE and submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. The cover letter should be concise, compelling, and include why you would like to work for VPC-CVI. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by October 1st, 2021 for early consideration. References are not contacted until you are notified.

VPC-CVI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes people from all backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives to apply. We strongly value the leadership of people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and other traditionally marginalized communities, and encourage candidates from these communities to apply.

We strive to create and maintain a working environment that is inclusive, equitable and welcoming. At VPC-CVI, diversity, equity, and inclusion are directly aligned with the fundamental belief that people are inherently capable but often lack opportunity. We know that a diverse workforce allows us to see problems in more nuanced ways, creating the thought leadership needed to fulfill our mission and reach our goals.