CURRENT JOB OPENINGS AT VPC


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.

Deputy Director of Data Science & Analytics

Position: Deputy Director of Data Science & Analytics – 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 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 a Deputy Director of Data Science & Analytics 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 Deputy Director 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 Deputy Director 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 dash boarding 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 preferred

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.

Manager, Research and Innovation

Position: Manager, Research and Innovation

Supervisor: Senior Director, Innovation, Learning and Impact

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 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 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 Description

The VPC and CVI seek a creative, talented individual to join ourInnovation, Learning, and Impact team as a Manager of Research and Innovation. TheInnovation, Learning, and Impact team is relatively new to VPC/CVI and marks a further investment in a long-term commitment to fostering innovation and results-focused programs.The Research and Innovation Manager will foster innovative program ideas, supporting the organization to discover insights, prioritize the right experiments and tests, and assess and develop initial learnings. The Manager will analyze data from internal and external data sources, support external research partners, and engage with experts inside and outside the civic engagement community. A major part of the role will involve partnering with the Director of Digital Programs to develop these capabilities within paid digital programs to support registration and turnout of the New American Majority. The successful candidate will be a collaborative teammate and excited by the possibilities in stewarding innovation and building new organizational capabilities for VPC, CVI, and the civic engagement community. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual with a background in digital outreach and behavioral research to play a leadership role in an organization committed to leveraging innovation and research to maximize program impact.

Primary Responsibilities
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Developing and analyzing digital experiments and metrics to improve and assess the impact of digital programs
  • Contributing to quantitative and qualitative research and innovation projects to understand voter behaviors, including with external vendors
  • Documenting ideas, external theories, and key trends impacting the NAM in civic engagement and beyond to drive innovation within VPC and CVI
  • Providing analytics and metrics to support external communications and program decisions
  • Communicating analysis plans, research findings, and program ideas to non-technical staff and external stakeholders through writing and graphics
  • Engaging experts and practitioners to discover and develop promising potential innovations
  • Monitoring academic and private sector innovations for opportunities to adapt and implement ideas in VPC and CVI programming

Skills and Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have:

  • A demonstrated commitment to and passion for erasing inequities and gaps in political participation in this country
  • At least three years of experience conducting research in the social sciences, consumer marketing, political campaign research, or similar fields
  • Experience with digital marketing and digital experiments in a consumer or political context
  • At least four years of professional work experience
  • Academic training in the social sciences or similar training and work experience, including facility with qualitative, quantitative, and statistical methods
  • Experience managing projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Knowledge of the legal and political issues surrounding voting rights and civic participation in the United States
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent organizational, management, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently in a team environment fostering positive partnerships, teamwork, and cooperation
  • Strong logical reasoning and analytical skills
  • A track record of getting results in a fast-paced environment

The salary range for this position is $60,000 – $70,000. This is a full-time position. Preference is for candidates in Washington DC, once the pandemic is over. Ability and willingness to travel will be required post-pandemic (0-20% of time). 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.

Digital Strategist

Position: Digital Strategist

Supervisor: Director of Digital Programs

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 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 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 full time digital strategist to support the VPC’s and CVI’s digital programs to register, mobilize and inform the electorate via research-informed tactics and strategies. This role could be based out of our Washington DC office or remote.

Primary Responsibilities
Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting implementation of the VPC and CVI digital ads programs for online voter registration, digital vote-by mail and mobilization programs
  • Designing and testing new messaging ideas for online voter registration and vote by mail pushes
  • Testing new and innovative approaches to digital ads work
  • Helping to ensure that programs aimed at increasing participation among historically underrepresented communities are culturally competent and produce the intended impact
  • Keeping up to date tracking and reporting for individual digital projects

Skills and Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have:

  • 2+ years professional experience, including experience with paid digital programs
  • Experience with paid digital strategies and tactics including digital platforms and SMS preferred
  • Experience with digital direct acquisition programs preferred
  • Experience on electoral or advocacy campaigns preferred
  • Excellent communication, writing, and time-management skills
  • An understanding or willingness to learn about the testing and analytical approaches and tools used by the private sector and/or the civic engagement community to measure impact
  • A commitment to equity and erasing the gaps in political participation in this country
  • Familiarity with the civic engagement and progressive political landscape
  • A track record of getting results in a fast-paced environment
  • Google grant experience a plus!

The salary range for this position is $55,000-$65,000. 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​. Applications submitted by February 19, 2021 will be given priority. All other applicants will be considered on a rolling basis. 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.

Staff Accountant – Accounts Receivable

Position: Staff Accountant – Accounts Receivable

Reports to: Controller

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 17 years VPC has helped more than 5.6 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 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 Description:

The Staff Accountant A/R is responsible for all financial aspects of accounts receivable, month-end, and other general accounting assistance to the finance team.This position is responsible for ensuring compliance with the US generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The Staff Accountant A/R will be responsible for assisting the Controller with day-to-day accounting and financial duties and special projects. The Staff Accountant A/R will also support the Controller in strengthening inter-departmental communications and other staff engagement initiatives vital to the success of the organization. The Staff Accountant A/R is a permanent full-time exempt position.

Primary Responsibilities
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Performing processing and preparation of daily cash receipts
  • Recording of individual, foundation, and grant contributions in the accounting system
  • Ensuring contributions are recorded in accordance with GAAP and all donor restrictions
  • Responsible for coding of contributions to proper GL accounts
  • Setting up new records for donors in the accounting system
  • Monitoring lockbox and ACH payments
  • Preparing bank deposits
  • Liaison to Development (Fundraising) department for reconciling contributions
  • Responding to credit card disputes
  • Responding to and ensuring that all accounts receivable inquiries are answered on a timely basis
  • Accounts Payable (backup responsibilities): Administer aspects of the accounts payable/cash disbursement system including recording of invoices and payment

Skills and Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting
  • A minimum of three years of accounting and finance experience
  • Knowledge of the nonprofit arena
  • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and meet required deadlines
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with employees, senior leadership and external partners

Nice-to-Haves:

  • Knowledge of grants management as it relates to compliance and reporting of corporate, foundation, and individual grants
  • High proficiency in QuickBooks, Microsoft Excel and Word

The salary range for this position is $50,000 – $55,000. This is a full-time position. Candidates must be willing to re-locate to the Washington DC area, once the pandemic is over. This is not a permanent telework 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.

Staff Accountant – Accounts Payable

Position: Staff Accountant – Accounts Payable

Reports to: Controller

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 andexperimentation, 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 17 years VPC has helped more than 5.6 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 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 Description:

The Staff Accountant A/P is responsible for accounts payable, month-end, and other general accounting assistance to the finance team. This position is responsible for ensuring compliance with the US generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The Staff Accountant A/P will be responsible for assisting the Controller with day-to-day accounting and financial duties as well as special projects. The Staff Accountant A/P will also support the Controller in strengthening inter-departmental communications and other staff engagement initiatives vital to the success of the organization. The Staff Accountant A/P is a permanent full-time exempt position.

Primary Responsibilities
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Performing day-to-day processing of accounts payable transactions, including allocation of due-to / due-from costs
  • Receiving and processing Accounting mail
  • Preparing, analyzing, and processing AP & corporate/employee credit card transactions to include tracking receipts and reconciling payments
  • Responsible for coding of expenses to proper GL accounts
  • Preparing journal entries — maintaining and reconciling ledger accounts
  • Setting up new records for vendors, consultants/contractors, and new employees in accounting system
  • Responsible for troubleshooting and correcting system errors relating to AP and expenses
  • Responding to and ensuring that all accounts payable inquiries are answered on a timely basis
  • Accounts Receivable (backup responsibilities): Administer aspects of the accounts receivable/cash receipts system including recording of contributions and deposits

Skills and Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting
  • A minimum 3 years of accounting and finance experience
  • Knowledge of the nonprofit arena
  • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and meet required deadlines
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with employees, senior leadership and external partners
  • High proficiency in QuickBooks, Microsoft Excel and Word

The salary range for this position is $50,000 – $55,000. This is a full-time position. Candidates must be willing to re-locate to the Washington DC area, once the pandemic is over. This is not a permanent telework 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.

Deputy Director of Research & Innovation

Position: Deputy Director of Research and Innovation

Reports to: Senior Director of Innovation, Learning, and Impact

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 17 years VPC has helped more than 5.6 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 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 Description:

The VPC and CVI seek an experienced, talented individual to join our Innovation, Learning, andImpact team as the Deputy Director of Research and Innovation.

The Innovation, Learning, and Impact team is relatively new to VPC/CVI and marks a further investment in a long-term commitment to fostering innovation and results-focused programs. The Deputy Director will cultivate innovative program ideas, supporting the organization to generate insights, prioritize the right experiments and tests, and assess and develop initial learnings. The role will involve designing and leading research and innovation projects, drawing insights and analyzing data from internal and external sources, and engaging and partnering with experts inside and outside the civic engagement community. The successful candidate will be a collaborative teammate and excited by the possibilities (and inherent ambiguity) in stewarding innovation and building new organizational for VPC, CVI, and the civic engagement community.

This is an excellent opportunity for a creative thinker and researcher to play a leadership role in an organization committed to leveraging innovation and research to maximize its program impact.

Primary Responsibilities
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Managing and contributing to quantitative and qualitative research and innovation projects, including with external vendors
  • Synthesizing ideas, external theories, and key trends impacting the NAM in civic engagement and beyond to drive innovation within VPC and CVI
  • Formulating creative research questions, hypotheses, and research designs to create actionable insights for VPC/CVI programs
  • Providing analytics and metrics to support external communications and program decisions
  • Coaching staff and consultants on research and analysis
  • Communicating analysis plans, research findings, and program ideas to non-technical staff and external stakeholders through writing and graphics
  • Contributing to the building new research capabilities to effectively leverage data and insights into program design, such as external research agenda formation
  • Engaging experts and practitioners to discover and develop promising potential innovations
  • Monitoring academic and private sector innovation centers for opportunities to adapt and implement external innovations in VPC and CVI programming

Skills and Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least seven years of experience conducting research in the social sciences, consumer marketing, political campaign research, or similar fields (can include graduate academic work)
  • An advanced degree in the social sciences or similar training and experience, including facility with qualitative, quantitative, and statistical methods
  • Experience designing and managing large research projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Knowledge of the legal and political issues surrounding voting rights and civic participation in the United States
  • A demonstrated commitment to and passion for erasing inequities and gaps in political participation in this country
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent organizational, management, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently in a team environment fostering positive partnerships, teamwork, and cooperation
  • Strong logical reasoning and analytical skills
  • An interest in or experience with consumer market research methods
  • A track record of getting results in a fast-paced environment

The salary range for this position is $90,000 – $100,000. This is a full-time position. Preference for candidates in Washington, DC, once the pandemic is over. Ability and willingness to travel required post-pandemic (0 – 25% of time). VPC/CVI offers 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.