Research Associate | Democracy Works | 24-28 | Remote (United States)

Research Associate | Democracy Works | 24-28 | Remote (United States)

24 - 28 / hour
Remote US
Application ends: August 7, 2024
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Job Description

Location: Remote within the US

Salary Range: 

  • Most regions in the United States: $24.00- $24.75
  • California-specific: $24.00- $27.50
  • NYC-specific: $26.75- $27.50

Offers will vary based on experience and location-based cost-of-living calculations.

  • Level: Entry
  • Supervisory role: No
  • Classification:Non-exempt; full time

About our organization:

Democracy Works is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that collaborates with election officials, leading tech platforms, and world-class partners to drive voter access and participation. We help Americans vote by providing reliable, useful voting guidance through the sites, apps and groups they trust. This includes TurboVote, Democracy Works Election Data, the Voting Information Project (VIP), and Ballot Scout. We also co-founded the Civic Alliance alongside the CAA Foundation. Democracy Works is committed to diversity and inclusion in everything we do and aspires to have a team that’s representative of the voters we serve. 

The impact you’ll make:

The  Election Research team collects and standardizes information on how voting works — how to register, how to vote, and when and where elections are happening. Streamlining democracy in this way requires quite a bit of knowledge: what form you use to register to vote in Wyoming, to whom you mail your absentee ballot application in Maine, and whether there’s an election taking place in Oklahoma RIGHT NOW (There probably is!). This information is used by various consumers, both internal and external, including TurboVote and How To Vote.

As a part of the team, you will:

  • Learn the ins-and-outs of election rules across 50 states, and apply that big-picture understanding to the smallest details of elections happening across the country
  • Use state election websites, phone calls, emails, and Google alerts to track elections
  • Build relationships with state and local election officials
  • With support from other researchers, perform quality assurance checks on collected data
  • Keep internal stakeholders apprised of deadlines, progress, and roadblocks
  • Participate in data collection and maintenance for our programs
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to respond to data errors
  • Create and maintain documentation on election processes
  • Track federal and state legislation

You are:

  • Extremely organized and attentive to detail
  • A skilled communicator who is comfortable answering questions on the fly  dealing with the unexpected, and who takes pride in translating complex information to a variety of audiences. 
  • Able to build relationships and be diligent in following up on conversations and commitments
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Good at managing competing priorities
  • Process oriented; e.g. adept at formatting data according to a set specification
  • Capable of handling moderately technical details on basic level of American politics, elections, and/or election administration, given sufficient background materials and support

No prior experience is required for this role.

How we work

Because elections take place everywhere, our employees work from all across the country. We embrace working remotely as the default. Our positions require regular, daily use of a computer (including the use of G-Suite and Slack) to conduct work and communicate with colleagues. We also have regular operating hours (10 am to 6 pm Eastern, Monday to Friday).

For those who prefer to work from an office, we are headquartered in Brooklyn, NY. We are happy to share more details about the office, including accessibility information, as on-site visits are planned. 

There may be travel for occasional staff retreats or meetings as part of certain roles.

Benefits

As a member of the team, some of the benefits you’ll enjoy include:

  • 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision option for you and your dependents
  • 12 floating holidays and 25 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) per year
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave
  • $1,000 per year towards professional development activities

We also offer a 403(b) retirement plan, stipends for equipment and internet reimbursement, and annual Calm or Headspace subscription reimbursements.

To Apply

Priority will be given to applicants who apply by Wednesday, May 8th

Please attach your resume and answers to the following questions. Please do not use AI or language models (e.g. ChatGPT, Gemini, etc.) to answer these application questions:

  • How did you find this job listing?
  • Why are you interested in this role and working at Democracy Works?
  • In 3-5 sentences,  describe how you’d handle a project where you don’t have all the information. How would you get it done?
  • This role will involve frequent phone and video conference communication with partner organizations. Is this something you’d be comfortable doing? 
  • In 3-5 sentences, describe your familiarity with using spreadsheets including these types of features: filters/filter views, conditional formatting, data validation, VLOOKUP, and pivot tables.
  • In 3-5 sentences, please describe how you see diversity, equity, and inclusion being relevant to election data and information. 

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) in Hiring

Democracy Works is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants based on race, religion, color, disability, medical condition, legally protected genetic information, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), age, veteran status or other legally protected characteristics. 

As part of our application, you’ll see an optional form used to collect U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) demographic information. Please note the categories used in this survey are set by the EEOC and may not reflect all existing categories.The data collected in this form is anonymized and is used in our EEOC reporting and in ongoing assessment of our recruitment practices. 

Democracy Works follows the I-9 requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Immigration sponsorship is not available for this position, and you must possess your own work authorization in the U.S. now and in the future to continue working in this position.

Please reach out to hr@democracy.works if you have any questions about our process or if you need an accommodation for a medical condition during the hiring process.