State Voices is a national network – built from the states up – that helps grassroots organizations win civic engagement victories and build long-term political power. Since 2008, we’ve been employing the principles of collective impact, building the capacity of partners with data analysis and shared resources, and strengthening our democracy by amplifying the voices of marginalized communities.
State Voices sustains a dynamic ecosystem of 23 state tables comprised of 784 partner organizations. We provide the organizations in our network with the data, tools, and support they need to help create a healthy and thriving democracy through a racial equity lens. We advance this work through three national programs: Civic Engagement (voter registration and turnout, issue advocacy and constituency engagement), Civic Access (voting rights and election administration) and Civic Representation (census and redistricting).
It’s our collective duty to end the systemic, relentless disenfranchisement targeting communities of color, young adults, LGBTQ people, and single women. That’s why State Voices works year-round to create a more accessible, inclusive, and representative democracy.
Maine Votes is a state-based collaboration formed to build a permanent advocacy and campaign infrastructure, advance progressive policies, and protect and expand voting rights. Maine Votes is an affiliate of America Votes: http://www.americavotes.org/.
Maine Voices Network is a state-based 501c3 civic engagement “table” whose work is, by law, not partisan or electoral in nature. MVN is a hub where partners work together, particularly to leverage research, policy and organizing to achieve larger gains than any one group could on its own.
Maine Votes and Maine Voices each drive coordination among partners to increase state capacity, coordinate national and state strategies, make cutting edge data and technology accessible, mobilize funding and create a community of innovation. Partners and staff share a vision a just, equitable and prosperous society that treats every single one of us with dignity and fairness; in which government reflects the race, class and gender diversity of our communities and is a vehicle for addressing those challenges that need to be resolved collectively, and; in which vulnerable communities are able to exercise all of their human rights without fear, discrimination, or retaliation.
Maine Votes and Maine Voices Network share staff, and are seeking a full-time Data and Targeting Associate to manage the day-to-day data needs of partner organizations. Maine Votes, Maine Voices and partners coordinate some of the most exciting progressive electoral, advocacy, civic engagement and policy work taking place in Maine. The Data and Targeting Associate will work directly alongside and with the support of Maine Votes and Maine Voices Network staff and national organizations, as well as progressive partner organizations across the state.
- Administering the VAN, including day-to-day management of users and committees, handling the timely acquisition of key datasets (i.e. vote history, polling places), ongoing quality control, providing technical assistance, monitoring the use of the system to ensure compliance with state and national policies, and other general VAN administration duties
- Training staff and volunteers on using the role of data in civic engagement and electoral campaigns, how to use the VAN, and best practices. This includes leading group and one-on-one training, creating training documents, and responding to incoming partner support requests
- Assisting with identification, development, and implementation of tools that support coordination, streamline voter contact, and improve efficiency
- Maintaining best practices and standards for data collection, acquisition and preservation
- Assisting in the analysis of current and previous data to help drive future decisions
- Functioning as part of a national data team to build and maintain the shared state and national data infrastructure necessary to support partner program work
- Participating in national working groups with other data managers to develop nation-wide standards and best practices
- Other responsibilities as assigned.
The ideal candidate will possess many, if not all, of the following qualifications:
- Shares our commitment to advancing racial equity, advancing progressive policies, increasing civic engagement, and protecting every American’s right to vote
- One cycle/campaign of experience working in various aspects of community organizing including field, digital, union or data including experience using VoteBuilder/VAN
- Proven ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines under pressure, and maintain a passion for detail and accuracy
- Recognize our work environment is fast-paced and high-pressure; candidates should be willing to work long hours, including nights and weekends to complete tasks and assignments
- Ability to provide training in a variety of modes (in person, online) and contexts (i.e. group settings with advance planning, one-on-one with no notice, etc.); ability to explain data and technical concepts to non-technical people without data backgrounds
- Strong communication skills, including an ability to communicate technical subjects to non-technical audiences, present in front of audiences, communicate in writing via plans and proposals and interpersonally with colleagues
- Diplomatic, professional approach to problem solving and the ability to think independently and creatively.
- Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Drive/Suite
- Strong interpersonal communication skills in person, on the phone, and in writing.
- Knowledge of state-level policy is a plus.
- Strong communication skills
- A strong commitment to racial equity and social justice
Nice-to-have but not required:
- Experience working with SQL, Python, R, or any other language efficient for analyzing large datasets
- Experience with other database management or constituent relationship management tools
- Experience with Periscope, Tableau, or other data visualization languages or platforms
- Experience with Digital Organizing tools (Hustle, Mobilize, Organizer, Relay, etc.)
- Send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: [email protected]
- To ensure your submission is properly routed, use the subject line “Data and Targeting Associate”
- Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled; however, preference will be given to resumes received by September 9, 2019.
- No calls please.
Location: The position is located in Maine with the ability to work remotely with regular travel or in an Augusta-based office.
Compensation: Salary is budgeted in the range of $35,000-$50,000 annually, commensurate with experience, and we offer a competitive benefits package, including medical insurance, retirement benefits paid vacation, sick and medical leave.
Reports To: The position reports to the Data and Research Director and works in close collaboration with staff and the Steering Committee, as well as staff of partner organizations. The position is full-time.
State Voices is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.