Organization Overview

We Vote MN is a partnership of Minnesota nonprofits organizations, coordinated by Minnesota Voice Foundation. This program was launched in 2014 and is the hub for civic engagement among nonpartisan organizations.

Established in 2011, Minnesota Voice Foundation is a member-based coalition of non-profit organizations working toward permanent change in racial, social, and economic justice by increasing civic engagement and voter participation across the state, especially focused in underrepresented communities; making sure that every Minnesotans’ voice is heard, and the state reflects the values of its people. Our partners are grounded in the belief that: decision makers will be held accountable when collective power has been built; more participation equals a stronger democracy; and that public institutions will improve people’s lives when they advance people driven solutions and address racial and economic disparities.

We are the backbone strategists for the We Vote MN coalition’s execution of a collective impact model, using data driven best practices, leadership development, and grants to help our partners maximize our collective capacities. To be a part of the coalition, an organization makes a commitment to leading with racial equity, to meeting measurable goals as defined in our annual written collective impact plan and a subsequent written division of labor. Our organizational goals are:

  • Promote and engage non-profits as key messengers; entry points for voter engagement; incubators of untapped social capital that could be harnessed with investments in leadership development inside and outside the metro areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul
  • Fill the gap for nonprofit professional development in civic engagement for communities of color in the state
    People from communities of color learn skills to engage fully in our democracy
  • People from communities of color are informed of the effects of public policy on them and their communities and have the means to address their concerns

Position Overview

The Data Director is responsible for providing training and support for partner organizations to take a data-driven approach to integrating voter contact tools into their organizing and voter outreach work. The Data Director also supports their staff by using data to inform the collective strategic planning process. The Data Director serves at the direction of the State/Deputy Director.

Primary Functions

  • Oversee VAN Administration for partner organizations and their consultants. This includes managing user and security settings; providing technical assistance; and monitoring the use of the system to ensure compliance with state and national policies.
  • Identify outside data sources to supplement the data in VAN, such as voting history, polling locations, early voting sites, etc.
  • Conducting timely and relevant analysis of data, and fielding specialized requests from partners about election data, Census data, etc. to assist them in taking a data-driven approach to their issue and advocacy work.
  • Function as part of a national data team to build and maintain the shared state and national data infrastructure necessary to support partner program work. This includes, but is not limited to, required weekly data calls, required biweekly calls with respective Deputy
  • Director of Data & Technology, required convening attendance, etc.
  • Identify and champion opportunities to conduct tests and experiments; assist table staff and partners in facilitating and executing experiments.
  • Develop quality control processes to ensure data integrity.
  • Seek out new tools and applications to enhance the work of the table and partner organizations.
  • Be actively engaged in, and provide input and feedback on, the annual state planning process.
  • Develop and provide strategic guidance on grant proposals.
  • Manage the State Data Manager and/or Data Associate.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • At least one year as a State Data Manager.
  • One year or more of experience using VAN as an Administrator.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive. Advanced proficiency in Excel a plus.
  • Experience managing relationships with vendors and partners.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, while maintaining a high level of detail orientation and meeting deadlines.
  • Familiarity with other online electoral/advocacy tools and constituent relationship management tools.
  • Experience manipulating large data sets.
  • Experience drafting or editing field plans.
  • Sound judgment and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to translate technical instructions into easy-to-follow language for non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to work with a broad range of people possessing different skill levels.
  • Must be able to work professionally and communicate effectively with staff at all levels of the organization as well as external contacts, constituents, and vendors.
  • Experience working in coalition with partners, or experience working in diverse communities, particularly in communities of color.
  • Willingness and aptitude to seek out and learn new technical skills that will further the mission of the table and assist in presenting data to partners in an accessible manner.
  • Background in 501c3 work or the desire to work with progressive organizations.
  • Must be organized and able to adapt to rapidly evolving priorities and deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • Diplomatic and professional approach to problem solving.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity and record of success working with communities of color, women, low-income people, LGBTQIA individuals, and other historically marginalized communities.
  • Commitment to approaching the work in an inclusive and empathetic way.
  • Experience managing staff is a plus.
  • Experience working on budgets and/or grant proposals is a plus.
  • Knowledge of software for mapping (ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.), reporting (Periscope, Tableau, etc.), and data management (Access, SQL, etc.) is a plus.

To Apply

  • Send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: [email protected]
  • To ensure your submission is properly routed, use the subject line “Data Director”
  • Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled; however, preference will be given to resumes received by January 17th.
  • No calls please.

Term of Employment: Full time

Compensation: Compensation is $45,000 – $65,000 (commensurate with experience) and includes a full benefits package.

Location: Minnesota

Reports To: Executive Director

Minnesota Voice 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.