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 Manager 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 Manager also provides demographic analysis and program evaluations to inform the collective strategic planning process. The Data Manager works at the direction of the State Director, Deputy Director, and/or Data Director.

Primary Functions

  • Create advanced targeted universes for partners. Some examples of VAN work include, but are not limited to, handling partner support requests, running reports, uploading data, setting up predictive dialer phone banks, robocalls and robosurveys, supporting MiniVAN, etc.
  • Train partners and table staff on VAN and other tools, targeting techniques (including the use of statistical models), and best practices for using data.
  • Work with partner organizations to establish and maintain best practices and standards for data collection, data acquisition, and preservation.
  • 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.
  • Produce materials needed to track, coordinate, and identify gaps in collective strategy.
  • Support partners to develop plans, make strategic recommendations and provide insight into ways to make data and database operations more efficient and effective.
  • Work with partner organizations using the voter file and other technologies to support, enhance, and execute programs. This includes assisting partners in establishing and maintaining best practices and standards for data collection, data acquisition, and preservation.
  • 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.
  • Contribute to national data repository.
  • Maintain documentation of all voter contact, turnout, and election protection data.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • At least one previous cycle of data experience, or at least two previous cycles of field experience, or at least one year as a Data Associate.
  • Experience with the VAN (Voter Activation Network)/VoteBuilder or other civic engagement platforms.
  • Familiarity with common direct voter contact methods and tactics.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, while maintaining a high level of detail orientation and meeting deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of the structure of political and civic engagement campaigns.
  • The ability to think independently and creatively.
  • Ability to manage several tasks/projects concurrently and prioritize work effectively.
  • 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.
  • Candidates must have a 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 rapidly to evolving priorities and deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • Diplomatic, 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 data and databases is a plus.
  • Experience administering VAN (Voter Activation Network)/VoteBuilder or other civic engagement platforms is a plus.
  • Experience using or administering other voter contact tools, such as peer to peer texting, digital outreach, or relational organizing is a plus.
  • Experience mentoring or training staff 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 Manager”
  • Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled; however, preference will be given to resumes received by January 17th.
  • No calls please.

Compensation: Compensation is $40,000 – $55,000 (commensurate with experience) and includes a full benefits package.

Location: Minnesota

Reports To: Data 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.