The Deputy Director East of Data & Technology primarily serves a supportive role to State Voices tables in the eastern regions of the United States. The Deputy Director East will also oversee any data-related large voter registration program work within the State Voices network and network-wide reporting, which will include the management of a Voter Registration Data & Training Manager and a Voter Registration Data & Program Manager. The 2 Deputy Directors (East and West) of Data and Technology are members of the State Voices Data and Technology Department and work at the direction of the State Voices Director of Data and Technology.
About State Voices
Why We Exist
American democracy is being distorted and threatened by wealthy special interests that disproportionately impact public policy, and negate the power of individual advocacy. Deliberate obstacles are being placed on voter access, along with gerrymandered districts to thwart fair representation that accurately reflects the changing US demographics. These regressive tactics are making it increasingly difficult to engage a diverse citizenry necessary for a government of the people, by the people and for the people to flourish.
This systemic, relentless disenfranchisement mainly targets communities of color, along with young adults, LGBTQ people, and single women. As a result, these populations collectively register to vote, and participate in the electoral process at lower rates when compared to the general population. Cloaked in the false rhetoric of election integrity, 24 states have passed laws making it harder for these populations to vote since 2011. Constituent cynicism is reflected in dismal approval ratings for politicians generally speaking, and the legislative branch in particular. Too many lack faith that our electoral system wants to address their community needs and interests.
What We Do
Despite this bleak outlook, State Voices is motivated to respond to this full assault on our democracy, and mount campaigns that galvanize people to act with the same fervor as the opposition. To do so, our approach to Civic Engagement will be revolutionized to meet the moment. State Voices plays a crucial role as the strategic and shared resources hub; or, the national backbone organization in this model. With a network commitment to Integrated Voter Engagement – the seamless and continuous coordination of electoral, base-building, and issue advocacy strategies – our 23 State Tables and more than 900 network partners produce more life long voters, increased capacity of community-based organizations and their leaders, and win on issues that affect impacted communities.
State Voices is presently positioned to offer support and solutions in three core areas: Capacity Building – Table infrastructure; e.g. leadership development – expanding the skill base of local leaders from impacted communities to build their power base and achieve their objectives; and, resource development; Data & Technology – upgraded design of tools and programs to meet the needs of 21st-century organizing; Strengthening Democracy – Civic Access, Civic Engagement and Civic Representation – defending and expanding voting rights; coordinating voter registration, turnout, and voter protection, and fighting for full representation through census and redistricting.
Who We Are
State Voices is a national network of permanent, nonpartisan, state-based coalitions, or Tables, working year-round to create a more accessible, inclusive, and representative democracy. At the helm is Alexis Anderson-Reed, a rising leader in the social justice movement, whose career has been dedicated to community organizing, coalition building, public policy, and strategic planning in the context of racial equity and the politics of power and privilege.
- Participate in weekly check-ins with the national data team.
- Assist with the development of the vision and priorities of the department for the network.
- Assist in the hiring and reviews of state data managers and associates in the eastern regions.
- In coordination with the Director and Deputy Director West, plan and host regular data calls for the network, and an annual convening for data staff.
- Manage at least one working group in the Data and Technology department.
- Provide consultation and advice to state table staff on the most effective use of data to help accomplish their organizational and programmatic goals.
- Assist with the planning and hosting of regional calls or convenings in the eastern regions.
- Have biweekly check-ins with all data staff in eastern regions.
- Manage a Voter Registration Data & Training Manager, and work with them to support all data-related voter registration work happening in the network.
- Assist with the onboarding and training of new state table data staff in eastern regions as needed.
- Work with state data managers and national staff on analysis and reporting of data to maximize program results.
- Help to improve and plan aspects of the State Voices Data Certification Program for partners.
- Provide up to 5 hours a week of direct data support for a table in the eastern regions without a Data Manager.
- Other duties as assigned.
Key Skills & Qualifications
- 3 or more years of experience in political or nonprofit data.
- Experience using, training on, and administering VAN is a must.
- Demonstrated ability to train non-technical audiences on use of software tools.
- Experience managing and supporting staff is a plus.
- Public speaking or teaching, especially explaining the use of technology and data to non-technical people.
- Familiarity with running webinars or online training/presenting.
- Familiarity with Catalist tools is a plus.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Diplomatic, professional approach to problem solving while working independently or on a team.
- Must be open to direction, very organized, and a good written and oral communicator.
- Must be able to manage several tasks and projects concurrently and prioritize work effectively.
- Background in 501c3 work and the desire to work with progressive organizations.
- Comfortable working in a diverse community with people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences.
- Must be willing to travel around the Eastern Time Zone of the U.S. as needed.
Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected]. The first round of interviews will begin the week of March 4, 2019.
Compensation: Compensation is $80,000 to $90,000 depending on background and experience, and includes a full benefits package.
Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at State Voices, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications 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.