Organization Overview

Maine Votes is a state-based, 501(c)(4) convening “table” formed to build permanent advocacy and campaign infrastructure, advance progressive policies, and protect and expand voting rights. Maine Votes is an affiliate of America Votes.

Maine Voices Network is a state-based, 501(c)3 civic engagement “table” whose work is, by law, not partisan or electoral in nature. Maine Voices Network is part of the national State Voices Network.

Maine Votes and Maine Voices Network (collectively “MV/N”) serve as hubs where partners work together, particularly to leverage research, policy, organizing, civic engagement, and elections to achieve larger gains than any one group could on its own. The two tables coordinate to the extent permissible by law, including sharing staff, who serve to drive coordination among partners, increase state capacity, coordinate national and state strategies, make cutting edge data and technology accessible, mobilize funding, and create a community of innovation.

MV/N 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.

Position Overview

Data is one of the most important and powerful ways we support grassroots organizing and social change in the states. MV/N are seeking a well-organized, self-starter for a full-time, year-round position as Data and Technology Manager. The Data and Technology Manager plays a key role in the advancement of Maine’s progressive movement. MV/N offers a range of voter and demographic data with a range of technologies to support partner programs and inform field organizing strategies. The Data and Technology Manager will lead this work at the direction of the Executive Director.

Primary Functions

Data Strategy and Table Support:

  • Using data, VAN, and other technologies, work with MV/N partner organizations to support the development of their field organizing and voter contact plans and make strategic recommendations on how best to use data effectively, including standards for data collection, data acquisition, and preservation.
  • Work with other table staff to lead MV/N on the production of written reports, data analysis, and coordination efforts; providing strategic, data-driven recommendations to partners on data and civic engagement technology.
  • Provide relevant materials that support collective strategy and partner programs, including the creation of target universes, list match reports, and trends/disparity analyses.
  • Provide technical assistance with the use of VAN and other technologies which includes handling partner data requests, uploading data, setting up predictive dialer phone banks, robocalls and robosurveys, supporting MiniVAN, etc.
  • Strategic planning assistance – support coalition partners through the development of campaign plans (electoral, civic engagement, voting rights, and issue campaigns), providing technical assistance, responding to programmatic requests, and participating actively in long-range strategic planning for the Maine progressive movement.

VAN & Tools Management:

  • Monitor the use of the VAN system to ensure compliance with state and national policies, including the data MOU process. Provide partner staff and volunteers training on better data hygiene and data collection practices.
  • Maintain documentation of all voter contact, turnout, and election protection data.
  • Make recommendations for additional field tools that will support the table’s strategy and partner fieldwork.
  • Provide VAN administration by managing user and security settings for table partners and their consultants

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications. Please consider applying even if you don’t meet all of them currently.

Required:

  •  At least one year serving in a data role with a campaign or advocacy organization, or at least two previous cycles of field management experience.
  • Experience using VAN (Voter Activation Network)/VoteBuilder.
  • Base knowledge of how to read and understand voter, demographic, and other data sets and ability to communicate about that data to non-technical audiences.
  • Advanced proficiency in Excel.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity and record of success working with communities of color, women, low-income people, LGBTQIA individuals, and/or other historically marginalized communities.

Nice to have but not required:

  • Experience working in coalition with partners or experience working in diverse communities.
  •  Experience mentoring, managing, or training staff is preferred.
  • Experience with or knowledge of data management, database administration, reporting and analysis, and/or digital organizing tools is a plus.
  • Familiarity with SMS-based and/or relational voter contact tools.
  • Experience using SQL, along with Python, R, Julia, or any other data analysis tool.

To Apply:

  • Please send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Tom Janenda at [email protected]
  • To ensure your submission is properly routed, your subject line should be: ​“Data Manager Position.” ​
  • Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled; however preference will be given to resume received by May 15, 2020.  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. All staff are working fully remotely during the current COVID-19 crisis.

Compensation: ​Compensation is $55,000 – $60,000 for Manager level experience and includes a competitive benefits package, including medical insurance, retirement benefits, paid vacation, sick, and medical leave.

Maine Votes and Maine Voices Network are equal opportunity employers. 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.