Michigan Data DirectorAmerica Votes Website
America Votes is the coordination hub of the progressive community, leading collaborative efforts among a diverse coalition of more than 400 state and national partner organizations to advance progressive policies, win elections, and protect every American’s right to vote. America Votes works nationally and in more than 20 states to provide a range of services to partners, including strategic planning, advocacy and electoral campaign coordination, data tools and targeting services, and on-the-ground leadership in key states. For more information about America Votes, visit www.americavotes.org.
Racial Equity Statement
As a leader of collaborative efforts to mobilize voters, protect voting rights, and win elections, America Votes is committed to advancing racial equity within our organization and across our coalition. We acknowledge the systematic racism that permeates all facets of our society, beginning with the foundational right to vote. America Votes is also engaging with an understanding of the ways gender, sexuality and other forms of oppression intersect with race and how those relationships impact inequities faced by our staff, our partners, and the communities that we engage in our work. America Votes strives to model our commitment to racial equity through our internal and external operations, programs, and partnerships. We acknowledge the inequitable structures that continue to exist and are moving forward with a sustained commitment in time, resources and people to challenge structural racism and work towards creating a reflective organization and democracy.
America Votes Ohio is seeking a well-organized self-starter for a full-time position as Data Director. The Michigan Data Director plays a key role in the supporting campaign strategy and direct voter contact programs for the progressive movement. America Votes Michigan offers its diverse set of progressive partners a range of voter file, data, and targeting services. We seek a service oriented individual with a combination of technical and political skills for this work. This position is ideal for someone who is ready for a mid-level role in a campaign environment and has a passion for helping others do their best work, and is excited about the details and tools that power direct voter contact programs. This position reports directly to the Michigan State Director.
This position is based in Michigan with Detroit, Lansing or Grand Rapids preferred and will require travel around the state. The Michigan office is located in Lansing.
Project Management: Support the state director in implementing America Votes’ organizational goals, including REI goals. Participate in team creation of work plans and team benchmarks for success. Manage special projects to deliver on team goals.
Voter File Management and Maintenance: Manage voter file access for AV partner organizations and their consultants. This includes administration and security, training end-users, and providing technical assistance as needed. Work with staff, partners, vendors, consultants, and others for the acquisition, enhancement, manipulation, and management of voter and member data.
Management of Data Tools: Lead partner and organizational VAN and campaign data trainings. This includes identifying the various training needs, creating the necessary training materials, and leading the presentations. Provide support, including training and troubleshooting, for the implementation of various campaign tools
Partner Support and Service: Work with partner organizations using the voter file and other technologies to support, enhance, and execute programs. This includes at least assisting partners in employing data tools for program implementation, applying best practices, and converting technical data to actionable issue advocacy and electoral campaign recommendations.
Coalition Support and Service: Responsible for coalition alignment on data and targeting which may include participating and leading various work groups or other meetings. Work with staff and partner groups to ensure that programs are maximizing shared voter file, targeting, and other data resources. This includes supporting staff and partner groups to develop campaign plans (electoral, redistricting, voting rights, and issue campaigns), providing technical assistance, and responding to programmatic requests. Support, and sometimes lead, the creation and development of written reports and products. Deliver presentations to various stakeholders, sometimes on short notice.
Direct Voter Contact Strategy: Lead AV Michigan’s data analysis and coordination efforts, and provide strategic data-driven recommendations to partners on campaign field and targeting. Lead data presentation development. Must be comfortable developing district profiles, landscape memos, slide show presentations, and other documents to communicate data analysis with key stakeholders.
Approach the work with curiosity and persistence: Strong sense of ownership and resilience with respect to planning ahead, finding alternative paths when needed, and moving forward after setbacks. Demonstrated ability to move people to action and hold them accountable with and without formal authority. Candidates should have a spirit of service and curiosity, along with a diplomatic approach to problem-solving in work with outside partners and while working independently or on a team.
Other responsibilities as assigned.
At least one cycle of experience (at least 2 years) with statewide data responsibilities. This includes experience with planning, program implementation and analysis.
Experience working with underrepresented and/or historically marginalized communities, preferably in political or organizing settings. Understanding of how power and privilege can show up in data-both in access to data and the data itself.
Strong sense of ownership and resilience with respect to planning ahead, finding alternative paths when needed, and bouncing back from setbacks and rejections. Candidates must have a willingness and aptitude to seek out and learn new technical skills.
Candidates should have an understanding of common direct voter contact programs and experience using data to inform plans and program. Strong VAN or other database skills are required with at least one cycle of experience administering voter contact tools.
Must have a minimum of introductory training on SQL; standout candidates will have experience using SQL including a comfort level with SELECT, WHERE, GROUPBY. Advanced Google Sheets or Excel skills required including familiarity with common functions (VLOOKUP, SUMIF, INDEX(MATCH)), pivot tables, and charts.
Must be comfortable and able to present data in understandable ways, including at least visualizations and historical context.
The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated history of persistence and resourcefulness in solving technical and data problems. Candidates should have a spirit of service and curiosity, along with a diplomatic approach to problem-solving.
Demonstrated ability to manage a high-volume of information with impeccable attention to detail in a fast-paced environment. Ability to manage several tasks/projects concurrently and prioritize work effectively by making and meeting team goals.
Comfortable working with a diverse set of stakeholders in one-on-one meetings and group settings. Ideal candidates will have previous work experience in a coalition setting with an ability to move people to action and hold them accountable without formal authority.
Must be a self-starter willing to work long irregular campaign-style hours and to travel as needed, especially during campaign season. As the health environment allows, meeting in person one-on-one, in small groups, and in large coalition meeting settings.
Knowledge of and experience with Michigan’s political landscape.
Experience with at least one: Mapping (QGIS, Maptitute, etc), visualization (Tableau, Periscope, Google Data Studio) analysis (R, Python) voter contact (Scale to Win)
Experience conducting small group trainings or developing training materials for end users.
The minimum salary for this position is $65,000 and depends upon the applicant’s experience. America Votes offers a competitive benefits package covering 100% of employee medical, dental, & vision insurance premiums, life insurance, long term disability coverage, a monthly cell phone stipend, personal professional development funds, parental leave, and 401 (K) after six months of continuous service with the organization.
America Votes provides a generous paid time off policy including paid vacation; paid sick leave and personal days; at least 10 Federal paid holidays including Juneteenth; and paid organizational time off from at least December 25 to January 1. The position is represented by the America Votes Workers Union.
Please submit a copy of your resume, a cover letter and three references to the application form.
If you experience any technical difficulties with our application form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that only applications received through the application form will be considered; please do not email us your application materials.
America Votes is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. America Votes does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under local, state or federal law. People of color, LGBTQ candidates, individuals with disabilities, and neurodivergent individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.