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Happy Election Day! We like to celebrate voting, so here’s some good news to go with casting your ballot.

But first, let me ask – have you voted yet? If not, make sure you cast your ballot today! You can find polling place and ballot info at turbovote.org/election-day.

Now, here are a few exciting updates from our work this cycle:

  • This October, TurboVote passed a milestone with over a quarter of a million voters served.
  • Nationwide, we’re now working with more than 200 colleges and universities to make civic participation a core element of the student experience.
  • USA Today and the National Journal covered our campus voter engagement work.
  • Our Voting Information Project (VIP) team successfully collected and standardized polling place information for all 50 states and DC. Today, that data is live on Google, Facebook, and WordPress, where we expect that tens of millions of voters will see it.

Today also marks the first day of our 2015 operations. In order to continue growing and improving, we’re recruiting six more people across the organization:

  • A Business Development Lead to identify and recruit new college and university partners for TurboVote.
  • A Government Outreach Lead to champion our work with local election officials.
  • A Partner Support Lead to build out implementation materials, provide hands-on trainings, and develop new and better features for our partner colleges and universities.
  • A Director of Communications to improve how we connect with our voters, partners, friends, and the public.
  • And two Software Developers to help us build a service-oriented, Clojure-powered platform capable of powering an ecosystem of voter engagement tools.

We hope that you’ll help us find exactly the right candidates for each of these, so please pass them on!

Expanding the team and getting through another major election always makes me reflect back on how far we’ve come in the past three years with your support. It’s incredible, but it’s even more exciting to remember that this is still only the beginning!

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Title: Data Fellow, Voting Information Project

At Democracy Works, we believe that voting should fit the way we live. To that end, we’ve joined forces with The Pew Charitable Trusts as the data and technology contractor for the Voting Information Project (VIP), a collaboration between Pew and Google to provide every voter with access to standardized information about where and how to vote–data that powers everything from Google’s Voter Information Tool to our own text message and email reminders to TurboVote’s users.

As national mid-term elections approach, we’re recruiting a cohort of data fellows to join our team in the herculean task of collecting, parsing, and assuring the quality of a nation’s worth of election data by November. This is a full-time, paid position running from the start of September through just after Election Day.

As a data fellow for VIP, you’ll:

  • Support an open government dataset that received 25 million hits in 2012
  • Collect, review, reformat, and generally wrangle the thorniest of elections data
  • Apply (and maintain) parsers, quality assurance checkers, and data management scripts

You are:

  • Obsessively attentive to detail
  • Creative, in the way that recognizes the artistry of a well-wrought Excel macro
  • Capable of staying focused in a high-energy environment
  • Passionate about civic tech, open data, and government 2.0

You have experience:

  • Handling large, complex datasets using some combination of Excel, SQL, and Ruby/Python (or similar)
  • (Preferably) in politics or government
  • Working on highly collaborative teams

This is a full-time, competitively-paid position running through the week of the election. We’re based in Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO, and we’ll take on fellows at either office.

To apply, send a resume and pithy introduction to Paul and Noma at work@turbovote.org with the subject “Will wrangle data for democracy.”

We are building an awesome, diverse team, so we strongly encourage applicants of all races, colors, political party associations, religions (or lack thereof), national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, abilities, and branches of military service. Feel free to contact us at work@turbovote.org if you have any questions about our commitment to diversity or about general hiring practices.

It’s time to let you in on a little secret. You probably know us as TurboVote, but the nonprofit’s real name is Democracy Works. Running the TurboVote service is still a big part of our work, but we’ve spent the past few months growing the team at Democracy Works (now at 18 staff!) in order to launch the next phase of our strategy: working directly with local and state governments to modernize voting.

Where’s my ballot?

I’m excited to announce that the Democracy Fund awarded us a two-year, $500,000 grant in part to build a ballot tracking tool for election officials. You can read more about it—and meet our new Director of Government Services, Monica Crane Childers—in a recent story on the Electionline website.

In our research last year, election administrators told us they wanted more insight into (and control over) what happens to the ballots they send through the postal system, so that’s our first task. This tool will also help officials implement one of the recommendations made by the President’s Commission on Election Administration: safeguards for mail balloting, including tracking absentee ballots so voters can verify the status of their vote.

We’re working with election offices in Martin County FL, Boone County MO, and Johnson County KS to design and develop the ballot tracker, and we’re still recruiting additional election offices to our advisory brain trust. The tool itself is coming along nicely, but now we need your help to give it a name. To submit your suggestions, fill out our handy form—and thanks!

Powering voting information for all 50 states

As Katy noted in our last update, we’re working for the Pew Charitable Trusts on the Voting Information Project to build the only complete dataset of every polling place in the US. It’s vital work and an invaluable learning experience. We’re looking under the hood at election offices across the country and meeting the public servants who make our democracy run.

And I’m happy to announce that we’ve finished hiring our team, with Noma Thayer joining as VIP Data Technologist and Maria Bianchi joining as VIP Government Outreach Coordinator.

Free (beautiful) websites for county election officials

Again, thanks to a $50,000 collaboration grant from the Democracy Fund, we’re working with ELECTricity, Dana Chisnell, and the Sunlight Foundation to build a free, easy-to-use website template designed specifically for election offices. The talented team at ELECTricity are taking the lead, but we’re very excited to participate and see where this goes.

Stay tuned for news about our college work

Though this update was all about government, we have a major announcement coming soon about TurboVote’s work with colleges and universities. Expect to hear from us again soon!

NOTE: this posting is now closed. Thank you for your interest!

At Democracy Works, we believe that voting should fit the way we live. To that end, we’ve built TurboVote, a service that tracks all your elections. We’ll send you all the materials and information you need to get registered, stay registered, and cast your ballot in every election, from municipal to national–and we’ll even mail you forms with an addressed, stamped envelope for your local election office.

In our quest to make voting easier, we’re also joining forces with the Pew Charitable Trusts and Google as the data and technology partner for the Voting Information Project (VIP), a collaboration to provide every voter with access to standardized information about where and how to vote–data that powers everything from Google’s polling place search to our own text message and email reminders to TurboVote users.

The Data Lead will be the VIP team’s stalwart front line as we acquire, parse, and assess a nation’s worth of election data.

As the data lead for VIP, you’ll:

  • Manage an open government dataset that received 25 million hits in 2012
  • Train state election offices in data standards and exports
  • Build and maintain parsers, quality assurance checks, and data management scripts
  • Collaborate with TurboVote’s developer team and Google engineers
  • Build and manage a team of data fellows to hand-collect some of the trickiest elements in the lead up to Election Day

You are:

  • Obsessively attentive to detail
  • Creative, in the way that recognizes the artistry in a well-wrought Excel macro
  • A fluent translator between jargon and vernacular
  • Passionate about civic tech, open data, and government 2.0
  • Happiest working with a team
  • Interested in both the macro and micro views of any project

You have experience:

  • Handling large, complex datasets using some combination of SQL and Ruby/Python (or similar)
  • In an agile development environment
  • In politics or government
  • On highly collaborative teams (leadership experience especially nice-to-have)
  • Providing customer support or hands-on services, or working with external partners
  • Winning pub trivia (okay, this one’s just a nice-to-have)

Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Democracy Works also offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance and vacation. We’re based in Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO, and we hope you’ll want to join our Brooklyn team—though we’ll consider remote arrangements for the perfect candidate.

To apply, send a resume and pithy introduction to Paul and Katy at work@turbovote.org with the subject “Will work for democracy.”

We are building an awesome, diverse team, so we strongly encourage applicants of all races, colors, political party associations, religions (or lack thereof), national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, handicaps and branches of military service. Feel free to contact us at work@turbovote.org if you have any questions about our commitment to diversity or about general hiring practices.