MapLight, an award-winning nonpartisan research organization that tracks money’s influence on politics, is seeking a Program Associate to work on Voter’s Edge, our comprehensive online voter guide, as we expand it to new states for the 2016 election. This individual will help generate and curate the site’s content and must possess strong writing, research, and organizational skills.
Oversee research and data collection processes for a large set of data on elections, candidates, and ballot measures
Generate and maintain Voter’s Edge site content, including key information about ballot measures and candidates, such as summary and biographical information, endorsements, news, editorials, and campaign advertisements
Thoroughly review content to ensure quality and accuracy
Track project goals and deliverables to numerous external partners
Engage in partnership development, promotion, and marketing activities to increase engagement with Voter’s Edge
Communicate directly with political campaigns to facilitate the flow of information and accuracy
Research elections and election laws in jurisdictions throughout the country
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree and 2-4 years of experience in research or data management positions
Knowledge pertaining to elections, politics, and government—at the federal, state, and local levels
Experience working with data and spreadsheets and advanced proficiency with Microsoft Excel
Comfort working independently on tasks while maintaining focus and accuracy
Strong communications skills—expressed verbally, in writing, and in the way you organize data
Excellent organizational skills
Computer savvy and web savvy
100% attention to detail; 100% accurate
Flexibility to adapt to shifting project priorities
Willingness to pitch in wherever needed on a small, agile team
Desired Additional Skills:
Spanish language skills
Experience with MySQL
This full-time position is available immediately and includes health benefits, paid vacation, and a competitive salary. MapLight is located in downtown Berkeley, California (close to BART). We offer a hardworking but casual office environment including quality-of-life perks such as a fully-stocked office snack bar, bi-weekly team lunches, delicious fair-trade coffee, ergonomic workstations, and bike storage on the premises. Come work with us on the cutting edge of government transparency and accountability!
MapLight is a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money’s influence on politics. Our groundbreaking transparency website, www.maplight.org, combines lobbying and campaign contribution data with how every legislator votes on every bill, making connections between money and votes that would previously have taken days or weeks to uncover available to the public at the click of a mouse. Our widely-disseminated, evidence-based findings highlight the relationship between campaign donations and legislative outcomes for the specific issues people care about, focusing citizen outrage and political energy on the root cause of government’s failure to serve the public interest: our broken system of campaign finance.
Since our founding in 2005, MapLight has reached over 315 million people with our data highlighting the impact of political influence. We’ve also launched Voter’s Edge, a comprehensive, nonpartisan online voter guide for the 21st century, and won a James Madison Freedom of Information Award, a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, a Library Journal Best Reference Award, an American Library Association MARS: Best Free Reference Web Site Award, and a Webby Award nomination. For more about MapLight’s work, check out the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s profile of MapLight (www.maplight.org/SSIR) or visit www.maplight.org and www.votersedge.org.
How to apply
Send cover letter and resume to the attention of Michael Canning at firstname.lastname@example.org; reference “Program Associate, Voter Information” and your last name in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls please. MapLight is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply.