Data Analyst

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Protect Democracy · Washington, DC

Data + Analytics
Human Rights & Equality
Partners & Advocates
Public Service & Civic Engagement
$67,592 - $122,151 Per Year
Posted 2 weeks ago

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**We are hiring multiple candidates for this role.**


VoteShield, a project of Protect Democracy, seeks highly motivated and civic-minded Data Analysts to join our growing team. VoteShield’s goal is to maintain complete and accurate voter data in order to ensure free and fair elections for all qualified voters. As a member of this world-class analysis and engineering team, you will analyze voter registration data, work with election administrators, and grow your technical skills.


Ideal candidates will be critical thinkers with a command of data analysis techniques and the ability to distill findings into clear, accessible reports and presentations. We are seeking people who bring an interest in civic data, commitment to non-partisanship, and passion for defending and strengthening our democracy through free and fair elections.


We do not expect that any one candidate will have all of the experiences and requirements listed — our current data analysis team comes from a variety of professional backgrounds, including academia and the public and private sectors. We highly encourage you to apply if the job description gets you excited about the role and the work of Protect Democracy & VoteShield. 


You may work from any location in the United States, and candidates from diverse backgrounds and from across the political and ideological spectrum are strongly encouraged to apply.


Data Analysts will:

  • Review and analyze changes in voter registration data and absentee ballot data in order to provide election officials with timely insights and answers to data questions.

  • Write and present data reports that are accessible to the team, partners, and election administrators.

  • Conduct legal/policy research as needed to provide context for your reports; contribute to research that utilizes VoteShield’s unique datasets and skills to assess election administration policies.

  • Expand and enrich our current data with external datasets.

  • Create, refine, and document your standards for reporting, and compare and collaborate to develop best practices for the team.

  • Build and maintain relationships with current and prospective partners in the election community.

  • Support work across Protect Democracy that can be enhanced through data analysis.

Job requirements

  • Interest in public or civic data and commitment to data-driven and non-partisan analysis.

  • Ability to communicate a clear story with data, both in writing and presenting, that describes the context, insights, conclusions, and open questions.

  • Proficiency in Python, R, or any programming language commonly used in data analysis. (Note: the team uses Python exclusively, but can provide the necessary training for those who demonstrate proficiency in other languages.)

  • Growth mindset and comfortability with an open and transparent culture that values feedback up, down and sideways

  • Excellent critical thinking skills,demonstrated by enthusiasm for investigating novel problems and exercising sound judgments about how to get to optimal solutions.

  • Rigorous attention to detail and the highest standards for excellence in execution.

  • Ability to track, prioritize, and, where necessary, triage work in order to use time in the most efficient and productive way.

  • Comfort working with small teams, proactively working to build the organizational culture and figure out what’s needed to move your work forward.

Pluses, but not required:

  • Experience in social science research

  • Knowledge of public policy and/or political science

  • Experience with election administration or voting data

  • Expertise in Python



The starting salary range for early-career candidates is $67,592-$79,520 (typically with a bachelor’s degree and some relevant professional experience), up through mid-career candidates, which is $103,828-$122,151 (typically with 7 or more years of relevant professional). Where a candidate falls within the salary range is determined by a number of factors including the relevant experience, capabilities, and skills a candidate brings, and internal organizational equity.

About Protect Democracy
  • Flexible location. You can work from any location in the United States as long as your location allows you to complete the demands of the position and mission. All staff are required to travel at least two times per year to internal team retreats. (Accommodations to this requirement will be made only in exceptional circumstances.) We currently have staff in Washington, DC, New York, Massachusetts, California, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Washington, and elsewhere around the country. We offer shared workspaces in many of these locations for staff members who enjoy working in an office environment.

  • Commitment to a diverse workplace. Protect Democracy is an equal opportunity employer. Our culture principles emphasize that there is strength in diversity as we believe diverse teams are more innovative, creative, and productive. Protect Democracy encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.

  • Competitive pay and phenomenal benefits. In addition to a competitive salary, our benefits package includes an unlimited vacation and sick leave policy, along with 12 paid holidays, 4 weeks of paid family medical leave, and 18 weeks of paid parental leave. We also offer a 401(k) plan with up to 6% employer match that vests immediately, full coverage for an excellent health care plan that includes both dental and vision insurance, long-term disability and life insurance for all employees, a home office stipend, and as budget allows, discretionary bonuses.

  • Ample opportunities for personal & professional development. Candidates who do not meet all listed criteria should still apply, as our organizational structure focuses on providing mentorship and opportunities for professional growth.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and our hope is that new team members will join us as soon as possible (and no later than September 2023).


Please contact [email protected] if you require accommodations at any point in the application process. Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries about application status.

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