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Civic Data Research Associate

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Center for Tech and Civic Life


Washington, DC

Skills And Qualifications:

Desired Qualifications

A successful candidate for the Research Associate opening will have a comprehensive understanding of our mission and demonstrate a proven track record of success. In addition, while no candidate will possess every quality, a successful candidate will possess many of the following qualifications and personal attributes:

  • Meticulous attention to detail. You are able to organize non-centralized, non-standard information into a coherent format.
  • Thrives in an intensive work culture. You are able to handle the pressure of needing to get results given the tight time constraints inherent in working with elections.
  • Strong sense of curiosity and demonstrated research experience. You take delight in immersing yourself in the rabbit hole of civic data and untangling edge cases in our work. You are able to stay motivated to produce excellent results when the work gets tedious (as it sometimes will!). 
  • Eagerness to learn to use new tools and technology. This includes learning basic Microsoft Excel formulas to manipulate text and execute lookups.
  • Basic knowledge of American politics, elections, and/or election administration.

Duties And Responsibilities:


  • Elections and Government Research. Lead efforts in maintaining and expanding existing elected official and candidate datasets, datasets about government structure, as well as other research projects as necessary.
  • Additional Web-Based Research. Lead efforts in collecting and maintaining information about candidates’ and elected officials’ websites, social media accounts, contact information, and other additional fields related to our civic datasets.
  • Data Entry and Cleaning. Using Microsoft Excel and other products, transform civic information from a variety of formats into standardized and machine readable data. 
  • Quality Assurance. Work with the Research Associates and Director of Civic Data to implement data quality checks to ensure the accuracy and completeness of data.
  • Communication. Clearly communicate with other members of the civic data team, and with election officials (often over the phone or via email) to ensure high quality results.

Salary And Benefits:

Type: Full Time
Salary: $48,000 – $50,000

Time Off

Everybody needs time to recharge. That’s why we’re firm believers in giving our team the rest and time away necessary to come to work feeling their best. 

We offer up to 20 days paid vacation, all federal holidays off and a ~two-week paid winter break in December through the New Year. 

Parents & Families

We give our team the support and time they need to care for loved ones, in good times and bad. 

We offer unlimited sick days (this includes the ability to take sick leave to care for a child or relative for whom you provide care).

We offer 16 weeks of leave during a 12-month period for: 

  • the birth and care of the newborn of the employee
  • the placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care
  • to care for an immediate family member (partner, child, sibling, or parent) with a serious health condition 

We offer up to five paid days off for bereavement leave. 

Health Care

We offer our team a full wellness package, including:

  • HMO premium plan
  • Dental insurance 
  • Vision insurance

Professional Development

Everyone deserves the chance to strengthen their skills. Whether that’s attending a conference or enrolling in a course, we offer each team member $500 annually toward professional development opportunities.

Additional Info:

Position Description

The Center for Tech and Civic Life is looking for a Research Associate to join its Civic Data team. The Civic Data team’s programs help organize the country’s election information and answer important questions about government and representation. Some examples of the work the Research Associate will do: 

  • Collect, maintain, and ensure the quality of CTCL’s civic datasets, including ballot and elected official information.
  • Maintain and expand systems and processes for tracking our country’s elections processes. 
  • Develop new datasets and original research for projects that further the organization’s mission.
  • Other duties assigned by the Civic Data Research Managers.

The Research Associate will be joining a small distributed team, and will report to the Civic Data Research Managers.

To apply

Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis, though response may be slow through late December/early January. 

  • Complete a short application form.
  • Email your resume to with the subject line “Research Associate – Resume.” Note: You do not need to submit a cover letter.
  • If you meet our desired criteria, you will have the opportunity to complete a job simulation exercise to demonstrate your qualifications and also get a better idea of what the job will be like.
  • Based on your application and simulation, an interview and reference check will be conducted to determine if you are the best fit for the position.

The Center for Tech and Civic Life is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage people of all races, colors, religions, national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, abilities, branches of military service, and political party affiliations to apply.

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