Junior Data Engineer & Researcher (Remote)
Posted on: January 15, 2022
Ballotpedia is a collaborative team of fast learners and
creative problem solvers who are eager to work hard to make the
world a better place. We believe the world will be a better place
if every citizen has access to information to make informed
decisions about their vote in every election in which they are
eligible to vote: primary, general, and special elections; federal,
state, and local offices.
We work diligently to present the available information about
elections, candidates, judges, ballot measures, policies, and more
in a way that enables our readers to vote with confidence and to
act as engaged citizens outside of the polling booth.
Ballotpedia readers, like Ballotpedia staff, are special
When we launched in 2007, we did not go out of our way to seek new
readers. Starting with our small team of visionary idealists,
nerds, and aspiring political journalists, we just wrote the best
unbiased online articles we could, especially about ballot
measures. Readers found those articles in droves. It turns out
there was an unclaimed audience out there-people who wanted
straightforward facts about political issues, and were willing to
read at length instead of just scanning the headlines.
"If you build it, they will come:'' our readers came to our neutral
oasis in growing numbers; we've had many millions of lifetime
pageviews, we reached nearly half of all voters in 2020, and, in
the month surrounding the November 2020 election, we were the 77th
most-visited website in the U.S.
We've come to realize that we need to meet our readers where they
are. In doing so, over the past five years, we've grown our email
newsletter program from infancy to include more than 1,000,000
opt-in subscribers with more than a dozen newsletters to choose
from. We are working in numerous ways to help put our neutral
information in front of people at the times when they most need it,
including on mobile phones while you're standing in the voting
booth. We firmly believe that our readers, and the mindset we help
them cultivate, are essential to the preservation of our great
civilization in a world where too many others are fighting to get
us all addicted to sensational posts and the irrational decisions
If this is a mission you'd be willing to work hard to achieve, and
if this is a team you'd be willing to work hard with-JOIN US.
Ballotpedia is seeking a full-time, remote Junior Data Engineer &
Researcher to join our organization.
Ballotpedia's Tech team is looking for someone with a love for both
research and programming who can develop automated workflows to aid
in data collection and cleaning for local election information
across the U.S., as well as perform manual research and outreach
where information is lacking or poorly standardized online. This is
a full-time role split between junior-level programming tasks and
research. The goal is to further Ballotpedia's mission of making
elections and political information freely available online to
Common tasks will include research to identify candidate lists and
election rules, data scraping, working with RPA tools such as
UiPath to develop automated workflows, data review/cleaning,
integrating with Ballotpedia's database and election products, and
developing reusable functions and tools for the above to pass on to
Metrics of success for this role include the amount of election
data ingested, the quality of such data, repeatable processes and
functions developed for other staff, as well as consistently
This position is part of Ballotpedia's Tech team, which supports
the rest of the staff in making high-quality political data and
unbiased encyclopedic content available to the American public by
improving many aspects of Ballotpedia's web presence and the
behind-the-scenes tools used by staff.
Skills And Experience Desired
Technical: Familiarity or experience with most or all of the
- Advanced spreadsheet functions
- SQL databases
- Scripting languages
- Basic algorithms
- Regular expressions
- RPA tools
Research: In addition, we would like to see skills related to
online research, communication and outreach.
You may be asked to respond to some test questions prior to an
interview in order to demonstrate some of these skills.
In terms of soft skills, the ideal candidate:
- is willing to work hard to support the mission of
- is humble, seeking to improve the work of the rest of the
staff, and approaching projects as a team member
- has an unending appetite for learning and mastering new
The Junior Data Engineer & Researcher will work remotely from their
home location. All Ballotpedia staff work remotely. To join
Ballotpedia, you must have a computer with Internet access.
Ballotpedia uses the Google Suite (Gmail, Google Calendar, Drive
and more), Slack, and Asana to accomplish our goals. Some
familiarity with the Google Suite, Slack, and Asana are
Ballotpedia has a flexible work environment, BP Flex, in which
every employee enjoys unlimited vacation and flexibility in
scheduling. Each employee will be oriented to the principles of
Ballotpedia's flexible environment during new employee
The starting pay range for the Junior Data Engineer & Researcher is
$60,000-$70,000, commensurate with experience.
In addition to salary, Ballotpedia offers an annual benefits
stipend equivalent to $7,000 that is paid out in equal increments
in each paycheck once an employee becomes benefits eligible. The
stipend may be used to pay for a full benefits package, including
health, vision, and dental insurance; retirement accounts; and
more. If benefits are not elected, the stipend is taxed as regular
income and added to salary.
To apply, visit the Ballotpedia job opportunities page and fill out
Please attach the following in PDF format:
- cover letter detailing your interest in Ballotpedia's mission,
this position and your salary expectations
- a Github link or project sample in your resume or cover letter
is helpful, but not required
Please ensure that either your r--sum-- or your cover letter
include your current address.
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