Political Data Director

Washington, DC or New York, NY | PAC - Data Team (Campaigns) | Full-time



Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. As a national online force driven by 1.5 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. We activate our members to take action on crucial issues — from criminal justice to media representations to the social safety net and voter freedom — so that we can build the power necessary to transform the written and unwritten rules of society. Our work – both rapid response and long-term campaigns for change – amplifies the voices of Black folks and our allies, building power and delivering meaningful wins that create consequences for racial injustice and build momentum for implementing solutions that move Black people and all people forward.


We are undertaking a major expansion of our data, analytics, and engineering capabilities to turbocharge our campaigns for change. Our electoral campaigns, grassroots lobbying, and representation work are generating a flood of data, some of which we are currently using to inform our work. But we’re just scratching the surface -- so much more is possible. That’s why we are making major investments in our data operation to ensure more and more of our data can be analyzed, and then leveraged, to guide our strategic and tactical decisions.

In the first few months, you will work with the National Data & Analytics Director to craft an overall data PAC strategy, this requires analysis of existing data but also the creation of new data structures and practices to optimize our PAC program. Working in deep collaboration with the National Data & Analytics Team, you'll lead on implementing a data infrastructure that effectively tracks our PAC's impact and power.

The key function of this role is to both evangelize and implement strong data practices through coordination with technical stakeholders and collaboration with strategic ones.

In addition, this role has a management and leadership component: the Political Data Director manages, coaches, and mentors other data staffers (who fulfill many of the ongoing data requests and needs from the team.) The Political Data Director will promote the work of and share the story of the data and its impact on data-driven strategy across the organization.

The Political Data Director position will be based in Washington DC or New York City and report to the National Data & Analytics Director.


  • Develop a process for developing and organizing metrics and goals; tell the story of that data in order to facilitate decision making; lead the creation of intuitive displays to track progress-to-goals for individuals and teams alike
  • Coordinate and track multiple field outreach methods (VAN, ThruText, ControlShift, etc,...) and visualize that data such that it can inform the strategy of field leadership and teams. 
  • Develop an ongoing training program to advance organizational data practices with an end goal of improving member experience and tracking the impact
  • Set the internal standards for managing and moving data across multiple systems, ensuring data integrity, quality assurance, and a high level of documentation and transparency 
  • Work with vendors to drive desired outcomes in an efficient and cost-effective way
  • Create programmed reports for regular use by teams, leadership, and individuals using the built-in reporting functions available in our toolsets
  • Analyze data to identify trends, opportunities, and problems so that the team can operate at peak effectiveness
  • Analyze, summarize, and present data in a manner accessible to non-technical decision-makers
  • Various other duties as set by the National Data & Analytics Director


  • A strong racial justice analysis with the ability to effectively integrate this analysis in your data work, including identifying moments where racial justice and inequities affect the collection, analysis, and presentation of our data
  • Experience conducting data management in an electoral, advocacy, or grassroots organizing context (including familiarity with voter engagement tools and data challenges in targeting, identification, persuasion, and Get Out The Vote efforts)
  • Experience managing NGP-VAN required; Catalist or Targetsmart helpful, but not required
  • Familiarity with voter targeting, identification, persuasion, and Get Out The Vote efforts, as well as experience working with propensity, turnout, and persuasion models
  • Intermediate to advanced SQL: ability to write complex joins and develop cross table analytics reports 
  • People and communication skills: Ability to present, explain, convince, coach, and troubleshoot with a wide set of stakeholders, including technical and non-technical staff
  • Ability to create compelling data visualizations using tools like Tableau, d3, or Shiny
  • At least 1 year of experience managing data staff
  • Ownership: This is not a “wait for direction” role, strong candidates will have a strong bias to action
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • At least 2 cycles of campaign experience

 Not required, but is a plus: 

  • 1-2 years of experience with at least one programming language like Python or Javascript
  • Experience building or commissioning the construction of models
  • Experience collaborating with remote teams

CLASSIFICATION, COMPENSATION, AND BENEFITS: This is a full-time, temporary position (ending December 30, 2020) with some travel required (0-25%). The salary for this position is $105,000. Color Of Change offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous vacation and holiday schedules and medical, dental, and disability insurance.

HOW TO APPLY: Please apply by clicking the "Apply" button below and submitting a resume and cover letter. 

Color Of Change is an equal opportunity employer. Color Of Change prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.