Ohio Data Director

  • America Votes
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Feb 22, 2021
Full time Public Policy Database

Job Description


DataFull Time Remote


America Votes is the coordination hub of the progressive community, leading collaborative efforts among a diverse coalition of more than 400 state and national partner organizations to advance progressive policies, win elections and protect every American’s right to vote. America Votes works nationally and in more than 20 states to provide a range of services to partners, including strategic planning, advocacy and electoral campaign coordination, data tools and targeting services, and on-the-ground leadership in key states. For more information about America Votes, visit www.americavotes.org.

America Votes is committed to developing long-term roadmaps and setting critical goals for states. With an eye on redistricting and the consequences of extreme conservative gerrymanders, these efforts are essential to building progressive power in the states, session-by-session and election-by-election. 


America Votes is committed to advancing racial equity through organizational systems and policies that are consistently tested, evaluated, and updated. Some organizational priorities include:

  • Building reflective and equitable state and national networks and partnerships.
  • Increasing engagement of state-based groups building power in communities of color in the planning process.
  • Expanding the Community Power Builders program, designed to support organizations led by and working in communities of color as they emerge into the 501(c)(4) space.

America Votes sees its commitment to racial equity as an integral part of its success. Applicants are encouraged to reflect on how they see themselves contributing to America Votes’ work on advancing racial equity.



America Votes Ohio is seeking a well-organized self-starter for a full-time position as Data Director. The Ohio Data Director plays a key role in the advancement of the progressive movement in the state. America Votes Ohio utilizes and offers its partner organizations a range of voter file, data, and targeting services. We seek an individual with a combination of technical and political skills to manage these services and work with state partner groups and stakeholders in the progressive movement. This position reports directly to the Ohio State Director. 



This position is based in Columbus, Ohio, with remote work negotiable through the pandemic. 



  • Work with partner organizations using the voter file and other technologies to support, enhance, and execute programs. This includes assisting partners in employing program implementation best practices as well as converting technical data to actionable issue advocacy and electoral campaign recommendations.
  • Lead data presentation development. Must be comfortable developing district profiles, landscape memos, slide show presentations, and other documents to communicate data analysis with key stakeholders.
  • Work with the State Director to lead AV Ohio data analysis and coordination efforts, and provide strategic data-driven recommendations to partners on field and targeting.
  • Work with AV Ohio staff, partners, vendors, consultants, and others for the acquisition, enhancement, manipulation, and management of voter and member data. 
  • Manage voter file access for AV partner organizations and their consultants. This includes administration and security, training end-users, and providing technical assistance as needed.
  • Manage and enhance volunteer recruitment database, virtual predictive dialer, web based programs, and text messaging programs.
  • Work with other AV Ohio staff and partner groups to ensure that political and voter contact programs are maximizing shared voter file, targeting, and other data resources. This includes supporting AV Ohio staff and partner groups to develop campaign plans. 
  • Lead partner and organizational VAN and data trainings.
  • Strategic planning assistance – support coalition partners through the development of campaign plans (electoral, voting rights, and issue campaigns), providing technical assistance, responding to programmatic requests and participating actively in long-range strategic planning for the Ohio progressive movement.
  • Work with partner organizations using the voter file and other technologies to support and enhance issue advocacy and voter contact programs. This includes assisting partners in employing best practices and VAN training. 
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.



  • Experience working with underrepresented and/or historically marginalized communities, preferably in political or organizing settings. Understanding of how power and privilege can show up in data-- both in access to data and the data itself. 
  • Candidates should have an understanding of common direct voter contact programs and experience using data to inform advocacy and electoral plans.
  • Strong VAN or other database skills are required.
  • Must be comfortable using spreadsheets, and should have a working knowledge of: pivot tables, filters, text to columns, and creating simple charts using Excel or a similar tool. 
  • Must be comfortable and able to present data in understandable ways-- including visualizations, historical context, and more. 
  • Candidates must have a willingness and aptitude to seek out and learn new technical skills.
  • Excellent communication (oral and written, organizational, and time management skills, with attention to detail.
  • Must be a self-starter willing to work long irregular ‘campaign-style’ hours and to travel as needed, especially during campaign season. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated history of persistence and resourcefulness in solving technical and data problems.
  • Ability to travel throughout the state when necessary.
  • Positive attitude and a sense of humor.


  • Standout candidates will have knowledge of and experience with Ohio political landscape and/or independent expenditure campaigns. 
  • Experience preferred with at least one of the following: Mapping tools (QGIS, etc), visualization tools (Power BI, Tableau, Periscope, etc), SQL (comfortable with SELECT, WHERE, GROUPBY), R, Python, advanced Excel functions (VLOOKUP, SUMIF, INDEX(MATCH)).
  • Experience conducting small group trainings or developing training materials for end users. 


The salary for this position will be between $55,000 and $63,000 and depend upon the applicant’s experience. Benefits for this position include health, dental, and vision insurance as well as a 401(K) and paid vacation, sick days and parental leave.



Please submit a copy of your resume, a cover letter and three references to the application form. Interviews will start mid-February and position will remain posted until filled. 

If you experience any technical difficulties with our application form, please email recruiting@americavotes.org. Please note that only applications received through the application form will be considered; please do not email us your application materials.

America Votes is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. America Votes does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under local, state or federal law.


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The salary for this position will be between $55,000 and $63,000 and depend upon the applicant’s experience. Benefits for this position include health, dental, and vision insurance as well as a 401(K) and paid vacation, sick days and parental leave.