Program Manager

MapLight, an innovative, award-winning nonprofit that tracks money’s influence on politics, is seeking a Program Manager for Voter’s Edge, our groundbreaking online voter guide. Developed in partnership with the League of Women Voters California (LWVC). Voter’s Edge is a “one-stop-shop” for comprehensive, nonpartisan information about candidates and ballot measures, equipping voters with the information they need to feel confident they are voting in their own best interests. During the 2016 election, we helped approximately two million voters by providing timely, unbiased information on local, state, and federal elections.

In this role, you will ensure we deliver accurate information and a superior user experience to Voter’s Edge users, with an eye toward making improvements that will increase our impact. We’re looking for a strong communicator who has experience working with diverse data sets and a passion for civic technology.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with the LWVC and other local partners who will populate the site with content for each new election; provide assistance with training issues; escalate technical issues
  • Manage relationships with media partners who incorporate Voter’s Edge into their websites: recommend best practices, communicate milestones around each election, and coordinate social media releases
  • Ensure accuracy of the information provided by MapLight, including address-to-voting-district information, districts-to-offices, office descriptions, voting rights, measure content, translations, and other content not maintained by the League of Women Voters
  • Coordinate deadlines and testing schedules with MapLight’s data team to ensure accuracy of the campaign finance data in Voter’s Edge
  • Collect data, correct inaccuracies, and publish updates for some data sets. Coordinate work with the technical team to keep data updated and accurate
  • Provide quality assurance reviews when software changes are introduced. Perform user tests and recommend changes as needed
  • Coordinate communications strategy with MapLight's communications team
  • Marketing and promotion of Voter’s Edge, including administration of our AdWords account
  • Find insights into site usage and recommend improvements based on analytics data
  • Track qualitative performance metrics to measure the effectiveness of operational strategies and show the impact of Voter’s Edge
  • Work with MapLight’s executive team to identify targeted long-term revenue sources

Qualifications:

  • Experience in a data, research, or project administration role
  • Proven ability to track deadlines and progress toward meeting them
  • Working knowledge of elections, politics, and government at the federal, state, and local levels
  • Experience working with data and spreadsheets; advanced proficiency with Microsoft Excel
  • Comfort working independently while maintaining focus and accuracy
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to effectively and logically convey data
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Computer savvy and web savvy
  • 100% attention to detail; 100% accurate
  • Willingness to pitch in wherever needed on a small, agile team
  • Personal dedication to MapLight’s mission and work

Also let us know if you have…

  • Spanish language skills
  • Experience with MySQL
  • Background or demonstrated interest in civic technology or a related field

This full-time position is available immediately and includes health benefits, paid vacation, and competitive salary. MapLight is located in downtown Berkeley (near BART). Our hardworking but casual office environment includes quality-of-life perks such as a fully-stocked office snack bar, biweekly team lunches, delicious fair-trade coffee, ergonomic workstations, and bike storage on the premises. Come work with us on the cutting edge of government transparency and accountability!

To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to the attention of Skippy Williams at jobs@maplight.org, and reference “Program Manager” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; no phone calls, please.

MapLight believes that diversity makes us stronger. Building a team with diverse perspectives and life experiences enhances our ability to design products that inspire informed engagement with our political system across an inclusive audience. To that end, we are an equal opportunity employer and encourage all qualified applicants to apply. If you have a disability and may require accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact us at jobs@maplight.org.

About MapLight:

MapLight is a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money's influence on politics. Our groundbreaking transparency website, http://maplight.org, combines lobbying and campaign contribution data with how every legislator votes on every bill, making connections between money and votes that would previously have taken days or weeks to uncover available to the public at the click of a mouse. Our widely-disseminated, evidence-based findings highlight the relationship between campaign donations and legislative outcomes for the specific issues people care about, focusing citizen outrage and political energy on the root cause of government’s failure to serve the public interest: our broken system of campaign finance.

Since our founding in 2005, MapLight has reached over 315 million people with our data highlighting the impact of political influence. We've also launched Voter’s Edge, a comprehensive, nonpartisan online voter guide for the 21st century, and won a James Madison Freedom of Information Award, a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, a Library Journal Best Reference Award, an American Library Association MARS: Best Free Reference Web Site Award, and a Webby Award nomination. For more about MapLight's work, check out the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s profile of MapLight (http://maplight.org/SSIR) or visit http://maplight.org and http://votersedge.org.