Data Engineer

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Analyst Institute is looking to fill one full-time role of Data Engineer on the Research Team as soon as possible. You’ll be part of a close-knit, cutting edge team of experts with backgrounds in social, behavioral, and data science. We will accept and review applications on a rolling basis. We strongly encourage applicants to apply by August 27, 2021 and will give priority to applications submitted by that date.

The Team

Over the past two decades, the progressive, civic engagement, and academic communities have conducted hundreds of randomized controlled field experiments to determine the efficacy and cost-efficiency of various approaches to voter mobilization and persuasion. These experiments have evaluated the impact of voter contact programs across a wide variety of electoral, temporal, and geographic contexts. As part of the research team at Analyst Institute, the meta-analysis team uses statistics to combine these studies to learn even more about the impact of voter contact programs.

The Roles

The Data Engineer will serve as the infrastructure expert on our ambitious meta-analysis project, leading on building out the data infrastructure and data pipelines of one of the organization’s most innovative research projects. The Data Engineer will be responsible for building and maintaining the data infrastructure underpinning this multi-faceted, long term project that involves standardizing data from hundreds of experiments, building relational and non-relational datasets, and getting the data in shape to run inferential analysis. If you are a strong data engineer with a thirst to tackle challenging projects and have real world impact, this could be a great role for you.

At Analyst Institute, you will get exposure to people and research across the progressive movement, serve as the bridge between social science research and practical take-aways for folks working on the ground, and collaborate with amazing people. You will be a prominent contributor to the progressive world, and we will invest in your skills and professional development.



Here are some skills you’ll need for the job, but you should consider applying even if you have some but not all of these skills:

Technical skills

– Has relevant experience building and managing data infrastructure involving large and complex datasets, including ETL pipelines, data cleaning and validation, and efficient querying.

– Has advanced knowledge of the following:
– AWS Cloud – particularly Glue, Lamda, Elastic MapReduce (EMR), Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), S3
– Python and/or R
– Unstructured or semi-structured data stores, including JSON as used for data mapping
– Relational databases & SQL
– Extract, Transform, Load (ETL) pipelines
– Data quality engineering

– Is up to speed and willing to stay current on the latest work in data engineering and related fields.

– Can explain data engineering concepts and processes to non-specialist internal and external stakeholders for the purpose of internal project coordination.

Context-based skills

– Is committed to a culture of learning and improving; we do our best and we improve as we go!

– Has project management skills, including scope and timeline management skills; particularly for complex, high-stakes projects, with an intuition to anticipate delays and construct solutions for delays.

– Has the ability to work in a flexible and fast-changing environment.

– Given the research focus of this project, the ideal candidate will have familiarity with communities of color and other underrepresented groups (for example, this could be organizing or working with communities of color, working on racial bias in data, etc.).


Though not required, please note in your cover letter if your skills and experience include:

– Familiarity with voter files, survey data or other political data (e.g., precinct-level election data, volunteer or member data, political contribution data, etc.).

– Experience and/or knowledge of running statistical analysis on large datasets.

– Familiarity with social science research on persuasion, voter mobilization, or other relevant topics.

– Experience working or volunteering with political campaigns, community-based organizations or other progressive groups or similar organizations.

– Comfort with running meetings and delivering presentations.
Experience working with a wide variety of digital communication technologies (e.g., Slack, Asana, etc.) to facilitate project management and collaboration.


Location: We are equally open to candidates working from our D.C.-based office (pandemic-permitting) or remotely. Roughly half of our staff worked remotely, and our internal culture fully supports and integrates our remote staff. When it is safe to do so, remote staff may be asked to come to D.C. periodically for training, important convenings, and team-building.
Compensation range: We are open to a range of candidates, from rising stars to established professionals. Salary commensurate with experience, from $100,000 to $115,000.
Benefits: These include 100% premium-covered health, dental, and vision care, generous paid time off and 401k matching, parental leave, and professional development stipends for self-directed growth.
Application process: We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. After submission, some applicants will be invited to complete a skills-based task.
For more information: See some of the reasons you may want to work here and visit our website for more information about the work we do.
To apply: Follow this link to submit an application.

The Analyst Institute values diversity in thought, background and experience, and we’re an equal opportunity employer. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQIA candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot provide sponsorship for those requiring visas or work permits.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the following is provided: The position involves skill in using a personal computer; oral and written communication skills; skills in proofreading and editing; use of clear and articulate speech; interpersonal relations skills; reasoning and problem solving skills; ability to work in a fast-paced environment; ability to sit for long periods, stoop, bend, reach and lift and carry light materials (up to 10 lbs.); and ability to travel by various methods of transportation, e.g., airplane, car. There will be long periods of screen use, and this role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets. For those located in DC, this job operates in a professional office environment with artificial light and the majority of work will take place in an open office environment with exposure to possible allergens

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