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The Data Coalition is an initiative of the non-profit Data Foundation. The membership-based initiative facilitates a strong national data community and advocates for responsible policies to make government data high-quality, accessible, and usable. The Data Coalition’s work unites the data communities that focus on data science, management, evaluation, statistics, and technology, including individuals in companies, nonprofit organizations, and academia.

If you are passionate about government data policy, consider applying and join our team.

Project Associate (Data Coalition), Full-Time


The Data Foundation is a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization that champions the use of data and evidence-informed policy to improve society for everyone. We are a trusted authority on the use of open, accessible data to fuel a more efficient, effective, and accountable government; spark innovation; and provide insights to the country’s most pressing challenges. As a nonpartisan think tank, we conduct research, collaborative thought leadership, and advocacy programs that advance practical policies for the creation and use of accessible, trustworthy data.

Position Overview

The Data Foundation is currently seeking a support staff who can help perform administrative, operational, and organizational tasks that support the mission of the organization, specifically for an initiative of the organization called the Data Coalition, celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2022 as America’s premier voice on data policy. The Data Coalition is a membership-based initiative of the Data Foundation that facilitates a strong national data community and advocates for responsible policies to make government data high-quality, accessible, and usable. The Data Coalition Initiative unites the data communities that focus on data science, management, evaluation, statistics, and technology, including individuals in companies, nonprofit organizations, and academia. Over the past decade, the initiative contributed to milestone legislation and policy changes that were foundational in changing the course of how data are used across the country.

The Project Associate role works closely with analysts and directors to support events, research and policy projects, communications activities, member relations, and use of the association management system. The Project Associate will support member-related activities, satisfaction of member services, and other duties as needed to ensure successful completion of the Data Coalition Initiative’s goals as established by the Data Coalition Advisory Board. This non-supervisory position may be based in Washington, DC or virtual in the United States, with expectations for an ET work schedule.

The Data Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support for the Data Coalition Advisory Board, including the Chair, and other staff leading activities of the Data Coalition Initiative with administrative tasks, special projects, strategic engagement and correspondence, scheduling, staffing task forces and working groups, and administrative tasks to facilitate successful completion of initiative goals (50%).

  • Coordinates with relevant staff to update and maintain the association management system, relevant contact lists, member and network events, and other records for organizational funders and supporters including for member renewals (20%);

  • Participate in the development and publication of weekly newsletters to members of the Data Coalition initiative (20%); and

  • Support relevant research and policy priorities of the organization and other duties as assigned to the associate for supporting the Data Foundation’s mission (10%).

Qualifications and Competencies

  • Willingness to work in a non-partisan capacity

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, particularly through written materials

  • General interest in the organization’s mission related to data policy, evidence-based policymaking, statistical policy, evaluation policy, science policy, or privacy policy

  • Ability to multitask on numerous projects, large and small, in both collaborative and independent situations

  • Demonstrated research and organizational skills

  • Self-starter and results-oriented individual with notable interpersonal skills and desire to learn

Required Education and Experience

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.

Application Process

The Data Foundation offers a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience and education. The position is budgeted at $38,000 for full-time; part-time applications will also be considered.

Individuals interested in this position should email a (1) cover letter explaining your interest in the position, (2) cv or resume, and (3) contact information for three references to careers@datafoundation.org. Please include the position title in the subject line of the email. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled with initial reviews beginning on May 1, 2022. Multiple positions may be filled from this posting.

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