programming job in DC to assist Google/Pew VIP project (based out of NOI)

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Joseph Lorenzo Hall

Feb 15, 2010, 1:33:32 PM2/15/10
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Programmer, Voting Information Project, Washington, DC — The New
Organizing Institute (NOI) is seeking a full-time employee to take on
responsibilities associated with the Voting Information Project (VIP),
a cooperative project with the Pew Charitable Trusts and Google. The
Voting Information Project (VIP) is a long-term, non-partisan effort
to connect voters, via the web, with the information they need to be
more engaged citizens. More specifically, the project works to get
all 50 states to publish polling place information and candidate
information in a standard format. These “feeds" of voting information
will be available to all information providers in a recognized format.
Thus, any organization – national or local, large or small – will be
able to serve as a distribution channel for voting information--
directly from election officials to voters. The Programmer will be
primarily responsible for working directly with tech staff in the
states, VIP technical support staff, and Google to implement new feeds
and update or maintain existing feeds. NOI itself is a progressive
organization that builds capacity and sophistication in the
progressive movement in the areas of technology and new media,
especially as they relate to organizing. NOI offers numerous
trainings for progressive practitioners, engages in data research, and
coordinates with a wide range of progressive partners to leverage
common interests in the improvement of technology options in the
field. The position is hosted out of NOI offices and will include
involvement in other NOI projects, but will primarily focus on VIP.
Responsibilities: Technical Support and Development including:
coordinate with technical collaborators to implement feeds; develop
controls for monitoring status of VIP data feeds; assist with outreach
and development of promotional materials; create materials explaining
technical aspects of VIP; answer incoming technical questions from
public and other stakeholders. Qualifications: Basic knowledge of
political data; 1+ yrs database management experience; 3+ yrs
programming experience; familiarity with XML, JSON, other data
standards, EC2 and other cloud services, REST concepts, and
comfortable in a Linux environment. The position goes through Jan,
2011, and may be extended at that time. Salary is commensurate with
experience, and includes health care. Candidates should submit a
resume and cover letter to The email musthave
the subject line “Programmer Application”

Joseph Lorenzo Hall
ACCURATE Postdoctoral Research Associate
UC Berkeley School of Information
Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy

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