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Data Science Consultant

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Data Science
Posted on Monday, March 25, 2024

Position Summary

The States Project (TSP) connects the importance of state legislatures to every aspect of our lives and brings together communities to help build a healthy, sustainable, and prosperous future for all.
Our electoral work focuses on winning governing majorities in the states by making state legislative campaigns more effective and better-funded. Our policy work provides nonpartisan tools and resources that connect a diverse community of state lawmakers committed to improving lives for the people they serve. We do it because we believe that state legislatures are the strongest force for change in this country.
We encourage you to find out more about the organizations’ values here.
The Opportunity:
We are seeking a Data Science Consultant to support the Political team in quantitative research projects that analyze electoral, campaign and caucus data to help inform key decisions during the 2024 election year. The ideal candidate should be a self-starter who loves digging into data and extract key insights with the ability to communicate findings effectively.
This position will have the opportunity to work with members of the Political team to collect campaign data from a variety of data sources, manage and maintain our central database, conduct original analyses to answer actionable research questions, build and maintain tools to explore insights, and help the Political team make key strategic decisions based on this data.

What You Will Do

  • Write code to automate data processing tasks and to conduct statistical analyses
  • Build data pipelines to automate extracting, transforming, and loading data into our central database
  • Conduct ad hoc research projects involving electoral or campaign datasets
  • Design informative data visualizations – both static and interactive – that communicate complex findings to non-technical audiences
  • Aggregate data and summarize findings in digestible ways for other stakeholders


  • Analyses and data work to inform resourcing and programmatic decisions, including:
    • through data engineering tasks like data wrangling (using SQL)
    • through statistical modeling (using Python or R)
    • through data visualization techniques (including Tableau or similar data visualization software)
  • Reports and analyses related to election forecasting or causal inference/field experiments
  • Political science and electoral tactics research and analysis
  • Development of and input into “explainer” documents explaining technical analyses to non-technical audiences
  • Must be able to independently manage time and tasks associated with a fast-paced organization
  • Work will require a highly collaborative approach, passion for and alignment with the organizations’ mission, vision, and theory of change, and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
This consultant role is a non-employment position that The States Project seeks to retain by contract through the 2024 calendar year (December 31, 2024).
$8,000-$10,000 per month
We value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at The States Project. Women, people of color, trans/genderqueer people, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are especially encouraged to apply.