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Progressive Minnesota Democrat seeks an experienced, creative legislative director to develop legislative initiatives and supervise legislative staff while managing a robust policy portfolio. Candidates should have outstanding writing and editing abilities with experience drafting talking points, statements and briefing memos. The candidate should be a self-starter and able to constructively work in a team environment in a fast-paced office. Congressional experience and supervisory background required. Candidates should have knowledge of urban policy issues, House legislative procedure, and the budget process. Candidates from Minnesota are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Please send a cover letter, resume and one short writing sample by Friday, August 26, 2011 to No calls or walk-ins, please.


POSTING DATE: August 11, 2011
POSITION: Deputy Voter Contact Specialist
DEPARTMENT: Technology
LOCATION: Washington, DC
CONTACT: Applicants should email to, with subject line “Deputy Voter Contact Specialist.”

This position will execute robopolls and GOTV robo calls daily, managing all aspects of checking samples, preparing audio files, and checking the results for quality. Additionally, this person will be responsible for helping to maintaining our database of questions and responses, past polling results, and developing basic reporting features.

A qualified candidate will have:
Excellent data management skills
Experience with sql, databases, and a propensity to learn new technologies
Extreme attention to detail
Enthusiasm for Democratic politics

Requirements Qualifications
· Minimum Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline or an equivalent
· 1-2 years experience working in politics or technology
· 1 year experience working with databases (sqlsrvr, access, etc.)
· Experience with Microsoft SQLServer, BIDS, and SSRS a plus

POSTING DATE: August 11, 2011
POSITION: Database Engineer
DEPARTMENT: Technology
LOCATION: Washington, DC
LOCATION: Resumes should be emailed to: with subject line “SQL Server Database Administrator”

The SQL Server Database Administrator will be responsible for supporting the DNC’s SQL Server databases and ensuring their performance, availability and security, as well as supporting and assisting with development related to SQL Server. The DBA needs to be able to work closely with developers and analysts to create and optimize data schemas, processes, and queries.
· Ensuring availability and performance of SQL Server databases

· Troubleshooting and optimizing queries and SQL Server related development

· Managing database access and security

· Strong understanding of the SQL Server database engine, including but not limited to: Physical storage, indexing, physical database design best practices, and query optimization

· Experience managing multiple MS SQL 2008 RDBMS on large systems

· Practical experience in monitoring and tuning a database to provide a high availability service

· Demonstrated ability to create and optimize database schemas.

· Understanding of normalization, de-normalization, and the difference between the two.

· Ability to both write T-SQL code and assist developers in tuning their T-SQL code

· Experience working in a high pressure collaborative fast-paced environment

Preference given for the following:

Other database management experience
Knowledge of voter file and political data
Ability to program in languages such as Python, Ruby, PHP or Java
Understanding of ETL concepts
The Democratic National Committee (DNC), is committed to diversity among its staff, and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse staff that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. The DNC is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis. The DNC will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination and any such conduct is strictly prohibited.

Policy & Legislative Director

Voices for Progress is a growing, multi-issue progressive “grasstops”
advocacy organization founded in 2009 and based in Washington, DC. It
mobilizes opinion leaders, political major donors, and business and
community leaders to advocate progressive policy priorities with
policymakers. Over the last two years, it has worked on health care
reform, climate change, federal budget and tax policy, and more. It
seeks to help balance the grasstops advocacy playing field between
self-interested political donors, who hire teams of lobbyists who
visit Capitol Hill every day, with the voices of those who care about
the public interest.

Position Summary:
Voices for Progress is seeking a seasoned federal policy and
legislative advocacy professional to lead our legislative work. This
person will work directly with Voices’ president on policy issues,
including the Clean Air Act/EPA authority, judicial nominations, the
federal budget, and other issues as they arise.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Directing the policy advocacy work of Voices for Progress, from
strategy to implementation.
• Monitoring legislation and regulations, achieving expertise on key
issues, and strategizing on the most effective way for Voices for
Progress to maximize its impact.
• Preparing or supervising the preparation of background materials and
talking points for grasstops members to use when they meet with or
talk to elected officials, whether separately or in groups.
• Arranging meetings and calls between Voices for Progress grasstops
members and policymakers.
• Lobbying on behalf of the organization and participating with
Voices’ members in lobbying meetings.
• Facilitating policy briefings and trainings on advocacy skills and
issues for grasstops members.
• Building relationships for the organization on Capitol Hill.
• Supervising one junior staff member.
• Representing the organization at advocacy coalition meetings.
• Occasionally performing a modest amount of development/fundraising
and administrative work that comes as part of being a member of a
small, start-up operation.

Education, Experience, & Abilities:
• Five or more years of experience on Capitol Hill, and/or in lobbying
or nonprofit advocacy.
• Demonstrated success in achieving policy outcomes on behalf of an
organization or employer.
• Builds new relationships easily.
• Smart, savvy, an excellent writer, and a strategic thinker.
• Demonstrated success in delivering on goals and measurable outcomes.
• Preferred: Already has developed strong relationships among members
of the Senate and House or their staffs.

We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits including fully paid
health care premiums, and a collegial work environment. Voices for
Progress, a project of The Advocacy Fund, is an equal opportunity
employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women,
people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as
members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.
Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race,
religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political
affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital
status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency
syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions. Reasonable accommodation
will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in
the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at
the time of application.

We hope to make an offer by the end of September or sooner. To apply,
go to


POSTING DATE: August 8, 2011
POSITION: Technology Intern
DEPARTMENT: Technology
LOCATION: Washington, DC
CONTACT: Resumes should be emailed to

DNC Technology Internship

About the Internship:

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is offering a unique and exciting opportunity to a select number of qualified individuals interested in the field of technology and politics. Currently seeking diligent, organized and enthusiastic undergraduate/graduate student or recent graduate with strong information and technology skills and demonstrated interest in elections to assist the DNC’s Technology team. Interns accepted will gain an enhanced understanding of how technology plays a critical role in the politics of today. The internship will also give real hands-on political and technological experience that will be valuable to potential employment opportunities. This internship program is based in Washington, DC.

Candidates must be:
v Recent graduate or current undergraduate or graduate student; degrees in computer science, economics, political sciences are preferred.
v Problem solvers.
v Able to handle multiple tasks.
v Able to work independently and with others in a fast-paced office.
v Willing to commit 20 to 40 hours per week.
v Motivated to get Democrats elected across the board.

Candidates should also have experience in one or more of the following:

v Experienced with web and database technologies highly desired.
v Competence in HTML, CSS, PHP, Java or related languages.
v Data collection and analysis skills, advanced proficiency with Microsoft
v Proficient in SQL Server 2008 database system.
v Knowledge of GIS software (ArcGIS, Maptitude).

How to Apply:

All candidates for the DNC Technology Internship are required to submit a resume and cover letter to


***THIS POSITION IS FILLED***:2011 Fall Internships available in Congressman McNerney’s Washington, D.C. office

Interested in spending your fall interning in the nation’s Capital? Congressman Jerry McNerney is accepting applications for internship positions available in his D.C. office for fall 2011. This unpaid internship will provide valuable hands on experience at the heart of the political scene and a greater understanding of the legislative process.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to attending Congressional briefings, giving tours of the Capitol, responding to constituent inquiries, and helping process tour and flag requests.

Qualified applicants should posses a professional and courteous demeanor, good interpersonal communication skills, the ability to multi-task, excellent attention to detail, and interest in the legislative and governmental process. This is a great opportunity for college students and graduates seeking Capitol Hill experience. California District 11 ties preferred, but not necessary. Interested applicants should e-mail a resume, cover letter and a short writing sample to with Fall 2011 Internship in the subject. Please also include dates of availability.


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