Software Development, Policy,

Democracy Works

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Software Development, Policy,

Democracy Works

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About us

Democracy Works

Democracy Works is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the status quo. We’re building the tools needed to upgrade the infrastructure of our democracy and improve the voting experience for voters and election officials alike.

Our work culture

Democracy Works's main office is in the bustling Brooklyn, NY neighborhood of DUMBO—with stunning views and great neighbors. But with a remote-friendly approach, we work all over the US of A. We aim to find the best potential employees who share our organizational values, so in addition to adapting our application process, we are also remote work-friendly. This allows us to find and employ the best possible candidates and guarantees we don’t miss out on someone great simply because of location. To make sure our remote staff doesn’t feel isolated, we foster a culture that promotes inclusivity and is sensitive to the realities of working beyond Brooklyn.

Option to work from home
Option to work from home
Sign language interpreters
Sign language interpreters
Allow a self-paced workload
Allow a self-paced workload
Service animals allowed
Service animals allowed
Provide an ergonomic workstation
Provide an ergonomic workstation
Accessible parking spot
Accessible parking spot
Ramp and/or elevator
Ramp and/or elevator
Flexible work and leave schedule
Flexible work and leave schedule
Accessible restroom
Accessible restroom
Sensitivity training for coworkers
Sensitivity training for coworkers
Accessible computer software
Accessible computer software
On-site counseling
On-site counseling
Screen reader software
Screen reader software
Fragrance-free workplace
Fragrance-free workplace

Our open positions

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Staff Accountant
Full-Time

Location: Brooklyn, NY (currently remote due to COVID-19) 

Target Start Date: April 19th, 2021

Salary Range: $65,000 - $72,000

Benefits: Vision, dental, & medical insurance; 403(b) retirement savings plan; generous vacation policy; parental leave; long-term disability; employee assistance program

Level: Junior

 

Organizational overview

At Democracy Works, we’re committed to helping Americans vote. By building easy-to-use tools for voters, uplifting comprehensive data for elections, and providing vital support for election officials, Democracy Works is actively making voting more accessible across the country.

  • TurboVote is a tool designed to help voters register, request their ballot, and make their voice heard in every election, from local to national. We’ve connected over ten million Americans with TurboVote by building the largest college, nonprofit, and corporate voter engagement coalition in the country, including more than 300 campuses, nonprofits - like Headcount, the Sierra Club, Climate Strikes, and the Hispanic Federation- and companies like Starbucks, Univision, Facebook, Google, and Snap. 
  • As the only comprehensive official election dataset, the Voting Information Project (VIP) helps Americans find their polling site and available ballot dropbox locations where they look for it most: online. Across Google products alone, VIP data was viewed nearly 500 million times in 2020. 
  • Released in 2020, How To Vote breaks down all the options each state offers for voting, their voter registration rules, as well as unique circumstances like voting overseas and voting rights restoration for the formerly incarcerated. Across Google products alone, our How to Vote guides were viewed over 2 billion times. 
  • Our tool Ballot Scout brings transparency and accountability to the vote-by-mail process by allowing elections administrators and voters to track every ballot with the same ease as an Amazon package. helps election administrators track absentee ballots through the mail, providing transparency in the vote-by-mail process and making it easier to follow up when things go awry.
  • Co-founded by Democracy Works and the CAA Foundation, Civic Alliance is a nonpartisan group of businesses working together to build a future where everyone participates in shaping our country. In 2020, membership grew to 1,030 companies with an employee reach of 5,163,938.

Team overview

The Finance and Employee Engagement team of Democracy Works aims to give our staff the resources and support they need to do their jobs well. Together, we create internal systems and policies, provide legal counsel, manage an office, run our financial operations, and cover a range of employee engagement tasks. We are a team of seven supporting an organization of about 70 employees in 24 different states. 

As Staff Accountant, you will report to our Finance Manager and be responsible for executing our basic financial obligations. You will help ensure that our financial records are accurately maintained and will follow generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to support our financial policies and procedures.

You will:

  • Process semi-monthly payroll for a staff of 70+, including all related tasks
  • Manage timesheet processing for seasonal hourly contractors
  • Process employee expense reimbursements in accordance with HR policies
  • Process accounts payable, including collecting the appropriate approvals and documentation for expenses
  • Complete vendor compliance paperwork  
  • Manage Accounts Receivable, including receiving and depositing checks 
  • Work with program department to invoice partners and follow up on past due invoices
  • Reconcile grants and donations with fundraising department
  • Reconcile transactions in Quickbooks
  • Support the monthly close process, the year end close, and the annual audit process
  • Other accounting tasks as needed 

You are:

  • A clear communicator in both verbal and written interactions  
  • Able to manage frequent and sometimes competing deadlines, prioritizing your work thoughtfully 
  • Extremely detail-oriented; able to check for and identify errors
  • Excited to independently problem solve when few resources or limited information is provided
  • Comfortable making requests of people across the organization, including those outside of your team or in leadership positions
  • Proficient in Quickbooks, GSuite, and Excel/Google Sheets. Ideally, you also have some experience with Salesforce

You have experience:

  • Applying accounting principles and theory, ideally in a non-profit setting, acquired through a bachelor's degree in accounting or related field of study

Physical demands

This position requires regular, daily use of a computer (including use of GSuite and Slack)  to conduct work and communicate with colleagues. For those working out of our Brooklyn office (currently closed due to COVID-19), the F train stops closest to our office, but exiting the station requires the use of four flights of stairs. Our office has an elevator available at street level. Streets and buildings nearby are currently under construction, which can disrupt sidewalks and results in varying levels of construction noise audible from the office. Our offices share a set of gendered bathrooms with other offices on our floor, and there are no gender neutral bathrooms in the building at this time. 

Social expectations

This position involves regular check-ins with your manager and your team. You will be required to have significant daily interaction via Slack, email, and video call with colleagues, as well as external stakeholders. We also encourage developing coaching relationships with members of other teams. 

Time and travel expectations

Democracy Works’s regular operating hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Eastern time. Two times per year, all full-time staff members participate in a five day retreat in our Brooklyn offices. All staff is held each year in May and November when we are able to safely do so. No additional travel is required for this position. 

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit your resume, along with your responses to the following questions (instead of a cover letter) using the form below. In your responses, please include only the following information:

  • How did you find this job listing?
  • In one sentence, what makes you interested in Democracy Works? 
  • In one sentence, what makes you interested in this role?
  • Would you be available to start by April 19th, 2021?
  • Are you willing to work at a non-partisan organization?
  • Do you have experience working with accounting software? If so, please list the software here.

As part of our application, you’ll see an optional form used to collect EEOC demographic information. The data collected in this form is useful in our EEOC reporting and in our assessment of our recruitment practices. However, please keep in mind that the standardized EEOC language used in this form does not reflect the values of Democracy Works--for example, we don’t view gender as binary. We also encourage all applicants to state their pronouns when applying for any job opening at Democracy Works. 

Democracy Works is committed to diversity and inclusion in everything we do and aspires to have a team that's representative of the voters we serve. When hiring, we practice proactive outreach to top talent that’s underrepresented in our sector. We conduct an anonymized skills evaluation to reduce implicit bias and resume-dependency in our process. We're a woman- and gay-founded nonprofit, and promote an inclusive culture that stands against racism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism (to name a few). To be explicit, we strongly encourage applicants of all races, ethnicities, political party associations, religions (or lack thereof), national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, abilities, and branches of military service to apply. 

Feel free to contact work@democracy.works if you have any questions about our commitment to inclusion or general hiring practices, or if you need an accommodation for a medical condition during the hiring process. Democracy Works posts all current career opportunities at democracy.works/careers.

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Quality Assurance Engineer
Full-Time

Location: Brooklyn, NY or remote within the US

Target Start Date: April 27th

Salary Range: $105,000 - $125,000 (Offers will vary based on experience and location-based cost-of-living calculations)

Benefits: Vision, dental, & medical insurance; 403(b) retirement savings plan; generous vacation policy; parental leave; long-term disability; employee assistance program

Level: Mid to Senior


Organizational overview

At Democracy Works, we believe voting should fit the way we live. To that end, we build technology for both voters and election administrators that simplifies the process and ensures that no voter should ever have to miss an election.

TurboVote, our first service, helps voters register, stay registered, and cast a ballot in every election, from municipal to national. TurboVote signed up its six millionth voter in 2018 by building the largest college, nonprofit, and corporate voter engagement coalition in the country, including more than 300 campuses, companies like Starbucks, Univision, Facebook, Google, Snap, and dozens more. We also helped (basically) everyone find their polling place through the Voting Information Project. Its data had 123 million impressions in 2016, and over 11 million voters looked up where to vote on GetToThePolls.com. Ballot Scout helps election administrators track absentee ballots through the mail, providing transparency in the vote-by-mail process and making it easier to follow up when things go awry. And in 2018, we became the organizational home of the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED).

The Voter Engagement team works on TurboVote and the Democracy Works API. You'll join seven software developers and an engineering manager to collaborate with the product and partnership teams in building software that helps voters and future voters. The technology that underpins this work is mostly microservices written in Clojure running in Docker containers on Kubernetes hosted on AWS. These services communicate over RabbitMQ and store their data in Datomic. The web front-ends are written in ClojureScript backed by React.

We pair program, collaborate with product managers, and make sure our efforts deliver value to voters and election administrators. We support junior team members by explicitly setting aside time for learning and providing training from a more senior developer. We collaborate across teams architecture and operations so that expertise and knowledge don’t stay siloed. You will be our first QA-specific hire, meaning that we are looking for someone who can help us build our approach to QA from the ground up with an eye toward providing guidance to our engineers in their work and potentially building out additional QA capacity over time.

As a part of the team:

You will:

  • Stand up end-to-end testing on our large/complex microservices setup
  • Structure our approach to QA from the ground up and potentially build a team of QA engineers over time
  • Write automated testing for our user-facings tools
  • Integrate into our dev process to confirm the quality of the code our developers are producing
  • Do some amount of manual testing as needed
  • Regularly collaborate with other members of the voter engagement team

You are:

  • Detail-oriented and thorough in your work
  • Excited to learn about the voter engagement process and fixing our voting infrastructure

You have experience:

  • Working independently to build QA systems from scratch
  • Working as a software developer for at least 3 years with the majority of that time doing QA work

Physical demands

This position requires regular, daily use of a computer to conduct work and communicate with colleagues.


Social expectations

You will have regular 1:1s with the Voter Engagement Engineering Manager and regular meetings with the Voter Engagement dev/product team.


Time and travel expectations

Democracy Works’s regular operating hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Eastern time. Two times per year, all full-time staff members participate in a five day retreat in our Brooklyn offices. All staff is held each year in May and November.

Application Instructions

To apply, upload a resume and respond to the following questions (in lieu of a cover letter) using the form below.

In your responses, please include only the following information:

  • How did you find this job listing?
  • In one sentence, what makes you interested in Democracy Works?
  • In one sentence, what makes you interested in this role?
  • Would you be available to start by April 27th, 2020?
  • Are you willing to work at a non-partisan organization?
  • Do you have at least three years of experience as a software developer, most or all of which has been doing QA work?

As part of our application, you’ll see an optional form used to collect EEOC demographic information. The data collected in this form is useful in our EEOC reporting and in our assessment of our recruitment practices. However, please keep in mind that the standardized EEOC language used in this form does not reflect the values of Democracy Works--for example, we don’t view gender as binary. We also encourage all applicants to state their pronouns when applying for any job opening at Democracy Works.

Democracy Works is committed to diversity and inclusion in everything we do and aspires to have a team that's representative of the voters we serve. When hiring, we practice proactive outreach to top talent that’s underrepresented in our sector. We conduct an anonymized skills evaluation, to reduce implicit bias and resume-dependency in our process. We're a woman- and gay-founded nonprofit, and promote an inclusive culture that stands against racism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism (to name a few). To be explicit, we strongly encourage applicants of all races, ethnicities, political party associations, religions (or lack thereof), national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, abilities, and branches of military service.

Feel free to contact work@democracy.works if you have any questions about our commitment to inclusion or about general hiring practices, or if you need an accommodation for a medical condition during the hiring process. Democracy Works posts all current career opportunities at democracy.works/careers.

Apply Now

Our open positions

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Staff Accountant
Full-Time

Location: Brooklyn, NY (currently remote due to COVID-19) 

Target Start Date: April 19th, 2021

Salary Range: $65,000 - $72,000

Benefits: Vision, dental, & medical insurance; 403(b) retirement savings plan; generous vacation policy; parental leave; long-term disability; employee assistance program

Level: Junior

 

Organizational overview

At Democracy Works, we’re committed to helping Americans vote. By building easy-to-use tools for voters, uplifting comprehensive data for elections, and providing vital support for election officials, Democracy Works is actively making voting more accessible across the country.

  • TurboVote is a tool designed to help voters register, request their ballot, and make their voice heard in every election, from local to national. We’ve connected over ten million Americans with TurboVote by building the largest college, nonprofit, and corporate voter engagement coalition in the country, including more than 300 campuses, nonprofits - like Headcount, the Sierra Club, Climate Strikes, and the Hispanic Federation- and companies like Starbucks, Univision, Facebook, Google, and Snap. 
  • As the only comprehensive official election dataset, the Voting Information Project (VIP) helps Americans find their polling site and available ballot dropbox locations where they look for it most: online. Across Google products alone, VIP data was viewed nearly 500 million times in 2020. 
  • Released in 2020, How To Vote breaks down all the options each state offers for voting, their voter registration rules, as well as unique circumstances like voting overseas and voting rights restoration for the formerly incarcerated. Across Google products alone, our How to Vote guides were viewed over 2 billion times. 
  • Our tool Ballot Scout brings transparency and accountability to the vote-by-mail process by allowing elections administrators and voters to track every ballot with the same ease as an Amazon package. helps election administrators track absentee ballots through the mail, providing transparency in the vote-by-mail process and making it easier to follow up when things go awry.
  • Co-founded by Democracy Works and the CAA Foundation, Civic Alliance is a nonpartisan group of businesses working together to build a future where everyone participates in shaping our country. In 2020, membership grew to 1,030 companies with an employee reach of 5,163,938.

Team overview

The Finance and Employee Engagement team of Democracy Works aims to give our staff the resources and support they need to do their jobs well. Together, we create internal systems and policies, provide legal counsel, manage an office, run our financial operations, and cover a range of employee engagement tasks. We are a team of seven supporting an organization of about 70 employees in 24 different states. 

As Staff Accountant, you will report to our Finance Manager and be responsible for executing our basic financial obligations. You will help ensure that our financial records are accurately maintained and will follow generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to support our financial policies and procedures.

You will:

  • Process semi-monthly payroll for a staff of 70+, including all related tasks
  • Manage timesheet processing for seasonal hourly contractors
  • Process employee expense reimbursements in accordance with HR policies
  • Process accounts payable, including collecting the appropriate approvals and documentation for expenses
  • Complete vendor compliance paperwork  
  • Manage Accounts Receivable, including receiving and depositing checks 
  • Work with program department to invoice partners and follow up on past due invoices
  • Reconcile grants and donations with fundraising department
  • Reconcile transactions in Quickbooks
  • Support the monthly close process, the year end close, and the annual audit process
  • Other accounting tasks as needed 

You are:

  • A clear communicator in both verbal and written interactions  
  • Able to manage frequent and sometimes competing deadlines, prioritizing your work thoughtfully 
  • Extremely detail-oriented; able to check for and identify errors
  • Excited to independently problem solve when few resources or limited information is provided
  • Comfortable making requests of people across the organization, including those outside of your team or in leadership positions
  • Proficient in Quickbooks, GSuite, and Excel/Google Sheets. Ideally, you also have some experience with Salesforce

You have experience:

  • Applying accounting principles and theory, ideally in a non-profit setting, acquired through a bachelor's degree in accounting or related field of study

Physical demands

This position requires regular, daily use of a computer (including use of GSuite and Slack)  to conduct work and communicate with colleagues. For those working out of our Brooklyn office (currently closed due to COVID-19), the F train stops closest to our office, but exiting the station requires the use of four flights of stairs. Our office has an elevator available at street level. Streets and buildings nearby are currently under construction, which can disrupt sidewalks and results in varying levels of construction noise audible from the office. Our offices share a set of gendered bathrooms with other offices on our floor, and there are no gender neutral bathrooms in the building at this time. 

Social expectations

This position involves regular check-ins with your manager and your team. You will be required to have significant daily interaction via Slack, email, and video call with colleagues, as well as external stakeholders. We also encourage developing coaching relationships with members of other teams. 

Time and travel expectations

Democracy Works’s regular operating hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Eastern time. Two times per year, all full-time staff members participate in a five day retreat in our Brooklyn offices. All staff is held each year in May and November when we are able to safely do so. No additional travel is required for this position. 

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit your resume, along with your responses to the following questions (instead of a cover letter) using the form below. In your responses, please include only the following information:

  • How did you find this job listing?
  • In one sentence, what makes you interested in Democracy Works? 
  • In one sentence, what makes you interested in this role?
  • Would you be available to start by April 19th, 2021?
  • Are you willing to work at a non-partisan organization?
  • Do you have experience working with accounting software? If so, please list the software here.

As part of our application, you’ll see an optional form used to collect EEOC demographic information. The data collected in this form is useful in our EEOC reporting and in our assessment of our recruitment practices. However, please keep in mind that the standardized EEOC language used in this form does not reflect the values of Democracy Works--for example, we don’t view gender as binary. We also encourage all applicants to state their pronouns when applying for any job opening at Democracy Works. 

Democracy Works is committed to diversity and inclusion in everything we do and aspires to have a team that's representative of the voters we serve. When hiring, we practice proactive outreach to top talent that’s underrepresented in our sector. We conduct an anonymized skills evaluation to reduce implicit bias and resume-dependency in our process. We're a woman- and gay-founded nonprofit, and promote an inclusive culture that stands against racism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism (to name a few). To be explicit, we strongly encourage applicants of all races, ethnicities, political party associations, religions (or lack thereof), national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, abilities, and branches of military service to apply. 

Feel free to contact work@democracy.works if you have any questions about our commitment to inclusion or general hiring practices, or if you need an accommodation for a medical condition during the hiring process. Democracy Works posts all current career opportunities at democracy.works/careers.

Apply Now
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Quality Assurance Engineer
Full-Time

Location: Brooklyn, NY or remote within the US

Target Start Date: April 27th

Salary Range: $105,000 - $125,000 (Offers will vary based on experience and location-based cost-of-living calculations)

Benefits: Vision, dental, & medical insurance; 403(b) retirement savings plan; generous vacation policy; parental leave; long-term disability; employee assistance program

Level: Mid to Senior


Organizational overview

At Democracy Works, we believe voting should fit the way we live. To that end, we build technology for both voters and election administrators that simplifies the process and ensures that no voter should ever have to miss an election.

TurboVote, our first service, helps voters register, stay registered, and cast a ballot in every election, from municipal to national. TurboVote signed up its six millionth voter in 2018 by building the largest college, nonprofit, and corporate voter engagement coalition in the country, including more than 300 campuses, companies like Starbucks, Univision, Facebook, Google, Snap, and dozens more. We also helped (basically) everyone find their polling place through the Voting Information Project. Its data had 123 million impressions in 2016, and over 11 million voters looked up where to vote on GetToThePolls.com. Ballot Scout helps election administrators track absentee ballots through the mail, providing transparency in the vote-by-mail process and making it easier to follow up when things go awry. And in 2018, we became the organizational home of the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED).

The Voter Engagement team works on TurboVote and the Democracy Works API. You'll join seven software developers and an engineering manager to collaborate with the product and partnership teams in building software that helps voters and future voters. The technology that underpins this work is mostly microservices written in Clojure running in Docker containers on Kubernetes hosted on AWS. These services communicate over RabbitMQ and store their data in Datomic. The web front-ends are written in ClojureScript backed by React.

We pair program, collaborate with product managers, and make sure our efforts deliver value to voters and election administrators. We support junior team members by explicitly setting aside time for learning and providing training from a more senior developer. We collaborate across teams architecture and operations so that expertise and knowledge don’t stay siloed. You will be our first QA-specific hire, meaning that we are looking for someone who can help us build our approach to QA from the ground up with an eye toward providing guidance to our engineers in their work and potentially building out additional QA capacity over time.

As a part of the team:

You will:

  • Stand up end-to-end testing on our large/complex microservices setup
  • Structure our approach to QA from the ground up and potentially build a team of QA engineers over time
  • Write automated testing for our user-facings tools
  • Integrate into our dev process to confirm the quality of the code our developers are producing
  • Do some amount of manual testing as needed
  • Regularly collaborate with other members of the voter engagement team

You are:

  • Detail-oriented and thorough in your work
  • Excited to learn about the voter engagement process and fixing our voting infrastructure

You have experience:

  • Working independently to build QA systems from scratch
  • Working as a software developer for at least 3 years with the majority of that time doing QA work

Physical demands

This position requires regular, daily use of a computer to conduct work and communicate with colleagues.


Social expectations

You will have regular 1:1s with the Voter Engagement Engineering Manager and regular meetings with the Voter Engagement dev/product team.


Time and travel expectations

Democracy Works’s regular operating hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Eastern time. Two times per year, all full-time staff members participate in a five day retreat in our Brooklyn offices. All staff is held each year in May and November.

Application Instructions

To apply, upload a resume and respond to the following questions (in lieu of a cover letter) using the form below.

In your responses, please include only the following information:

  • How did you find this job listing?
  • In one sentence, what makes you interested in Democracy Works?
  • In one sentence, what makes you interested in this role?
  • Would you be available to start by April 27th, 2020?
  • Are you willing to work at a non-partisan organization?
  • Do you have at least three years of experience as a software developer, most or all of which has been doing QA work?

As part of our application, you’ll see an optional form used to collect EEOC demographic information. The data collected in this form is useful in our EEOC reporting and in our assessment of our recruitment practices. However, please keep in mind that the standardized EEOC language used in this form does not reflect the values of Democracy Works--for example, we don’t view gender as binary. We also encourage all applicants to state their pronouns when applying for any job opening at Democracy Works.

Democracy Works is committed to diversity and inclusion in everything we do and aspires to have a team that's representative of the voters we serve. When hiring, we practice proactive outreach to top talent that’s underrepresented in our sector. We conduct an anonymized skills evaluation, to reduce implicit bias and resume-dependency in our process. We're a woman- and gay-founded nonprofit, and promote an inclusive culture that stands against racism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism (to name a few). To be explicit, we strongly encourage applicants of all races, ethnicities, political party associations, religions (or lack thereof), national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, abilities, and branches of military service.

Feel free to contact work@democracy.works if you have any questions about our commitment to inclusion or about general hiring practices, or if you need an accommodation for a medical condition during the hiring process. Democracy Works posts all current career opportunities at democracy.works/careers.

Apply Now

Our open positions