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Data and Targeting Specialist



Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Saturday, November 4, 2023

This position in the Data & Analytics Department is responsible for completing tasks related to assisting in the development, implementation and maintenance of affiliate file processing procedures and reporting. 


  • Utilize advanced data management tools and techniques to conduct voter targeting and analysis for issue and electoral campaigns.
  • Assist AFSCME International Staff and affiliates in developing targeting and data strategies to achieve their goals.
  • Manipulate voter, membership, volunteer and other databases.
  • Work with internal and external staff to establish best practices and standards for data collection, acquisition and preservation.
  • Provide data and technological guidance on issue and electoral campaigns.
  • Administer, support, and train users on voter file systems (Catalist and VAN).
  • Coordinate large-scale voter contact programs utilizing in-house and vender-provided tools.
  • Generate targeted voter/member lists for paid and volunteer contact programs including mail, canvassing, on-line and phone.


Education and Experience:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with course work in a related field; a minimum of five (5) years of experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:


  • Effective political analysis skills. 
  • Extensive experience in political targeting techniques.
  • Strong commitment to the labor movement, the union and its mission.  
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to communicate technical subjects to non–technical individuals.
  • Advanced Excel skills are required and experience with database platforms like Microsoft Access and more advanced SQL and query construction.
  • Familiarity with online electoral tools and datasets such as Catalist, VAN, and NCEC and with constituent relationship management tools such as Salsa.
  • Understanding of common direct voter contact programs. 
  • Experience in the use of data and analytics to drive effective decision-making in both issue and electoral organizing.
  • Ability to manage several tasks/projects concurrently and prioritize work effectively and work under deadline pressures. 

Travel, Driving & Work hours:

  • Travel and extended work hours including weekends may be required.
  • A valid driver’s license is required.