For more than 15 years, Catalist has been a leader in civic data and data science innovation. Our mission is to provide progressive organizations with the data, software, and services needed to better identify, understand, and communicate with the people they need to engage and mobilize. Our clients include the largest, most influential organizations in the U.S. active in civic engagement, advocacy, and political campaigns.

Catalist is home to a dedicated, creative team of technologists, data scientists, and campaign experts committed to using our talents and technology to nurture a vibrant and growing progressive community.

The Catalist Technology Department’s Infrastructure team is responsible for installing, configuring, and supporting the technologies used by the company. This technology stack is broad and varied, encompassing the core network, servers, operating systems, and the software our teams use to develop and deploy Catalist’s production offerings. The Director of Infrastructure at Catalist will be comfortable across a range of technologies both maintaining our current architecture as well as directly supporting and working with Catalist staff across all departments.

The salary range for this position will be $115,000 - $130,000 per year, commensurate with experience.

Principle Duties & Responsibilities

  • Maintain Catalist’s core Infrastructure; this includes, but is not limited to, server and network hardware, Operating Systems, core software applications, and regular processes such as backups and disaster recovery
  • Plan and scope upgrades and improvements both on-site and in the cloud
  • Be the primary owner of Catalist’s security initiatives
    • Maintain and improve core security
    • Lead out on Catalist’s annual SOC2 audit
  • Maintain relationships with Catalist’s vendors to source required equipment and software
  • Manage and mentor members of the Infrastructure Team
  • Provide technical guidance and support across departments on Catalist priority projects
  • Be available for occasional work on-site at our co-located data center in Ashburn, VA, including some infrequent nights and weekends
  • Be online and available for routine evening deployments and maintenance windows on a weekly basis


  • Bachelor's of science degree or equivalent experience
  • Act as a player and coach
  • Ability to work directly on critical tasks while growing the team’s coverage and skills
  • Demonstrate a proactive attitude towards working and closing tickets
  • Act as a logical problem solver who is comfortable tracking issues across the full stack of technologies
  • Detail oriented and believe a solution isn’t complete until documented for future reference
  • Core Technical Skills: Linux with a focus on CentOS, SQL, Scripting(Bash/Python), Installing and Configuring Software Packages, Documentation, Drafting Policy
  • Background check required

Preferred Skills & Abilities

  • Cloudera/Hadoop
  • Cassandra
  • DBA Skills (Vertica or PostgreSQL)


Medical, Dental, Vision, Prescription Drug

Catalist offers Medical, Dental, Vision, and Prescription Drug coverage for eligible staff and their eligible dependents. Catalist’s Medical plan is a comprehensive PPO program including Prescription Drug coverage with 85% of the premium paid by Catalist. Dental and Vision coverage is provided at no cost to employees.

Group Term Life Insurance and Long-Term & Short-Term Disability Coverage

Group Term Life Insurance and Long-Term and Short-Term Disability coverage is available for eligible staff. These benefits are provided at no cost to Catalist employees.

401(k) Safe Harbor Plan

A 401(k) Safe Harbor Plan is available to eligible staff with a 3% contribution from Catalist from the date of hire. Employees may contribute pre-tax or post-tax from their salary up to the legal limits set forth by the IRS.

Medical and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

Catalist offers an FSA Program that gives eligible staff the ability to pay out-of-pocket medical/dental/vision/child care expenses from pre-tax earnings.

Transit Benefits

Catalist also makes available a Transit benefit FSA program to eligible employees using pre-tax contributions with a company match.

Professional Development and Remote Work Expenses

Eligible employees may be reimbursed up to $750 each year for professional development / education and remote work expenses.

Student Loan PayDown or SaveUp

Catalist offers a Student Loan PayDown and College SaveUp benefit for eligible staff.

Vacation, Personal Leave, Sick Leave Benefits

Catalist offers generous vacation benefits to all eligible staff. Eligible employees also receive:

  • 14 Paid Holidays
  • Personal Days
  • Sick Leave
  • Parental Leave

Hybrid Office/Remote Work

Certain positions at Catalist are eligible for Office/Remote Hybrid or full Remote status.