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Data Management Fellow


Job Description

*This is a remote 10-week paid summer fellowship.*

About Murmuration/What We Do

Murmuration is a political strategy organization that is transforming the politics of education so that every child can benefit from equal access to equitable and high-quality public schools.  

We empower campaigns, advocates, and organizers to better engage and mobilize communities to demand improvements to the public education system. We advise and support our partners in their efforts to plan and execute successful, data-driven electoral, organizing, and advocacy campaigns so that together we can transform the politics of education.  And, we build political influence, craft strategies, leverage data and develop technology that enable our partners to accelerate progress, particularly those in traditionally marginalized communities. 


Who We Are

Our team includes experts and innovators in data, analytics, and strategy. We are former teachers, organizers, data scientists, nonprofit executives, political campaign veterans, and more - and we are looking for people whose passion and expertise can help improve our work and realize our vision. 



Murmuration’s role is to support organizations and communities through our political systems, to raise the profile of the issue of public education such that more Americans will prioritize the needs of our students, and to leverage politics to help to create the broader context in which those on the front lines with our children can thrive. We are focused on transforming the politics of education -- partnering with organizations across the country committed to organizing parents and communities around the issues of public education and educational equity, electing to office and holding accountable local leaders who will make improving public K-12 schools a priority, and advocating for policy changes with the goal of improving outcomes for children. To do this, we believe that it is critical that all of the political stakeholders-- electoral organizations, advocacy and organizing groups, charter associations, networks of schools, districts, elected officials, and voters -- to contribute to a strong and politically savvy education sector that works together toward a common vision of improving public education.


About the Fellowship

The Murmuration Summer Fellowship provides fellows with the unique opportunity to work closely with Murmuration teams on summer projects while contributing to Murmuration’s mission of transforming the politics of education so that every child can benefit from equal access to equitable and high-quality public schools. 

Fellows will have meaningful, productive, and engaging summer experiences as they learn and grow with a cohort of peers. They will have the opportunity to learn more about career pathways in education, politics, and data through their project work, fellowship programming, and mentorship with Murmuration staff.


About the Position

This position will be within the Data Management team and will collaborate with our Data Managers to support the data needs of our partners and their respective campaigns for the effective use of our products and services. The individuals in this team are expert problem solvers and familiar with modern databases and SQL, who can deal with escalated issues involving data discrepancies and other data mysteries. 


Key Responsibilities

Day to day, you will have the opportunity to support a portfolio of partner needs, inclusive of the loading, cleansing, and reporting of data utilized. You will be able to collaborate with members of the Data Team and related functional teams to provide data support to partners. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in requirements gathering and prioritization of enhancements/improvements in the tools/methodologies for partner support.


You will also have the opportunity to participate in data source analysis and due diligence as we continue to evaluate the best data sets to meet our partners’ needs.


Who You Are

Data-Driven: You are more than comfortable working with data, have experience collecting and analyzing trends, and have a knack for seeing solutions in data sets. You understand the considerations that need to be made when evaluating the use of data for insight.

Passionate and curious: You are consistently learning about new ideas, new solutions and new tools, and get satisfaction from applying your learnings in personal and professional endeavors. You are passionate about your community and have strong feelings about what you can do to make a positive impact on the lives around you.


In addition, you:

  • Have academic or professional experience in creating/testing and utilizing data reports from data reporting/visualization tools;
  • Have experience with SQL and Python;
  • Have experience in gathering data requirements and ensuring implementation according to those requirements;
  • Have experience in the evaluation of data sources for coverage and quality;
  • Have excellent time and project management skills; and
  • Have the ability to communicate orally and in writing in a clear and straightforward manner.


It’s a big plus if you also have:

  • Studies/background in technology, e.g., computer science, data management, information science, etc. and/or
  • Experience with large, varying data sets.


Location, Compensation, and Benefits

The Data Management Fellow is a full-time summer position. Compensation for the 10-week fellowship is $8,000. It is based anywhere in the U.S. with location preferred in New York City. 


An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Murmuration is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, and national origin. We reasonably accommodate staff members and/or applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.

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