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Data Journalist

Murmuration, Remote, NYC preferred

Work at Murmuration

Salary:

Duration: Full-Time


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.

Background

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 Position

The Data Science team at Murmuration is looking for a Data Journalist to join our team! We are looking for a high potential individual who is data obsessed, creative and highly collaborative. You are the perfect blend of data scientist and storyteller, with an exceptional ability to find patterns in large data sets and generate ideas for interesting data based stories along with how they might be further developed and visualized. This role will help to generate data-driven stories relating to local politics, education, and related adjacent issues that are of interest to Murmuration partners.

Working closely with the External Affairs team, you will analyze, develop, and write compelling stories using analytics insights developed by the data science team, available outside research, and more. Key responsibilities include crunching data to tell data-driven stories, expanding the sector’s thought leadership through a data lens, growing the content engine at Murmuration, and presenting these stories in striking data visualizations.

Note: At Murmuration, we are committed to becoming an even more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. To this end, all staff members are expected to sit on and actively participate in DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) subcommittees. These subcommittees work to ensure that DEI is embedded in everything we do.

Key Responsibilities

  • Translate and share existing analytics insights and products developed by the data science team into compelling, timely, and data-rich stories for our partners and the general public
  • Pitch new ideas to the editorial board and develop data-driven stories relating to local politics, education, and related adjacent issues that are of interest to Murmuration partners
  • Consult with internal teams on analytics & data visualization / storytelling needs;determine opportunities for graphics and statistical visualizations to support more in-depth reporting features
  • Partner with Data Managers to acquire, clean and analyze data for larger editorial board projects
  • Work with the Design team to explore and prepare data for broader infographic and data visualization projects
  • Contribute to the Data Science team’s codebase for analyzing and visualizing data
  • Support the Data Science team with any ad hoc requests for new data exploration or analysis
  • Stay up to date on the latest tools and techniques in data visualization and storytelling

Who You Are

  • Outstanding data visualization skills
  • Studies/experience in journalism, computer science, statistics or a related field preferred
  • 3+ years experience in data & analytics with a specific focus on using data to tell unique and compelling stories preferred
  • A team player who can effectively collaborate with others across teams and has a strong willingness to jump in and help when needed
  • Strong technical abilities (SQL, Python, etc) with experience accessing and working with databases. You should have working experience importing, cleaning and analyzing large data sets with code
  • Demonstrated ability to sift through large data sets and relational databases, perform analyses and identify unique story opportunities
  • Basic understanding of statistics, including tests for statistical significance and correlation
  • Working knowledge of Github, including familiarity with cloning a project, pushing/merging content to an existing repository, and using Git commands
  • Detail oriented, organized, responsible, and self-motivated
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to communicate complex concepts to senior and non technical audiences

Location, Compensation and Benefits

The Data Journalist is a full-time, salaried position with a comprehensive benefits package. It is based anywhere in the U.S., with location preferred in New York City. Compensation for this position is commensurate with experience.

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. 

About Murmuration

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. 

Murmuration

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