Detroit Action - Data and Research Manager (Detroit, MI)

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POSITION SUMMARY: Data and Research Manager will work to support the data needs of our community-based, volunteer-driven organization in Michigan. This role will be central in assisting in advancing Detroit Action’s issue campaigns, corporate accountability and electoral strategy for 2020 and beyond. The Data and Research Manager will be key in providing necessary data resources to the state team including data management & analysis, visualization & reporting, training, developing data-driven recommendations, adapting procedures, and VAN administration. 


  • Develop analyses of data for use in research, targeting, and political strategy

  • Assist with coordination of daily data operations to support the organization with a focus on how data can be used to help build a robust volunteer organization & infrastructure;

  • Anchors data & targeting work that informs strategy and progress of issue campaigns;

  • Provide timely and relevant analysis of data;

  • Use analytics to improve our messaging, programs and campaign to strengthen impact

  • Support & train organizing staff and member-leaders on VAN/Votebuilder and other digital and data tools; 

  • Assist in day to day operations of the canvass including turf cutting, mapping, data syncing, data entry

  • Design procedures for efficient data management and reporting;

  • Support other data team projects as necessary


  • Work in close partnership with officers and senior staff to develop innovative, impactful and strategic campaigns that will drive future membership growth and be adaptable to future trends;

  • Work with senior staff to identify, define, and track priority metrics;

  • Collaborate with Communications team using data in innovative ways to engage people;

  • Explore new data sources and new innovations, determining which are most strategic for overall goals and how best to incorporate, both internally and externally 

  • Support analyzing policy issues that could impact Black and Brown Detroiters 


  • 2-5 years of experience in community, electoral or labor organizing methods.

  • Previous experience managing VAN and voter file data for large-scale civic engagement programs


  • Commitment to social and racial justice

  • Strong communication and presentation skills with the ability to organize complex ideas for others to understand 

  • Skill in the use of Microsoft Office Suite, and other database software.

  • Broad strategic vision that encompasses base-building, coalition-building, public policy, communications, electoral organizing, and collective action.


The Data and Research Manager reports to the Managing Director and works collaboratively with staff, contractors, vendors and other partners on a weekly basis to maintain program efficiency. Detroit Action and Michigan Action are projects of Tides Center and Tides Advocacy.


Must be able to lift boxes of training materials. Able to attend conferences throughout the United States.  Must be able to travel domestically on an airplane 4-8 times a year. 


The position is a full-time position that works 35 hours per week. This position is based in an office building in Detroit, MI - The position will be required to work some weekends (Saturday and Sunday).  The position may require national travel up to 100% of the time. The assigned workspace is a cubicle in an open and shared work area with a moderate  level of noise and interruptions. 

About the Organization:

Detroit Action and its sister organization, Michigan Action, are hosted projects of Tides Center and Tides Advocacy. We are affiliate partners of the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and the Alliance for Youth Action. The successful candidate will receive generous benefits as provided by Tides. The salary will be determined according to a salary scale which takes into account years’ experience, location, job category, and other factors, but is expected to be $50,000-$60,000. 

Detroit Action is an equal opportunity employer. We assure equal treatment in hiring selection,

promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, training, discipline and other personnel practices

and terms or conditions of employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national

origin, height, weight, marital status, genetic testing status, veteran status, disability, sexual

orientation, gender status, or any other protected class established by all applicable federal,

state and local laws and ordinances.

Location: Detroit, MI
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