Fields: public interest, technology, statistics, design, government
Deadline: July 2, 2018
Details and Requirements: The mission of the Public Interest Technology Initiative (PIT) is to deploy technical tools and innovative thinking to help organizations solve public problems more effectively. We work with communities to design, build, and implement public services for vulnerable populations. PIT has scoped a project for the 2020 Census in partnership with the Census Counts Campaign, a collaborative effort led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. The PIT Census fellow will work as a technical project manager, translating between the government, tech, and civil rights organizations landscape to ensure the IT readiness of the 2020 Census.
The ideal qualifications of the fellow include:
• Technical experience—the ability to identify and diagnose technical issues within the Census Bureau’s operations
• High EQ— the ability to translate between technical and non-technical stakeholders so that everyone is on the same page
• Coalition-building experience— the ability to align the needs of non-technical groups (NGOs, census experts, Campaign stakeholders) and the abilities of technical affiliates (private sector companies, startups, volunteer civic technologists)
• Familiarity with government processes and bureaucracy— the ability to suggest feasible technical solutions and process reforms for the Census, with an eye towards human-centered design