Technologist

Accelerate Change Published: January 18, 2018
Location
Anywhere, United States
Job Type
Category
Employment Type
Full-Time
Salary Type
Paid - Monetary
Required Documents
Resume, Cover Letter, Other Document
Other Document
Answer to excel problem in job description
School years
Anyone
Contact Person Name
Liz Alarcon

Description

Background: Accelerate Change, a civic venture lab, is incubating a new digital organizing venture that by 2020 aims to develop deep (daily or weekly) digital relationships with over 1 million Latino/Hispanic individuals across the country and to achieve full financial self-sustainability. Our ultimate goal is to leverage this digital platform to advance policy change by building Latino/Hispanic power through increased advocacy and voter engagement.

Accelerate Change works to build large-scale, financially self-sustainable enterprises to advance social and environmental causes. We are a unique group of people who love A/B tests, excel spreadsheets, and making lasting, positive social change. We think big, but get our hands dirty everyday as we build innovative new services to serve large groups of people. 

This new digital organizing venture will draw from the lessons of other high-growth digital organizing ventures that Accelerate Change has incubated including PushBlack, ParentsTogether, and Revolution English. These ventures have developed high-growth models that combine several key elements:
A daily (or nearly daily) media service that provides high value content to subscribers. For example, PushBlack provides daily black history stories to over 600,000 subscribers; Revolution English provides daily English language learning lessons to over 240,000 immigrant subscribers. This daily media service is the crux of the relationship with subscribers and the driver of growth and financial sustainability for the ventures. 

Regular advocacy on issues that are important to their community; e.g. criminal justice reform campaigns by PushBlack; affordable child care campaigns by ParentsTogether. 

High-impact voter registration and get-out-the-vote campaigns that capitalize on the deep, trusted relationship built from daily engagement. 

Financial sustainability through ad revenue, sponsorships, and other monetization strategies. To learn more about our framework read lean startup methodologies and to understand our theory of scale for civic organizations, read our Stanford Social Innovation Review article, The Secret of Scale.

For an example of the type of digitally-based service we intent to build for the Latino/Hispanic population, search for “PushBlack” in the Facebook Messenger app. 


Position Description: We are looking for a bold, mission-driven, technologist that lives and breathes data analysis. The fundamental challenge for the technologist will be to lead a team in developing, testing, and scaling our tech-based, revenue positive media service. The venture will begin with an initial “customer discovery” phase to determine possible content services, and then move quickly into building, testing, and iterating on the ideas that show the most promise. The technologist will work with a Venture Manager and a Content Manager as well as a number of contractors. The technologist will receive significant technology and business support from the Accelerate Change team. The venture has a seed budget of $400,000 per year and, along with the rest of the team, the person hired for this role will work to grow that budget primarily through earned revenue.

Desired Skills

Qualifications: We are looking for someone who is:

Committed to and understands the issues that the US-based Latino community faces
Highly entrepreneurial and thrives in a fast-paced, unstructured digital environment
Eager to learn, iterate, pivot and experiment along with the rest of the team
Understands and embraces rapid experimentation methodologies (e.g. Lean Startup)
Adept in using a variety of technology tools and is skilled at most of the following:

Facebook ads manager, Messenger bots, WordPress
Highly proficient at designing A/B tests and doing rigorous data analysis 

Detail-oriented 

Numbers-oriented (must be proficient with spreadsheets) 

Comfortable working remotely
Some travel required. Location is flexible. 


Salary & Benefits: The salary range for this position is $50,000 to $60,000 depending on relevant professional experience. A competitive benefits package includes health care coverage; parental leave; educational loan assistance; retirement plan; as well as paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. 


Responsibilities

To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@acceleratechange.org. Put: “Interest in the New Digital Media Venture Technologist position” in the subject line.

Also, because we want to make sure you are comfortable with numbers and spreadsheets, please send along the answers to the following problem. 


We build a list of 1,000 subscribers to our media service and send them messages once a week. We make $0.03 per subscribed user each time we send them something. Each week, 1.2% of the list unsubscribes. Assuming these rates stay constant, at the end of one year, how much money will we have made and how many subscribers would we have left? 


Good luck! 

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