Data Analyst

Full Time | Remote | Posted on March 11, 2024 | $60,000 – $70,000 USD / Year

TargetSmart seeks a Data Analyst to work within the Data Team of the Research Solutions department (aka “The Polling Team”) for a full-time, seasonal position (2024 election cycle). The Data Analyst is responsible for a variety of data processing, quality control, and reporting processes to support the public opinion research work of the team. This role involves the creation and auditing of polling results reports, reviewing R code, Excel data sheets, and/or Athena/SQL queries. The Data Analyst reports to the Deputy Director of Research Solutions – Data, and collaborates closely with the team to address quality control requirements, process polling data, generate reports, and assist with voter file data extraction and the creation of counts and survey quotas. This role is an all-hands position, requiring flexibility and a willingness to support the team as needed. Comprehensive training is offered as part of the onboarding process.

As part of the interviewing process, you will be asked to audit toplines and to do some simple cleaning in R.

Reporting Duties:   

  • Collaboration: Work closely with the Deputy Director of RS – Data, Data Team and Analysis Team to understand and fulfill reporting and quality control requests.
  • Quality Control of Data and Code: Ensure accuracy and integrity of data and code in R.
  • Quality Control of Reporting Deliverables: Conduct thorough reviews of reporting deliverables (toplines, FIQ, crosstabs, and time series).
  • Data Processing in R: Utilize R software for cleaning and processing survey data using our proprietary system to produce polling results deliverables for clients.

Voterfile Data Extraction and Quotas Duties (as needed): 

  • Collaboration: Work closely with the Deputy Director of RS – Data, Data Team and Analysis Team to understand and fulfill voterfile data extraction and quality control tasks using R.
  • Quality Control of Athena Queries and Counts/Quotas: Perform rigorous quality checks of Athena queries and Excel sheets to ensure their reliability and correctness.
  • Data Extraction in Athena and Data Processing in R: Extract data using Athena and produce counts tables, followed by cleaning and processing in R to generate quotas sheets using our new legacy system.

Other Duties : 

  • Perform quality control of other Data Team products, as needed.
  • Attend client meetings/conference calls as needed.
  • Learning new software and skills, as needed.


Skills and Qualifications:   

  • Commitment to Democratic candidates and the progressive movement.
  • Ability to work in a high-pressure environment and work extended hours during the height of campaign season, including some weekend work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and be a team player.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite of products, R or similar language (Stata, SPSS, SAS, Python), SQL or Athena.
  • A good understanding of political polling and/or research methods.

Nice to Have Skills:  

  • Political campaign experience or coursework, a past internship, or professional experience working on polling and/or research methods.
  • Experience working with data manipulation.
  • Advanced experience with R as a programming language or VBA.

Things you’ll learn in this position:  

  • Querying data using Athena/SQL.
  • Cleaning and processing survey data using R.
  • Audit polling reports and code.


About TargetSmart

TargetSmart focuses on our customers’ success and finding the best ways to ensure that success. With a politically focused approach, our team combines proprietary technologies, consumer data, public databases, data integrations, and strategic consulting to deliver high-performance, reliable data products and solutions.

TargetSmart thrives on a unique atmosphere and culture. Our professionals, at all levels, work primarily as virtual teams spread across the country. We encourage remote working and provide the necessary technology to facilitate it. We also foster an open environment (virtually, of course) where team members seek input from and are encouraged to collaborate and exchange ideas with their colleagues at all levels of the company. We decentralize decision-making wherever possible and put authority where the knowledge is. It’s our belief that this creates an atmosphere of respect and integrity where we all work together toward common goals. We believe that a diverse, inclusive staff is a fundamental strength. We’re committed to hiring people of all races, ethnicities, religions, ages, sex, genders, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and members of untapped groups are welcome on our teams.

We offer a supportive workplace filled with dedicated and creative people and all the following benefits:


Including a 401(k) with generous company matching.


Always have been and always will be.


Domestic-partner inclusive, health, dental, vision, life, cancer coverage, and long-term disability insurance for you and your dependents.


23 days of PTO per year. We believe in work-life balance and encourage you to use your time off. The company provides 11 ½ paid holidays per year.


8 weeks of fully paid time off. All genders qualify equally, and the policy includes adoptions.