Data Analyst

Posted by
Media Matters for America
Washington, DC
Published 18 days ago

Media Matters for America -- a progressive, Washington, D.C.-based, nonprofit research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media -- seeks a candidate with strong data analysis, organization, and quantitative research skills to join our Research Department as a Data Analyst.  

This is a full-time position and will be remote through Labor Day 2021 due to the continued COVID-19 public health crisis, with a preference for candidates who are based in the Washington, DC., area.  

Role Summary:

The Data Analyst works with a team of Researchers and Senior Researchers to support a portfolio of quantitative data projects related to the Research Department’s platform accountability and online disinformation work.   

Reporting Structure:

  • The Data Analyst reports to the Data Analyst II 
  • The Data Analyst frequently works collaboratively with the Research Directors, Deputy Research Directors and Researchers/Senior Researchers, on shared projects
  • This is not a managerial position 


Strategic Data Collection & Analysis

  • Help obtain, organize, clean, and maintain data sets
  • Assist with coding projects including helping develop internal consistent and methodologically sound coding schemas
  • Interpret data from complex data sets and analyze results to identify actionable or interesting trends or narrative patterns
  • Develop, test, and deploy different analytic approaches to present interesting angles on or types of data

Information Infrastructure Support

  • Help to support the development and maintenance of systems to organize platform group monitoring and relevant data 
  • Assist with the development of templates, systems and and training materials for data collection and basic data analysis projects that are accessible to non-expert staff for skill development

Content & Collateral Contributions

  • Support the development of strategic data-driven content or external collateral by reviewing methodologies, explaining or contextualizing data, and providing illustrative examples of trends

Required Qualifications:  

  • Strong data analysis, organization, and coding skills
  • Demonstrated experience acquiring, organizing, and analyzing data sets both large and small
  • Experience working with Google Sheets and/or Excel to organize and analyze data
  • Demonstrated strategic, creative, and thorough approach to completing tasks 
  • Meticulous attention to detail and uncompromising commitment to accuracy in research and data collection
  • Ability to quickly synthesize information and data about new topics and identify the most critical or interesting parts
  • Flexibility to work within rapid news cycles, often outside of typical hours 
  • Ability to adapt to new technologies and systems quickly and effectively
  • Alignment with Media Matters’ work culture, including:Interest in media and the effects conservative misinformation has on our public debate, and an understanding of Media Matters’ mission and work
  • Ability to operate effectively both independently and in a team setting
  • Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines on a daily basis, organize long-lead projects, and quickly adapt to new challenges in a fast-paced news cycle
  • Ability to prioritize and manage simultaneous assignments and quickly synthesize information about new topics
  • Receptivity and responsiveness to both concrete and abstract feedback
  • Dedication to accuracy, with the ability to prioritize and give keen attention to detail  

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Spanish language fluency
  • Experience in a remote work environment a plus
  • Experience with other data analysis tools such as STATA, R, Python, or SQL welcome but not required


Media Matters for America offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package. This role is part of the Media Matters Union represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 500. The salary for this position starts at $48,000 and is commensurate with experience.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. 

How to Apply: 

Please visit to apply through our online portal. No phone calls, please. We can respond only to candidates whom we are contacting for an interview.

Media Matters for America is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or disability.


Media Matters for America -- a progressive, Washington, D.C.-based, nonprofit research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media -- seeks a candidate…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule


Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
Washington DC, Washington, DC 20001, United States

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