Career Opportunities

Chief Data Officer

For more than a decade, Catalist has been a leader in civic data and data science innovation. Our mission is to provide progressive organizations with the data and services needed to better identify, understand, and communicate with the people they need to engage and mobilize. Our clients include the largest, most influential organizations in the U.S. that are engaged in civic engagement, advocacy, and political campaigns. 

Catalist is home to a dedicated, creative team of technologists, data scientists and campaign experts who build best-in class data tools and science. Catalist is committed to using our talents and technology to nurture a vibrant, growing, progressive community.

We are currently seeking applicants for the position of Chief Data Officer. 

The Chief Data Officer is responsible for developing and governing data strategies, procedures and policies across the organization. Working closely with clients, third party vendors, and internal departments, the CDO oversees the collection, preparation, organization, protection, and analysis of  data assets and must deliver data products to internal and external stakeholders while ensuring that industry best practices are met. 

The CDO is responsible for leading and developing data-focused technical teams, improving and streamlining data systems, ensuring data quality, and driving data product innovation. The successful candidate will have a proven record in data management, leadership, and information systems and tools. A strong background in Information Technology, Computer Science, or Software Engineering is advantageous. 

The Chief Data Officer plays a highly collaborative role and, in this position, will oversee cross-functional data governance while simultaneously ensuring adoption and adherence to data quality and process governance in the relevant collaborating departments.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Thorough understanding of data strategies
  • Experienced in designing and implementing data strategies and systems
  • Hire, lead, motivate, develop, and manage technical teams
  • Negotiate the procurement of data from commercial sources where required
  • Experienced in collection, storage, process, management, and quality assurance of data
  • Own and oversee the management and evolution of business rules governing the production and content of data products
  • Effectively communicate the status, value, and importance of data internally and externally
  • Knowledge of relevant technologies such as relational databases, big data solutions, and tools
  • Providing executive direction and strategic leadership in the development, dissemination and implementation of data standards and policies

Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, or Information Systems, Computer Science, or Software Engineering
  • Master’s Degree is preferred
  • 4 to 6 years of management at director or executive level
  • Project management experience – PMP certification is a plus 
  • Personnel management experience
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong communication skills – especially writing and presenting
  • Background check required


Catalist offers a competitive salary and a strong benefits package. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Chief Data Officer.”



Medical, Dental, Prescription Drug, and Vision coverage

Catalist offers medical, dental, prescription drug, and vision coverage. Coverage for eligible staff begins the first of the month following the date of hire. 

Group Term Life Insurance & Long Term Disability 

Group Term Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability Coverage is available for eligible full-time employees. These benefits will be provided at no cost to Catalist’s employees. Enrollment will occur automatically on the 1st of the month following your date of employment.

401(k) Safe Harbor Plan

The 401(k) Safe Harbor Plan is available to all full-time employees from date of hire. Employees may contribute pre-tax or post-tax from their salary up the legal limit set forth by the IRS.

  • Employer Contribution: All participants are eligible for this contribution.
  • Catalist, LLC will contribute up to 3% of your compensation into the plan for each eligible participant.
  • Catalist, LLC 401(k) plan allows qualified employees to enroll on their first day of work.

Commuter Benefits

This benefit allows you to have up to funds deducted on a pre-tax basis from your gross salary amount to pay for Metro use. 

Student Loan PayDown or SaveUp

Catalist is pleased to offer a Student Loan PayDown and College SaveUp benefit. We make direct contributions to either your student loans or 529 college savings plan. You get to choose which one will be most impactful to you!

Professional Development Benefit

All Catalist employees are eligible for an Individual Development Budget of $750 per calendar year. We are committed to the professional development  of Catalist team members and are excited to support this benefit.

Personal Leave & Vacation

Catalist offers vacation benefits to all full-time, permanent staff. Employees receive 12 days their first full year. In addition to vacation, after 6 months each employee is allowed three personal days per calendar year and up to six days sick leave depending on tenure. 

Equal Employment Opportunity

Catalist, LLC (Catalist or Company) is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate against any individual in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, veteran's status, or any basis prohibited by the law. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of the Company, including opportunity for employment and treatment as a Company employee.

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