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Fair Districts is Hiring

Fair Districts Ohio is seeking a GIS Technology Liaison who can to help facilitate the Ohio Redistricting Competition by providing technical assistance to GIS related technologies used by the program.


GIS Technology Liaison -
Map Competition Technical Assistant

Essential functions: This position focuses on assisting the team lead with answering and troubleshooting participant questions as they embark on the task of creating congressional maps using the decennial census data. Use your software or mapping skills and organizational abilities to fight for fair maps and representative government. This work-from-home contract will be for 20 hours per work through the end of 2021; pay range: $20-$25/hr.


Why a Redistricting Competition: State legislative and congressional districts have traditionally been drawn behind closed doors with few meaningful rules. The mapmaking this year will be different because of the reforms Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved in 2015 and 2018. The reforms focused on keeping communities together and increasing transparency, and included a provision to allow Ohioans to submit their own voting district maps. The Ohio Redistricting Competition is a way to foster mapmaking skills and encourage mapmaking and active engagement in the official mapmaking process.


The Ohio Redistricting Competition Technical Assistant will be responsible for helping Ohio Redistricting Competitors by providing technical assistance, information about best practices, and encouragement to these citizen mapmakers.



  • Work with the executive directors from the League of Women Voters of Ohio and Common Cause Ohio to identify training needs, to develop materials like FAQ sheets, and to assist in the development of a detailed plan for the Ohio Competition.

  • Assist the primary coordinator with the training of diverse participants;

  • Assist in the development of educational materials relating to the technology;

  • Coordinate with the team on technology related issues so that Fair Districts Ohio can rapidly respond to proposed official maps.



  • GIS Experience. Tools using DistrictBuilder, Districtr, Dave’s Redistricting App are a plus.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and current social media platforms.

  • Additional skills preferred but not required:

  • 2 years of experience in organizing, advocacy, project management, or similar fields.

  • Experience working with many different kinds of people and a working knowledge of the dynamics of power, privilege, and bias


An ideal candidate will have/are:

  • Working knowledge of GIS technology.

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

  • Equity and Inclusion: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

  • Fair Districts Ohio is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the organization and believes strongly in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce.

Send your resume and a cover letter no later than August 1, 2021.

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