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The Tech Arms Race Is On: Democratic National Committee Is Also Hiring

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, March 15 2013

The Republicans aren't the only ones looking for tech talent. The Democrats are too.

The Democratic National Committee is hiring a new tech team, to be directed by the DNC's Technology Director Bryan Whitaker. An e-mail sent out to Democrats says that the DNC is looking for a software engineer, an analytics engineer, and a front-end developer. The DNC's Web site says that the committee is also looking for a digital content manager.

"We run one of the most innovative political operations the world has ever seen, and we're going to build on that work over the coming months and years," Whitaker writes in his e-mail note. "In order to do that, we're going to need to add a few talented people -- and not just people with experience working in politics."

The Web listings for the digital content manager and analytics engineer ask for the expected applicable skills, but whoever applies for the software engineer position shouldn't be an egomaniac.

"You have no ego about your work -- you take pride in outcomes, but aren't defensive about your code," says the help wanted ad. Also: "You disdain meetings for meetings' sake -- catching up on IRC is much preferred."

The DNC recently renewed its contract with the party's voter file management vendor NGP VAN: They're obviously not sitting around on their hands waiting for the Republicans to catch up.

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