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The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative—to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

LDF’s litigation, public policy, and public education programs in the substantive areas of political participation, criminal justice, economic justice, and education, seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, a fair and just judicial system, economic opportunity, and quality education.

LDF seeks a full-time Data and Research Analyst to assist LDF attorneys and other staff, including paralegals, fellows, and student interns, to make thoughtful, evidence-based decisions and bring quantitative insights on our issues to the courtroom, legislative halls, and public. The Data and Research Analyst will develop and apply quantitative analytic methods to identify, collect, process, and analyze large election and population data sets that inform LDF’s litigation and non-litigation advocacy, and voter engagement work. This includes partnering with LDF attorneys, data scientist, and other staff to shape research questions, conduct analyses, and translate the results of statistical models and hypothesis tests for a non-technical audience. In 2021 and 2022, this role will have a special focus on voting rights and the upcoming congressional, state, and local apportionment and redistricting processes. The Data and Research Analyst will report to a senior member of the litigation or policy team as appropriate.

Subject to LDF’s prior approval, this position may have the option to be remote until Friday, December 31, 2021. Beginning Monday, January 3, 2022, any candidate selected should be prepared to report to work in the office location assigned to this position.

Responsibilities may include:

  •  Conduct quantitative research and analyses related to voting rights litigation, including reviewing U.S. Census data and derivative datasets, including ACS data; reviewing redistricting and reapportionment maps; conducting racially polarized voting (ecological inference or ecological regression) analyses or other demographic analyses; and reviewing election returns and voter files in support of advocacy and litigation related to voting rights, particularly apportionment and redistricting;
  • Develop and apply quantitative analytic methods to identify, collect, process, and analyze large data sets;
  • Develop quantitative research and investigative analyses and literature reviews that support LDF litigation and other advocacy initiatives;
  • Consult in preparation for and in connection with litigation;
  • Be familiar with issues and topics relevant to reapportionment and redistricting, particularly with respect to their impact on Black people and other communities of color;
  • Maintain current knowledge of cutting-edge empirical methods in social science, particularly with regards to voting rights and redistricting;
  • Evaluate, acquire, and integrate new datasets;
  • Develop and engage in public speaking and trainings on data issues related to voting rights;
  • Willingness to travel to LDF’s target states and other jurisdictions, including in the South, pursuant to LDF’s COVID travel guidelines; and
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


Qualifications include:

  • Preferred advanced degree in a quantitative social science field (e.g., Demography, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Public Policy, etc.), data science, geographic information science, information science, informatics and computing, information science, or equivalent experience;
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience using big data, political data analysis, statistical methods, causal identification, and hypothesis testing in an applied setting;
  •  Demonstrated commitment to LDF’s mission and a record of engagement with racial justice and civil rights;
  • Advanced research and analytical skills. A strong writer with the ability to communicate effectively and concisely. Commitment to a collaborative approach;
  • Proficiency with diverse datasets from federal, state, and local agencies including the Decennial Census, American Community Survey, and others;
  • Open-source research experience in Python or R, or similar analytics and programming languages (i.e., SAS, STATA, or SPSS);
  • Preferred experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial data, and mapping software (e.g., Maptitude, QGIS, etc.);
  • Demonstrated experience cleaning, filtering, transforming data, or enriching data;
  • Demonstrated expertise with visualization techniques and software tools (i.e., Tableau, or another reporting framework). Possess strong communication and data storytelling skills, i.e., clearly translate technical concepts for a non-technical audience;
  •  Experience with neural networks i.e., AI, machine learning; cluster analysis; writing simulations
  • Experience working with the voter file and voter mobilization tools and tactics;
  •  Familiarity with a wide range of social science empirical methods, and ability to quickly learn new empirical techniques;
  • Excellent analytic, research, and writing skills, and detail-oriented;
  •  Effective at extracting and prioritizing user requirements and driven to provide effective solutions. Well organized and methodical, and a champion of process standards and documentation;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts; and
  • Self-motivated and goal oriented with the ability to work independently and with a team.

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.

Please note that LDF requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination prior to the commencement of employment, unless they qualify for a reasonable accommodation for bona fide medical or religious reasons

To Apply:

This position is open until filled.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:

jobs@naacpldf.org

If submitting via email, please include your name (last name, first name) in the email subject line.

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Natalie Kim

Human Resources Manager

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

40 Rector Street, 5th floor

New York, New York 10006

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The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, medical condition or disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law.

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
Washington, DC, USA

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