Communications Fellow - Confederate Symbols

Job Type

Full Time




United States



Reporting to the Senior Communications Strategist, the Confederate Symbols Fellow will be responsible for maintaining the SPLC’s database of Confederate symbols in the United States and prepare the third edition of its nationally recognized report, Whose Heritage? The Fellow will analyze several large datasets that the SPLC expects will increase its count of Confederate symbols on public grounds, as well as collect data from new sources that will provide additional symbols. The Fellow will be required to make complex and controversial information easily digestible for the general public while maintaining a high standard of historical accuracy.

Primary Job Functions:

  • Regularly update the SPLC’s Confederate symbols database and make new data publicly available on a rolling basis;
  • Collect and vet public submissions of new symbols and ones that have been removed;
  • Help implement the SPLC’s new Confederate monuments database;
  • Monitor national news around Confederate symbols, and the movements arguing for their preservation and removal; 
  • Analyze several large datasets to identify unrecorded symbols;
  • Translate analysis in to actionable and persuasive content for the report or for stand-alone reporting;
  • Perform research about "The Lost Cause", history of Confederate monuments, and related matters; and 
  • Looks for ways to augment the Whose Heritage? report and the SPLC’s general Confederate symbols work.

Qualifications –

Education and Related Work Experience:

  • Four-year degree required;
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in Journalism or relevant research fields.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Ability to cleanup and analyze large data sets;
  • Elite Microsoft Excel users;
  • Strong knowledge and experience with data manipulation, data analysis, and database development;
  • Proficient with BI packages (e.g. SAS, SQL, Cognos, R, Business Objects, MicroStrategy, Spotfire, Tableau, QlikView, etc.);
  • Familiarity with the Civil War and Lost Cause ideology;
  • Must be self-motivated with high work ethic; and
  • Effective team player.

Other Special Considerations:

This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.


This is a one year fellowship position with the Southern Poverty Law Center.


The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position. 

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree