The Data Engineer is responsible for developing systems to acquire, analyze, and gain actionable insight from data that promotes the SPLC’s mission; preparing and implementing quantitative and qualitative models for analysis; collaborating with attorney and policy subject matter experts through the process of developing and using these systems and models; using data to lift up and tell stories to support litigation and policy transformation; and working closely with a variety of internal and external partners and stakeholders to these ends.
Strong analytical and reasoning skills that result in clear, robust, flexible architectures. Proven ability to drive complex design and development efforts in an agile environment.
Primary Job Functions:
Under the supervision of the Big Data Manager, the Data Engineer will:
- Implement their knowledge of cloud, serverless, and hybrid-cloud technologies;
- Provide oversight of data collection and analysis, synthesis of data and study outcome reports, and quality assurance and auditing of data in an Azure environment;
- Find, import, transform, validate, and/or model data with the purpose of understanding or drawing conclusions from the data;
- In collaboration with key SPLC staff, develop the necessary data and analysis to assist in the dissemination of information on successful and promising approaches, lessons learned, and other policy priorities to local and regional government bodies, partners, and other stakeholders;
- Participate with the SPLC data team in the process of data governance, quality, and integrity, and manage the implementation of related policies;
- Create and maintain detailed up-to-date system documentation;
- Comply with all federal and state lobbying and ethical rules and requirements.
Education and Related Work Experience:
- A bachelor’s degree and at least four (4) years of relevant experience are required; advanced degree in statistics, data science, public policy, and/or other relevant field is required except in unusual circumstances to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis;
- Strong research and analytical skills applied to public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information, and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue;
- Strong Knowledge of Microsoft Azure (SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, CosmosDB, Services Logic, Flow);
- Demonstrated experience in indicator selection, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, and multiple data stores (g., SQL & NoSQL) on premise, hybrid, and Cloud;
- Strong knowledge of Data analysis languages (e.g., Python, R, etc.)
- Demonstrated experience in data collection tools and mitigation for measurement errors as to ensure data reliability;
- Demonstrated experience in solo and collaborative development of data triangulation, presentations, and report-writing;
- Demonstrated experience with capturing, analyzing, and visualizing data from research studies, assessments, and evaluations;
- Demonstrated experience communicating clearly and concisely orally, visually, and in writing;
- Demonstrated experience assisting with or conducting briefings with internal and external partners and other stakeholders, when necessary.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Ability to be an SME in multiple projects, all of which have competing deadlines and require cooperation of various people inside and outside the organization;
- Ability to organize data and communicate to all levels of the organization and external partners and stakeholders at all levels of expertise;
- Initiative, vision, and a commitment to social justice;
- Excellent and consistent attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines;
- Willingness to travel (amount of required travel varies depending on SPLC needs);
- Willingness to work varied/flexible hours depending on SPLC needs.
Other Special Considerations:
This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.
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.
Minimum Education Required