SPLC’s Children’s Rights Practice Group is dedicated to ensuring that vulnerable children in the Deep South have access to the resources they need—particularly education and health services—to grow and thrive, and that they are neither excluded from nor denied such resources due to their background or characteristics. Vulnerable children in SPLC’s states are pushed into the school to prison pipeline at disproportionate rates, attend school in under-resourced education systems, and often have little or no access to vital health services.
The Data Analyst (Southeast Region) is responsible for developing systems to acquire, analyze, and gain actionable insight from data that promotes the Children’s Rights Practice Group’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.
Under the supervision of the Senior Big Data Analyst and the Deputy Legal Director, the Data Analyst (Southeast Region) will:
• Lead the design and implementation of the Children’s Rights Practice Group’s development and monitoring of policy indicators and outcomes measures;
• In collaboration with the SPLC Big Data group, provide oversight and engineering of data collection systems and analysis, synthesis of data and study outcome reports, and quality assurance and auditing of data;
• Find, import, transform, validate, and/or model data with the purpose of understanding or drawing conclusions from the data, including predictive analytics;
• Partner with Children’s Rights staff and other internal stakeholders to lead the design and implementation of the Children’s Rights Practice Group’s research and affirmative policy activities;
• 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;
• Develop a variety of data visualizations to clearly articulate the “so-what” of the data analysis for the purpose of furthering policy goals;
• In collaboration key Children’s Rights staff and internal partners, produce high-impact publications (reports, white papers, etc.) related to trends in children’s rights and evaluations of policy reforms;
• 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; and,
• Other duties as may be assigned to meet SPLC needs.
• A bachelor’s degree and at least four (4) years of relevant experience are required; an advanced degree in statistics, data science, 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;
• Demonstrated experience in indicator selection, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, and database management;
• Strong knowledge of at least GIS, data analysis software (e.g., STATA, SPSS, R, etc.), and Tableau, or other programs with similar functionalities;
• Strong knowledge of SQL and ETL tools such as Talend or SSIS;
• Demonstrated knowledge of design principles for visualizing information;
• Demonstrated experience of creating or distributing data with RESTful API’s;
• 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;
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team;
• Strong analytical skills and ability to take initiative; and,
• Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
• Experience with MongoDB or similar NoSQL database;
• Experience with Python or similar programming language;
• Experience with libraries for producing visualizations such as D3; and
• Demonstrated knowledge of at least two of the following areas: the school to prison pipeline (e.g., classroom management, exclusionary discipline, restraint, corporal punishment, alternative schools, school-based law enforcement); educational equity (e.g., school funding, education models differing from traditional public schools, desegregation); and/or children’s mental health (e.g., EPSDT/Medicaid Act, Olmstead/integration mandate policy, home and community-based services).
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.
Please submit your resume, cover letter, a writing sample (up to 10 pages), and a copy of your post-secondary transcript(s) (official or unofficial).
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.