The research applications developer (RAD) is an entry-level programming job at the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project. The RAD supports projects across the research department with a focus on programming and analysis. Responsibilities include collecting, inputting and maintaining data on various extremist groups from multiple sources and performing analyses in support of publishing, research, and investigation priorities.
• Develops applications to support research team;
• Collects, inputs and maintains data via various sources e.g. web scraping;
• Conducts analyses based on data collection efforts;
• Collaborates with external stakeholders on data projects;
• Writes for IP publishing outlets;
• Provides research on general and special projects;
• Monitors various Internet sources for intelligence, threats.
Education and Related Work Experience:
• B.A. degree;
• B.A. degree in computer science or a minor in CS preferred;
• Self-starter with strong organizational skills;
• Demonstrated writing ability.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
• Experience working with programming languages including Python, R;
• Experience working with versioning software like Git;
• Knowledge of MEAN (Mongo, Express, Angular, and Node) a plus;
• Natural-language processing experience a plus;
• Ability and interest in sifting through very large amounts of data (text or quantitative data) and extracting key elements for tracking, exposing activities, uncovering networks and relationships, etc;
• Must be thorough and have continual attention-to-detail when entering data;
• Meticulous data gathering, reporting, and documentation skills to ensure accuracy and maintain a very high level of data integrity;
• Demonstrated initiative to see projects through to completion;
• Demonstrated ability to work cross functionally with internal and external stakeholders to meet outcomes;
• A strong interest and commitment to the mission of SPLC.
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.