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Data Associate 

About the Organization As a research and action organization, Center for Policing Equity (CPE) produces analyses identifying and reducing the causes of racial disparities in public safety. Using data-driven approaches to social justice, we use science to create levers for social, cultural, and policy change.



We are research scientists, race and equity experts, data virtuosos, and community trainers. We use data to build a more fair and just system. We partner with law enforcement and communities. Our aim is to bridge the divide of communication, generational mistrust, and suffering. But most of all, we are the path that science can forge towards public safety, community trust, and racial equity.


 
Location Remote  
Close Date  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Description

Position Description

The Center for Policing Equity is looking for a skilled Data Associate to join its Data-Driven Interventions program (DDI). The DDI team analyzes data on police behavior (e.g., stops, use of force, calls for service, etc.) to produce analyses that identify racial disparities in policing practices and opportunities for change in specific communities. The Data Associate will collaborate with colleagues across CPE to clean and standardize the law enforcement data that power the JusticeNavigator.org platform, among other CPE initiatives.

The Data Associate will be an integral part of DDI's Justice Navigator delivery model and will leverage their data science skill set to quickly and efficiently process messy data into the database. They should have an appetite for research and data discovery, meticulous attention to detail, and demonstrated experience with programmatic data cleaning and transformation (Python, SQL). They should be able to navigate technical specifications in a research plan, and be responsive to changes as our methodologies and tooling evolve in an agile work environment. The ideal candidate will have a background in working with law enforcement data, administrative data, or other similarly complex, varied datasets. They should have a passion and drive towards improving issues of racial inequity. This position will report to the Data Operations Manager.

Key Responsibilities

  • Clean, wrangle, and transform raw police data to National Justice Database standards
  • Conduct quality assurance checks and provide code review on colleagues' data preparation code
  • Collaborate with DDI data analysts to problem-solve and assist in developing new analyses
  • Collaborate with DDI tech team to troubleshoot bugs and recommend improvements to our tooling and infrastructure
  • Maintain well-documented code and records to ensure the highest levels of data integrity

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in data science or other quantitative field, or related equivalent professional experience
  • 1-3 years experience working with complex administrative datasets (ideally policing data) or as a Data Analyst, Business Analyst, or similar role
  • Proficiency in Python for exploratory data analysis (especially pandas, numpy)
  • Proficiency in Python for data transformation, especially in a production environment
  • Proficiency in SQL to construct complex queries
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with experience documenting your work and annotating code
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with a diverse team of analysts, scientists, data engineers, and field staff across the organization
  • A keen attention to detail and a profound appreciation for using data to tell a compelling story via data visualizations
  • Comfort with collaboration across a geographically distributed team
  • Strong interest in ongoing learning, staying up-to-date on tools and techniques as well as helping others develop their skills through peer mentorship.
  • Demonstrated organizational and critical-thinking skills needed to work effectively on multiple projects with competing priorities
  • Passionate about social justice issues
  • Ability to quickly adapt and apply new tools and processes to a growing organization
  • Be a strong team player, assisting the overall team and peers to achieve success

Nice to have

  • Experience working with Jupyter notebooks
  • Experience working with GitHub
 
EOE Statement The Center for Policing Equity strives to build a diverse team that is inclusive of multiple perspectives and welcoming for people of all backgrounds. Women and members of underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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