Director of Data Science & Research
ABOUT THE INNOCENCE PROJECT
The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist the wrongly convicted who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. The Innocence Project’s groundbreaking use of DNA technology to free innocent people has provided irrefutable proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead arise from systemic defects. Now an independent nonprofit organization closely affiliated with Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the Innocence Project’s mission is to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment. To learn more, please visit www.innocenceproject.org.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Director of Data Science and Research leads an exciting and innovative department at the Innocence Project that deepens our understanding of wrongful convictions, facilitates learning and informs criminal legal system reform efforts by mining the data of some 30 years of DNA exonerations, collecting and analyzing the academic and scientific literature on the causes and remedies of wrongful convictions, (including the limitations of various forensic sciences), reviewing internal case and client data, identifying relevant knowledge gaps, and developing strategies to address these gaps. The Director of Data Science and Research sets the tone for data culture in the organization, establishing internal protocols on data collection, setting the Innocence Project’s research strategy, and guiding and executing data research projects from inception to completion.
The department currently has 3 full-time staff, as well as consultants, research interns, and a part-time administrative assistant.
The Director of Data Science and Research reports to the Chief Program Strategy Officer and works closely with other Department Heads. They will oversee the work of staff with expertise in social science, and various research interns and fellows. This is a full-time position requiring substantial work hours and occasional overnight travel.
All Innocence Project employees must embrace, respect and value the rich diversity of perspectives and experience of a diverse and heterogeneous staff. We recognize and appreciate that our work is better for having varied participants and thought partners.
We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
DATA SCIENCE AND RESEARCH DUTIES
STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT DUTIES
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
COMPENSATION, BENEFITS & PERKS
The salary for this position is highly competitive and the Innocence Project offers an excellent benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, Flexible Spending Account, 401k plan with company-match. While the office is currently remote in consideration of the ongoing pandemic, once commuting into the office (located in downtown Manhattan, New York) becomes again viable we will also offer company-paid transportation benefits.
WORKFORCE DIVERSITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
The Innocence Project considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital to our organization’s success in meeting its mission. We strongly encourage applicants from all cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, age, gender, and physical abilities to apply. Individuals with personal connections to the criminal legal system are strongly encouraged to apply.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is our policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, caregiver status, or any other category protected by law.
To apply, please upload a cover letter expressing your interest in the role and the organization’s work, and a resume titled with your name (last name. first name. cover letter/resume). Only applications with cover letters will be considered complete applications. Information submitted through this secure site is kept confidential. Due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to give applicant updates by phone or direct email.
**Applications for this position will be considered on a rolling basis until the post is filled.**
$144,500 – $170,000
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