The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Voting Rights Practice Group is the organization’s most recent expansion as it increases the breadth and impact of its voting rights program. Given the onslaught of voter suppression tactics, especially those directed towards racial minorities and low-income people, the practice group’s work will focus primarily on litigation, legislative initiatives, and affirmative electoral reforms in the Deep South. The group builds upon the SPLC’s history of advocating for the most vulnerable members of our society and continues the work it already is doing in this arena.
The program currently includes a lawsuit challenging Mississippi’s felon disenfranchisement law; playing a leading or supportive role in the passage of laws to restore voting rights in Florida and Louisiana; registering formerly incarcerated people in Alabama; and GOTV activities throughout the South, especially on college campuses. The practice group will expand upon that work by delving even deeper into statewide and local redistricting, protecting the right of eligible voters to cast a ballot, and strongly advocating for reauthorization of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
To assist in this exciting endeavor, we seek a Data and Research Analyst with at least five years of experience with big data, political data analysis, database creation and management, and associated infrastructure. The Data Analyst will conduct quantitative research and analyses necessary for voting rights cases, including geographic analyses, racially polarized voting and ecological inference, and demographic analyses, as well as perform many other functions as described in more detail below.
Primary Job Functions:
- Conduct quantitative research and analyses necessary for voting rights cases, including geographic analyses, racially polarized voting and ecological inference, and demographic analyses;
- Work closely with the SPLC’s Big Data Team to clean, store, and manage data necessary for voting rights litigation and public policy advocacy;
- Conceive and help direct the SPLC’s strategies for the upcoming redistricting cycle, including the analysis of voter files, creation of training materials and online resources for local communities, and drafting redistricting plans;
- Produce statistical and investigative reports, white papers, policy briefs, memoranda, interactive data graphics, and data-driven story maps related to voting rights issues;
- Consult with staff attorneys, outreach paralegals, outside counsel, and expert witnesses on case development;
- Engage in public speaking and articulate the SPLC’s policies and programs to the public and the media on voting rights issues.
- A minimum of five years’ experience with big data, political data analysis, database creation and management, and associated infrastructure;
- A technical skillset that includes in-depth experience and proficiency with GIS and geospatial data, and a variety of other programming and data languages/software such as SQL, Tableau, Python, and R;
- Excellent analytic, research, and writing skills;
- Ability to synthesize complex issues and communicate them effectively to diverse audiences, including elected officials, attorneys, advocates, impacted communities, supporters, the media, and the general public;
- Proven project management and organizational skills, including the ability to work independently, pay attention to detail, and meet deadlines while under pressure;
- Ability to work collaboratively and in team settings is essential;
- Ability and willingness to travel;
- Demonstrated commitment to civil rights issues and the mission and goals of the 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.