About the ACLU of Louisiana: 

The ACLU of Louisiana is the local affiliate of the National ACLU. Founded in 1956 with a growing staff of 16, we are poised for growth and expansion. The Executive Director, Alanah Odoms carries on the affiliate’s legacy of defending the Constitution, with the new charge of refracting that work through the lens of racial and gender justice.  

The ACLU of Louisiana takes on the toughest civil liberties and civil rights cases in the state, litigating issues seeking to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. While recognized as one of the nation’s leading public interest law firms, the ACLU’s strength lies in an integrated advocacy approach, which requires collaboration between legal, advocacy, public education, communications and development staff on comprehensive strategies to maximize impact. The priorities of the ACLU of Louisiana include advancing racial and gender justice by holding police accountable for unconstitutional actions against people of color, ending mass incarceration, defending the rights of the asylum seekers and vulnerable immigrant communities, achieving full equality for the LGBTQ+ community, preserving the right to vote, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, and the defending the right to abortion. 

Position Description: 

The ACLU of Louisiana seeks  a full-time Data Analyst to collect, analyze and visualize data.  This position will be integrated across departments, with the analyst’s insights informing our litigation strategies, legislative advocacy, public education campaigns, nascent organizing efforts, and our narrative shift work in the media. 

The Data Analyst will work closely across all departments through the integrated advocacy model, and  will report directly to the Advocacy Director in the Advocacy department. 

Relocation options will be considered. And the data analyst will have the option of working hybrid, in-person, or remote schedules. Out-of-state residency is acceptable with up to monthly travel to Louisiana required.  

Responsibilities: 

  • In partnership with staff, identify organizational and programmatic areas for research and analysis; and conceive, execute, and manage research and analysis projects, e.g., work with the Legal Director to identify how to best support unconstitutional policing litigation through data analysis, or with the Advocacy Director to identify and describe data relevant to defeating or passing legislation 
  • Examine existing data and identify gaps in various issue areas 
  • Commission/conduct original research in various areas to fill gaps, and serve as liaison between researchers and ACLU team; 
  • Visualize data on our site using Infogram/other data visualization tools
  • Work directly with team leadership to drive affiliate strategy and planning through an evidenced-based approach 
  • Respond to ad hoc organizational demands (i.e. preparing staff for interviews with statistics, assisting with op-eds, etc.) 
  • Perform other analytical tasks as needed 
  • Supporting staff in submitting public records requests

Initial projects for this role will include: 

  • Support the Advocacy team throughout each Spring legislative session in defeating bills that restrict civil rights and liberties, and introducing bills to advance racial and gender justice. The ACLU of Louisiana expects to work defensively during the 2023 election year, and forecasts that we will need to defeat bills related to truth in sentencing, incarcerating 17-year-olds as adults, and the implementation of new mandatory minimum sentences. Data that mobilizes the masses and can be communicated in the legislature and to the press will be critical to our efforts. 
  • Investigate how police misconduct in Louisiana has a disparate impact on people of color by collecting, organizing and visualizing data on: Citizen interaction with police by race, location (Parish), type of interaction (stop, search, seizure, arrest), and use of force; police discipline, including data on termination, POST de-certification, other discipline, and unsuccessful attempts to discipline/terminate officers for misconduct; criminal prosecution of police; police department data, including size, use-of-force policies, information on procurements, and records of race discrimination within agency; and more. 

Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of experience in data analysis 
  • High level of proficiency  in at least one data visualization tool: Looker (National), Infogram, or Tableau
  • Ability to conduct complex data manipulations and pull descriptive statistics using programming languages e.g. R or Python
  • Familiarity with survey design and sampling design 
  • Familiarity with the creation and deployment of field surveys, using platforms such as Qualtrix and SurveyMonkey
  • Experience working with leadership teams and helping to inform evidenced-based strategy and multi-year planning  
  • Experience using project management software, e.g. Asana or Trello  
  • Experience collaboratively designing new programs and initiatives
  • Experience managing interns 
  • Experience managing contractors and liaising between contractors and full time staff 
  • Experience in legal and/or policy advocacy work preferred    

Support for this role: 

  • While this is the first analyst at the ACLU of Louisiana, this role is supported through:a nationwide ACLU analyst community that meets monthly by Zoom to discuss progress on various projects
  • Quarterly training led by experts in a variety of issue areas  (focus groups, visualization, etc.),
  • An active listserv to troubleshoot challenges and share best practices.This community also has two dedicated Sr. Analyst staff-members who onboard new analysts, provide  access to requisite tools, and offer ongoing support.

Compensation:
Salary is commensurate with experience and within the parameters of ACLU of Louisiana’s salary scale. The annual salary range for this position is $65,000 - $75,000.

About the American Civil Liberties Union:

The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union – beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

For over 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBTQ+ community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the ACLU and central to our work to advance liberty, equality, and justice for all. We are a community committed to learning and growth, humility and grace, transparency, and accountability. We believe in a collective responsibility to create a culture of belonging for all people within our organization – one that respects and embraces difference, treats everyone equitably, and empowers our colleagues to do the best work possible. We are as committed to anti-oppression and anti-racism internally as we are externally. Because whether we’re in the courts or in the office, we believe ‘We the People’ means all of us.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail careers@laaclu.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

Application Procedure: 

Please submit a letter of interest (Cover Letter), a current resume, and three professional references, identifying each reference’s relationship to you and each reference’s email address and phone number. (No references will be contacted unless a job offer has been extended.) Please follow the link here on BambooHR to apply.

Applications received by February 6, 2023 will be prioritized in the interview process.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, previous criminal conviction, and veteran status.