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Job Opportunity: Data Fellow 2022-2023

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The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) in Washington, D.C., is seeking interested applicants for a one-year Data Fellowship running from September 2022 through September 2023. The Center is a nonprofit organization serving media and public with analysis and information on Capital Punishment. DPIC promotes informed debate on the death penalty by preparing in-depth reports, organizing briefings for journalists, and serving as a resource for those working on the issue. The Data Fellow is the person responsible for managing DPIC’s data on death sentences and other aspects of capital punishment, and plays a key role in creating DPIC’s data visualizations.

The main responsibilities of this position include:

  • Management of the DPIC database of death sentences, including researching cases and making corrections and updates
  • Analyze data and use descriptive statistics to produce written content for DPIC reports, web pages and other projects
  • Create and maintain data visualizations (using Tableau, Adobe Illustrator, and other data visualization tools as appropriate) for use on the DPIC website and other media
  • Work with staff and interns to research data on new death sentences, executions and other aspects of capital punishment
  • Assist DPIC staff in handling media and other inquiries
  • Writing blog posts on the latest news on death penalty cases

Qualifications required:

  • Commitment to racial equity and social justice
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly and concisely, both visually and verbally
  • Strong research skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel
  • Tableau experience is not required, but the Data Fellow should be self-starter and able to learn, adapt, and problem-solve when using new technologies or programs. They must be comfortable with Google, Stack Overflow, YouTube, etc. to independently troubleshoot and find solutions to problems. DPIC is ready to provide comprehensive Tableau training to the new Data Fellow.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Ability to prioritize and manage short and long term research projects

Other useful skills and experience:

  • Experience or training in a related field, including social sciences, journalism, criminal justice, data science, public policy or statistics
  • Knowledge of the death penalty and the criminal justice system
  • Experience with Tableau
  • Adobe Illustrator and/or Photoshop
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills (e.g. pivot tables, formulas)
  • Experience working with large data sets
  • Experience with data journalism projects
  • Familiarity with legal research
  • Knowledge of databases or SQL

Salary and benefits:

  • $47,700 plus benefits including 401(k) matching, health/dental/vision insurance, and paid vacation, vacation, and sick leave


  • Preferred start date the week of September 5and2022
  • Applications to be sent before June 8and2022
  • The position is a one-year fellowship that will last until fall 2023.

Other Considerations:

  • Remote work possible, but preference is the ability to work in DPIC’s office in Washington, DC. DPIC is currently a remote/in-person hybrid workplace
  • DPIC strongly encourages applications from historically disadvantaged groups, including Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ+ people, and women.

Details at a glance:

  • Full time schedule
  • entry level
  • Advantages
  • 401(k) correspondence
  • Health/dental/vision insurance
  • Paid leave, vacation and sick leave

How to register:

Please send cover letter and CV in one PDF to [email protected]. Applications to be sent before June 8and2022.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Aimee Breaux at [email protected] or 202-289-2275.


1701 K Street Northwest, Suite 205, Washington, DC 20006

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