Council of State Governments
  • 20-Jul-2022 to 19-Aug-2022 (EST)
  • Justice Center, Research
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full Time

Who we are:

The Council of State Governments Justice Center is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that combines the power of a membership association, representing state officials in all three branches of government, with policy and research expertise to develop strategies that increase public safety and strengthen communities. We help achieve those results by

  • Bringing people together from both sides of the aisle to foster collaboration;
  • Driving the criminal justice field forward with original research;
  • Building momentum for policy change at the state and local levels; and
  • Providing expert assistance to translate the latest research into policy and practice.

The CSG Justice Center is one of the most robust criminal justice organizations in the country, composed of approximately 120 employees with decades of experience in law enforcement, community corrections, court administration, housing, mental health and addiction services, state prisons, local jails, juvenile justice, education, workforce development, and victim advocacy. Staff here have served governors, state legislators, and members of Congress on both sides of the political spectrum. What bonds us together is a shared commitment to our mission, to a common set of values, and to the national, bipartisan advisory board that guides our work. Learn more about careers at the CSG Justice Center.



How you'll fit in:

The data scientist manager - embedded analyst program will work with Departments of Corrections (DOCs) for an embedded analyst program to generate, analyze, and report data to inform operations, decision-making, and policy development to enhance data analysis capacity. The position will entail intensive mentoring to embedded data analysts, as well as being embedded in DOCs for short-term analysis projects. . The position will entail collecting and cleaning data, manipulating data, creating and tailoring visualization of interrelated datasets, and presenting research findings. The position also requires mentorship and leadership skills. This position could require up to 20% travel.


What you'll do:


Specific responsibilities of the Data Scientist Manager include the following:

  • Pull, manipulate, and structure criminal justice data utilizing tables within different data sources with different products.
  • Coordinate research and analytic activities utilizing various data points (unstructured and structured) and employ programming to clean, massage, and organize the data.
  • Focus on translating data into actionable dashboards using cutting-edge visualization tools and technology and present to various audiences.
  • Provide data visualizations (reports and dashboards) to support stakeholder requirements.
  • Analyze existing reports to improve performance and develop new reports using the best data visualization practices and processes.
  • Work with multiple complex data sources.
  • Work with a wide range of stakeholders and functional teams along with policy analysts to develop data visualizations that provide insights for government.
  • Work with DOCs as an embedded data analyst for short-term, targeted analysis projects.
  • Implement processes that improve and lead to greater data quality.
  • Develop sustainable technology solutions for DOCs.
  • Manage and work across multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Work independently to meet project deadlines.
  • Supervise junior data scientists.
  • Mentor embedded data analysts in DOCs.
  • Manage and develop timelines that align with quality assurance policies.
  • Propose and utilize novel approaches to programming in data management and analysis reporting.
  • Lead cross-division work and tool development.
  • Manage relationships with contractors and partner organizations.
  • Oversee and ensure research projects follow research plans.
  • Manage and coordinate multiple complex initiatives.

What you'll bring:

  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse people in different contexts and foster equity and inclusion through self-awareness, cultural sensitivity, and valuing others
  • Dedication to public service with an unfailing commitment to act with civility, be nonpartisan in performing CSG Justice Center duties, and be a responsible steward of member and donor funds
  • Bachelor's degree in the field of data science, data visualization, computer sciences, business analytics, statistics, mathematics, or related field.
  • Ten or more years of experience using data for social impact, including working with nonprofit, government, or similar entities
  • Experience web scraping and/or working in API environments
  • Coding knowledge and experience with several languages such as SAS, Stata, SPSS, SQL, LaTeX, HTML, CSS, C, Python, and JavaScript
  • Demonstrated experience applying data science methods to real-world data problems
  • Experience utilizing visualization tools to take advantage of the growing volume of available information
  • Demonstrated experience with quality assurance techniques and reproducible research processes
  • Efficient, organized work style
  • Experience with primary data collection and/or sampling methodology
  • Hands-on experience with quality assurance tools (GitHub, GitLab)
  • Hands-on experience with interactive data visualization tools (examples: R Shiny, D3, Tableau, Microsoft Power BI)
  • Hands-on experience with reproducible research tools (R Markdown, Jupyter)
  • Experience working with sensitive data and data security protocols
  • Experience independently directing project tasks
  • Experience in budget management
  • Experience supervising/mentoring data scientists/programmers/students/interns
  • Proficiency with the following tools:
    • R
    • Git
  • Knowledge of criminal justice systems and settings, public policy, or government
  • Knowledge of scientific research methods, principles, and techniques
  • Knowledge of statistical concepts, methods, and application to data analysis
  • Knowledge of data security procedures including data use agreements and data transfer methods
  • Expertise in relational database design and concepts
  • Ability to automate processes
  • Ability to work independently to determine the most suitable technological tools to accomplish project objectives
  • Superior research, writing, and editing skills demonstrated by authorship or joint authorship of research reports
  • Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively present information in a concise way;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity, keen judgment, and self-confidence, with a sense of humor and ability to maintain balance and perspective
  • Ability to work with and find consensus among people from a wide array of backgrounds and perspectives, as well as an appreciation for the need to address issues in nonpartisan and non-polarizing ways
  • Strong leadership and management skills

How you apply:

If you're interested in helping us drive change across the country, you should upload the following elements with your application:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. At least three professional references

We will consider all paid and unpaid experience relative to this position, including internships, fellowships, and volunteer activities.


CSG believes that pay equity and pay transparency advance workplace fairness. Compensation will be equitable and based on experience. The salary range for this position, based in New York, is $100,815 - $143,850. This salary range is subject to change based on work location and market conditions.


Learn more about careers at the CSG Justice Center.


We welcome and value diversity in our staff, including race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, protected veteran status, and personal experience with the criminal justice system.


CSG is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. CSG participates in E-Verify.


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