JOB DESCRIPTION

Research Analyst (RA), Public Tech Leadership Collaborative

November 2021

Data & Society is seeking an RA with a background in social science to support the research functions of the Public Tech Leadership Collaborative. The Public Tech Leadership Collaborative is a new Data & Society program intended to improve the capacity and decision-making of government leaders grappling with the social and cultural implications of technology. The last decade has demonstrated that technologies can cause harm, exacerbate long-standing inequities, and encode injustice. How decision-makers across the federal government understand the ways society and technology mutually shape one another will impact how the U.S. addresses key issues like data governance, privacy and surveillance, platform accountability, and the role of algorithmic systems in everyday life. This program will foster two-way- peer learning between researchers and government decision-makers and build the networked infrastructure necessary for ongoing engagement that will persist beyond this Administration. 

 

The RA will support the development of program curricula, training materials, practical guidance documents, and essential explanatory materials. The RA will contribute to training and workshops in support of government decision-makers and manage the program’s newsletter. While it’s important for the RA to have a scholarly background and the desire to dive deep into research, this role is for someone who wants to ensure the research makes a difference. They are excited about supporting a newly created and fast-moving team in doing applied research. They prioritize learning and iteration over perfectionism and enjoy thinking strategically about what is needed for research to be useful, relevant, and accessible. 

 

Responsibilities

  • The RA will support the development of essential content (e.g. explainers that break down the technical and social elements of a problem) and practical guidance documents (e.g. checklists, tip-sheets, annotating proposed solutions) that help explain or contextualize research for government decision-makers. 
  • The RA will support the development and execution of a monthly learning curriculum for government decision-makers. 
  • The RA will support the design and implementation of various engagement activities, like training and interactive workshops. 
  • The RA will support the development of the program’s newsletter, which will synthesize new research, contextualize the news with research, help reframe existing policies, interview researchers in the network about the policy implications of their work, promote best practices in government and promote policy-relevant D&S research in creative ways (e.g. an audio conversation).

 

Qualifications

  • MA degree or relevant equivalent research experience required;
  • Strong writing and communication skills, particularly for a non-academic audience;
  • Familiarity with current scholarship in a related field (e.g. science and technology studies, public policy research, information studies) with topical expertise in issues like data privacy, surveillance, and the social and political implications of algorithmic decision-making systems;
  • Experience designing curricula and education programming like training and workshops. 
  • Strong policy analysis and research skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • Excellent organizational, meeting facilitation, and presentation skills; and
  • Self-motivated, independent, and a quick learner.

 

Practical Considerations 

  1. This is a one-year full-time exempt position with the possibility of renewal. 
  2. We are looking for someone to start immediately.
  3. This is currently a remote position. Data & Society is based out of New York City, and will for the foreseeable future operate as a remote-first organization.
  4. Annual salary is $65-70k, commensurate with experience, and you will be offered a generous benefits package and paid time off. 
  5. You must be eligible to work in the United States, or your country of residence. We are unable to sponsor visas.



Start Date - ASAP

To apply, please submit the following items. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until December 22, 2021. Please feel free to contact us at jobs@datasociety.net should you have any questions about the position. Questions about the opportunity or process will not reflect negatively on your application. Please submit:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in this role and why you would be a good fit for this position;
  • Your resume/CV;
  • One writing sample that showcases your ability to explain or apply social science research; and
  • The names, affiliations, and contact information for two professional references.

 

 

About Data & Society

Data & Society focuses on the social and cultural issues arising from data-centric technological development. We seek to inform and develop frames for discussion of these complex issues both through our own research and through supporting the expansion of a nascent field of actors concerned about these topics. We want to be a resource, a catalyst, and a convener as new sectors recognize the complexity of the issues and the need for trade-offs when they increase their reliance on data as a tool for management and decision-making.

We see the field as comprised of researchers, journalists, policymakers, technologists, industry leaders and workers, funders, advocates, and civil society actors. We are committed to helping this field engage substantively, and with an evidence base, in debates over implications arising from the increasing reliance on data at scale to automated decision-making across a range of

sectors.

The work and well-being of Data & Society is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We welcome applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and persons with disabilities.




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