Research and Data Analyst-Criminal Justice

The Constitutional Rights Clinic of Rutgers Law School, in partnership with the ACLU of New Jersey, is seeking to immediately hire a data research analyst for a total of 30 hours, for a joint project during the 2021 fall semester between the two organizations focusing on policing practices in different communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Having collected data from municipalities across the state, we seek to compare police responses in different locales, serving different socioeconomic demographics, and to elicit and analyze disparities in enforcement, particularly along racial lines. The position starts September 13 and ends December 10, 2021.

The ACLU-NJ, headquartered in Newark with a full-time staff of 26, works in every corner of New Jersey to defend the principles of civil rights and individual liberties. The Rutgers Law School Constitutional Rights Clinic dedicates its time to ensure the protection of individual civil liberties and civil rights through legal representation, legal consultation, community outreach and advocacy, information and referrals.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Interpret data/analyze results using statistical techniques and provide ongoing reports;
  • Develop data collection systems, data analytics, and other strategies that optimize statistical efficiency and quality;
  • Acquire data from primary or secondary data sources and maintain databases/data systems;
  • Identify, analyze, and interpret trends or patterns in complex data sets;
  • Filter and “clean” data by reviewing performance indicators to locate and correct problems
  • Create intuitive data visualizations for use in reports;
  • Spot and develop human interest stories from the data.


  • This position is designed for someone with experience or the ability to interpret and analyze data using statistical techniques (legal experience preferred);
  • Ability to develop and implement data analyses, data collection systems and other strategies;
  • Some knowledge of statistics and experience using statistical packages for analyzing datasets (Excel, SPSS, SAS, etc.) preferred;
  • Adept at data queries, report writing and presenting findings;
  • Some technical expertise regarding data models, database design and segmentation.


The salary is $1050 and will be paid hourly over the course of the semester.

To Apply

To apply, complete the application form below and upload a resume and a letter of interest. Your letter of interest should explain ways in which you satisfy the skills and qualifications specified above. We also invite applicants to include in their letter information about how their background and/or experiences could contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and advocacy work.

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