Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
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Position: Data Scientist
Unit: District Attorney’s Transparency Analytics (DATA) Lab
Philadelphia District Attorneys Office is the largest prosecutors office in Pennsylvania, and one of the largest in the nation. It serves more than 1.5 million citizens of the City and County of Philadelphia, employing 600 lawyers, detectives and support staff.
The Philadelphia District Attorneys Office (DAO), led by District Attorney Larry Krasner, is committed to the mission of providing fair and just prosecution to all Philadelphians. DA Krasner believes that justice is best achieved through policies grounded in research, data, and science. Holding true to these commitments, the DAO has improved its capabilities to process data, craft policy, and conduct research. As we continue to modernize a progressive and fast-paced office, we aim to be responsive, forward thinking, and collaborative.
The Philadelphia District Attorneys Office in particular is committed to several citywide collaborations aimed at reducing Philadelphias jail population and improving the criminal justice system overall.
**Please note that effective September 1, 2021, the City of Philadelphia requires all new employees to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19. **
To attain a job with the city, you must be a city of Philadelphia resident within 6 months (180 days) of hire and able to work completely in the office.
Summary of job
The Data Scientist will join the District Attorneys Transparency Analytics (DATA) Lab, an innovative team of researchers, analysts, and software engineers, in the development and use of work product to support prosecution, analytics, data-driven policy, and public transparency. They will support DA Krasners targeted areas for informed reform, including charging, diversion, sentencing, focusing on the most serious crimes, preventing violence, enhancing harm reduction, and ameliorating disparities in the criminal justice process. The Data Scientist will work with other DATA Lab analysts, researchers, and operations staff as well as DAO staff and partners throughout Philadelphia and the criminal legal system policy landscape. They will design and lead long-term, complex analytical projects aimed at understanding the impact of prosecutorial discretion and legal system reform, with the guidance of Unit Leadership. In addition, they will support workstreams and act as a contributor on projects led by others on projects led by DATA Lab colleagues and other partners in DAO and beyond.
Duties & Responsibilities
Design and lead long-term, complex analytical projects designed to understand the causal relationship between actions within the criminal legal system and long-term outcomes for those involved in the criminal legal system as well as for communities more generally.
Support internal and external research by engaging on research projects, helping with data collection and dataset creation, helping to formulate and engage in specific research questions, and reviewing and providing feedback on academic manuscripts.
Integrate relevant scientific literature into analytical approach and interpretation.
Write white papers and academic manuscripts.
Contribute to operations, analytical, and research projects led by others within the DATA Lab, the DAO, and throughout the city.
Complete discrete tasks necessary to support basic DAO functions including budget reporting and case management.
Collect, explore, analyze, and interpret data.
Provide data-driven recommendations to complex legal and policy questions.
Write high-level memos for a range of audiences including executives and the public.
Develop the tools and documentation needed to allow for increased efficiency with future analyses, replication, iteration, and automation.
Contribute to other analysts’ work through code review, dataset creation, and mentoring and training.
A Masters or PhD in Computer Science, Criminology, Economics, Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Mathematics, Political Science, Sociology, Statistics, or related discipline is preferred.
Experience exceeding the minimum requirement as well as a proven track record of work may stand in for a degree.
A minimum of 5 years in the field of data analysis.
Extensive knowledge of R programming, with familiarity working with the tidyverse family of packages, and ability to read, analyze, and export geospatial data in R; OR demonstrated knowledge of other languages and a desire to learn R.
An understanding of the complexities of the criminal legal system in general and prosecution in particular.
Ability to manage tight deadlines and respond to emergent requests.
Experience producing analysis and reports for a variety of audiences.
An enthusiasm to collaborate, innovate, and solve problems.
A proven ability to prioritize work in a team and independently, and handle multiple complex tasks simultaneously.
Have strong communication skills and be able to interact effectively with team members, executives, funders, City government, academics, and stakeholders inside and outside of the DAO.
Familiarity with SQL, Python, HTML/CSS a plus.
Knowledge of GIS, including but not limited to ESRI ArcGIS 10.x, ArcGIS Pro, and ArcGIS Online.
This is an exempt employee with the City of Philadelphia. Immediately upon assuming office, new hire will receive benefits similar to those of other City of Philadelphia employees, including the below benefits:
Generous retirement savings options available (pension plan and etc.)
We are a Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PFLF) Program qualified employer
We offer comprehensive health coverage (medical, vision, prescription and dental) for employees and their eligible dependents
Annual paid time off (PTO) package: 10 vacation days, 15 sick leave days, 11 paid holidays, 5 annual administrative leave
Our wellness program offers eligibility into the discounted medical plan
Before tax commuter program
Health care and Dependent care flexible spending accounts
Sick leave bonuses and exchanges
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Applications will be active for one year from the date of receipt by the Office.
All exempt employees of the District Attorneys Office are at-will employees and serve at the pleasure of the District Attorney. The at-will relationship shall not be modified for any employee and no agreement, oral or written, shall be entered into that changes the at-will relationship.
** The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation,
gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status.
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