The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Data Scientist in the Data and Analytics Department of the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY.

ACLU Analytics partners with teams across the organization to enable the ACLU to make smart, evidence-based decisions and bring quantitative insights on our issues to the courtroom and the public. Our team’s work ranges from social science research for litigation & advocacy, to analysis & reporting for fundraising and engagement, to building and maintaining our data infrastructure. We strive to ensure the ACLU leads by example in the ethical use of data and technology. This includes maintaining our privacy and security standards, pushing for transparent data practices from government and corporate actors, and helping to steward high standards for algorithmic fairness, accountability, and transparency.

Reporting to the Director of Engagement Analytics, the Data Scientist will be focused on the use of innovative reporting and advanced analytics to transform the way the ACLU approaches quantitative opinion and messaging research. The Data Scientist will also use data science methods to inform how the ACLU engages with its audiences including donors, advocates / organizers, and the general public on our issues and brand. This includes survey and opinion research design and methodology, survey and polling execution in partnership with vendors, in-depth statistical analysis, building models, and presentation of findings to stakeholders.

RESPONSIBILITIES: You will be part of the Engagement Analytics team, and work with team members across Analytics as well as stakeholders in our Fundraising, Political Advocacy, Digital, and Communications teams. You will also mentor other Reporting Analysts and Data Scientists on the Analytics team. Below is a sampling of projects you can expect to dive into:

  • Launch surveys and message tests with the objective of using research findings to craft brand messaging guidance for various post-2020 election scenarios
  • Design and advise on issue-based messaging research and survey instruments for a variety of issues relevant to the ACLU, including voting rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and criminal justice reform
  • Analyze survey, brand tracking, and other quantitative opinion research results to determine attributes about the ACLU’s current donor base and potential expansion audiences
  • Handle technical aspects of survey design, including: identifying relevant survey universes and appropriate sampling frames, develop innovative sampling designs and statistical analysis procedures for complex projects and proposals, performing sample size and power calculations for complex sample surveys, and performing nonresponse bias analysis and adjustments for missing data


  • Deep knowledge of quantitative survey methods, including sampling design, nonresponse adjustment procedures, and analysis of data from complex sample surveys
  • Experience designing modern multi-modal surveys and evaluating scripts
  • Fluency in Python or R, or similar analytics and programming languages
  • Familiarity with survey experiments and causal inference
  • Hands-on project experience with statistical methods, machine learning techniques, testing, and/or predictive analysis in service of real-world business challenges
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to synthesize quantitative results for a wide range of non-technical stakeholders across various functions and levels of an organization
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts


  • Graduate degree in a relevant field (statistics, demography, economics, psychology, social sciences, sociology, policy analysis, survey methodology, biostatistics) and 2-3 years of experience OR 5+ years of experience executing market research or public opinion and survey research projects in an academic, political campaign, non-profit, or business setting
  • Strong data visualization skills
  • Experience productionizing models or analysis for long-term usage
  • Proficiency in command line tools
  • A strong foundation in relational databases and database query languages (e.g. SQL)
  • Familiarity with opinion research in a field relevant to the ACLU’s goals and mission, such as reproductive freedom, criminal justice, and voting rights
  • Experience managing research projects end-to-end, including project, vendor, and stakeholder management
  • Experience in political polling
  • Relationships with and knowledge of major opinion research and survey vendors
  • Experience working with the voter file and voter mobilization tools & tactics

Salary: Not Listed

Location: New York, New York

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