Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation
Student Analyst – Data + Justice
Job Description, Fall 2020
About the Beeck Center
The Beeck Center brings together experts and students to surface, accelerate, and scale promising social impact efforts that drive institutional-level change – that to us is impact at scale! These promising efforts are what we call “grasstop” level change in between “grassroot” efforts (such as a disruptive idea or advocacy efforts) and institutional efforts (such as government policy or corporate governance).
To that end, we’re an experiential action hub at Georgetown University that helps accelerate positive and lasting social change through our projects within two main portfolio areas of fair finance and data + digital tools for the public interest technology community. All of our projects work with thought leaders (fellows) and students (our analysts) that provide an experiential hub to teach our scaling methodology.
About this position
Student Analysts at the Beeck Center are motivated self-starters looking to drive social change at scale. They are passionate, responsible, detail-oriented, and intellectually curious. As an Analyst, you will be expected to contribute to team efforts, requiring flexibility and a strong work ethic.
The Student Analyst – Data + Justice position is designed to specifically support one of our Fellows who leads the Data + Justice project in partnership with the Justice Innovation Lab. The Justice Innovation Lab project provides data-driven, evidence-based analysis to prosecutors in order to reduce incarceration and racial disparities and improve effectiveness and fairness of justice in their jurisdictions.
In this role, you will assist with research, data collection, qualitative interviews, and analysis of criminal justice systems, in particular, the decision-making processes and policies of prosecutors in our pilot jurisdiction. The Student Analyst will participate in interviews of criminal justice system actors (such as prosecutors, defense attorneys, and court personnel) and members of the community; will assist with creating and analyzing surveys of criminal justice system actors; will conduct analysis of existing policies, procedures, and relevant state and federal statutes; and assist in the authoring or reports, blog posts, and/or articles.
The Student Analyst will work with Beeck Center Fellow Jared Fishman, the founder of the Justice Innovation Lab (JIL). Prior to founding JIL, Jared Fishman served for 14 years as a federal prosecutor at the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, where he led investigations and prosecutions of complex, high-profile civil rights cases involving police misconduct, hate crimes, and human trafficking in over 20 jurisdictions across the United States and U.S. Territories. He handled some of the nation’s most significant prosecutions of police misconduct, including the successful prosecution of a South Carolina police officer for fatally shooting unarmed motorist Walter Scott, a case that brought renewed attention to criminal justice reform, and for which Jared received the DOJ Civil Rights Division’s highest award for excellence in advocacy.
At the same time, you are charged to connect this work to the larger Beeck Center portfolio, which is focused on social impact by employing the tools of data, finance, and policy. While this position centers on state prosecutors, it is important that this work integrates with the Beeck Center’s other areas of focus.
We care deeply about the academic, professional, and personal development of our Student Analysts. The Student Analyst experience centers on experiential learning, where you learn through applying theory to your project-based work at our Center. We complement the experiential learning component with further professional development opportunities, such as conferences and workshops. Finally, you will participate in introspective exercises that are designed to help you discover and design your personal pathway as you embark on your career and (hopefully!) undertake a journey in the social impact space.
The Student Analyst will support this research and evaluation as follows:
- Research issues related to: organizational culture, prosecutorial decision making, the intersection of data and the criminal justice system, and criminal justice reform
- Assist in interviewing (note-taking and asking questions) and surveying high-level criminal justice decision-makers, line prosecutors, the defense bar, the court system, and community members
- Develop organization and case flowcharts documenting processes and procedures in the criminal justice system
- Collect and analyze data relating to key criminal justice indicators, such as racial disparities in charging, plea offers, and sentences to determine the root causes and drivers of any existing disparities
- Draft or author articles, social media posts, website content, or other documents related to prosecution and criminal justice reform
- Assist in the development of a roadmap for prosecutor’s offices to leverage data for issues to improve justice results
- Participate in and support regularly scheduled conference calls with partners and collaborator
In addition to the specific responsibilities related to the Justice Innovation Lab and outlined above, Student Analysts will integrate their work with the broader Beeck Center team and portfolio. Moreover, this position will assist with core functions such as communications, synthesis, and operational tasks, related to the data collaborative.
You must be a current or incoming undergraduate or graduate student at Georgetown University to apply. This position is the right fit for you if you are looking for a challenge and want to grow professionally.
We are looking for candidates with a strong combination of skills and abilities, with an emphasis on strong writers and students with research and analytical skills and professional workplace experience. Applicants with an interest and experience (related coursework and/or employment) in data, business, and/or finance are encouraged to apply. This position is paid (details below) and students on work-study are encouraged to apply.
The Beeck Center strongly encourages those who hold the following intersecting identities to apply: Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, poor or working class, persons living with disabilities, neurodivergent, young, undocumented, speak English as a second language, and others with lived experience in overlooked and/or underestimated communities.
Ideal candidates are comfortable with a start-up work environment and strive to tackle social challenges greater than themselves. Background, prior experience or prior course work in criminal law and/or criminal justice is strongly preferred. Knowledge of ongoing efforts in areas such as policy innovation and data for social good is a plus.
In addition, the following skills and abilities are desired:
- Strong organizational, writing, analytical, speaking, and interpersonal skills; attention to detail
- High level of professionalism
- Prior experience of collecting and analyzing substantive information through oral interviews and surveys
- Prior experience with data analytics
- Prior experience working in the criminal justice sector
- Comfort sharing interim work products, seeking feedback, and working collaboratively
- Strong technology and digital skills
- Visual design abilities are a plus
- Experience as a writer or editor is a plus
- Event planning experience is a plus
- Experience with web site coding (HTML and Markdown) is a plus
***Positions involve access to confidential material. Discretion, maturity, and confidential management of all incidental information acquired on the job are essential.
Hours and Compensation
During the fall semester, student analysts can work up to 20 hours/week, though typically hours fall in the 10-15 hours/week range. Applicants must be able to commit a minimum of 10 hours per week. Wages for hourly student employees are based on Georgetown University’s Student Employment Office guidelines, starting at minimum wage for undergraduates ($15/hr) and $20/hour for graduates.
Please submit your application through this Google Form. Please be sure to upload your (1) resume and (2) a writing sample (both required), as per the instructions of section II of this online application form.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with final applications due Sunday, August 9 at 9pm. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early. We are planning for a start date of September 14, though please note that this may be subject to change and your preferences, as identified in the survey, will be taken into account.
For questions, please check out our FAQ and if you don’t see the answer, you can send questions through our form, here. If you have any specific questions about this position, please contact Vandhana.Ravi@Georgetown.edu.
Location – Remote Work
Please also note that the Fall 2020 Student Analyst Program will take place in a remote and distributed work environment. The Beeck Center’s team, including students, will NOT have an on-campus presence in the fall semester. Applicants should be prepared to work in a remote environment and through this experience, you will learn how to effectively work on a distributed team.
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The Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.