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2021-22 Data Fellow


The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) in Washington, D.C., seeks interested candidates for a year-long Data Fellowship running from September 2021 to September 2022. The Center is a non-profit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information on capital punishment. DPIC promotes informed discussion of the death penalty by preparing in-depth reports, conducting briefings for journalists, and serving as a resource to those working on this issue. The Data Fellow is the point person for managing DPIC’s data on death sentences and other aspects of capital punishment, and plays a key role in creating DPIC’s data visualizations.

The key responsibilities for this position include:

  • Managing DPIC’s database of death sentences, including researching cases and making corrections and updates
  • Analyzing data and producing written content for DPIC reports, webpages, and other projects
  • Creating and maintaining data visualizations (using Tableau, Adobe Illustrator, and other data-visualization tools where applicable) for use on DPIC’s website and other materials
  • Working with staff and interns to research data on new death sentences, executions, and other aspects of capital punishment
  • Interfacing with other researchers working on death-penalty issues, sharing and gathering data where appropriate
  • Assisting DPIC staff with managing media and other information requests

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of criminal justice issues and interest in capital punishment
  • Commitment to racial equity and social justice
  • Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative research
  • Experience with data visualization
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel
  • Knowledge of or demonstrated ability to learn Tableau Desktop
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to manage short and long-term research projects
  • A background or education in a related field, including social science, journalism, criminal justice, data science, public policy, or statistics.

Other Helpful Skills and Experience:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Adobe Illustrator and/or Photoshop
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel Skills (e.g. Pivot tables, formulas)
  • Advanced Tableau Skills (e.g. calculated fields, filters, Tableau Public and Online)
  • Experience working with large data sets
  • Experience with data journalism projects
  • Familiarity with legal research
  • Knowledge of databases or SQL
  • Familiarity with capital punishment issues

Salary and Benefits:

  • $40,000 - 45,000, plus benefits including 401(k) matching, health/dental/vision insurance, and paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave


  • Preferred start date the week of September 6th, 2021
  • Applications due by June 7th, 2021
  • The position is a one-year fellowship to last until fall 2022.

Other Considerations:

  • Remote work possible, but strong preference is for ability to work in DPIC’s Washington, DC office
  • Applicants from historically disadvantaged groups, including women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ individuals, are encouraged to apply

How To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume in a single PDF to Steven Czarnecki at [email protected] Please also include a data visualization, writing sample, or other relevant work product that demonstrates the relevant skills for this role. You can include this sample as a PDF with your resume and cover letter or send a link to an online visualization.

If you have questions about the position, please contact Steven Czarnecki at [email protected] or 202-289-2275.