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Remote, New York City, or SF Bay Area

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$80,000 or $95,000, depending on experience

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Not available

Hires remotely in:

United States


2+ years


Data Analysis, SQL, Python, Research, Looker, GithubRecidiviz is thrilled to be hiring a Data Analyst to join our team! The Data Analytics team is a small, fast-moving group that works with complex criminal justice data from our state partners and develops analyses that target the drivers of incarceration in specific systems. We’re looking for people who have an attention to detail to provide rigor to our analysis, creativity and inquisitiveness to identify and solve open-ended problems, clarity to think through complex and variable data, flexibility to adjust in a rapidly evolving environment, and above all else, a collaborative, kind nature to add to our culture.

About Us

Recidiviz is creating safer, healthier communities by improving outcomes for justice-involved people. We build tech that reduces the number of people in prison and helps criminal justice leaders embrace data-driven decision-making.Using modern data infrastructure and thoughtful product design, we’ve been able to safely and permanently reduce incarceration and improve outcomes. We work side-by-side with leaders of the criminal justice system, justice-impacted individuals, and ecosystem partners to build a better path forward. In addition to the revenue we earn from state partners, some of the most respected philanthropists and foundations support our work.People who succeed at Recidiviz assume good intent, fix problems when they see them, learn from failure, creatively unstick themselves, and lead with kindness and humility.

About The Role

This role collaborates across several teams to guide work that targets the drivers of incarceration. Our Data Analysts work with diverse data – criminal justice data both raw and processed from across the country, reports and policy documents from government agencies, and much more – to develop our understanding of the criminal justice system and to motivate change. They delve into questions as diverse as: which interventions and programs lead to positive outcomes and for who, how policy and practice impact the outcomes of incarcerated and supervised people, which portions of the justice system reverberate the most profound bias, and which avenues for impact show the most promise. Our Data Analysts also play a key role in contextualizing and presenting their analyses to key stakeholders, both internal and external. Travel is encouraged approximately once a quarter, but not required.

Core responsibilities

  • Exploring our datasets and those of other organizations to find new insights about the state of the criminal justice system
  • Contextualizing and communicating key findings to internal and external stakeholders
  • Working alongside our State Engagement and Implementation Engineering teams to analyze specific sectors of criminal justice, at various levels of abstraction and focus
  • Working with our Data Science and Software Engineering teams to bring analytical work into production software
  • Analyzing trends and changes in areas related to our own work to understand how our products function

Minimum Qualifications

  • Strong communication and collaboration skills, to help nurture a knowledgeable, data-oriented culture
  • Enthusiasm for working with external partners from diverse backgrounds and worldviews, including government staff, researchers, journalists, and other practitioners in criminal justice reform
  • Willingness to question source data, examine results closely, and provide constructive feedback
  • Bachelor’s degree in a quantitative field or equivalent professional experience
  • 2 – 3 or more years of practical experience exploring and analyzing complex datasets
  • Professional work experience with SQL
  • High familiarity with Python, specifically Pandas package
  • Experience preparing analytical reports and/or research for publishing

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working closely and effectively with technical and non-technical teams
  • Experience with making data analysis replicable, reproducible, and readable, particularly through dashboarding tools like Looker, Tableau, or others
  • Experience navigating large datasets from the public sector and academic communities, especially related to criminal justice
  • Familiarity with our data stack, which includes Google Cloud Platform, BigQuery, Jupyter notebooks, and Looker


Our compensation levels are standard across the organization and are set to balance three key goals: hiring new staff, retaining existing staff, and maximizing our impact per dollar. We do not negotiate compensation offers.Depending on experience and skill set, the compensation for this role is:

  • L1 (junior): $80,000
  • L2 (mid-level): $95,000

What we offer

  • Effective, extremely thoughtful colleagues, working together on a mission that matters
  • Generous medical, dental, and vision insurance premiums for you and your dependents
  • Complimentary One Medical membership (depending on location)
  • Flexible and generous time off, including holidays, PTO, sick leave and volunteer time
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave
  • 401(k) retirement plan with 5% company match and no vesting period
  • Complimentary mental health support via Talkspace
  • Monthly ClassPass credit for personal fitness
  • Well-located offices in Oakland and Manhattan, with the flexibility to work remotely or go into either office as you choose
  • An annual company offsite each spring and other ad-hoc gatherings
  • All the exhilarating challenges and stretch opportunities of a tech startup, combined with the purpose-driven heart of a nonprofit

More about RecidivizRecidiviz was an all-volunteer effort until early 2019, when Clementine, Andrew, and Joshua founded the organization. Since then, we’ve built an A-team of software engineers, designers, product managers and domain experts, from companies like Google, Apple, Dropbox, Opower, and Sidewalk Labs. Recidiviz was part of Y-Combinator’s 2019 class and has received support from some of the most respected philanthropists and foundations, including Ford Foundation, Mackenzie Scott, Schmidt Futures, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Mozilla Foundation.Today, Recidiviz works with (and earns revenue from) 11 state partners – big and small, red and blue – and covers 25% of the US incarcerated population. We have helped to get tens of thousands of people out of the criminal justice system, safely and equitably, and saved states nearly $1 billion. In the next five years, Recidiviz plans to partner with 40 states and help 250,000 people who are stuck in the system to get out and stay out. In addition to partnering with state Departments of Corrections, Recidiviz collaborates with and learns from partners – from organizations like the Correctional Leaders Association (CLA) to community based organizations and justice-impacted individuals, whose perspectives guide our work.To learn more about how we do what we do, check out our 2022 Year in Review, read some press coverage, or watch our recent TED Talk. And if you’re really keen to see our work, you can dive into our Github :).An important noteLasting change is always built on diversity. Recidiviz recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, gender identity and all protected status as required by applicable law. We consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a special need that requires accommodation, please let us know in your application. Even if you don’t think you meet all the criteria above, drop your resume, and we’ll take a look – you might be great for another role or another time!

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