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Research Analyst (Data Visualization & Design)

  • Job
    Junior & Mid Level
  • Research & Development
  • New York City


  • The ideal candidate will offer some combination of the following experiences and qualifications. We recognize that many excellent candidates may not have all these experiences and qualifications and we will provide support for the successful candidate to acquire additional skills. We hope that you will apply as long as you believe you could contribute to our organization and our work.
  • A master’s degree and at least two years of research experience in data visualization.
  • Demonstrated expertise in and portfolio of data visualization projects.
  • Experience with the development of data visualization at multiple stages of the research process and as part of a broader communication strategy reaching multiple audiences, including the public, policymakers, advocates, and for academic or technical audiences.
  • Experience developing data visualizations appropriately tailored for public communication strategies on varied media, including but not limited to print reports, op eds, websites, social media, and interactives.
  • Experience working on data visualization of geographic data, data visualizations that effectively visualize statistical uncertainty, and the use of appropriate data visualization for advanced statistical research.
  • Familiarity with commonly used data visualization tools and software such as Datawrapper, D3, Flourish, and Tableau, or others.
  • Strong fluency with data science techniques, and advanced experience using R, Stata, or another comparable data analysis programs. Substantial experience in dataset management.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy in all work, with proven ability to plan for rigorous arms-length research review and other techniques for bulletproofing findings.
  • Understanding of how to engage in research through a racial equity approach and experience working with data visualizations that effectively portray the diverse experiences of Americans in our systems of democracy and justice.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders in designing and implementing research and to communicate technical research findings to broad audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including proven ability to work effectively within teams, and to work collaboratively with editors, other staff, and outside partners.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of the Brennan Center.


  • Design and produce effective data visualizations.
  • Collaborate with researchers and staff across all Brennan Center programs and departments to better leverage data visualization in the pursuit of our mission.
  • Collaborate with communications professionals and external partners on data visualizations related to democracy and justice.
  • Apply knowledge of research methods and data visualization practices to inform the design of research, collection and cleaning of data, data management, and statistical analysis.
  • Conduct empirical research and data analysis for Brennan Center policy and legal advocacy efforts and public communication efforts.
  • Draft and edit writeups of research output, including reports, academic journal articles, and other public communications as needed.
  • Critically evaluate research and communicating the strengths and weaknesses of research to diverse audiences.
  • Develop and maintain a high level of practical expertise on best practices for data visualization and research methodology.
  • Develop and maintain a high level of knowledge of substantive research on democracy and justice.
  • Provide mentorship and training for staff in areas of expertise as appropriate.

We are a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice.

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Mission & Purpose

The Brennan Center for Justice is a non-partisan law and policy institute that focuses on improving systems of democracy and justice. They conduct research, advocacy, and litigation to protect voting rights, ensure fair representation, and promote justice reform. Their aim is to strengthen democracy, advance equal justice, and safeguard the fundamental freedoms that underpin the United States' democratic system. By addressing pressing issues through innovative solutions, the Brennan Center seeks to create a fairer, more inclusive, and more equitable society.

Culture & Values

  • Drive Visionary Goals through a Pragmatic Approach

    We strive to reform our systems of democracy and justice by delivering clear-minded and independent analysis. We earn trust in our professional expertise through rigorous research and a focus on facts. Realizing durable change takes time, so we always keep in mind the long-term impact of our initiatives. We set achievable goals with tangible outcomes, and reach them through practical, solutions-driven methods.

  • Promote Openness & Accessibility

    We produce our best outcomes by leveraging diverse experiences and perspectives. We foster an internal culture that is equitable and rooted in dignity and respect. Historically marginalized communities suffer most from the problems we seek to solve, and colleagues that reflect those communities enrich our work. We welcome all staff and external contributors at the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, age, ability, religion, and socioeconomic status. By exercising multidisciplinary thinking, we aim to generate ideas that are accessible and relevant to our teams and the broader multiethnic American public.

  • Nurture Growth & Excellence

    We foster a spirit of curiosity and inquiry, adapting to new information, taking ambitious risks, and learning new skills that will develop us professionally and personally. We exercise creativity and innovation in alignment with our mission, constantly advancing both the organization and ourselves.

  • Cultivate Meaningful Teamwork & Collaboration

    Collaboration and teamwork are essential to growing and sustaining our development. We strive to build trusting bonds through mutual accountability and communication that is inclusive and transparent. We reinforce these bonds with unwavering kindness, humility, flexibility, and empathy across all teams. We make decisions through a balance of thoughtful feedback, respectful candor, and careful consideration of all points of view.