Boston, MA

The ACLU of Massachusetts is offering a two-year paid Science and Technology fellowship. The Fellow will work in the Technology for Liberty Program in an integrated advocacy model, collaborating with staff across the organization including lawyers, communicators, field organizers, legislative advocates, and executive staff.

This position will help the organization achieve its goals in two primary ways: (1) by using technology to advance the ACLU’s campaigns, legal and legislative work, and mission; and (2) by translating complex or novel technological issues and their civil liberties implications for staff, lawmakers, courts, and the general public.

Varied projects undertaken by the Fellow will include data analysis and visualization, document review, research, writing, and programming. This is not an IT position.

Note: This is a temporary, two-year position based in our downtown Boston office. The Science and Technology Fellow role cannot be performed remotely.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Create and maintain transparency tools;

  • Produce data analysis and mapping projects in cooperation with our criminal legal, racial justice, and surveillance policy experts;

  • Conduct rigorous, peer reviewed data analysis for publication and litigation;

  • Deploy (and possibly build or help to build) machine learning technologies;

  • Conduct research, assist with document review, and write public education materials;

  • Analyze and communicate about technology issues relevant to the ACLU’s mission.

Required General Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field;

  • Experience with data science;

  • Programming skills;

  • Desire and demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a member of a diverse team;

  • Committed work ethic;

  • Good attitude and sense of humor;

  • Commitment to racial and gender justice;

  • Curiosity about the world and a desire to contribute meaningfully to shaping the law;

  • Strong belief in the mission and goals of the ACLU of Massachusetts.

Desired Technical Qualifications

  • Fluency in Python or R;

  • Strong knowledge of data structures and SQL or some equivalent;

  • Familiarity with linear algebra, matrix theory, and discrete mathematics;

  • Familiarity with UX best practices;

  • Experience working with Adobe Creative Cloud;

  • Familiarity with JavaScript;

  • Fluency in HTML & CSS;

  • Machine learning experience;

  • Familiarity with D3.js

Desired General Qualifications

  • Familiarity with the latest research regarding cryptography and other digital security tools;

  • Familiarity with the latest research on machine learning, especially with regard to fairness, accountability, and transparency;

  • Project management experience;

  • Excellent research and writing skills;

  • Public speaking skills or a willingness to learn.


The fellow will receive a salary of $60,000 per year plus a full benefits package – including generous employer funded healthcare, paid vacation, and sick-leave.


All interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and (if applicable) examples of past work to Kade Crockford, Director of the Technology for Liberty Project, at kcrockford@aclum.org.

The ACLU of Massachusetts is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LBGTQ community to apply.

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