Technology Fellow

The Policing Project at New York University School of Law invites applications for our inaugural Policing Technology Fellowship, a one-year fellowship based in New York City, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. This fellowship is funded by some of the leading companies in the policing technology space, including Amazon, Mark43, Microsoft, ShotSpotter, and others. The Policing Project accepts funding from these companies with no restrictions, deliverables, or expectations.

The Policing Technology Fellow will play a large role in driving the Policing Project’s efforts bring democratic accountability and ethical principles to the ever-expanding world of policing technologies.

Background on the Policing Project

The Policing Project partners with communities and police to promote public safety through transparency, equity, and democratic engagement. We work across a host of issues—from use of force and racial profiling, to facial recognition and predictive policing. We do so in close collaboration with groups from across the ideological spectrum and with stakeholders that typically find themselves at odds, including policing agencies, community organizations, governments, and other non-profits. Our work takes us all over the country and is moving the needle in tangible ways.

We bring a new approach to this fraught area, one grounded in democratic values. In particular, our work focuses on ensuring accountability and democratic participation on the front end. Front-end accountability involves promoting public voice in setting transparent, ethical, and effective policing policies and practices before the police act. The goal is achieving public safety in a manner that is equitable, non-discriminatory, and respectful of public values.

Job Description & Responsibilities

This position will report to the Director and Deputy Director of the Policing Project and will be responsible for:

  • Spearheading implementation of the Policing Project’s twin goals around policing technologies: First, to encourage meaningful transparency around how police are using technology, and to promote public accountability in both the acquisition and use of these technologies. Second, to ensure that technologies are deployed in a sound and effective manner, with appropriate safeguards in place to mitigate the various harms that use of technology can impose, including harms relating to privacy, due process, and racial justice.

  • Assisting with our communications campaign designed to promote understanding around the need for public authorization in advance of policing technology adoption and use.

  • Developing and distributing model legislation that promote or requiring public authorization before policing technologies are acquired or deployed.

  • Supporting litigation efforts aimed at promoting public authorization of new technologies.

  • Developing and distributing use policies and other tools for policing agencies that emphasize transparency, practicality, minimizing racial disparities, and avoiding unnecessary intrusions on privacy.

  • Promoting the use of cost-benefit analysis to assist jurisdictions deciding whether or not to invest in a new technology.

  • Working with and supervising undergraduate and graduate interns, as needed.

  • Assisting with fundraising and donor development, as needed.

Desired Experience and Qualifications

Above all, we are seeking to hire someone passionate about improving public accountability around policing technology. Ability to work hard and proactively is a must. In addition, we will consider the following qualifications when considering applicants:

  • Graduate degree required. Strong preference will be given to graduate degrees in law (J.D.) or a technology-related field.

  • Experience with or strong interest in issues relating to policing technologies (e.g., body cameras, predictive policing, stingrays, drones, automated license plate readers, record management systems, etc.).

  • Strong familiarity and/or interest in policing, public safety, civil rights and liberties generally.

  • Strong written communications skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills (be it talking with a police chief, a line officer, a community organizer or activist, or an academic).

  • Good judgment, and the ability to keep many balls in the air without dropping them.

This position is based in New York City, but also requires a willingness to travel and ability to represent the Policing Project in public.

The Policing Project heartily welcomes applicants from diverse background, and is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, citizenship status, color, disability, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.

Application Instructions

To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript(s) to Nicole Bernardo, nicole.bernardo@nyu.edu. Please indicate “Policing Technology Fellowship Application” in the subject line of your email. Cover letters should include when you are available to start and any salary requirements.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and you will be contacted if selected for an interview.

Salary and title commensurate with experience and competitive with other New York based non-profits in this field. Compensation will include an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision. Further information regarding benefits can be found here.

NYU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its recruitment and hiring process without regard to age, alienage, caregiver status, childbirth, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, domestic violence victim status, ethnicity, familial status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, partnership status, predisposing genetic characteristics, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

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