Director of Analytics Engineering

Director of Analytics Engineering


The ACLU seeks a full-time Director of Analytics Engineering in the Analytics Department of the ACLU’s National office in New York or Remote*.

ACLU Analytics partners with teams across the organization to enable the ACLU to make smart, evidence-based decisions and bring quantitative insights on our issues to the courtroom and the public. Our team's work ranges from social science research for litigation & advocacy, to analysis & reporting for fundraising and engagement, to building and maintaining our data infrastructure for both use cases. We strive to ensure the ACLU leads by example in the ethical use of data and technology. This includes supporting our privacy and security standards, pushing for transparent data practices from government and corporate actors, and helping to steward high standards for algorithmic fairness, accountability, and transparency.

Reporting to the Head of Analytics, the Director of Analytics Engineering will be an analytics-focused manager that helps increase our impact by upgrading our existing data and analytics infrastructure and capabilities to enable data-driven advocacy, fundraising, and litigation work.

*Note: this position may be approved for remote work from a different U.S. location


  • Hire, train, support, and directly supervise analytics engineers and vendor teams  
  • Play a leadership role on the Analytics team, inclusive of strategy/vision setting, decisions about internal products to build for the organization, and more 
  • Act as a core partner to stakeholders in privacy/security, data engineering, DevOps, and other areas where you will provide a strong analytics perspective on major data-related decisions 
  • Enable effective use of our modern data stack – e.g., by establishing best practices within our dbt models and pushing data into end-users' systems or into the hands of analysts and data scientists 
  • Design and implement new infrastructure solutions to support our numerous legal cases that require engineering agility, including webscraping of jail websites, OCR of PDF documents received via FOIA and Discovery, and building custom databases for individual legal cases

In addition to:

  • Engage in special projects and other duties as assigned
  • Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in program development, policy application, and organizational practices and processes
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regard to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts


  • Management/leadership experience on a technical team with multiple direct reports, vendor management, strategic planning and other leadership responsibilities 
  • Ability to clearly translate business requirements into technical specs, and significant stakeholder management experience 
  • Significant background in applying data and analytics engineering tools and methods in a non-profit, campaign or relevant for-profit environment (e.g. marketing) 
  • Capability in designing, building, and orchestrating reliable data pipelines for analytics 
  • Mastery of SQL
  • Proficiency with data warehouses such as AWS Redshift, Postgres, or similar columnar data warehouses 
  • Proficiency in languages/tools for data ELT processes (Python, dbt) and performance optimization in and around these systems 
  • Proficiency in version control 
  • Knowledge around database architecture principles (i.e., data models, layers, etc.) 
  • Knowledge of web scraping tools/techniques, OCR technologies and other data acquisition approaches 
  • History of enabling a range of analytics users – with things like basic AWS configuration support or helping configure and maintain a BI tool(s) 
  • Understanding of how and when to use different tools for pushing analytic models or output into production (e.g., cron jobs, Airflow based DAG, REST APIs via Flask or Plumber) 


The annual salary for this position is $196,797 (Level C2). This salary is reflective of a position based in New York, NY. This salary will be subject to a locality adjustment (according to a specific city and state), if an authorization is granted to work outside of the location listed in this posting. Note that most of the salaries listed on our job postings reflect New York, NY salaries, where our National offices are headquartered.


The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union – beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

For over 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBTQ+ community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the ACLU and central to our work to advance liberty, equality, and justice for all. We are a community committed to learning and growth, humility and grace, transparency and accountability. We believe in a collective responsibility to create a culture of belonging for all people within our organization – one that respects and embraces difference; treats everyone equitably; and empowers our colleagues to do the best work possible. We are as committed to anti-oppression and anti-racism internally as we are externally. Because whether we’re in the courts or in the office, we believe ‘We the People’ means all of us.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people; women; people with disabilities, protected veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.

The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please email If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

The Department of Education has determined that employment in this position at the ACLU does not qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

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