Data Curator and Scientist

Within NYC Opportunity, the Enterprise Data Solutions team takes innovative approaches to linking data in a meaningful way, as a means to help inform decision making by City-wide stakeholder groups, including leadership, agencies, providers and clients. EDS views data as a protected asset that can be responsibly leveraged across digital products to support analytical initiatives, facilitate knowledge sharing, and develop policy strategy.

As part of a comprehensive effort to reform and reinvent New York City’s approach to criminal justice and policing, the City of New York is launching an “Ending the Poverty to Prison Pipeline” initiative that addresses the recommendations surfaced in the Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative draft plan. Within this initiative, NYC Opportunity will be focused on developing solutions and furthering recommendations that connect low-income and justice-involved clients and their families to new or improved streamlined services and supports that center community needs, and prevent or reduce justice system contact.

To support this initiative, the Data Curator and Scientist will be responsible for understanding, documenting, and validating data from agency legacy systems to populate innovative new platforms. The ideal candidate will have experience working on large data projects, profile data and be able to develop clear documentation about the data for other analysts and end-users.


Responsibilities include:

  • Take an active interest in learning about data that City agencies use and need.
  • Make documenting data knowledge a priority and help us share this knowledge across the City’s data community.
  • Apply data skills to help us answer interesting questions about New York City neighborhoods, programs and services.
  • Help manage and steward our core data sets and products such as our Service Site Location Data project.
  • Support efforts to collect and curate new data.
  • Coordinate the maintenance and updates of data we publish to NYC’s Open Data Portal.
  • Collaborate with Data, Tech, Product and Design team members to create new data and digital products that promote equity.
  • Participate in user research and user testing to make sure our products work and achieve their intended outcomes.
  • Respect and promote core principles of data privacy and ethics.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  Skills We're Seeking

We understand that candidates may not have all of the skills we are seeking below. We encourage those interested to apply even if they do not meet all of them. We are looking for talented individuals to join our team.

Commitment to the mission of advancing greater equality and opportunity.

Experience working closely with communities who are engaging with public services and programs and/or has lived-experience engaging with public services and programs.

Experience in policy, government or non-profit, in particular with low-income and vulnerable youth and families is a plus.

Experience using Python, SQL, R or other tools for analyzing large data sets.

Have a general understanding of Agile methodology and practice.

Comfort with pivoting between projects that require independent accountability and projects that involve cross-team collaboration.

Ability to think critically and detailed oriented.

Strong communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written.

Commitment to reducing poverty, and advancing greater equality and opportunity.

  Education and Experience

A master's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization.

  Benefits and Compensation

This is a permanent, full-time position offering competitive salary and benefits. To learn more about the New York City's Employee benefits, visit the NYC Office of Labor Relations.

The salary range for this position is $75,504.00 - $ 94,761.00 commensurate with experience and qualifications.

  How to Apply

Please fill out the application form. The form will prompt you to upload a resume and cover letter.

In addition to the application form, candidates will have to complete a separate application on the NYC job portal (Job ID: 529696).

Due to the volume of applications received we may not be able to respond to every application.



Please note that as of September 13, 2021, NYC government employees are no longer working remotely. This position will require work from our office in Downtoun Brooklyn. All new staff are required by the City of New York to be vaccinated against Covid-19.