Information Technology Outreach Consultant

Full Time, 18-Month Contract - California

At Measures for Justice (MFJ) our mission is to use data to measure and understand county-level criminal justice system performance in America. We collect, clean, code, and analyze county-level data to provide consistent, comparable, reliable, and objective performance measures across the whole criminal justice system, from arrest to post-conviction, on a county-by-county basis.

Measures for Justice seeks a personable and driven individual to advance our work identifying and collecting criminal justice data in California. As a member of the Data Outreach team, you will be based in California working under the direction of MFJ’s regional Data Outreach Manager (DOM), Assistant Director of Data Outreach, and Director of Technology (DOT).

This role will support MFJ’s efforts to understand and extract data from the many, varied databases and case management systems utilized by criminal justice agencies. It will require frequent travel through California to attend meetings with criminal justice stakeholders in each of California’s 58 counties (e.g., Sheriffs, District Attorneys, Public Defenders, Court Clerks, Judges, etc.). You will conduct substantial research and coordination with state and county stakeholders to map California’s data infrastructure, identify where case-level criminal justice data are located, how they may be accessed, and work directly with agencies and vendors to facilitate data extraction. You will also work to build and foster working relationships with various CMS vendors. The IT Outreach Consultant will work with the DOM to identify potential infrastructure issues/improvements, assist in the development of a data outreach portal, and execute other tasks as assigned to address gaps in California disposition data.

About you…

  • You have a passion for and expertise in a wide range of operating systems, databases, Business Intelligence tools, and reporting systems from legacy to present day and are always interested in learning more about them.
  • You love the idea of sitting down in front of an unfamiliar system and figuring out how to extract data via queries, reports, or through your own adeptness and creativity.
  • You totally get all the different data formats like CSV, TSV, XLS, JSON, XML, YAML and eat them for breakfast.
  • Together with the DOM, you would be comfortable talking with Sheriffs, District Attorneys, Public Defenders, Court Clerks, Judges, and their IT staff, and communicating MFJ’s mission and helping them provide us with data.
  • Obviously you will need to be an active listener with strong written and verbal communications skills. With your charm, wit, and integrity, you’ll be able to help us succeed in our collection efforts.
  • You’ve always wanted to visit every last corner of California, traveling up to 70% of your time sometimes even on Sunday.
  • You have a valid driver’s license and ability to rent a car.
  • You can pass a background check.

Experience Required:

  • 1-3 years in a relevant field. Strong preference given to those with knowledge of common criminal justice case management systems and vendors (Tyler, Oracle, Spillman, New World, Karpel, etc.).
  • Customer outreach, customer implementation of case management systems.
  • BS in IT or Computer Science or related field.

About us…

We’re just getting started with our outreach to measure the performance of local criminal justice systems throughout California, our ninth state. The first step involves understanding the availability and accessibility of data. We want someone who is inquisitive and proactive to perform in-depth research while also being professional, engaging, and tactful as you liaise with justice stakeholders. The position will begin in mid-2017 under a full-time, eighteen month contract. We offer competitive pay, flexible time, and an inviting work environment.

Next steps…

If you’re interested, please send us your resume, a cover letter and two references. The email should be sent to and have the subject line: “No data, no change.” Please specify your current location and that you are applying for the Information Technology Outreach Consultant position. We will continue to receive applications until the position is filled.

It is the policy of Measures for Justice to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Measures for Justice will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.