The Detroit Community Technology Project is hiring a Data Justice Community Researcher

The Detroit Community Technology Project is hiring a Data Justice Community Researcher for a two year research project made possible through a grant from the Digital Trust Foundation. The project will explore issues of data rights, digital privacy and racial and economic inequality in the United States. Partners include the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, Detroit Community Technology Project and the New America Foundation.

The Detroit Community Technology Project facilitates and advocates for the use and development of technology rooted in community needs that strengthens our human connections to one another and the planet.

About the Data Justice Community Researcher

The Data Justice Community Researcher will lead a participatory research process which will include:

  • organizing community technology fairs in Detroit
  • conducting one-on-one interviews
  • facilitating focus groups
  • co-creating educational tools and materials, and
  • synthesizing and analyzing data.

The Data Justice Community Researcher will work in collaboration with Detroit Community Technology Project staff, leaders from the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, and a national team of researchers at the New America Foundation who are investigating similar questions in Los Angeles and Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Data Justice Community Researcher position is based at the offices of Allied Media Projects in Detroit and will report to the Director of the Detroit Community Technology Project.

This is a contract position with the expectation of 16 hours of work per week at a rate of $22 per hour beginning January 2016 and ending March 2018.

The deadline to apply for this position is November 15, 2015. The ideal start date for this position is in early January, 2016.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Work with community organizations in each of Detroit's seven districts to organize "DiscoTechs” or community technology fairs around the theme of data (one in each district).
  • Work with local data technologists to develop workshops and educational materials for DiscoTech events that demystify data and empower residents to use data for community organizing efforts.
  • Facilitate focus groups about people's' interactions with state and private data systems, the results of which will inform a popular education guide and local policy recommendations.
  • Organize and conduct one-on-one interviews and focus group interviews.
  • Synthesize and analyze collected data using the qualitative data analysis software Dedoose.
  • Contribute to a popular education guide and workbook of community education activities based on research results.
  • Work with the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition and national researchers to create bottom-up policy analysis and recommendations for data justice.
  • Travel to annual research convenings (travel funding will be provided).
  • Share knowledge and build connections with researchers and organizers in Los Angeles, CA and Charlotte, NC.
  • Contribute to reporting requirements required by the grant.


Training will be provided in participatory research methods. We will look for the following qualifications in consideration of candidates for this position:

  • Familiarity with Detroit’s neighborhoods and the community organizing landscape in the city.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, as well as ability to self-direct.
  • Experience in organizing community events.
  • Experience in creating community-driven policy.
  • Strong interpersonal and time-management skills.
  • Desire and ability to work in diverse communities.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Spanish or Arabic fluency is a plus.
  • Familiarity with popular education approaches and methods a plus.
  • Social science research background welcomed, but not required.

How to Apply

Email applications preferred. Send a resume, cover letter, and the names of three professional references to Diana Nucera at on or before November 15, 2015. The email headline should read: "Data Justice Community Researcher position"

Please combine resume, cover letter, and names of three professional references into one PDF document and attach it to the email. Alternatively, send applications by postal mail to Detroit Community Technology Project, 4126 3rd Street, Detroit, MI 48201.

We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ, and disabled candidates to apply.

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