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Project Manager – Data Integration & Enterprise Data Management (New York or Washington, D.C.)

The Thurgood Marshall Institute (TMI) is a multidisciplinary center within the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc. (LDF). Launched in 2015, the Institute complements LDF’s traditional litigation strengths, by arming LDF with dedicated support for three critical capabilities in the fight for racial justice: research, targeted advocacy campaigns, and organizing. The Institute also houses LDF’s Archives—a collection of materials chronicling the legal history of the Civil Rights Movement.

TMI seeks an experienced Project Manager to oversee initial scoping, planning, and development of a civil rights data collection and analysis initiative; the ultimate goal of the initiative is to produce a database that automates the cataloguing, collecting, and tracking of certain publicly-available information critical to civil rights and criminal justice advocacy. This position is for one year.

This is an exciting opportunity to help establish a new resource that advances civil rights. We are seeking a digital information expert with experience managing and driving technically demanding data-related projects. Expertise in data integration and enterprise data management is required. The Project Manager will serve as TMI’s primary liaison to third-party digital and data service specialists throughout the lifecycle of the initiative.

This position reports to the Director of LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute (TMI Director).



  • Scope and develop project plan for a long-term data collection and analysis initiative.
    • Conduct technical needs-assessment (short- and long-term) for initiative;
    • Develop, refine, and execute a phased project plan for initiative;
    • Identify appropriate metrics and benchmarks to assess initiative progress;
    • Drive design concept for database information architecture;
    • Drive design concept for database user experience (UX) and interface;
    • Oversee initial build-phase of database platform (incl. architecture and UX).


  • Serve as primary TMI liaison to third-party partners (commercial and public).
    • Identify and engage core third-party data services partner(s) in support of project;
    • Oversee and direct workload of third-party data services partner(s);
    • Interface with technical and/or support staff of federal, state, or local institutions, public officials, and advocacy organizations as needs of initiative require;
    • Lead state-by-state and locally-focused research efforts to identify key publicly-available data (incl. digital, analog, documents) through direct engagement, document requests, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests;
    • Deliver timely progress reports to TMI Director and other LDF staff.



This is an opportunity to contribute to an innovative data-informed project at the nation’s premier civil rights legal advocacy organization.

The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following:

  • At least eight years experience in project management;
  • Significant experience with data integration and enterprise data management;
  • Ability to translate and convey technical information to a lay audience;
  • Experience working with or within non-profit organizations;
  • Superior written and oral communications skills;
  • Collaborative and approachable in style;
  • Self-confident, self-sufficient, and self-directed;
  • Resilient temperament in the face of challenges.


To Apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter:




Monica Garcia, Director of Human Resources/Administration

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

40 Rector Street, 5th Floor

New York, NY 10006







The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or genetic information.