job postings

“Friday-5” – 5 job postings below.

*——; The Impact Fund (Berkeley, California) is an NGO of attorneys working on economic, environmental, and social justice issues. It has just posted two non-attorney jobs, for a paralegal and a development/executive assistant. https://www.impactfund.org/aboutus/jobpostings/

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events & job postings

if you’re free on 3.16.2017 event to go to an event @the UN

@ the United Nations, New York, USA, The CSW (Commission on the Status of Women) – a division of the United Nations Economic and Social Council – studies specific issues that relate to the lives and conditions of women and girls. This council addresses the world’s economic, social and environmental challenges. The CSW’s specific mandate is to improve the global standards of living for women and girls. AWA (African Women’s Association) is hosting a panel at the UN to promote the global African perspectives of the goals outlined by The CSW. The panel is scheduled for 6pm on Thurs, March 16, 2017 at Vartan Hall, Armenian Cultural Center, 630 East 2nd avenue, NY, NY 10016. RSVP here (it’s free).

if you like data + london + are job hunting

Research Assistant in Data Ethic @ the Turing Institute. The Alan Turing Institute (the Turing) is the national centre for data science, established in 2015 with the mission to make great leaps in transformational data science research that will have positive real-world impacts. The Research Assistant (RA) will support research activities in data ethics developed at the Turing, not only to ensure the development of ethically-sound data science, but also to raise awareness of its importance and foster its appreciation within the Institute, its Joint-Venture University members, its Partners and the public. Details here.

if you’re into criminal justice reform + NYC

The Innocence Project is hiring for a paralegal. The Innocence Project is a not-for-profit organization that works to exonerate innocent prisoners through post-conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and otherwise reform the criminal justice system… This is not a “traditional” paralegal position in the sense that we ask our paralegals to engage in tasks and make decisions that require enterprising, out-of-the-box thinking.  Details here.

if you are interested in global migration & east asia

EPRIE 2017 will take a closer look at global migration patterns as well as differences and similarities between migration policies in Europe and East Asia. Is the rollback of migration policies in Europe part of a global phenomenon? Is building walls a new trend in global migration policies? While focusing on East Asia, we will discuss new trends and factors, which play a significant role in current migration policies within the region. In addition, we will discuss the different meanings of integration and the belonging of migrants. Application deadline in late March. Details here.

 

since yu been gone

I am a horrible blogger. It’s been, what, 7 months?

My last post was at the start of the JLF. I can’t do justice to the mind-blowing things I learned and the incredible people I met, even if I wrote a book, so this sentence will have to do.

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In those 7 months:

  • recovered from a serious injury
  • wrapped up the john lewis fellowship
  • came back to my job and started studying some coding languages late at night + job-hunting
  • got a new job @ the same company

I started thinking about my next job move in December 2015. I Skyped people, asked for opinions, read books, made lists, used the career mapping tools on 80,000 hours (highly recommend), and ultimately was deciding between other consulting roles and data analytics-focused roles.     Then I went off to Atlanta for the summer. One of the speakers worked for Atlanta on city planning, and demo’d interactive maps & tools showing demographics that would inform planning decisions as well as identify areas of inequality.

My reaction “Dude, I wanna do that! analytics is a powerful tool for accountability” + 80,000Hours’ career guide + other research I was doing + study of the job market (part of my old job) —> decision to pursue data analytics even though I do not have a quant background at all and the odds would be small —> studying R + chance conversations that were blessings from above + an interview process I was sure I failed —> I started my new job in Workforce Analytics effective Jan 1, so it’s a nice cap on 12 (twelve!) months of thinking and hours of late night/weekend studying and preparation.

 

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my desk. i get to work for the people who wrote this book!

One of the things (besides the huge amount of learning) that makes me particularly excited about this analytics role is that this group does an enormous amount of pay equity analysis – testing to see if there are pay differences by gender or race/ethnicity.

Other org’s doing cool things with data (#goals… one day): datakind. data science for social good @ uchicago.

a blurb on When Women Thrive research by one of the authors. quoted in 2014 NYTimes article on pay equity. When Women Thrive. Oliver Wyman publishing an overview by some of the partners/principals.

 

 

 

4 moments from Day 2 of the JL Fellowship

[1] On my walk to the National Center for Civil & Human Rights this morning (Atlanta, Georgia); I fell into conversation with a Fellow who backpacked throughout Guatemala doing field work to investigate the dark side of “fair-trade coffee” and why it might hurt more than help…hope to have a post about it coming in the future.

[2] Day 2 and I cried already, dammit. In the NCCHR, which is a tremendous exhibit that covers everything from the civil rights movement in the US to free speech around the world/current and past regimes/ apartheid etc., the most striking part for me was the Lunch Counter Simulation. It looked unassuming. For those who don’t know what “lunch counter sit-ins” are, in the US during the black community’s campaign for legal equality, they would sit in at food/lunch counters in stores. This was because schools, public facilities, transportation, etc. were separate for “whites only” or “coloured” – and in stores, black people were not allowed to order food/a cup of coffee from the counter, since that was for “whites only.”

The volunteer nodded me towards one of the four tall stools. “Sit on a stool, put the headphones on, put your hands on the handprints outlined on the counter in front of you, and if you want, close your eyes.” In front of each stool was a large timer, that would count from 0:00 to 2:00 minutes. Slid onto a stool, slid headphones on, put my hands down, and stared at the timer.

0:01 – a warm, grandfatherly voice with a mixture of pride and pain, sighs.

0:04 the voice says reassuringly, “Oh, it’s gonna be alright. Take a deep breath. This is your first sit-in, isn’t it? Take a breath.”

0:08 I started to cry but I have to keep my hands on the counter, it hasn’t even started yet and my face is a teary mess without hands to wipe at it.

0:09 The noises started – of the death threats, of the cruel words, of the voice passing from one side to the other to simulate people breathing down your neck and crowding around your back menacingly – but your hands are on the counter, because this is a campaign of non-violence, and you cannot turn around and defend yourself if they – glass breaks, perhaps in real life it would’ve been over your head, but you keep your hands on the counter.

Someone threatens to stab you with a fork in various parts, to go after your family, but you don’t turn around or block defensively, keep your hands on the counter. The chair vibrates gently to simulate the kicks and shoves, you hear the noises of punches, but you sit straight and keep your hands on the counter.

the red digits finally melt into 2:00. Afterwards, another Fellow points out to me how toned-down this version was – they took out the N-word and the sexual assault threats that surely were uttered.

My God, how in the world did this get reduced down to a dry sentence in a textbook, stating “and these activists participated in lunch counter sit-ins”? How did they find the strength to sit there, for an hour, for a whole week, for more than that, and not be cowed? And not be given to the human instinct of turning around and putting your hands up to defend yourself from blows? Knowing you have no real legal recourse, because the police aren’t going to bother defending you?

I’m in awe of the black community in the U.S. and the strength they have brought and continue to bring in the fight for true equality (social/political/economic).

[3] Lunch break – sat at a table with two other Fellows. One Fellow was my age, from Denmark – previously worked in military intelligence, founded a non-profit to address mental illness/advocate for cognitive therapy and education over a “just prescribe pills”-only approach, conducted workshops and consulting on public speaking (turns out we’re both ex-World’s Format debaters), and aspires to work for their country to combat extremism. Wow. The other Fellow had a tremendous personal story I can’t share on here, is a fount of knowledge on the ethics of Asian/African economic exchanges (if you have no idea what that means, I didn’t/don’t either…I asked SO many questions), and is an activist/leader on campus. Incredible people. [sidebar…how the f*ck did i get into this program…]

[4] The Baton Rouge, Louisiana shooting this week; the news today is that an investigation of the police officers has been opened.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/07/06/video-captures-white-baton-rouge-police-officer-fatally-shooting-black-man-sparking-outrage/

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I’ve been a bit behind on posts lately as I’ve used the last month to transition on my client projects and plan logistics. Why? this is why.

Will be on the road soon for the Humanity In Action conference in Athens. There are things in the works re: posts! One off-the-wall post I’m contemplating is a “101 basics” post on how to look up non-profit filings and decipher key financials/what their leadership team is paid…I do this for my job, actually, and I’ve started doing it out of curiosity about nonprofits I’m not familiar with.

In the meantime, stay safe. In light of #Orlando and other tragedies around the world, remember that one of the best & most difficult things you can do with your time is realize that “people are people too”, and to love them.

From sports management to protecting rhinos

I had the awesome luck to room with a stranger named Sarah Cox at the Lemkin Summit. Not only is she doing pretty cool stuff, but she also has an unusual career path. So obviously I had to talk to her some more.

Introduce yourself, and share a fun fact!

Hello! My name is Sarah Cox, and I am a graduate student at Antioch University! A fun fact is that I once got trapped in a tent for an entire night due to an angry cape buffalo outside.

Ok, I have to Google what that is…here we go. Yep, I’d hide inside a tent too.

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Can you tell me a little about your “career path” from undergrad to where you are now?

In undergrad, I was a Sports Management major, with big aspirations of working for a professional hockey team or the Olympics. I worked my butt off as a 4-yr. intern for my university’s Athletic Dept. However, when I graduated in 2008, the economy tanked, and marketing/admin positions in Athletics were being dropped. I ended up working retail while living with Mom and Dad. It was a rough time for me, as I felt like my 4 years had given me nothing but debt.

I think a lot of people can relate to your last statement…#studentdebt #help

A few years later, I visited a friend in Baltimore. She had an empty, furnished room in her house, and I had some savings, so I took a risk, moved to Baltimore, and started looking at sports jobs. After nothing for several months, I started applying for anything else I could and suddenly got offered a job at the Maryland Zoo.  I’d loved animals as a kid and once wanted to be a marine biologist, but some bad science teachers buried that passion. I  soon worked my way to to a Membership Supervisor. //  It was at the zoo where I first learned about rhino poaching, and fell in love with the zoo’s two rhino. A little over a year later, I ended up getting offered a job in membership & fundraising for PBS back in my home state – I took it.

I loved my job, but missed my experiences with wildlife. I decided it was time for me to travel, so for a year and a half I scrimped in saved. In August 2014, I went on a 3 week trip to South Africa, volunteering in rhino and elephant research. For the first time, I was on the front-lines of a cause I cared so deeply about. It changed my life and I started thinking about another career change. Knowing I’d need more education to be successful, I started looking at graduate school.  //  However, my desire to return to Africa was so strong that I started looking at careers over there, and the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps offers a program that combines graduate school and Peace Corps service, and there was a nearby program in Conservation Biology. I applied, and here I am! 1 month away from finishing my second semester, and 3 months away from leaving for my service in Tanzania!

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cool ideas, or nah?

happy friday! a little reminder that humans all over are coming up with cool ideas. Some are new, some are old…and 100% of it is subject to debate and criticism.

  1. Amazon user? use this.  (My Skeptical Side: or, read this and decide it causes more harm than good. Moral licensing, y’all – google Yale  economist  Matthew  J.  Kotchen’s research on this. Would love anyone’s $0.02 on this one…@betterlemonaid)
  2. If you get annoyed with washing your spoons & forks repeatedly…  edible utensils to reduce waste…mmmmm
  3. Not a fan of eating your utensils? that’s cool man. biodegradable ones – some college universities, such as Cornell University, offer compostable utensils. (My Skeptical Side: though the brand Cornell uses was under review a little while ago…)
  4. If procrastination via social media is a struggle…procrasDonate donates money for time you spend on social sites. (My Skeptical Side: look @ the link I posted under #1. Do you think this hurts giving in the long run?)
  5. In NYC and hungry? Go for the noms here at Eat Offbeat. (My Skeptical Side: I have nothing to say, actually.)