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2020 Winter/Spring High School Internship

 

The High School Internship is a hands-on experience that pairs students with Assistant District Attorneys, offering an insider’s view of the inner working of one of the largest DA’s offices in the country. Selected students will be assigned to a unit within the DA’s office and will support the work of Assistant District Attorneys and other members of the DA’s staff. The program is open to qualifying sophomores, juniors and seniors who either reside in or attend school in Brooklyn. Applicants must be able to commit to the entire duration of the internship, which will run from February 18, 2020 through February 21, 2020 (Tuesday-Friday)  OR April 13, 2020 through April 17, 2020 from 9am-4pm (Monday through Friday). This is an unpaid internship but students will receive a weekly MetroCard for commuting expenses.

 

Intern Duties:

•             Assist with legal research and analysis utilizing various sources such as the internet, news articles, and legal periodicals.

•             Provide assistance to attorneys and support staff at various phases of a matter including pretrial, conference and/or trial.

•             Perform a variety of paralegal and/or clerical functions, as required.

•             Assist attorneys with case preparation, discovery, file maintenance and organization of court documents.

•             Participate in workshops pertinent to different departments and legal zones.

•             Participate in judicial, legal and law enforcement observational field trips.

•             Observe criminal trials and defendants during sentencing in court.

 

Eligibility:

•             Applicants must either reside in or attend school in Brooklyn.

•             Applicants must be a high school junior or senior.

•             Applicants must be able to commit to the entire duration of the internship: February 18, 2020 through February 21, 2020 (Tuesday-Friday)  OR April 13, 2020 through April 17, 2020 (Monday through Friday).  Hours are 9am-4pm.

 

Application Requirements:

*** Please Note: Items 1-3 must be prepared and ready for upload before starting the online application. Applications cannot be saved.

 

1.   Most recent high school transcript

2.   Updated resume

3.   A 300 word "Statement of Interest" which must be typed (12 pt. font/double-spaced) and addresses the following: “Why are you interested in interning with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office?" and "What impact do you think the internship will have on your future personal and academic behaviors?"

4.   One (1) letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach, or mentor, etc.  Recommendation letter must include student’s first and last name and all recommendations must be submitted to hsinternships@brooklynda.org via email.   Subject header must include the student’s first and last name.

 

Application Deadline: January 3, 2020

 
 

Body Worn Camera Unit - Associate

 

The Kings County District Attorney’s Office located in the Metrotech area of Brooklyn, New York, has an exciting opportunity to work an Associate in our Body Worn Camera Unit.

Brooklyn is divided into 23 police precincts, each with its own commander and community precinct council.  To better serve these diverse communities, the office is divided into five trial zones that prosecute non-specialized felony and Misdemeanor cases. Each zone encompasses four or five police precincts within a specified geographic area, and is distinguishable by a color-coded designation:  Red, Blue, Grey, Green, and Orange.

 

Under direct supervision, with some latitude for independent initiative and judgment the Body Worn Camera Unit Analyst will:

  • Receive body-cam footage from NYPD via in-house application.
  • Gather and identify all BWC footage on all arrest cases. 
  • Serve as a liaison to external agencies, including the NYPD Borough and Precinct Commands.
  • Contact specific NYPD officers and collaborate with NYPD Training Sergeants.
  • Coordinate with NYPD when Body Worn Camera (BWC) footage is missing from a DA case.
  • Retrieve and review NYPD BWC videos.  Categorize and maintain this video evidence for prosecution.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Preferred Skills:

  • A baccalaureate degree or a High School diploma/GED and a minimum of four (4) years prior work experience in a law enforcement/prosecutorial agency.  Experience working in an Intake/Complaint room setting preferred.
  • A valid New York State driver’s license with a minimum of two (2) years of driving experience is preferred and if license exists, must be maintained for the duration of employment.
  • Strong computer skills including knowledge of Video Playback, Audio/Video File Conversion a plus.
  • Leadership skills and ability to exhibit dependability and good judgment
  • Utilize excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills to interact with DA staff and other agencies.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Strong computer skills including familiarity and experience with Microsoft Office.



Body Worn Camera Unit - Supervisor

 

The Kings County District Attorney’s Office located in the Metrotech area of Brooklyn, New York, has an exciting opportunity to work as a Supervisor in our Body Worn Camera Unit.

 

Brooklyn is divided into 23 police precincts, each with its own commander and community precinct council.  To better serve these diverse communities, the office is divided into five trial zones that prosecute non-specialized felony and Misdemeanor cases. Each zone encompasses four or five police precincts within a specified geographic area, and is distinguishable by a color-coded designation:  Red, Blue, Grey, Green, and Orange.

 

Under direct supervision of the unit chief, with some latitude for independent initiative and judgment the Body Worn Camera Unit Supervisor will:

 

  • Supervise staff who receive body-cam footage from NYPD via in-house application.
  • Gather and identify all BWC footage on all arrest cases. 
  • Serve as chief liaison with external agencies, including the NYPD Borough and Precinct Commands.
  • Chief liaison with specific NYPD officers and collaborates with NYPD Training Sergeants.
  • Oversee the coordination with NYPD when Body Worn Camera (BWC) footage is missing from a DA case.
  • Direct staff in the retrieval and review of NYPD BWC videos. Ensure videos are categorized and maintained for evidence for prosecution.
  • All other duties as assigned.

 

Preferred skills:

  • A baccalaureate degree or a High School diploma/GED and a minimum of four (4) years prior work experience in a law enforcement/prosecutorial agency.  Experience working in an Intake/Complaint room setting preferred.
  • A valid New York State driver’s license with a minimum of two (2) years of driving experience is preferred and if license exists, must be maintained for the duration of employment.
  • Strong computer skills including knowledge of Video Playback, Audio/Video File Conversion a plus.
  • Leadership skills and ability to exhibit dependability and good judgment
  • Utilize excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills to interact with DA staff and other agencies.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Strong computer skills including familiarity and experience with Microsoft Office.
 

Legislative Analyst

 

The Kings County District Attorney’s office is in the midst of a transformational process called Justice 2020, in which we seek to change the way we as prosecutors think about our work, considering each case to determine how best to fulfill our vision of keeping Brooklyn safe and strengthening community trust by ensuring fairness and equal justice for all. As part of our commitment to a fair and just criminal justice system, we seek to increase our legislative advocacy in support of criminal justice reform. The Office has an immediate opening for a Legislative Analyst in its Policy and Strategy Department. In this position, the Legislative Analyst will be responsible for monitoring criminal justice-related bills, summarizing them for the Policy and Strategy Council and the DA, and supporting our legislative advocacy.

 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

 

  • Monitor and summarize criminal justice-related legislation.
  • Interface with the District Attorneys Association of New York (DAASNY), other DAs’ offices and other system actors and advocates.
  • Draft proposed legislation on behalf of our office.
  • Perform other related duties and tasks as assigned.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

 

  • Experience analyzing legislation
  • Knowledge of the New York City and State legislative process
  • Substantive knowledge of criminal justice issues
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills required.
  • Must be extremely detail-oriented, self-motivated, highly-organized, resourceful, and reliable.
  • Existing relationships with elected officials and legislative staff strongly preferred

     

    EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

     

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Master’s degree in a related field (Policy or Criminal Justice) or similar experience preferred.

 

 

 

PREFERRED SKILLS:

Strong writing, research, and analytical skills.

Ability to work effectively under deadlines.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

 

Salary will be commensurate with experience. 
 

Policy Analyst

 

The Kings County District Attorney’s office is in the midst of a transformational process called Justice 2020, in which we seek to change the way we as prosecutors think about our work, considering each case to determine how best to fulfill our vision of keeping Brooklyn safe and strengthening community trust by ensuring fairness and equal justice for all. As part of this initiative, we seek to increase the extent to which our work is strategic, data-driven and transparent.

 

The Office has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst in its Policy and Strategy Department. In this position, the Policy Analyst will be responsible for supporting the work of the office with the aggregation, reporting, and analysis of enterprise data sets. This position requires a combination of substantive criminal justice policy knowledge and analytical skills, as the ideal candidate will have the ability to work with various parts of the office to help determine how to capture the necessary metrics to fulfill the vision of Justice 2020 and increase the office’s efficiency and transparency. The policy analyst will need to be comfortable at the intersection of policy and analytics and be able to render technical data in a way that can be understood by a non-technical audience that includes the public.

 

Responsibilities Include:

  • Create reports for managerial staff, other criminal justice system actors and the public.
  • Support policy projects through use of data to inform decision-making.
  • Seek out, integrate, and analyze new sources of data applicable to KCDA operations or priorities.
  • Collaborate with IT on infrastructure, tools, and policies.
  • Work with staff to integrate data tools into their work.
  • Work with outside agencies and organizations on data-driven projects.
  • Plan and execute program evaluations.
  • Perform other related duties and tasks as assigned.
 

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

  • Experience working with complex datasets.
  • Strong quantitative and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills required.
  • Must be extremely detail-oriented, self-motivated, highly-organized, resourceful, and reliable.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Proficiency in R (or other statistical software), GIS software, or Python.
  • Proficiency Microsoft SQL or other RDBMS experience.
  • Substantive knowledge of criminal justice issues strongly preferred.
 
 Preferred Requirements:
  • Master’s degree in a related field (Social Sciences, Political Science, Computer Science, or Criminal Justice) or similar experience.
  • Microsoft Analysis Services or other OLAP experience.

 

 

Research Director

 

 Organization and Position

The Kings County District Attorney’s Office (KCDA) is one of the largest prosecutors’ offices in the country and is committed to developing and implementing innovative prosecutorial strategies that will fulfill our vision of keeping Brooklyn safe while at the same time ensuring fairness and justice for all. KCDA seeks a Research Director who will be instrumental in establishing a research unit that will manage performance measurement, analytical requests, and quality assurance processes.

 

Position Description

 

Under the direction of the Executive Staff, the Research Director will advance data-driven decision-making in the office by developing, implementing, and overseeing a comprehensive research and measurement agenda that will provide Office leadership and staff with information they need to inform and assess policy and practice—including progress on the District Attorney’s (DA’s) Justice 2020 initiative—on a regular basis.

 

To support this agenda, the Research Director will be responsible for working with the Executive Staff in forming a research unit that will support the Office through a range of analytical and measurement activities. Among the key responsibilities of this unit will be leading internal performance data review meetings; designing and producing internal and external analytic reports; fielding analytical requests from the DA and executive team; liaising with external researchers; and engaging in quality assurance to ensure the integrity of both office practices and data and information.

 

Job Duties

 
  • Work closely with the DA and KCDA leadership to develop and track performance metrics, and set research and data collection priorities
  • Develop and oversee internal performance monitoring processes and meetings that support data-driven decision making, consistent with DA’s Justice 2020 Initiative
  • Respond to analytical requests from the DA and his leadership team, and carry out special projects and deeper analysis as needed
  • Design and prepare internal and external reports, as well as presentations to KCDA leadership
  • Translate analytical findings into policy and practice implications (e.g., program modifications) that can be discussed with office leadership and management
  • Build analytical databases, including extracting data from the warehouse through SQL or other queries
  • Create new data collection tools and processes as needed (in collaboration with others)
  • Work with the leadership team to identify and develop research and evaluation priorities, and pursue partnerships with external researchers as needed to carry them out
  • Write grant proposals and fundraise as needed to further research and planning work, and manage compliance with the data requirements of grant-funded projects
  • Ensure that all research carried out within the office and work with outside organizations complies with human subjects standards
  • Build and oversee a unit of research and quality assurance staff
  • Build collaborative relationships with Assistant District Attorneys, Bureau Chiefs, and other non-research staff in the office who will use the information produced by the research unit to inform decision-making
  • Serve as a representative of the DA’s Office in external meetings, including those with other city and state stakeholders
  • Collaborate with the IT department to develop strategies and mechanisms for ensuring the integrity and accuracy of office data

Qualifications

 
  • Possession of a graduate degree in a social science field (Ph.D. preferred)
  • Seven to 10 years of applied research experience
  • Extensive experience managing research projects and staff
  • Demonstrated experience in criminal justice policy and research, and a commitment to policy and practice reforms related to the reduction of recidivism, racial and ethnic disparities, and victimization
  • Ability to communicate technical research findings to practitioners and other non-research audiences, and to think critically about how to translate research and analytical findings into policy and practice implications
  • Strong data management and analysis skills, including experience building, merging and analyzing quantitative data files in SPSS, SAS, SQL, or STATA. Candidates are not required to have experience with all of these programs, but must be able to learn new programs and query language as needed
  • Experience working with relational databases
  • Strong time management skills, work ethic, ability to prioritize and triage requests, and experience working on deadlines
  • Ability to work with non-research staff within and outside of the office
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge and experience with data visualization principles and practices