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Chief Data Officer – The Bail Project

The Bail Project


The Bail Project seeks a passionate and experienced data manager and strategist to join its team as its inaugural Chief Data Officer. The Bail Project (TBP) is a new nonprofit organization designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the cash bail system – one person at a time. On any given night in America, there are 450,000 people held in local jails without being convicted of a crime – the vast majority of who are there solely due to financial hardship. Unable to pay bail to secure their freedom, people are faced with two choices: plead guilty to their charge, or sit in jail until backlogged court systems can hear their case – which can often take weeks or months. Unaffordable cash bail and pretrial detention undermine the presumption of innocence and criminalize poverty, almost exclusively impacting low-income communities, and disproportionately affecting women and people of color.

The Bail Project comprises a central support team and a network of Bail Disruptors who work in local jurisdictions to identify community members in pretrial detention, pay their bail, and provide support throughout the legal process. In its short history, TBP has experienced rapid growth and has ambitious plans to scale further. Over the next five years, the organization will open dozens of sites in high-need jurisdictions with the goal of paying bail for over 100,000 low-income Americans, all while collecting stories and data that prove money bail is not necessary to ensure people return to court, working toward a legal system where pretrial release with voluntary supports, not mandatory supervision, is the norm. It is a bold goal, with immediate impact and driving toward a day when this work is no longer necessary.

Unassailable, thoughtful, secure, and easily accessible data is essential to the success and scaling efforts of TBP and, in turn, reform of the pretrial detention system. As such, the inaugural Chief Data Officer will have the critical responsibility to build and operationalize a long-term, sustainable, multi-site data strategy to prove the concept of TBP’s mission, and broad latitude to build the team to execute on this strategy.

As a member of the central team, the Chief Data Officer will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer and play a critical leadership role within TBP, leading the development of a data strategy and supporting data programs, ensuring alignment with TBP’s vision, programmatic goals, and long term objectives for systems change. In particular, the Chief Data Officer will be expected to build a culture of data and evaluation across a multi-site, rapidly scaling organization to drive local and national systemic change; develop and lead a centralized data operations infrastructure and team; serve as key member of the leadership team; and build relationships externally with a wide array of stakeholders, amplifying the work and impact of TBP.

Experience and Attributes 

  • 5+ years of progressive team management experience in data strategy, optimization, analysis, evaluation, and/or technology.
  • Experience managing the development of data and research products, internal and external data sourcing, data quality, and standardizing data entry workflows.
  • Ability to translate complex data and analyses for mainstream audiences, including facility with using advanced analytics programs (e.g. Tableau, SPSS, STATA, etc.)
  • Demonstrated success in building partnerships and relationships with multiple stakeholders both inside and outside an organization.
  • A track record of recruiting, developing, empowering, and mentoring a high-performing team, and a management style that actively seeks engagement and input from staff.
  • Comfort with the ambiguity and building characteristic of an inaugural role, and a willingness to adapt to the change inherent to a rapidly scaling startup.
  • A demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice, particularly TBP’s organizational mission of addressing mass incarceration, criminal justice reform, or related social justice issues; experience working on research and/or analyzing administrative data in the criminal justice context a plus, as is a personal connection or experience with the criminal justice system.
  • A compelling and trusted public presence; an ability to communicate with a diverse group of stakeholders in both formal and informal settings.
  • Strong communications skills, including public speaking and the ability to work collaboratively with local and national partners.
  • A deep understanding of the value of a diverse community and a track record of advancing diversity and enhancing inclusiveness.
  • A leadership style characterized by the highest degrees of personal integrity and ethics, empathy, transparency, and accessibility.


This is a full-time exempt position based in Los Angeles. The Bail Project offers competitive health benefits, dental and vision plans, flexible PTO, life and disability insurance, and enrollment into a 401(k) program with employer matching.


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Posted on:
January 24, 2019

How to Apply

The Bail Project has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: www.imsearch.com/6872. Electronic submission of materials is required.