Data Systems Professional - TRAC Program - Syracuse University

TRAC is currently looking for a Data Systems Professional with broad expertise and interests, and a passion for improving government transparency to join our team at Syracuse University.

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) is a small research institute with a 30-year history of providing independent, data-driven, and high-impact findings about the federal government. The value of TRAC's work comes from our reputation for obtaining, managing, and analyzing large databases on topics of public concern, including immigration enforcement, the federal criminal and civil court systems, public transparency, and judicial decision-making. This work rests on TRAC's sustained and aggressive use of the Freedom of Information Act to obtain access to internal government databases and records which have previously been hidden from public view. TRAC's research is used by academic researchers, Congress, and reporters at major national news outlets like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and NPR. In fact, TRAC is cited by news outlets 1.5 times every day, 365 days a year on average. For selective examples, see:

The new Data Systems Professional will support TRAC's expanding work and help design, create, maintain and administer its data systems and websites, assist in handling a diverse array of information streams, while generating a wide range of data deliverables. Will help implement and administer data mining and data warehousing programs. These feed the production of a wide range of online information products which are continually updated to keep these resources current. Ideal position for individuals who have a genuine love for expanding their practical experience with existing and new information technologies, while seeing their work make a concrete impact on public access of previously inaccessible data on what government is currently doing.

Must have analytical thinking, ability to concentrate on tasks by juggling multiple responsibilities. Needs specialized expertise and technical training in the following areas: Linux system administration, but also some Windows, Unix scripting experience. Proficiency in programming languages, including Perl, Python, PHP and JavaScript. Familiarity with working in a Unix command line environment also a must. In depth knowledge of relational databases, including MySQL needed. Proficiency in SAS a plus. Knowledge of either Oracle or NoSQL databases (Elasticsearch) are pluses. Some experience in web applications development, website redesign and current web technologies, data warehousing, and information security, would all be pluses. Will also assist research faculty in their specialized work.

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Information Systems, or related field and minimum of 4-6 years of experience.

Syracuse University is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, with access to New York, Washington, Ottawa, Cleveland, Boston, and other major cities within less than a day's drive or an hour's flight. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.

Excellent benefit package. For a position description and online application instructions, go to: Cover letter, resume and list of references needed. Syracuse University is an AA/EOE.

David Burnham and Susan B. Long, Co-Directors
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse
Syracuse University
Suite 360, Newhouse II
Syracuse, NY 13244-2100