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5 May 2022

Full-Time Database and Information Technology Manager

Freedom for Immigrants – Posted by sierrakraft Anywhere

Job Description

ABOUT FREEDOM FOR IMMIGRANTS

Freedom for Immigrants (FFI) is devoted to abolishing immigration detention, while ending the isolation of people currently suffering in this profit-driven system. Since 2012, FFI has been monitoring conditions inside immigration detention facilities through a network of 4,500 volunteers who visit immigrants in ICE detention centers throughout the country, while pushing for individual releases and site-specific closures. Freedom for Immigrants also operates a national immigration bond fund, which works to secure the freedom of people in detention by paying and posting their immigration bond and providing post release support. In the policy arena, we work alongside local and national partners to support federal and state-level policies that call on the government to divest from immigration detention and instead invest in community-based systems of care that strengthen immigrant communities—a cornerstone of our vision for how to build a world without detention.

 

ABOUT THE POSITION

This is an exciting opportunity for a tech whiz who is passionate about using technology to abolish the immigration detention system and also possesses a deep understanding of databases, information technology, and implementing best practices around data management and security for social justice organizations. The primary focus of this position is to manage and maintain our proprietary database, Vianey, which is used to document instances of abuse in immigration detention and serves as a powerful advocacy tool. This role also includes managing other information technology systems while serving as the go-to expert within the organization so that the team has a reliable and well functioning IT infrastructure and database programs that supports their work in monitoring, documenting and reporting conditions in immigration detention.

As the Database and Information Technology Manager you will leverage your project management and problem-solving skills while providing strong technical leadership to anticipate needs and drive innovation. You will collaborate with program and operations staff on database and tech needs and oversee a contracted Software Engineer, who will be responsible for writing code and deploying updates in our database, Vianey. 

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Database Management (75%)

  • Manage and maintain FFI database programs, such as Vianey, FFI detention and resource maps, among others, to ensure they can handle the flow of traffic, the amount of data being stored in the database, and are secure.
  • Manage and oversee contracted Software Engineer(s) to ensure glitches, updates, and new features are implemented in a timely and coordinated manner.
  • Establish and maintain a process for responding to staff and volunteer requests to create new features, enhancements, and for responding to change requests.
  • Troubleshoot database systems, checking for and correcting problems that affect database functionality.
  • Continuously monitor backup status, resource usage and perform software updates on Vianey databases and related systems to ensure data health and integrity.
  • Maintain technical documentation and standards of operations on databases and guidelines for end users, including privacy policies.
  • Support program staff and volunteers with new user onboarding and offboarding by administering Vianey logins and offering ongoing support as needed.

Information Technology Management (25%)

  • Develop and manage overall direction, coordination and implementation of information technology systems, and information security and service support processes
  • Be the “face of IT” and respond to internal questions in a timely manner, with assistance from the Operations & Development Coordinator.
  • Manage the full life cycle of technology assets including web domains and certificates, physical devices, software and licenses, and warranties.
  • Oversee the integration of new technologies and initiatives into data standards and structures.

QUALIFICATIONS:​

  • 4+ years of relevant experience (we welcome a range of skills and backgrounds but should include project management and IT solution management)
  • Experience serving as technical lead throughout development of web applications including the lifecycle, from conception, detailed design, scoping, planning, implementation, testing to documentation, delivery and maintenance required
  • Demonstrated commitment to immigrants rights, incarceration or other social justice causes impacting communities of color, and a basic competency in race equity and inclusion;
  • Exceptional project management skills; comfortable managing complex deadlines while focusing on the details 
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts to a variety of technical and non-technical audiences
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills, working in a helpful and solutions-oriented approach
  • Bonus but not required: Experience working with NoSQL databases (AngularJS, MongoDB or any other JSON-based NoSQL database) 
  • Bonus but not required: Experience writing code (Javascript programming frameworks, full stack and Node JS) 
  • Candidates who have been directly affected by immigration detention or the mass incarceration system are highly encouraged to apply.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and effectively in oral and written English is essential, and Spanish or other languages preferred 

BENEFITS:

Freedom for Immigrants offers a robust and supportive benefits package to our team which includes: 

  • 35 hour work weeks;
  • 15 days paid vacation in your first year; 
  • 12 paid holidays + 1 floating holiday; 
  • 10 days for paid sick and safe time; 
  • 6 summer Fridays and office closure for the final week of the year; 
  • Fully paid PPO health for employees with vision and dental benefits; 
  • Employer sponsored 401K plan with a match of up to 4% after 1 year of employment;
  • $500 in professional development funding;
  • Monthly remote office and cell phone stipends;
  • 6 weeks paid sabbatical leave after 5 years of employment. 

 

​​Freedom for Immigrants considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital to our organization’s success in meeting its mission. We strongly encourage applicants from all cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, age, gender, and physical abilities to apply. Individuals with personal connections to the immigration system are strongly encouraged to apply.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is our policy not to discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, caregiver status, or any other category protected by law.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter here: https://www.freedomforimmigrants.org/job-openings

Job Types: Full-Time.

Job expires in 28 days.

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