For more than 30 years, the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) has been the leading source of information for media, policymakers, and the public on issues concerning capital punishment. DPIC now seeks to hire a Deputy Director to work with the Executive Director in setting and implementing organizational priorities, policies, and procedures. They will supervise and direct the work of staff, coordinate pro bono support, lead special projects, and plan major events and reports. The Deputy Director will also provide organizational leadership on racial equity initiatives and strategic planning, and manage writing, research, data collection, and data validation projects. A detailed description of the duties, qualifications, and salary range can be found here.

The position is located in Washington, DC, with a hybrid schedule. Please note that applicants must reside in Washington, DC, Virginia, or Maryland or be willing to relocate.

Qualified appli­cants are encour­aged to email a let­ter of inter­est, a resume, and an unedit­ed writ­ing sam­ple to DeputyDirector@​deathpenaltyinfo.​org. Applicants will be inter­viewed on a rolling basis until the posi­tion is filled. The pre­ferred start date is March 15, 2024.

DPIC strongly encourages applications from historically disadvantaged groups, including Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and women.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership in organizational planning and special initiatives
  • Writes and/or supervises the writing of major reports, articles, and website content
  • Works with the Executive Director and Board of Directors on long-term strategic planning
  • Supervises staff
  • Collaborates with other members of senior management to create and implement internal policies and procedures
  • Collaborates with other members of senior management to ensure DPIC’s values around racial equity, diversity, and inclusion are integrated into institutional policies and planning
  • Coordinates with other members of senior management to create budgets, monitor grant progress, and complete grant reporting
  • Works with the management team to hire and onboard staff members
  • Works with the Managing Director to run DPIC’s intern program
  • Provides project management for major reports and special projects
  • Engages with external partners and advocates
  • Stands in for the Executive Director as needed internally and in outward-facing engagements and with media
  • Contributes articles and other written work to external outlets
  • Collaborates with the Digital Director on website functioning and planned features


  • Law degree or graduate degree related to research, public policy, or social science


  • In-depth understanding of the criminal legal system and/or death penalty system
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in long-term strategic planning
  • Flexibility and ability to work quickly under time constraints


  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in law firms, non-profit, or public policy organizations
  • Strong writing and editing experience
  • Experience evaluating social science research (preferred)


  • 401(k) matching
  • Health/dental/vision insurance
  • Paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave

About Death Penalty Information Center

The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to serve the media, policymakers, and the general public with data and analysis on issues concerning capital punishment and the people it affects. DPIC does not take a position on the death penalty itself but is critical of problems in its application.

Founded in 1990, DPIC promotes insightful discourse on the death penalty by curating and presenting expansive, authoritative data from credible sources and offering clear, trustworthy, and timely information and research about the history and current application of the death penalty. DPIC produces groundbreaking reports on issues such as arbitrariness, costs, innocence, and racial disparities. DPIC also releases an annual year-end report highlighting significant developments and trends. A wide variety of free online resources are available on DPIC’s award-winning website, including searchable databases; data visualizations; educational curricula; and podcast series, Discussions with DPIC, which explores diverse viewpoints and experiences related to capital punishment.

DPIC is funded through the generosity of individual donors and foundations, including the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center; the Fund for Nonviolence; M. Quinn Delaney; and the Tides Foundation.