The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans, and its projects and reform initiatives, typically conducted in partnership with local, state, or national officials, are located across the United States and around the world. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.
Launched in 2006, Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice (CIJ) works with government, nonprofit organizations, and communities to improve government systems that affect immigrants and their families. The Center on Immigration and Justice focuses on increasing detained adult and child immigrants’ access to legal information and counsel. Over the last decade, CIJ has conducted applied research across the U.S., including independent research and evaluation studies with funding from government and scientific agencies and private foundations. CIJ researchers perform regular data analysis for the federal government, and conduct evaluation and original research.
CIJ seeks an experienced Developer/Database Administrator with a passion for social justice to join its team of researchers and program managers. Working closely with the Research Director and other staff, the Database Administrator will contribute to problem solving and data analysis and help achieve the greatest impact possible for immigration justice system reform. The Administrator will also have opportunities to strengthen and broaden their substantive knowledge of allied fields, reflecting Vera’s diverse portfolio of projects.
As part of Vera’s staff, the Developer / Database Manager will carry out the following duties:
- Manage and construct databases;
- Assist colleagues in all aspects of data extraction, analysis and reporting;
- Utilize SQL to generate metrics to inform reports;
- Write data documentation, technical research reports, policy/research briefs, and other publications;
- Assist on other projects and tasks as assigned.
Candidates for consideration must possess the following:
- Experience in managing administrative data sets;
- High proficiency in SQL Server;
- Excellent strategic, problem-solving, and analytic skills;
- Creativity and persistence;
- Solid oral and written communication skills;
- Ability to produce careful and detail-oriented work;
- Ability to work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently, both independently and collaboratively with a team;
- Strong interest in immigration, the legal system, and the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence; and
- Ability to pass U.S. government background check.
Excellent candidates will also have some combination of the following:
- Experience with web-based database platforms, such as Caspio;
- Proficiency in statistical software, such as R or SPSS;
Please note that this position requires government security clearance. That clearance is restricted to U.S. citizens and citizens of countries that are party to collective defense agreements with the US. The list of those countries is here: http://www.state.gov/s/l/treaty/collectivedefense/index.htm. An additional clearance requirement is residence in the U.S. for at least three of the five years before being hired