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. Vera created the Center on Immigration and Justice to address the challenges presented by the convergence of the criminal justice and immigration systems. It has focused on two goals: increasing detained adult and child immigrants’ access to legal information and counsel, and improving identification of immigrant crime victimization and relationships between immigrant communities and law enforcement. Over the last decade, CIJ has developed legal information and services programs and 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 enthusiastic and self-motivated individual with a background in social science, a passion for justice and excellent quantitative research skills in data management and statistical analysis to work as a Research Analyst or Associate on a variety of research and evaluation projects in its Center on Immigration and Justice (CIJ). Final title will depend on experience and qualifications.
Reporting directly to the CIJ Research Director, the Research Analyst/Associate will work in close collaboration with research and program staff to perform quantitative and qualitative data analysis for evaluations and for contract reporting to federal funders and other research related to the Center’s ongoing projects.
The Research Analyst/Associate will work with other researchers and program staff in carrying out the following duties:
- Manage, merge and analyze large administrative databases using SQL, SPSS or similar programs;
- Prepare the statistics sections of reports for government partners and funders;
- Draft data collection instruments;
- Conduct interviews and focus groups;
- Assist with writing research reports, proposals and policy briefs;
- Take part in presenting findings of research, evaluation, and policy analysis to diverse audiences;
- Write and present IRB submissions for research involving human subjects;
- Brainstorm project ideas to build upon past and current work; and
- Assist on other projects and tasks as assigned.
- A Master’s degree in a social science or related discipline and one year of experience, or a BA and at least three years of relevant work experience in an applied research setting;
- Advanced analytic and programming skills in SPSS, Stata or R and SQL;
- Some experience with the development and management of databases;
- An interest in, or knowledge of, immigration, legal, and criminal justice issues;
- Ability to work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently, both independently and collaboratively;
- Solid oral and written communication skills;
- A commitment to a collegial workplace;
- Willingness to travel outside of New York City occasionally;
- A high level of Spanish proficiency is a plus.
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 five years before being hired
$50,000 range, depending on experience and qualifications, plus excellent benefits.
How to apply
Please submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample. Online submission in PDF format is preferred.
However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:
ATTN: Human Resources / CIJ Research Analyst/Associate Recruitment
Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10279
Fax: (212) 941-9407
Please use only one method (online, mail or fax) of submission.
No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
Vera is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.
Vera works to advance justice, particularly racial justice, in an increasingly multicultural country and globally connected world. We value diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background and justice system contact, and depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.
For more information about Vera and CIJ’s work, please visit www.vera.org.