Research Analyst, Policing Program

Location: New York, NY

Department: Policing Program

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

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 build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities. We work with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day—from mass deportations, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement to the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence. 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.

Vera’s policing work focuses broadly on increasing police legitimacy and public trust in law enforcement. Our work in policing includes developing tools to improve trust, accountability, and community involvement for local police leaders and communities to collaboratively implement, providing technical assistance to police and community partners, and developing, administering, and analyzing research instruments. While Vera has undertaken policing projects since our inception, the Policing Program is Vera’s newest independent program and as such, the position offers the opportunity to be involved in the growth of this important portfolio of work.

Vera seeks a smart, flexible, and enthusiastic research analyst to join its Policing Program. This is a full time position based in New York City.



The Research Analyst will assist with all aspects of day-to-day support of the Policing Program. The primary responsibilities of the Research Analyst will include research relating to policing, the intersection of substance use, mental health, and criminal justice, and other relevant topics. Detailed responsibilities will be assigned at the time of appointment and/or during the interview process, but will primarily include:

  • Conducting desk research and literature reviews on relevant policing topics;
  • Collecting, analyzing, and visualizing data;
  • Cleaning, restructuring, and managing large administrative datasets
  • Assisting with writing reports, memoranda, proposals and policy briefs;
  • Assisting with planning, preparing for, and taking notes at meetings;
  • Contributing to fieldwork and data collection and to producing descriptive reports;
  • Managing certain administrative needs of the program; and
  • Additional duties, as needed


The ideal candidate will have a broad interest in and knowledge of social sciences, social work, public policy, quantitative research methods, and statistics. An interest in working on issues related to policing and the criminal justice system are essential, and previous relevant experience is ideal. In addition, Vera is looking for applicants with the following:

  • A Bachelor's degree in the social sciences, social work, public policy or related fields, with two years of work experience, or a Master’s degree;
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in conducting qualitative and quantitative research;
  • Experience cleaning, restructuring, managing, analyzing, and reporting data and program outcomes;
  • Experience manipulating and analyzing data with statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS, STATA, R, or others);
  • Experience and/or interest in survey research design, administration, and analysis;
  • Interest and/or previous experience working on data visualization tools;
  • An interest in improving police policies and practices;
  • Ability to show initiative, flexibility, and willingness to work on a variety of tasks and adapt to changing priorities;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Commitment to Vera’s mission and demonstrated interest in and knowledge of current criminal justice issues.



$40-45k commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.


How to apply

Please submit cover letter, resume, and a professional writing sample. Online submission in PDF format is preferred. Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.

If necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:

ATTN: Human Resources / Policing Research Analyst 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, please visit

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