Developer/Database Manager, CSC

Location: New York, NY

Department: Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

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.

The Center on Sentencing and Corrections (CSC) is a group of dynamic and diverse staff who share a passion for social justice and a commitment to excellence in all of our work.  CSC has a staff of 26 located in all four of Vera’s offices, who encompass expertise in the law, corrections, social science research, cost benefit analysis, family engagement, reentry, education, and other topics. They work in nearly a dozen active projects spanning sentencing and correctional policy and practice reform, including projects focused on jail and pre-trial reform, reductions in prison and jail populations, expanding access to higher education during incarceration, reentry and public housing, reducing solitary confinement and restrictive housing in correctional facilities, justice reinvestment, and international comparative prison practices.

CSC seeks a passionate and motivated Developer / Database Manager to support Vera’s work to reduce the overuse of incarceration through the Incarceration Trends Project. The project aims to inform the public dialogue, advance research, and help guide change by providing easily accessible information on jail and prison populations in every U.S. county. The centerpiece of the project is an interactive data tool, available at trends.vera.org, that can be used to understand how a county uses jail and prison incarceration and how it compares to others over time. The Developer will work to expand the project to include more data (e.g., demographic, economic, criminal justice) and develop materials and tools to broaden its use and impact. Working closely with researchers and program staff this position is an excellent opportunity to positively impact criminal justice reform. The Developer will also have opportunities to strengthen and broaden their substantive knowledge of the criminal justice and allied fields, reflecting Vera’s diverse portfolio of projects.

  

Responsibilities

As part of Vera’s staff, the Developer / Database Manager will carry out the following duties:

  • Assist in all aspects of data extraction, analysis and reporting;
  • Manage and construct databases;
  • Design and create visualizations to support clear understanding of data and inform decisions;
  • Conduct descriptive and multivariate data analyses;
  • Write data documentation, technical research reports, policy/research briefs, and other publications;
  • Present findings of research, evaluation, and policy analysis to diverse audiences;
  • Develop new research ideas and proposals;
  • Assist on other projects and tasks as assigned.

 

Qualifications

Candidates for consideration must possess the following:

  • Experience working with at least one type of SQL Database such as MySQL, SQL Server, or PostgreSQL
  • 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, and knowledge of, most pressing injustices of our day: from the causes and consequences of mass incarceration, 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

 

Excellent candidates will also have some combination of the following:

  • Experience collecting data with automated scripts or web-scraping;
  • Expertise with at least one language that can be used  for web programming such as Ruby, Node, PHP, or JavaScript;
  • Experience with at least one additional data visualization tool (e.g., R Shiny, d3.js, processing, GIS systems)
  • A solid understanding of GIS concepts and how they can be included in visualizations.

 

Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.

 

To Apply

Please submit cover letter, resume, and a portfolio of projects and code documentation. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Online submission in PDF format is preferred. However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to

ATTN: Human Resources / CSC D/DM 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 CSC’s work, please visit www.vera.org.

 

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