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.
As part of Vera’s staff, the Developer / Database Manager will carry out the following duties:
Candidates for consideration must possess the following:
Excellent candidates will also have some combination of the following:
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.
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.