Center Director of Research, CIJ

Location: New York, NY

Department: Center on Immigration and Justice

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Senior Manager/Supervisor

The Vera Institute of Justice uses research and evidence 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 is seeking an experienced social science researcher to lead its immigration and justice research as center director of research for the Center on Immigration and Justice (CIJ). The successful candidate will have a passion for justice, experience designing and conducting research, extensive knowledge of issues related to immigration, a background in quantitative research methods, and managerial experience.

 

Responsibilities

The center director of research for CIJ will report to Vera’s Vice President and Research Director and work closely with the CIJ director and Vera’s broader leadership team to shape Vera’s research on issues at the intersection of immigration and the justice system. The center director of research will be responsible for maintaining and strengthening the breadth and quality of CIJ’s research. They are also responsible for developing new projects and supporting Vera’s public efforts to leverage its knowledge and skills. The center director of research will oversee grant reporting and analysis of administrative data, train and mentor other researchers, manage multiple research projects, prepare and deliver presentations and reports to funders, and write competitive grant proposals, research briefs and academic publications.

 

Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in sociology, geography, anthropology, criminal justice, criminology, public policy, or a related discipline with at least 5 years relevant work experience. Exceptional candidates with a Master’s degree and extensive experience will also be considered.
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative, managerial, staff-development, and leadership skills and the flexibility necessary for working in a fast-paced and complex organization.
  • A track record of successful proposal writing for federal solicitations and/or foundation grants.
  • Research project management experience and a commitment to teamwork.
  • Experience designing evaluation research studies.
  • Advanced skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, including a combination of:
    • Use of statistical analysis software (e.g. R, STATA, SPSS) to conduct multivariate quantitative analyses
    • Managing administrative datasets
    • Survey construction and data analysis
    • Experience with qualitative interview techniques and data analysis
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills for research and non-research audiences.
  • Commitment to immigration and justice system reform.
  • A track record of published research.
  • Spanish language proficiency is highly desirable. 

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 last five years before being hired

 

Salary

$115,000 to $150,000 depending on experience and qualifications, plus excellent benefits.

 

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter and comprehensive CV. Online submission in PDF format is preferred.

However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:

ATTN: Human Resources / CIJ Center Director of Research 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.

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