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Data Analyst, Greater Justice New York (NYC)

Who we are

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is a nonprofit criminal justice organization that strives to build just government institutions and safe communities free from the scourge of racism, white supremacy, profit, and inequity that is pervasive in this country’s legal systems. We are an “inside” lane organization that drives change at scale with ambitious public sector leaders who share our commitment to building anti-racist, reparative systems that deliver justice. We leverage our access to government to transform these systems and work collaboratively with stakeholders across many movements—including advocacy, grassroots, and grassroots organizations. Our role is to pilot solutions that are transformative and achievable, harness the power of evidence to drive effective policy and practice, and use advocacy and communications to change narratives and norms.

 Vera has a staff of almost 300 people and offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace. We expect our staff to embody respect, independence, collaboration, commitment, anti-racism, and equity—both in our outward-facing work and the internal culture of our workplace. We value a range of experiences in people’s educational backgrounds and encourage people who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system to apply.

 

Who you are

The Data Analyst works in close collaboration with senior researchers to support a growing body of work under Vera’s Greater Justice New York (GJNY) program. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, self-motivated, passionate about social justice, and drawn to working collaboratively with colleagues at Vera and our partners in the field. Principal tasks of the Data Analyst will include designing systematic processes to collect, clean, and analyze quantitative data on the operations and practices of existing criminal legal systems. The Research Analyst will also be responsible for creating data visualization tools to show research findings clearly and effectively. The Data Analyst will be responsible for setting up processes and protocols for cleaning, standardizing, and visualizing data that can be scaled to handle numerous types of datasets in a systematic way.

 

In this role, you will:

  1. Clean and Standardize Datasets
  • Design systematic processes with Python and/or R to collect, standardize, and spot check disparate quantitative datasets for analysis 
  • Implement data standardization process that is accessible to GJNY team members 
  • Develop and document versatile code that can be used by different researchers across projects
  1. Create Data Visualizations
  • Design and implement interactive data visualization tools using Shiny or other tools 
  • Work with team to curate visualizations for internal use and external stakeholders
  1. Scrape Websites and PDFs
  • Maintain and test existing scrapers 
  • Identify potential new data sources for exploration 
  • Streamline new data sources into broader GJNY data management system
  1. Produce Reports
  • Help write and edit quantitative reports
  1. Assist on Additional Data Requests
  • Assist with research and data requests from partner organizations 
  • Assist GJNY team on pressing media requests for quantitative data

 

What qualifications do you need?

Required:

  • Minimum 1-2 years of academic or professional experience with data analysis using Python and/or R
  • Extensive experience with Python and/or R 
  • Experience in data scraping, cleaning, visualization, and analysis 
  • Familiarity with Git, GitHub, and AWS and ability to learn new skills 
  • Ability to be flexible, multi-task, prioritize, and manage multiple activities in a fast-paced environment 
  • Interest in working with program and research staff in Vera’s strongly collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment

Preferred:

  • Lived experience as a person with justice system involvement 
  • Knowledge of New York’s criminal legal system preferred (not required) 

List of required software applications:

  • R, Shiny, Python, Github 

 

Applications may also be faxed to:

ATTN: Human Resources / Data Analyst, GJNY
Vera Institute of Justice
34 35th St, Suite 4-2A, Brooklyn, NY 11232
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 www.vera.org

 

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