Who we are
The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, envisions a society that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for everyone. Vera is committed to securing equal justice, ending mass incarceration, and strengthening families and communities.
We work with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day—from mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement to the unmet needs of people who are vulnerable, marginalized, and harmed by crime and violence. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace. We hire employees that reflect our values: respect, independence, collaboration, commitment, and race equity. If you want to learn more about life at Vera click here
What you’ll do
The Senior Data Scientist will lead data engineering, collection and analytics for the In Our Backyards (IOB) team. They will manage at least two data engineers and work closely with other researchers, policy advocates, and communications colleagues. Their work will leverage and improve Vera’s existing repository of incarceration data, including the public-facing Incarceration Trends Project, and include maintaining web scrapers, developing new ways of collecting information about the criminal justice system, processing that data, and publicly sharing results. Their work products will also support the analytics needs of our network of community grantees, published reports, and campaigns to shape federal, state and local policy and practice changes (currently with a particular emphasis on Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee).
The Senior Data Scientist’s responsibilities include:
What qualifications you will need
The Senior Data Scientist candidate will have the following qualifications:
The Nitty – Gritty
How to apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Online submission in PDF format (through Vera’s career page) is preferred. No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
ATTN: Human Resources / Senior Data Scientist, In Our Backyards
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