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Cloud Data Architect, Research

Who we are 

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. We're passionate. We're dynamic. We're innovative. In a nutshell, we drive meaningful change. What this means is that: 

  • We study problems that impede human dignity and justice. 
  • We pilot solutions that are at once transformative and achievable. 
  • We engage diverse communities in informed debate. 
  • We harness the power of evidence to drive effective policy and practice. 

  

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 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. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace—specifically, we value diverse experiences with regard to educational background and justice system contact. We hire employees that reflect our values: respect, independence, collaboration, and commitment. 

  

The Role 

The Information Technology Department ensures the stability and integrity of the institute's in-house network infrastructure and services. Reporting to the Director of Technology Advancement and Operations and working closely with NY-based IT staff, the Cloud Architect’s responsibilities include the following 

  • Collaborate with stakeholders (research team, IT & PMO team, etc.) to develop the logical and physical design of IT infrastructure (hybrid and cloud based) to support a diverse ecosystem of research applications.   
  • Works with IT team to review compliance of data security for research applications, network and cloud infrastructure, and data storage.    
  • Makes recommendations for existing research data models and applications that may include designing and deploying solutions for efficiency and migration.   
  • Participates in vendor selection for the deployment of data solutions as needed.    
  • Partner with Research and IT team to collect and manage diverse codeset on Github.   
  • As a subject matter expert provides leadership and technical counseling to IT staff and research users as necessary.   
  • Perform other duties as assigned.   

  

What qualifications do you need 

  • 8 years or more of previous experience designing and deploying cloud solutions.    
  • Previous work with research and/or data science teams a major plus.   
  • Familiar with major cloud platforms (AWS preferred)   
  • Familiar with database administration (Microsoft SQL preferred)  
  • Demonstrated ability to architect secure cloud deployments through best practice use of secure networks, encryption (as needed), user management, and security policy.    
  • Familiar with a portion of our current technology stack (Windows Server, Active Directory, R, Python, & Linux)  
  • Strong organizational, collaboration, and analytical skills required.    
  • Bachelors Degree (or higher) in Computer Science and/or programming experience is highly desirable.   

Although some preferred qualifications are outlined here, we also value a wide range of experiences and need a diverse staff to do this work effectively. Thus, we will take into account that various life experiences, different educational backgrounds, and previous contact with the justice system may shape an applicant’s ability to perform this job well. Specifically, individuals who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system, or who are from impacted communities, are strongly encouraged to apply. 

  

The Nitty - Gritty 

  • The location for this position is Brooklyn, NY. 
  • Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. 

  

When you join our team 

  • You can expect to work with a team of amazing people who have tenacity, are creative, scrappy, and are committed to getting the work done. Why? Because our work is urgent, impactful, and more important than ever. 
  • You will have a gym membership you can't turn down, great benefits, and work-life balance. Driving meaningful change is hard work. But we also know that you have a life, places to go, and people to see. 

  

How to apply 

Please submit cover letter and resume. Online submission in PDF format is preferred. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.  However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to 

ATTN: People and Culture/ Cloud Data Architect 

Vera Institute of Justice

34 35th street, 4-2A 

Brooklyn, NY 11232 

  

Please use only one method (online or mail) 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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