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Data Analyst, Center on Immigration and Justice (CIJ)

Are you eager to roll up your sleeves and harness data to drive policy change? Do you enjoy sifting through complex datasets to illuminate trends and insights? Do you see yourself working for a values-driven organization with a vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day?


We are looking to hire a bright, hard-working, and creative individual with strong data management skills and a demonstrated commitment to immigrant's rights. The Data Analyst will assist with analysis and reporting needs for Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice (CIJ), working across its current projects and future Vera initiatives.


Who we are:

Founded in 1961, The Vera Institute 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 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.
  • And we harness the power of evidence to drive effective policy and practice


What we’re doing:

We are helping to build a movement–among government leaders, advocates, and the immigration legal services community–towards universal legal representation for immigrants facing deportation. In the face of stepped-up immigration enforcement, millions of non-citizens are at risk of extended detention and permanent separation from their families and communities. Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice (CIJ) partners with government, non-profit partners, and communities to improve government systems that affect immigrants and their families. CIJ administers several nationwide legal services programs for immigrants facing deportation, develops and implements pilot programs, provides technical assistance, and conducts independent research and evaluation.


That’s where you come in:
The Data Analyst will support the Center’s programmatic efforts through regular monitoring and reporting of federal government and subcontractor data. CIJ manages several proprietary databases that run on AWS and Caspio and uses SQL, R, and Python to manage data. This is an opportunity to help shape an innovative national research and policy agenda as part of a dedicated team of experts working to improve access to justice for non-citizens.

Vera seeks to hire a Data Analyst to work on various data management projects with its Center on Immigration and Justice (CIJ). In collaboration with other Data Analysts, this position will involve work across several projects, such as the Unaccompanied Children’s Program (UCP),  a program to increase legal representation for immigrant children facing deportation without a parent or legal guardian. The position may cover additional duties for the Legal Orientation Program for Custodians (LOPC), which educates the custodians of unaccompanied children about their rights and the immigration court process. 


About the role:

As a Data Analyst, you will report to a member of the research team and work in close collaboration with other Vera staff on ongoing database management, monitoring, reporting, and analysis projects. You’ll support the team by taking ownership of ongoing monitoring and reporting tasks involving large data sets. Other principal responsibilities will include:  

  • Supporting research staff by preparing large datasets for analysis, including merging, cleaning, and recoding data;
  • Providing insights into program performance through summary statistics and performance indicators;
  • Producing timely reports on Vera projects for team members and stakeholders;
  • Improving recurring reporting processes by optimizing code and producing subsequent documentation;
  • Coordinating database management tasks such as participating in new database design, modifying existing databases, and communicating with outside engineers and subcontractors;
  • Developing codebooks and delivering user trainings through webinars and database guides;
  • Building and maintaining interactive dashboards;
  • Documenting and correcting data quality issues;
  • Working with supervisors to prioritize program needs;
  • Assisting on other projects and tasks as assigned.


About you:

You’re committed to improving issues affecting immigrants in the United States. Applicants with personal experiences with the immigration system are especially encouraged to apply.

You’re just getting started in your career and have 1 – 2 years of professional or internship experience working with large datasets and preparing data for analysis.

You have a real enthusiasm for working with data.

You are comfortable writing queries in SQL, R, and/or Python, or have a solid foundation coding in other programming languages used to manipulate data. Experience working collaboratively using tools like Git/GitHub is a plus.

You have exceptional attention to detail, strong problem-solving ability and logical reasoning skills, and the ability to detect anomalies in data.

You’re able to work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently, both independently and collaboratively with a team.


This position involves working with secure data that may require government security clearance. That clearance is restricted to U.S. citizens and citizens of countries that are party to collective defense agreements with the U.S. The list of those countries is detailed on this webpage. An additional requirement of that clearance is residence in the United States for at least three of the last five years.


How to apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled. Online submission in PDF format is preferred. Applications with no cover letter attached will not be considered. The cover letter should address your interest in CIJ and this position.


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

ATTN: Human Resources / CIJ Data Analyst Recruitment

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 and CIJ’s work, please visit

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