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Research Associate, Restoring Promise (NYC, DC, NOLA, LA, Remote)

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

A Restoring Promise Research Associate is a researcher who supports the research related to RCT’s across Restoring Promise sites, manages collaborative design of the study, guides staff, and supports the leadership team (distributed across Vera and our partners) with the supervision of an SRA. Research Associates also support the initiatives operation and management of relationships with external partners across project areas connected to the work (e.g. site selection, training, convening, global exchange, etc.) with the mentorship/supervision of an SRA. Research Associate’s approach to their tasks is rooted in anti-racist philosophy and practices and with a commitment to the values of Restoring Promise: Race Equity, Cultural Healing, Restorative Justice, and Community and Family Partnership.


In this role, you will:

  1. Collaborative Randomized Control Trial
  • Responsible for all administrative components of the study: IRB materials and compliance; budget and reporting; data security, maintenance, and destruction; and project timelines.
  • Responsible for the development, management, and integrity of the collaborative research design—specifically that is as collaborative and innovative as possible given the constraints of working inside prison, grounded in the initiatives four values and done within an anti-racist framework.
  • Responsible for designing and administering training related to the study.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships internally and externally.
  • Lead the development of proposals for the expansion of the study.  
  • Consistent communication on study progress, deliverables, and roadblocks to supervisor/initiative director.
  1. Team Building & Mentorship
  • Provide peer support and mentorship to teammates.  
  • Cultivate relationship and maintain routine correspondence with MILPA teammates.  
  • Support the internal on-going learning of new staff or interns as it relates to the Restoring Promise using an anti-oppression framework
  1. Support the Initiative
  • Support the initiative to be as collaborative as possible in our research design and identify areas where we can be more collaborative. 
  • Present research at national conferences.  
  • Identify and attend learning opportunities related to justice reform, anti-racism, de-centering whiteness, leadership, and management. Share lessons with team.   
  • Stay informed on developments in the field and engage in discussions with the team around how to apply learnings to the work internally and externally. 


What qualifications do you need?


  • 5 years of working experience in applied research using mixed methods
  • 3+ years working on projects using participatory methods
  • Wrote for and presented to a general audience of academics, practitioners, and the public.


  • Worked on a randomized control trial
  • Worked directly with or for the juvenile or criminal justice system
  • Worked on outcome evaluations
  • Experience in designing/working on mixed-method research studies, preferably in the justice reform field
  • Experience using a participatory action research framework

List of Required Software applications:

  • One or more of the following: SPSS, STATA, R


Applications may also be faxed to:

ATTN: Human Resources / Research Associate, Restoring Promise
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

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