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Research Analyst, Restoring Promise (NYC)

Who We Are:

The Vera Institute of Justice is powered by hundreds of advocates, researchers, and activists working to transform the criminal legal and immigration systems until they’re fair for all. Founded in 1961 to advocate for alternatives to money bail in New York City, Vera is now a national organization that partners with impacted communities and government leaders for change. We develop just, antiracist solutions so that money doesn’t determine freedom; fewer people are in jails, prisons, and immigration detention; and everyone is treated with dignity. Vera’s headquarters is in Brooklyn, New York, with offices in Washington, DC, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. Learn more about life at Vera; click here.

What You’ll Do:

A Restoring Promise Research Analyst assists site teams with researching and sustaining prison culture change. The Research Analyst supports the technical assistance and research work with the expectation that they will take seriously learning all components of the initiative. Research Analysts 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. Research Analysts also contribute to Restoring Promise’s communications and language restructuring and participate in drafting fellowship opportunities for formerly incarcerated people at Vera.

Site Work

  • Assist with the development and implementation of new and innovative strategies to collaborate with people that live and work in jails and prisons on research design, collection, and analysis.
  • Provide administrative support in preparation for site visits and site meetings such as coordinating schedules, meeting planning, agenda preparations, organizing materials, and taking notes.
  • Support the development of programmatic and policy recommendations for sites, such as reviewing documents, drafting materials, and participating in debrief and strategy meetings.
  • Support the team in designing and organizing training for staff and incarcerated people.
  • Ensure materials are rooted in the 4 values and are explicitly anti-racist.  Assist with research activities including reading and summarizing articles, drafting outreach emails
  • Enter and clean survey data.
  • Assist with the drafting of data collection instruments.
  • Assist with data collection and assist in the development of curricula and training on research design and methods for incarcerated people.
  • Participate in collaborative research meetings—poster sessions and stats-in-action workshops—and recommend areas where the meetings can better meet the goals of centering the leadership and expertise of impacted people.
  • Support the team to disrupt the traditional research paradigm: infuse politicized language, incorporate radical strategies, and identify areas where the team can do better to following the leadership of incarcerated people.
  • Support the team to ensure compliance with Vera’s Institutional Review Board and any grant provider requested reports.


  • Share input and raise questions in project team meetings to help inform the strategic direction of the initiative.
  • Assist with the development of written reports, presentations, and other publications.
  • Compile information for progress reports, presentations, and materials for funders and partners. 
  • Occasionally lead team meetings with support from supervisor.
  • Participate in team discussions to develop innovations and advance the site work.
  • 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. 
  • Assist in institute and program efforts to expand support and development of formerly incarcerated employees and hires.

Communication and Advocacy

  • Assist with program implementation including scheduling stakeholder meetings, participating in project meetings, facilitating site calls, and drafting project summaries.
  • Provide input on Restoring Promise communication products
  • Contribute to the Restoring Promise blog
  • Provide input on Restoring Promise’s advocacy strategies

Who are you?


  • HS Diploma or GED.
  • The ideal candidate will be recently released from jail or prison, but all justice involved individual will be considered


  • Participation in a Restoring Promise housing unit, or similar program, while incarcerated

List of Required Software applications:

  • 3-6 months of computer instruction will be provided to build the analyst’s skills and knowledge of computing including Microsoft Office, web browsers, and remote apps, organization and task management, and general workplace protocol and expectations.


Applications may also be faxed to:

ATTN: Human Resources / Research Analyst, 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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