Research Analyst, CSC

Location: New York, NY

Department: Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

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. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.

The Center on Sentencing and Corrections (CSC) is a group of dynamic and diverse staff who share a passion for social justice and a commitment to excellence in all of our work.  CSC has a staff of 33 with expertise in law, corrections, social science research, cost benefit analysis, family engagement, reentry, education, and other topics. They work in nearly a dozen active projects spanning sentencing and correctional policy and practice reform, including projects focused on jail and pre-trial reform, reductions in prison and jail populations, expanding access to higher education during incarceration, reentry and public housing, reducing solitary confinement and restrictive housing in correctional facilities, and international comparative prison practices.

Vera seeks an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual with a passion for social justice and excellent skills in data management and analysis to work as a Research Analyst on projects in CSC.  The work calls for a strong grasp of quantitative analysis and database development, a vision for the role of rigorous research in shaping policies and procedures of government and partner institutions, and the ability to communicate findings clearly and concisely.

This is a full-time position based in Vera’s New York City office.


The Research Analyst will work in close collaboration with research and program staff to perform quantitative data analysis for the Center’s ongoing projects to study the causes and consequence of mass incarceration.

In particular, the analyst will be responsible for:

  • Conducting analyses of jail populations and the factors that drive their growth for counties that CSC works with to develop criminal-justice reforms;
  • Conducting analyses of prosecutor case data and the decisions that determine charging, plea bargaining, and case processing; and
  • Developing datasets and analyses that explore segregation in corrections systems (also referred to as solitary confinement).

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Building and maintaining databases;
  • Cleaning and preparing data for analysis;
  • Conducting descriptive and multivariate data analyses;
  • Creating data visualizations;
  • Assisting in the design and deployment of data collection instruments and surveys;
  • Reviewing and analyzing information collected through surveys, reports, interviews and focus groups;
  • Preparing and delivering presentations at meetings, conferences, and webinars;
  • Assisting in preparing reports and other written materials for different audiences including government partners, funders, and the public;
  • Conducting literature review and distilling key findings into memos;
  • Assisting with grant proposal preparation; and
  • Assisting on other projects and tasks as assigned.

Occasional travel outside of New York City is required.


Candidates must possess these minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in statistics, computer science, mathematics, social science or related discipline and two years of relevant work experience; or a Master’s degree in a related discipline;
  • Demonstrated experience in dataset preparation and analysis using software such as SQL, Python, Stata, or R.
  • Experience with database development and SQL, strongly preferred;
  • Experience with statistical analysis using Stata or R, strongly preferred;
  • Strong interest or experience in criminal justice and social justice for underserved populations;
  • Ability to work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently, both independently and collaboratively;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, including Word, Outlook, Excel, Access and PowerPoint;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; and
  • A commitment to a collegial and collaborative workplace.

Salary: Based on experience, and including excellent benefits, Vera believes in compensating its staff members at or above market.

How to apply

Please submit 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 careers page) is preferred.


If necessary, materials can be faxed or mailed to:

ATTN: Human Resources / CSC Research Associate Recruitment

Vera Institute of Justice

233 Broadway, 12th Floor

New York, NY 10279

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.

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