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Data Analyst, Center on Immigration and Justice (Brooklyn, NYC)

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

The Data Analyst will join a vibrant team of researchers working at the intersection of data science and social justice. As a member of Vera's Center on Immigration and Justice, the Data Analyst’s primary role will be to generate analytical insights in support of the Center's mission to achieve due process in immigration court. Using R and/or Python, the Data Analyst will contribute to reports and evaluations of federal immigration programs, and work on database systems that support non-profit legal service providers nationwide.

 

In this role, you will:

  1. Data preparation and database management
  • Supporting research staff by preparing large datasets for analysis, including merging, cleaning, and recoding data 
  1. Analysis and reporting
  • 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 
  • Building and maintaining interactive dashboards
  1. Quality assurance & documentation
  • Developing codebooks and delivering user trainings through webinars and database guides 
  • Documenting and correcting data quality issues 
  • Supporting program staff and subcontractors in database troubleshooting & issue resolution
  1. Additional program support
  • Working with supervisors to prioritize program needs

 

What qualifications do you need?

Required:

  • 1-2 years of professional or internship experience working with large datasets and preparing data for analysis 
  • A solid foundation in R, Python, or another programming language used to manipulate data 
  • Exceptional attention to detail, strong problem-solving ability and logical reasoning skills, and the ability to detect anomalies in data 
  • Ability to work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently 
  • An enthusiasm for both the technical parts of working with data and communicating findings to colleagues who are not "data people" 
  • A deep commitment to racial equity and advancing anti-racism, both in our workplace and in the world. You incorporate this value, share it with others, and lead with these principles. 
  • May require low-level government security clearance in the future to handle specific secure data. However, this is not a current requirement for hiring 

Preferred:

  • Experience in Git/Github is a plus 

 

Applications may also be faxed to:

ATTN: Human Resources / Data Analyst, Research
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 www.vera.org

 

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