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Research Analyst, Greater Justice New York (GJNY)

Please note that there are two openings for Research Analyst position in GJNY that require different qualifications and responsibilities, and make sure you apply for the right position you would like to pursue.

 

The Research Analyst in this role will work collaboratively with GJNY staff to conduct quantitative research, including analysis of administrative data and data visualization among other responsibilities

 

Who We Are

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, envisions a society that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for everyone.

 

  • 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.
  • We harness the power of evidence to drive effective policy and practice.

 

We work with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day—from mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement to the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace—specifically, we value diverse experiences with regard to educational background and justice system contact. We hire employees that reflect our values: respect, independence, collaboration, and commitment.

 

Greater Justice New York

The Vera Institute of Justice is an independent, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and policy to transform the systems people rely on for justice and safety. We envision a society that respects the dignity of every single person and are fighting to realize this every day. Our priorities are to secure equal justice, end mass incarceration, and strengthen families and communities around the country.

We are looking for a researcher to join our Greater Justice New York (GJNY) team. GJNY was launched as an interdisciplinary effort to tackle the drivers of mass criminalization and mass incarceration in New York. New York State is a microcosm of the landscape of incarceration across our country—arrests and the number of people in jail in large, urban areas like New York City are declining while a quiet but significant incarceration boom is under way in more rural, less populated parts of the state. We use research, policy, and advocacy to shine a light on injustices in all areas of the state and in all aspects of the criminal system—from bail to sentencing, parole, fines and fees, and more—and drive change through piloting innovative solutions and providing technical assistance. Our vision is a leaner, fairer, and more effective justice system where incarceration is the last resort, not the default, across all 62 counties of New York State.

 

What you’ll be working on  

New York State recently passed a historic set of reforms to our existing bail laws that go into effect on January 1, 2020. These reforms have the potential to transform many aspects of the criminal system, especially the bail decisions made in the courts and the number of people in jail pretrial. An evaluation of the process in which the new bail laws are implemented in local practices and their impact on local communities are key to identifying next steps of the reform. We are hiring a research analyst to play a key role in an ambitious, three-year evaluation study of these reforms, with a focus on six counties outside of New York City. The goal of our project is to document how the new bail laws are implemented, measure their impact on local communities, and examine any challenges to successful implementation and unintended consequences that arise.

 

Who you are

You are passionate about social and racial justice, motivated to drive change, and unafraid to challenge the status quo. You are enthusiastic, collaborative, curious, and kind. You have excellent chops in quantitative research and are willing to be nimble and work across multiple projects, often at the same time. The idea of working on a team of people who come from diverse backgrounds and perspectives inspires you. You care deeply about racial equity—in your research, your work, with your colleagues, and around the office.

 

In this role, you will:

  • Scrape, clean, and prepare data for analysis;
  • Build and maintain datasets;
  • Create data visualizations;
  • Conduct descriptive and multivariate data analyses;
  • Conduct literature reviews and distill key findings into memos;
  • Assist in preparing reports and other written materials for different audiences including government partners, funders, and the public;
  • Assist in the design and deployment of data collection instruments and surveys; and
  • Assist on other projects and tasks as assigned.

 

What qualifications do you need?

  • Bachelor’s degree in social science including but not limited to sociology, criminal justice, history, criminology, public policy, and two years of relevant work experience; or a Master’s degree in a related discipline;
  • Experience in data cleaning, analysis, and visualization using a programming language such as R or Python;
  • Ability to be flexible, multi-task, prioritize, and manage multiple activities in a fast-paced environment;
  • Interest in working with program and research staff in Vera’s strongly collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment.

 

 When you join our team

  • You can expect to work with a team of amazing people who have tenacity, are creative, scrappy, and are committed to getting the work done. Why? Because our work is urgent, impactful, and more important than ever.
  • You can count on doing solutions-oriented and policy-driven research that is innovative and fulfilling. We ask difficult questions and entertain unconventional answers so we can reckon with the uncomfortable truths of our work.
  • You will have a gym membership you can’t turn down, great benefits, and work-life balance. Driving meaningful change is hard work. But we also know that you have a life, places to go, and people to see.

 

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 / GJNY Research Analyst

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.

 

To learn more about Vera please visit www.vera.org. 

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