Research Analyst, CSC / GJNY

Location: New York, NY

Department: Vera Institute of Justice

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

Action Areas

Reducing the use of Jails                           

Scoping the problem                                             


Please note that our Manhattan office will be relocating to Industry City in Brooklyn, NY this year.

We’re looking for a researcher to join a growing body of work under Vera’s Greater Justice New York (GJNY) initiative. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, self-motivated, passionate about social justice, and drawn to working collaboratively with colleagues at Vera and our partners in the field. They will be someone who innately understands the power of research to tell a compelling story about the criminal justice system and identify opportunities for reform. The work calls for a strong grasp of data wrangling, quantitative analysis, data visualization, and the ability to communicate findings clearly and concisely.

Greater Justice New York

GJNY is a fast-paced, multi-faceted effort to end mass incarceration in New York State. New York is at a unique moment of consensus that criminal justice reform must happen, at the local level in cities big and small, and at the state level in the legislature. In partnership with stakeholders and advocates, we work across New York on a number of policy and practice initiatives to reform bail, reduce the number of people in jail and prison, improve due process, and increase access to justice. By targeting upstate counties and areas that have the highest rates of incarceration—and those that hold the most promise for reform, like New York City—Vera is helping to shape a statewide policy agenda and drive local conversations about decarceration and public safety in New York. Over a five-year initiative, Vera will invest in the policies and practices that promote a greater justice for all of New York.

What you’ll be working on

As a Research Analyst you will work in close collaboration with the GJNY Senior Research Associate across a range of research projects on bail, jail incarceration, and criminal justice trends in New York. You will join an interdisciplinary team of seven members in GJNY, including staff with backgrounds in research, law, social work, court advocacy, and direct services. Your principal tasks include ingesting, analyzing, and visualizing jail data that we receive in PDF format, data cleaning and analysis, and supporting the development of a prison and jail population forecasting tool. You will also have the ability to evaluate pilot programs and provide general research support for GJNY projects. Specific responsiblities include:

  • Scraping, cleaning, and preparing data for analysis;
  • Building and maintaining datasets;
  • Creating data visualizations;
  • Conducting descriptive and multivariate data analyses;
  • 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;
  • Assisting in the design and deployment of data collection instruments and surveys;
  • 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.

About you

You have 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.

You have a strong interest or experience in criminal justice and issues of race, equity, and fairness.

You have strong oral and written communication skills.

In addition, you have:

  • Demonstrated experience in data cleaning, analysis, and visualization using a programming language such as R or Python;
  • Demonstrated experience with PDF and web scraping, strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently, both independently and collaboratively; and
  • A commitment to a collegial and collaborative workplace.


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-GJNY Research Analyst 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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