Research Analyst, Community Research, Restoring Promise - 2-year position (Remote))
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 Research Analyst works in close collaboration with Towards Liberation researchers to explore and better understand whether there is a relationship between radical changes to prison culture and the growth and development of young adults in the community. The Research Analyst aims to understand young people's perceptions of transitioning back to the community, how society and the media shape these perceptions, how young people navigate the various systems they are embedded in, and how they access resources along the way. In addition to conducting the interviews, The Research Analyst assists with the research study design and the data analysis.
Research Analyst works up to 20 hours per week for 1.5-2 years.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Towards Liberation Project
- Assist with designing the study
- Asset mapping – Assist staff members in determining what resources are available in the community for those transitioning out of prison/jail.
- Interview protocol – Determine what questions to ask people and how the researchers should ask these questions.
- Conduct one-on-one interviews with study participants.
- Assist with dissemination of research findings.
Learning and Development
- Attend trainings and other workshops to prepare for the Towards Liberation Project
- Learn about qualitative research through asking people questions, reviewing and understanding the numbers, cultural healing, critical race theory, and participatory action research.
- Learn about statistical techniques of analysis and assist with analyzing and coding interview data.
- Attend weekly meetings with Towards Liberation team
What qualifications do you need?
- Experience living on a Restoring Promise unit for a minimum of 1 year
- Minimum of 6 months in the community
- Knowledge of Microsoft office and Zoom
- Communication skills
List of Required Software Applications:
- Microsoft Office
Compensation and Benefits
The compensation range for this position is $30/hr. Actual salaries will vary depending on factors including but not limited to experience and performance. The salary range listed is just one component of Vera Institute’s total compensation package for employees. As an employer of choice in our field, supporting Vera staff—both personally and professionally—is a priority. To do this, we invest in the well-being of our staff through other rewards including merit pay, generous paid time off, a comprehensive health insurance plan, student loan repayment benefits, professional development training opportunities and up to $2,000 annual for education costs and fees relevant to Vera work, employer-funded retirement plan, and flexible time and remote work schedules. To learn more about Vera’s benefits offerings, click here.
Applications may also be faxed to:
ATTN: People Resources / Research Analyst, Community Research, 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.
As a federal contractor, and in order to ensure a healthy and safe work environment, Vera Institute of Justice is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccine before their start date. Employees who cannot receive the vaccine because of a disability/medical contraindication or sincerely-held religious belief may request an accommodation (e.g., an exemption) to this requirement.
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