Research Associate – Center on Immigration and Justice (Vera Institute of Justice)


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 has offices in New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans, and its projects and reform initiatives, typically conducted in partnership with local, state, or national officials, are located across the United States and around the world. Vera has a long history of conducting research and providing empirical evidence to help government agencies reform justice systems.

Vera's Center on Immigration and Justice (CIJ) seeks a Research Associate with strong quantitative research skills to work primarily on two federally funded programs that oversee a national network of legal service providers who provide legal information and access to pro bono services to detained noncitizens facing deportation proceedings. The Research Associate will perform quantitative analyses for other projects, such as the National Institute of Justice-funded validation of a screening tool to identify victims of human trafficking. The Research Associate will have a key role in CIJ's currently funded projects, as well as in identifying future research projects.


The Research Associate will work in close collaboration with CIJ staff to perform data analysis for contract reporting, and other research and evaluation related to CIJ's ongoing projects. Principal responsibilities will include managing and analyzing data from subcontractors, government, and other sources; preparing summary statistics for monthly and quarterly reports; helping to formulate and analyze performance indicators; and programming in SQL. The Research Associate will work closely with the Center Research Director and program staff in carrying out the following duties:

? Merge, manage, and analyze large administrative databases using SQL and SPSS programs;

? Draft data collection instruments;

? Prepare the statistics sections of reports for government partners and funders;

? Conduct interviews and focus groups;

? Write research proposals and policy briefs;

? Present findings of research, evaluation, and policy analysis to diverse audiences;

? Write and present IRB submissions for research involving human subjects;

? Brainstorm project ideas to build upon past and current work; and

? Assist on other projects and tasks as assigned.


Candidates must possess the following qualifications:

? A Master's degree in a social science or related discipline and at least 3 years of relevant work experience in an applied research setting;

? Advanced programming skills in SPSS and SQL;

? Experience with the development and management of SQL databases;

? An interest in, or knowledge of, immigration, legal, and criminal justice issues, and/or child and youth issues;

? Ability to work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently, both independently and collaboratively with a team;

? Solid oral and written communication skills;

? A commitment to a collegial workplace;

? Willingness to travel outside of New York City occasionally; and

? Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.


50's, based on experience. Excellent benefits.

To Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume.

Online submission is preferred.

However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to

ATTN: Human Resources / CIJ Research Associate recruitment

Vera Institute of Justice

233 Broadway, 12th Flr.

New York, NY 10279

Fax: (212) 941-9407

Please use only one method of submission (online, mail or fax).

No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Vera Institute of Justice values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information about Vera and the Center on Immigration and Justice, please visit

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