Research Associate
Vera Institute of Justice - New York, NY

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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, 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 is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace. Vera ’s Center on Youth Justice (CYJ) promotes the well-being and safety of youth, families, and communities by working with government to make juvenile justice systems equitable and humane in policy and practice.

CYJ combines research, planning, and technical assistance with substantive expertise in juvenile justice to inform and facilitate the work of policymakers and practitioners nationwide. Vera is currently seeking a Research Associate to assist with aspects of quantitative and qualitative research projects, with an emphasis on quantitative research. Responsibilities: Manage large administrative databases, both technically and in a way that connects data to larger policy reforms Work with government partners to plan and execute research related to reform work Conduct rigorous analyses of quantitative research data Help design evaluation and other research studies Construct and prepare data collection instruments (i.e. surveys, questionnaires) Synthesize research findings, both quantitative and qualitative Write research reports, memos, proposals, and other research documents Present research findings to practitioner/policy audiences Qualifications: Interest in social justice, commitment to fairness, and demonstrated knowledge of juvenile/criminal justice issues are essential.

We also highly value experience with communities affected by criminal justice and other government systems. Candidates who possess the following qualifications are strongly preferred: Masters with 3 years experience or Ph.D with at least 1 year experience in criminal justice, sociology, psychology, public policy, or other social science related degree. Knowledge of, and experience in, designing and conducting social science research, ideally in the areas of criminal and juvenile justice Three to five years of quantitative research experience Experience working with juvenile justice practitioners and stakeholders Familiarity with or interest in performance measurement and public policy analysis Strong background in statistics, including experience with advanced multivariate techniques preferred. Experience working with large databases Knowledge of and comfort using SPSS Experience in designing, and conducting focus groups, interviews, and surveys Strong presentation and writing skills for both research and practitioner/policy audiences Ability to interact well with internal multi-disciplinary research team and supervisor Excellent multi-tasking skills Ability to travel occasionally Salary: $50,000-$60,000 (commensurate with experience); excellent benefits How to Apply Please submit a cover letter and resume.

No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. However, if necessary, materials may be mailed to ATTN: Research Associate Recruitment Vera Institute of Justice 233 Broadway, 12th Floor New York, NY 10279 Please use only one method (online or mail) of submission. The Vera Institute of Justice values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information about Vera and Vera ’s Center on Youth Justice, please visit our website,

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