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Vera Institute of Justice is hiring a Remote Campaign Manager, Fairness to Freedom Campaign, Advancing Universal Representation (D.C. Preferred)

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Vera Institute of Justice is hiring a Remote Technology and Personnel Security Compliance Manager, ITS, Acacia Center for Justice (Remote)

Who we are:

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is a non-profit 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. Vera is 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.  Vera is committed to securing equal justice, ending mass incarceration, and strengthening families and communities.

About Acacia Center for Justice:

The Acacia Center for Justice is a new non-profit created through a collaboration between the Vera Institute of Justice (“Vera”) and the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (“CAIR”) Coalition. The CAIR Coalition is a non-profit organization in the focused on providing legal assistance to adult and child immigrants detained by the government in the Capital Region. CAIR adheres to the fundamental belief that all people – no matter their story – deserve to be free, safe, supported, and have access to a just legal system. 

The objective of the Acacia Center for Justice (“Acacia”) is to expand on Vera’s work over the past twenty years in providing legal support and representation to immigrants facing deportation through the development, coordination and management of national networks of legal services providers serving immigrants across the country. Acacia’s goals are two-fold: to support immigrant legal services and defense networks to provide exceptional legal services to immigrants and to advocate for the expansion of these programs and the infrastructure critical to guaranteeing immigrants access to justice, fairness and freedom. Acacia will focus the collective power of both Vera and CAIR on delivering accountable, independent, zealous and person-centered legal services and representation to protect the rights of all immigrants at risk of deportation.

Please note:This career opportunity will begin as a position with the Vera Institute of Justice that will transition to Acacia Center for Justice on or before July 1, 2022.

Who you are:

The Technology and Personnel Security Compliance Manager will be responsible for developing and implementing a framework for technology security compliance for both Acacia’s and subcontractor information systems in accordance with government requirements. Incumbent will collaboratively set policy, identify risks, and resolve issues as part of managing the storage and transmission of information across both Acacia-managed and subcontractor-managed systems. The Technology and Personnel Security Compliance Manager will ensure that staff who work with government data have completed and passed the required trainings and been provided relevant documentation.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Partners with key stakeholders to gain an understanding of the current compliance and risk landscape. Creates a recommended framework for policies and requirements for technical infrastructure used by Acacia’s program staff and its network of subcontractors, adapting processes as appropriate and updating guidance as government requirements change.

  • Communicates recommendations to internal ITS, program, and research teams as well as a network of subcontractors and consultants
  • Update and disseminate policies as needed over the course of the contract

Partners with Associate Director ITS to develop and manage an organization-wide security protocol

  • Collaborates with vendors and perform tasks related to Acacia’s IT security practice
  • Identifies gaps and make recommendations on resolutions regarding practice, policy, or governance
  • Modifies policies and disseminate documentation as needed over the course of the contract
  • Manages the training for applications directly related to IT security

Conducts routine reviews of subcontractor systems to ensure policy compliance

  • Serves as a lead resource and partner with subcontractors to measure compliance against recommended framework of hardware and software used to carry out contract work, reviewing for the security compliance all relevant systems and devices
  • Documents audit results and track outcomes of risk resolution over the course of the contract
  • Has full accountability for incident response and escalations as needed

Responds to requests on information and security requirements from government stakeholders (which may include: regular contract compliance checks, requests for documentation, special requests during contract transition periods, etc.).

What qualifications do you need?

Required:

  • Strong knowledge of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) framework and standards, with applied government contract experience
  • Certification for Information System Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Prior experience developing solutions to security compliance risks
  • Able to communicate and create IT security awareness clearly and effectively with staff of varying technical knowledge
  • Familiarity with hybrid on-prem & cloud IT infrastructures
  • A strong dedication to equity and justice
  • Collaborative and team-oriented

Preferred:

  • Bachelors degree + 6-9 years of relevant experience in an IT security and/or government contract compliance role, with recent experience leading ITS initiatives.  In lieu of a Bachelors degree, applicable work or life experience may be considered.
  • Knowledge of government personnel security requirements

Additional eligibility requirements:

  • In accordance with federal contracts, Electronic Questionnaire for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) security clearance may be required upon hire (for additional information: https://www.dcsa.mil/is/eqip/)

List of Required Software Applications:

  • Familiarity with AWS cloud products preferred
  • Familiarity with Docker/VM deployment preferred

Applications may also be faxed to:

ATTN: People Resources / Techn0logy and Personnel Security Compliance Manager, ITS, Acacia
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

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Vera Institute of Justice is hiring a Remote Associate Director, Information Technology and Security, Acacia Center for Justice (Remote)

 

Who we are:

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is a non-profit 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. Vera is 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.  Vera is committed to securing equal justice, ending mass incarceration, and strengthening families and communities.

About Acacia Center for Justice:

The Acacia Center for Justice is a new non-profit created through a collaboration between the Vera Institute of Justice (“Vera”) and the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (“CAIR”) Coalition. The CAIR Coalition is a non-profit organization in the focused on providing legal assistance to adult and child immigrants detained by the government in the Capital Region. CAIR adheres to the fundamental belief that all people – no matter their story – deserve to be free, safe, supported, and have access to a just legal system. 

The objective of the Acacia Center for Justice (“Acacia”) is to expand on Vera’s work over the past twenty years in providing legal support and representation to immigrants facing deportation through the development, coordination and management of national networks of legal services providers serving immigrants across the country. Acacia’s goals are two-fold: to support immigrant legal services and defense networks to provide exceptional legal services to immigrants and to advocate for the expansion of these programs and the infrastructure critical to guaranteeing immigrants access to justice, fairness and freedom. Acacia will focus the collective power of both Vera and CAIR on delivering accountable, independent, zealous and person-centered legal services and representation to protect the rights of all immigrants at risk of deportation.

Please note:This career opportunity will begin as a position with the Vera Institute of Justice that will transition to Acacia Center for Justice on or before July 1, 2022.

Who you are:

The Associate Director of ITS will serve an essential function in establishing and implementing foundational IT and security policies and procedures from the early stages of organizational development. The Associate Director of ITS will be a hands-on position, contribution to the strategy development of technology system implementation to support a fully remote staff and ensure the stability, and integrity, and sustainability of Acacia’s infrastructure and services. They will partner closely with internal teams, maintaining fluency in institute initiatives and strategic aims to ensure that the necessary technology-based solutions are established and that appropriate resources are in place. They will serve as the central point of contact for external technology vendors, including a Managed Services Provider. The Associate Director of ITS provides direction that ensures that Acacia’s race equity and inclusion priorities are a core aspect of all work, including in hiring and staffing, and external and internal communications.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Endpoint management

  • Serve as primary point of contact for all technology-related vendors, providing direction in day-to-day support, including with a Managed Service Provider ;
  • Coordinate on-boarding of new staff, including acquisition of endpoint software and hardware needs as well as development and administration of training and documentation resources ;
  • Coordinate off-boarding of exiting staff, including revoking all hardware and software system access and maintaining documentation of access management processes ;
  • Evaluating and implementing security protocols of the network, data and storage in coordination with legal, research, finance, and programs teams ;
  • Develop and maintain policies and procedures regarding system back-up, restore protocol, and disaster recovery ;
  • Track and maintain licensing and accounts for all cloud-based services ;
  • Vendor procurement and contract review in coordination with end user/s ;
  • Maintain current knowledge of hardware and software to assist with the planning and procurement of new or upgraded solutions ;
  • Has accountability for necessary record retention to ensure contract compliance ;
  • Oversees the management and support of the company’s smartphone and mobile device portfolio.

Strategic project management

  • Project management of technology system implementation and development in partnership with key internal and external stakeholders ;
  • Establishes operating policies and provides consultative support  to internal staff and external vendors to solve technology migration, management, and integration challenges ;
  • Vendor procurement and contract review in coordination with end user/s.

Team leadership, mentorship, and development

  • Participate in planning and development of the Information Technology and Security (ITS) team, including identifying needs (people, process and technology solutions) ;
  • Supervise, support, and mentor ITS team members across roles and levels including DevOps and technology and personnel security roles ;
  • Strategize and build opportunities for professional growth, development, and skill building among supervisees ;
  • Lead recruitment and hiring for the ITS team.

What qualifications do you need?

Required:

  • Prior supervision experience
  • Demonstrated proficiency with LAN, WAN design and implementation (network engineering) and network administration required;
  • Strong hands-on technical knowledge of PC operating systems, networking software & hardware, cabling & protocols (DHCP, DNS, FTP, TCP/IP, VOIP, etc.);
  • Experience in web conferencing, network switch configuration, wireless networks, email, smartphone & firewall administration;
  • Experience with scripting, virtualization and PC imaging;
  • Experience implementing cybersecurity controls and tools, with preference for experience with federal contracting standards such as NIST and FISMA standards;
  • Experience supporting a data science technology stack (including GitHub, the AWS data product ecosystem, secure data transmission protocols, etc.)
  • Ability to work in a dynamic fast-paced environment, managing and navigating cross-functional priorities and complex requirements.

Preferred:

  • Advanced degree in information technology, computer science, or a related field + 9-12 years of experience in information security or risk management.  In lieu of a degree, applicable work or life experience may be considered.
  • Certifications in one or more of the following: VMWARE, CCNA, MCSA, MCSE, or MCP
  • Working knowledge of the AWS data product ecosystem (e.g., S3, EC2, ECS, Athena, Redshift, Glue, Airflow, etc.) or similar cloud-based products to support users of an end-to-end data science stack 
  • Prior experience in an IT consulting capacity that required fast-paced landscape assessment and recommendation development
  • Prior experience with direct supervision

Additional eligibility requirements:

  • In accordance with federal contracts, a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) check is required for this position. While this is not a current hiring requirement, this position may require Electronic Questionnaire for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) security clearance in the future (for additional information: https://www.dcsa.mil/is/eqip/).

List of Required Software Applications:

  • Experience managing Office 365 and enterprise products (for example, SharePoint, OneDrive and Exchange)
  • VOIP
  • Veeam
  • SAAS integrations and management
  • Remote Management Monitoring (RMM) Tools

Compensation and Benefits

The compensation range for this position is $134,000 - $140,000. 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 / Associate Director, Information Technology and Security
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

 

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Vera Institute of Justice is hiring a Remote Research and Evaluation Associate, UCP - Research, Evaluation, & Data Analytics (Any Location)

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:

Vera seeks a Research and Evaluation Associate to work with the Research, Evaluation, and Data Analytics (REDA) unit of its Unaccompanied Children Program (UCP) – a national network that provides legal information and pro bono assistance to unaccompanied children in immigration removal proceedings, both in and released from federal custody. Vera’s Unaccompanied Children Program is responsible for managing a network of over 50 legal service provider organizations (LSPs), where the REDA unit works in conjunction with other UCP program units and subcontractor LSPs to deliver high quality research, evaluation, performance monitoring, and data analytics.

The Research and Evaluation Associate will support the REDA team by taking ownership of research, evaluation, performance monitoring, and data analytics tasks that are components of broader projects. The Research and Evaluation Associate will support evaluation and performance monitoring both internally and for external partners and produce analysis and manage routine reporting of program statistics under the supervision of senior research staff. They will have fluency in the team’s core subject areas and, over time, specialization and growth of skills that would allow them to manage products, supervise analysts or interns, and represent UCP in conversations with external partners.

The Research and Evaluation Associate also collaborates with team members to advance project or initiative goals, by actively engaging in team meetings and program activities, and supports efforts to ensure UCP's race equity and inclusion priorities are a core aspect of research, including in methodological approaches, publications, hiring and staffing, and external and internal research communications.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Data analysis, research, and evaluation

  • Partner with senior REDA and program staff in development and implementation of evaluation and performance monitoring using quantitative and qualitative methods.  
  • Implement performance measurement/KPIs using statistical methods, in collaboration with senior research staff to measure progress toward program goals.   
  • Contribute to the senior research and evaluation staff in data organization and discrete analyses for quantitative analyses 
  • Build and maintain shared scripts in R to generate reports and summary program statistics.

Data reporting and analytics management

  • Project manage routine and ad hoc reporting for immigration programs. 
  • Oversee performance indicators/KPIs feedback loop in collaboration with program staff and subcontractors. 
  • Identify opportunities to use data to support, and be responsive to, ongoing program management and oversight data needs.
  • Manage relationships with external data engineers and data infrastructure subcontractors. 

Communication and presentation of research

  • Present summary program statistics as data visualizations and dashboards to inform program management and service delivery and policy and programmatic recommendations.
  • Prepare data or background research for public-facing products including reports, fact sheets, or other publications. 
  • Lead background research and literature reviews and integrate into public-facing products including reports, advocacy documents, or other publications under the supervision of senior researchers. 

Data collection management

  • Conduct data collection (program service data, quantitative instruments, etc.) in consultation with internal senior research and programs staff and external partners. 
  • Maintain an understanding of developments in program support, program administration, and federal policy to inform data collection quality control and to contextualize trends. 

Training and mentorship

  • Supervise and mentor research assistants, analysts, and/or interns on tasks as needed. 
  • Training other staff members on new data management approaches being implemented. 
  • Training and providing on-going technical support to internal and external database users, particularly as changes occur.  
  • Participating in new database design and modifying existing databases. 
  • Developing codebooks and database guides. 

Responding to ad hoc requests and needs of internal staff and stakeholders

  • Support senior research staff in preparing and/or presenting projects for IRB review.
  • Draft sections of research proposals in support of senior staff for the purposes of fundraising.
  • Creatively use available data and statistics to answer programmatic and policy questions. 

What qualifications do you need?

Required:

  • Commitment to using research and analysis to address and undo racism and inequity in the immigration legal system required; lived experience preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, including Excel and Word 
  • Fluency in at least one analytical programming language (e.g. R, Python), R preferred; ability to learn R while in the role required  
  • Excellent communication skills; must be able to manage requests and needs of external funders, support partners in providing program services data to Vera, and work across interdisciplinary  project teams

Preferred:

  • Bachelors degree + 3-5 years of relevant experience.  In lieu of a Bachelors degree, applicable work or life experience may be considered. 
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field + 1-2 years of relevant experience 
  • Fluency in a language other than English spoken by people impacted by immigration enforcement in the United States 
  • Ability to work collaboratively using Git/GitHub

Compensation and Benefits

The compensation range for this position is $71,900 - $74,100. 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 and Evaluation Associate, UCP- Research, Evaluation, and Data Analytics (REDA)
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

 

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Vera Institute of Justice is hiring a Remote Senior Data Scientist, Acacia Center for Justice (Remote)

Who we are:

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is a non-profit 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. Vera is 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.  Vera is committed to securing equal justice, ending mass incarceration, and strengthening families and communities. 

About Acacia Center for Justice:

The Acacia Center for Justice is a new non-profit created through a collaboration between the Vera Institute of Justice (“Vera”) and the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (“CAIR”) Coalition. The CAIR Coalition is a non-profit organization in the focused on providing legal assistance to adult and child immigrants detained by the government in the Capital Region. CAIR adheres to the fundamental belief that all people – no matter their story – deserve to be free, safe, supported, and have access to a just legal system. 

The objective of the Acacia Center for Justice (“Acacia”) is to expand on Vera’s work over the past twenty years in providing legal support and representation to immigrants facing deportation through the development and management of national networks of legal services providers serving immigrants across the country. Acacia’s goals are two-fold: to help non-profit service providers provide exceptional legal services to immigrants and to advocate for the expansion of these programs and the infrastructure critical to guaranteeing immigrants access to justice, fairness, and freedom. Acacia will focus the collective power of both Vera and CAIR Coalition on delivering accountable, independent, zealous and person-centered legal services and representation to protect the rights of all immigrants at risk of deportation.

 

Please note:This career opportunity will begin as a position with the Vera Institute of Justice that will transition to Acacia Center for Justice on or before July 1, 2022. 

Who you are:

The Senior Data Scientist works independently and collaborates with the Senior Research and Evaluation Associate to supervise and implement mandated and ad hoc research, evaluation, and data analytics (including data visualizations and dashboards) across programs. This role is responsible for developing and overseeing complex codebases for data ingestion and reporting and all aspects of the data management process. The Senior Data Scientist employs robust data science tools in support of ingestion, processing, and analyses, especially of administrative datasets provided by the government. They ensure efficiency and cutting-edge technologies are being applied in all aspects of data management, minimizing overall labor time and costs attached to data reporting and analysis across the contract and programs. In this role, they will provide supervision, support, and mentorship to researchers/data scientists working on projects and initiatives across the organization. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Data Infrastructure Management

  • Collaborate with program management staff and external partners to solve difficult data migration, management, and integration challenges;
  • Partner with external consultants to develop and maintain a cloud-based data product ecosystem (e.g., AWS) to automate recurring reporting processes.

Analytics

  • Develop and manage data science and analytics in support of federal contracts in partnership with other senior research staff, senior programs staff, and external partners; 
  • Employ methodologies such as forecasting, machine learning, network analysis, or survival analysis to inform program evaluation, program performance metrics, and evidence-based program management;  
  • Coordinate with program directors and senior researchers to support Vera’s technical assistance, program management, contract oversight, and broader leadership in the field; 
  • Lead and develop discrete analyses upon request in partnership with senior research staff.

Research Design and Review

  • Partner with the Director of Research and Evaluation and other research leadership to establish a long-term research agenda and research priorities; 
  • Maintain fluency in federal contract requirements as they relate to research and data analysis to ensure that deliverables are responsive and aligned with requirements and best practices around data security and privacy; 
  • Provide consultative advice in the development of research proposals for the purpose of fundraising led by initiative and research leadership;

Team leadership, mentorship, and development

  • Supervise, support, and mentor staff across methodologies responsible for a range of data collection and analytic processes, including oversight of database management, ETL and analytics codebase development, and partnering with 50+ subcontractors nationwide entering program data through Acacia’s databases;
  • Develop and review code using GitHub and mentoring/training other team members in data science methodologies and technical skills;
  • Strategize and build opportunities for professional growth, development, and skill building among supervisees;
  • Support recruitment and hiring for the research team.

Application of research insights

  • Maintain an in-depth understanding of developments in program implementation, program administration, and federal policy to strategically guide analytics in support of the contract and program goals;  
  • Communicate findings from research and data analysis, including representing the work in communication with federal government stakeholders, fielding questions and addressing requests for additional information. 

What qualifications do you need?

Required:

  • Commitment to using research and analysis to address and undo racism and inequity in the immigration legal system required; lived experience preferred 
  • Experience with Git and GitHub and dedication to using these tools to conduct peer code reviews and uphold coding standards 
  • Experience leading in a project management role  
  • Experience in a supervision or informal supervision role  
  • Exceptional ability to communicate technical processes to non-technical audiences 
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills, including the ability to translate and present technical processes to non-technical internal and external audiences
  • Fluency in at least one programming language (e.g. R, Python, C/C++, Java); ability to learn R and other programming languages as-needed while in the role.

Preferred:

  • Bachelors degree + 4-7 years of relevant experience in applied research, computer/data science, natural/social science, or related discipline.  In lieu degree requirement, applicable work or life experience may be considered. 
  • PhD or  Master’s Degree 
  • Experience in the fields of economics, quantitative sociology, computational social science, statistics, measurement, epidemiology, computer science, operations research, or a related field, or experience working on evaluation and measurement on federal contracts 
  • Working knowledge of the AWS data product ecosystem (e.g., S3, ECS, Athena) or similar cloud-based products  
  • Fluency in a language other than English spoken by people impacted by immigration enforcement in the United States 

Additional Eligibility Requirements:

  • In accordance with federal contracts, a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) check is required for this position. While this is not a current hiring requirement, this position may require Electronic Questionnaire for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) security clearance in the future (for additional information: https://www.dcsa.mil/is/eqip/).

Compensation and Benefits

The compensation range for this position is $94,700 - $100,000. 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 / Senior Data Scientist, Acacia Center for Justice
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

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Vera Institute of Justice is hiring a Remote Senior Research and Evaluation Associate, Acacia Center for Justice (Remote)

Who we are:

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is a non-profit 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. Vera is 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.  Vera is committed to securing equal justice, ending mass incarceration, and strengthening families and communities. 

About Acacia Center for Justice:

The Acacia Center for Justice is a new non-profit created through a collaboration between the Vera Institute of Justice (“Vera”) and the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (“CAIR”) Coalition. The CAIR Coalition is a non-profit organization in the focused on providing legal assistance to adult and child immigrants detained by the government in the Capital Region. CAIR adheres to the fundamental belief that all people – no matter their story – deserve to be free, safe, supported, and have access to a just legal system. 

The objective of the Acacia Center for Justice (“Acacia”) is to expand on Vera’s work over the past twenty years in providing legal support and representation to immigrants facing deportation through the development and management of national networks of legal services providers serving immigrants across the country. Acacia’s goals are two-fold: to help non-profit service providers provide exceptional legal services to immigrants and to advocate for the expansion of these programs and the infrastructure critical to guaranteeing immigrants access to justice, fairness, and freedom. Acacia will focus the collective power of both Vera and CAIR Coalition on delivering accountable, independent, zealous and person-centered legal services and representation to protect the rights of all immigrants at risk of deportation.

Please note: This career opportunity will begin as a position with the Vera Institute of Justice that will transition to Acacia Center for Justice on or before July 1, 2022. 

Who you are:

The Senior Research and Evaluation Associate functions as a social scientist who works with the Senior Data Scientist to supervise and implement mandated and ad hoc research, evaluation, and data analytics across programs solving complex problems using sophisticated analytical thought to exercise judgement and identify innovative solutions. They are responsible for developing and overseeing performance monitoring, evaluation, and social science approaches necessary to satisfy contract and ad hoc reporting and evaluation requests. They work in close collaboration with other teams to ensure constant feedback loops necessary for program management and contract compliance. They ensure Acacia’s race equity and inclusion priorities are a core aspect of research, including in methodological approaches, publications, hiring and staffing, and external and internal research communications. 

The Senior Research and Evaluation Associate serves as day-to-day point on Research. They provide supervision, support and mentorship to members of their team as well as advice, methodological guidance, and peer review to researchers working on other projects and initiatives across the organization.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Research Design and Review

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of Vera’s measurement, evaluation, and learning metrics/KPIs ;
  • Partner with the Director of Research and Evaluation and other research leadership to establish a longer-term research agenda in support of the team’s work ;
  • Maintain fluency in federal contract requirements as they relate to research and data reporting to ensure that deliverables are responsive ;
  • Ensure research deliverables, including data collection and reporting, are compliant and responsive to the contract ;
  • Review contracts for research-related requirements both for Vera and for subcontractors ;
  • Conduct peer-review of research designs and analysis plans ;
  • Develop research proposals in support of fundraising led by initiative and research leadership ;
  • Develop and present IRB applications and ensure that research is conducted to the highest ethical standards.

Data management and analysis

  • Lead and manage rigorous performance outcomes measurement and data analytics in support of federal contracts in partnership with other senior research staff, senior data science staff, senior programs staff, and external partners;
  • Lead and develop discrete analyses, and train and supervise others on both quantitative and qualitative analyses.

Application of research insights

  • Maintain an in-depth understanding of developments in program support, program administration, and federal policy in order to strategically guide research in support of the contract and program goals;
  • Communicate findings from research and data analysis, including representing the work in communication with federal government stakeholders, fielding questions and addressing requests for additional information;
  • Manage integration of insights gained from performance evaluation metrics and statistical data reporting into program planning and implementation, collaborating closely with senior program staff and a nationwide network of service providers.

Team leadership, mentorship, and development

  • Supervise, support, and mentor a team of researchers across methodologies and levels;
  • Strategize and build opportunities for professional growth, development, and skill building among supervisees;
  • Support recruitment and hiring for the research team.

What qualifications do you need?

Required:

  • Commitment to using research and analysis to address and undo racism and inequity in the immigration legal system required; lived experience preferred
  • Advanced quantitative skills, including hands-on experience with administrative and relational datasets and both predictive and causal analyses; ability to think creatively about how to use statistical methods to address pressing policy questions
  • Fluency in data management
  • Experience leading in a project management role
  • Experience in a supervision or informal supervision role
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills, including authoring and editing research reports in written and visual formats accessible to a broader audiences, and translating and presenting research findings to external stakeholders
  • Advanced quantitative skills, including hands-on experience with administrative data and relational databases and both predictive and causal analyses; ability to think creatively about how to use statistical methods to address pressing policy questions
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, including Excel and Word
  • Fluency in at least one analytical programming language (e.g. R, Python, Stata), R preferred; ability to learn R while in the role required

Preferred:

  • Bachelors degree + 4-7 years of relevant experience in applied research, equivalent applied experience, social science or other related disciplines.  In lieu degree requirement, applicable work or life experience may be considered.
  • PhD or Master’s Degree
  • Experience in the fields of economics, quantitative sociology, computational social science, statistics, measurement, epidemiology, computer science, or a related field or experience working on evaluation and measurement on federal contracts
  • Ability to work collaboratively using Git/GitHub or ability to quickly learn for code review
  • Fluency in a language other than English spoken by people impacted by immigration enforcement in the United States

Additional Eligibility Requirements:

  • In accordance with federal contracts, a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) check is required for this position. While this is not a current hiring requirement, this position may require Electronic Questionnaire for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) security clearance in the future (for additional information: https://www.dcsa.mil/is/eqip/).

Compensation and Benefits

The compensation range for this position is $97,800 - $104,100. 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 / Senior Research and Evaluation Associate, Acacia Center for Justice
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

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Vera Institute of Justice is hiring a Remote Operations Analyst, UCP-Research, Evaluation & Data Analytics (REDA)

Who we are:

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is a non-profit 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. Vera is 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. Vera is committed to securing equal justice, ending mass incarceration, and strengthening families and communities.

About Acacia Center for Justice:

The Acacia Center for Justice (“Acacia”) is a new non-profit created through a collaboration between the Vera Institute of Justice (“Vera”) and the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (“CAIR”) Coalition. The CAIR Coalition is a non-profit organization focused on providing legal assistance to adult and child immigrants detained by the government in the Capital Region. CAIR adheres to the fundamental belief that all people – no matter their story – deserve to be free, safe, supported, and have access to a just legal system.

The objective of the Acacia Center for Justice is to expand on Vera’s work over the past twenty years in providing legal support and representation to immigrants facing deportation through the development, coordination and management of national networks of legal services providers serving immigrants across the country. Acacia’s goals are two-fold: to support immigrant legal services and defense networks to provide exceptional legal services to immigrants and to advocate for the expansion of these programs and the infrastructure critical to guaranteeing immigrants access to justice, fairness and freedom. Acacia will focus the collective power of both Vera and CAIR on delivering accountable, independent, zealous and person-centered legal services and representation to protect the rights of all immigrants at risk of deportation.

Please note:This career opportunity will begin as a position with the Vera Institute of Justice that will transition to Acacia Center for Justice at a later date.

Who you are:

REDA Operations Analyst

Vera seeks an Operations Analyst to work with the Research, Evaluation, and Data Analytics (REDA) unit of its Unaccompanied Children Program (UCP) – a national network that provides legal information and pro bono assistance to unaccompanied children in immigration removal proceedings, both in and released from federal custody. Vera’s Unaccompanied Children Program is responsible for managing a network of over 50 legal service provider organizations (LSPs), where the REDA unit works in conjunction with other UCP program units and subcontractor LSPs to generate research, program evaluation, reports, and data analysis organizations.

The Operations Analyst will support the REDA team by maintaining UCP’s data quality standards, liaising with subcontractors, and performing administrative tasks on projects as needed. They will work closely with members of the REDA team to uphold quality standards by engaging in regular data verification and monitoring of reporting processes; interface with subcontractor staff to set process, promote best practices, and onboard/offboard staff who interact with the program’s database; and coordinate with other program units within UCP in support of program goals.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Perform subcontractor administration for REDA systems and processes

  • Onboard subcontractor and program staff to UCP’s data systems, including managing access, providing training, and distributing policy and guidance documentation
  • Offboard subcontractor and program staff to UCP’s data systems, including revoking access and coordinating with program analysts on other offboarding tasks
  • Provide regular training and troubleshooting for subcontractor data management staff
  • Ensure documentation and internal trackers are up to date

Ensure quality control of program databases

  • Run pre-built queries and reports in an analytical database to prepare datasets for verification
  • Liaise with subcontractor data staff and Vera program management staff for quality assurance of data collection systems and their contents
  • Conduct iterative verification of subcontractor-inputted data between subcontractor communications and database queries
  • Work closely with REDA and UCP programmatic staff to diagnose and handle outlier cases and errors in data entry

Provide Administrative Support to REDA Staff

  • Assist in developing training, guidance, and policy for data collection, analysis, and reporting
  • Assist in the preparation and review of regular and long-term report deliverables to government stakeholders

Carry out special projects in support of the program’s research, evaluation, and analytics agenda under the supervision of senior REDA staff

  • Conduct background research in support of long-term REDA projects
  • Expand on querying and other analytics skillsets to support components of large-scale REDA projects

Other tasks as needed

What qualifications do you need?

Required:

  • Bachelors degree + 0-3 years of relevant experience.  In lieu of a Bachelors degree, applicable work or life experience may be considered
  • Relevant administrative work experience focused on client relations or customer service
  • Strong proficiency in Excel or other spreadsheet software, including an ability to sort, filter, and write formulas
  • Proven experience in detail-oriented tasks such as data error checking and correction
  • A demonstrated interest in or knowledge of immigration and/or children’s rights issues
  • Ability to work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently, both independently and collaboratively with a team
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize, multitask, and work under deadlines
  • Familiarity with SQL and/or other data manipulation is a plus
  • Interest in gaining basic skills in querying, coding in an analytic language, and/or other analytics technology a plus
  • While this is not a current hiring requirement, this position may require Electronic Questionnaire for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) security clearance in the future to handle specific secure datasets (for additional information: https://www.dcsa.mil/is/eqip/).

Preferred:

  • Emerging interest in the use of data for public service and/or social justice

List of Required Software Applications:

  • Excel or other spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Suite

Compensation and Benefits:  

The compensation range for this position is $55,100 – $58,800. 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 / Operations Analyst, UCP—Research, Evaluation, and Data Analytics (REDA)
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

 

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Vera Institute of Justice is hiring a Remote Principal Research Associate, Advancing Universal Representation, UREP (Any location)

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 Principal Research Associate (PRA) for the Advanced Universal Representation (UREP) Initiative will conduct and oversee research in support of the Initiative’s goal to advance universal representation for people facing deportation. The PRA will lead the conceptualization, design, and implementation of impact evaluation studies, involving a range of program contexts. Through this work, they will have a unique opportunity to lead the evaluation of SAFE network programs to help make the case for the continuity and expansion of government-funded universal representation. The PRA will have a strong background and successful track record in quantitative and impact evaluation research. The PRA will support the strategic development of the Initiative’s research agenda and design, implement a range of research projects, ensure the rigorous implementation of research tasks, mentor other researchers, represent the initiative’s research portfolio in designated engagements, and advise and assist other teams within the Initiative or across Vera, as needed. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Research conceptualization, design, and implementation

  • Work closely with the Initiative’s Associate Director of Research and other members of the team in the development of the initiative’s research agenda
  • Lead the conceptualization, design, and implementation of a range of evaluation studies, using quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, and participatory research approaches
  • Bring a creative use of social science approaches and research methods to the urgent need to build evidence showing the impact of government-funded universal representation Vera is advancing through the Advancing Universal Representation Initiative.
  • Center race equity and a critical racial justice lens in research and publications, helping to advance a broader body of immigration research connecting the criminal legal and immigration systems in support of Vera’s reform efforts
  • Lead, train and supervise others on data collection and analyses (qualitative or quantitative)
  • Develop and monitor the execution of project workplans to ensure conformity with deadlines and budget 

Write up/presentation of research

  • Lead development and editing of research publications and evidence-based messaging and products in support of project or initiative goals, including rapid response work
  • Present Vera’s research to external audiences, including academic and policy-focused conferences and professional meetings

Hiring/Supervision

  • Hire and recruit senior research associates, associates, or analysts, and supervise senior research associates, research associates, analysts or interns
  • Provide training and technical assistance to researchers

Internal collaboration and support

  • Actively engage in UREP initiative-wide activities
  • Advise advocacy, site-implementation, blueprinting design, and communications on subject area and methodological issues
  • Lead efforts to ensure Vera’s race equity and inclusion priorities are a core aspect of Vera’s research, including in methodological approaches, publications, hiring and staffing, and external and internal research communications.
  • Work with the research leadership team to ensure that researchers across the organization receive appropriate support
  • Serve as the team representative in designated cross-team initiatives

Fundraising/ proposal development

  • Develop research proposals in support of fundraising led by senior leadership in the program or initiative

IRB

  • Develop and present IRB applications and ensure that research is conducted to the highest ethical standards, serving as Principal Investigator on research projects
  • Mentor early career researchers in human subjects /IRB protocols

What qualifications do you need?

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree + 6-9 years of relevant experience.  In lieu of degree, applicable work or life experience may be considered and
  • Broad experience conducting evaluation research (including needs assessments, program monitoring, cost-benefits analyses, and impact evaluation)
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills, including authoring and editing research reports in written and visual formats accessible to broader audiences, and translating and presenting research findings to community-based partners, advocates, funders, and media through a variety of written and visual media
  • Advanced quantitative skills, including hands-on experience with both predictive and causal analyses, and ability to think creatively about how to use statistical modelling to address pressing policy questions.

Preferred:

  • PhD or equivalent training and 6+ years of work experience, or equivalent applied experience over 10+ years.
  • Extensive track record using evaluation research as a tool for justice reform.
  • Subject matter expertise in immigration policy research.

List of Required Software Applications:

  • Statistical analysis software such as R or Stata
  • Qualitative analysis software such as NVivo or Atlas.ti

Compensation and Benefits:  

The compensation range for this position is $108,700 – $114,500. 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 / Principal Research Associate, Advancing Universal Representation
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

 

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Vera Institute of Justice is hiring a Remote Senior Program Associate, Restoring Promise (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:

A Restoring Promise Senior Program Associate (SPA) is a leader on the team who manages a state-wide engagement with at least one Restoring Promise site, manages staff, and supports the leadership team (distributed across Vera and MILPA). SPA’s also support building and maintaining the operational infrastructure and management of relationships with external partners across project areas connected to the work in the state(s) they manage and beyond (e.g. site selection, training, convening, global exchange, etc.). SPA’s approach to their tasks is rooted in anti-racist philosophy and practices and with a commitment to the values of Restoring Promise: Race Equity, Cultural Healing, Restorative Justice, and Community and Family Partnership.

This position is full time remote in our partner or target states. You are expected to attend key institute events (such as Vera Day Away and holiday gatherings) and quarterly team retreats at the Brooklyn Industry City office or as noted. If you have a disability, are under state or federal supervision and require permission to leave the state, or have a qualifying exemption, we will work with you for travel and in-office accommodations.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Technical Assistance to Restoring Promise Sites

  • Lead technical assistance teams for one state in the initiative—establish and maintain relationships with partners (people that live and work in prisons, advocates, families, and consultants); lead the process and manage a team across site work related to assessment, training, curriculum development; and develop knowledge about local politics that would impact the work.
  • Cultivate and manage relationships within the team, the initiative, and the field.
  • Ensure Restoring Promise TA is anchored in the 4 values and a commitment to anti-racism.
  • Manage at least one additional project (including a team of people supporting that project) related to the site work:  training, curriculum development, site selection, convening, global exchange trip(s), or other projects that arise.
  • Consistent communication on study progress, deliverables, and roadblocks related to site(s) to initiative director.

Team Building, Mentorship, and Supervision

  • Manage the process for hiring and onboarding associates for the team—drafting all materials using anti-racist and REI language, liaise with PR, organizing a process for interviews and activities, facilitating meetings with the team for decision-making, and communicating with potential applicants.
  • Supervise at least one associate, analyst, or intern—ensuring they receive the proper orientation, stay on top of all administrative related tasks, and maintain a curiosity and propensity for learning.
  • Provide peer support and mentorship to teammates – Supervise associate(s), mentor staff, support learning and growth opportunities for the team.
  • Cultivate relationship and maintain routine correspondence with MILPA teammates.

Support the Initiative

  • Support the design, organization, and production of the annual Restoring Promise convening and all-site calls.
  • Identify and attend learning opportunities related to justice reform, anti-racism, de-centering whiteness, leadership, and management. Share lessons with team.
  • Occasionally lead weekly team meetings.

Lead on an Initiative Sustainability Project

  • Support leadership in expanding the reach of the initiative—writing publications, developing and maintaining relationships with external partners, cultivate and recruit talent to join the team.

Development and Fundraising

  • Develop proposals to funders, grant writing, and reports to funders.

What qualifications do you need?

Required:

  • Experience in working on change efforts, preferably in the justice reform field
  • Driver’s license

Preferred:

  • Bachelors degree + 4-7 years of relevant experience.  In lieu of a Bachelors degree, applicable work or life experience may be considered.
  • Supervision experience

List of Required Software Applications:

  • Microsoft Office, web browsers, and remote apps, organization and task management, and general workplace protocol and expectations.

Compensation and Benefits

The compensation range for this position is $90,600 - $94,800. 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 / Senior Program Associate, 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

 

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Vera Institute of Justice is hiring a Remote Summer Internship 2022 - Media Strategy Intern, Communications (Brooklyn or 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:

Communications and External Affairs is a team of communications professionals including content creators (editorial, design, blog, website), media and messaging, social media, and government and public affairs experts. The team works closely across all units at Vera to deliver effective messages on issues in the criminal legal system.

As an intern with the communications department, you will work closely with the media strategy team on projects that cover a range of topics such as racial justice within the criminal justice system, bail reform, and immigration. You will also assist in refining and pushing the Institute’s brand identity and crafting storytelling pieces based on research and data that investigate and call into question common narratives around mass incarceration in America and that are centered on dignity, equity, and inclusion. As part of the internship, you will learn essential skills that will culminate into a four-week project tailored to your individual goals.

Schedule

The intern should be available to work up to 35 hours per week during the summer. The dates will be between June 6th and August 12th with some flexibility to accommodate personal and academic schedules.

Compensation

The compensation range for internships is $16.00 - $25.00, per hour. Actual compensation will vary depending on factors including but not limited to experience and performance. Applicants may choose to receive academic credit. For those who need to earn academic credit, Vera will gladly assist in working with the school or program to make arrangements and meet requirements.

How to apply

Please submit cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please explain why you are passionate about criminal justice reform and what you hope to gain from this internship.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Support the media strategy team in determining the best audiences for Vera communications and gain an understanding of the media landscape

  • Research on media markets for Vera’s priority issues in the criminal legal system
  • Compile media lists in Cision to make high-impact connections with reporters to support Vera’s overall communications goals.

Support the media strategy team with drafting and/or editing written communications deliverables to develop your skills as a media writer

  • Fact check and research previous Vera language to ensure communication deliverables are consistent with Vera's communication goals.
  • When needed, will support the media strategy team with drafting and/or editing written communications deliverables.

Collaborate with media strategy team members to create projects that advance Vera’s communications goals and gain an understanding of executing a successful media project

  • Contribute to team meetings and brainstorming sessions
  • Supporting the creation of various reports that measure the team’s impact

What qualifications do you need?

Required:

  • Currently enrolled in undergraduate or masters program in college.
  • Demonstrated interest in communications.
  • Care deeply about advancing gender and racial justice and ending mass incarceration.
  • The ability to work both independently and with others effectively and efficiently.
  • Able to operate with grace and poise in a fast-paced environment where many different types of people may be working.

Preferred:

  • Enrolled in a program related to communications or criminal legal system reform

List of required software applications:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience with databases programs is a plus.

Applications may also be faxed to:

ATTN: People Resources / Summer Internship 2022 – Media Strategy Intern, Communications
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

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Vera Institute of Justice is hiring a Remote Program Manager for Operations & Quality Assurance, CIJ-UCP (LA, NYC, DC, or 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 Program Manager will provide program management and support to subcontractor legal service providers (LSPs) within Vera's network. They will ensure the provision of high-quality legal services to children in and released from immigration detention and funding contract compliance. In this role, they will develop and maintain relationships with project partners and creatively brainstorm solutions to the network LSPs' challenges. They will join a functional team with various backgrounds in immigration advocacy, child welfare, finance, and research.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Operations Planning and Program Management

  • Lead planning and implementing improvements to network operations, including through contracting, monitoring, or developing programming aimed at ensuring network services sustainability.
  • Guide Senior Program Associates on managing contract compliance for individual LSPs, including thorough analysis of monthly program data, and providing regular updates to the Associate Program Director for Operations & Quality Assurance. Support team in ensuring contract requirements are met by network LSPs where necessary, including by troubleshooting and documenting contract compliance challenges, identifying performance issues, and supporting a high level of quality assurance.
  • Work closely with Senior Program Associates to keep updated on trends, challenges, and best practices in the field and strategically brainstorm solutions to challenges experienced by individual LSPs. When necessary, assist in elevation of challenges to Associate Director of Operations and Quality Assurance.

Services Reporting and Technical Assistance

  • May oversee site visits and review reports drafted by SPAs and research team, including site visit reports and annual reports. Help identify technical assistance needs of the network and collaborate with the Learning & Development team to create training resources that address these needs. Participate in delivery of technical assistance on an ad hoc basis.
  • Help identify promising practices among subcontractors and devise ways to disseminate information about such practices to encourage implementation elsewhere in the network.
  • May liaise with the Budgets & Resource Management team to ensure that LSP spending and budgeting is appropriate based on knowledge of the program and on-the-ground needs.
  • May collaborate with the Research, Evaluation & Data Analytics team to ensure program analysis is accurately captured in reporting.

Develop and maintain relationships with project partners, including government and external stakeholders.

  • Meet with government stakeholders regarding contract compliance, including escalation and resolution of issues identified by LSPs or the government.
  • Build relationships with potential LSPs and other stakeholders regarding legal services for unaccompanied children, e.g., for expansion of representation or related support services.

Other duties as assigned.

What qualifications do you need?

Required:

  • A JD degree, or Advanced Degree, and
  • At least six years of legal, government, or policy work experience (including internships).
  • A demonstrated knowledge of immigration, child welfare, criminal or juvenile justice, or other justice areas
  • Strong writing, research, data analysis, communication, and facilitation skills
  • Ability to manage work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently
  • Ability to work collaboratively on a team, as well as to take the initiative and manage projects independently
  • Ability to successfully balance travel responsibilities with office-based responsibilities
  • Ability to read and communicate effectively in Spanish (proficiency in other languages is a plus)
  • Experience representing detained immigrants and/or children is a strong plus
  • Experience with "know your rights" and other community education initiatives are a strong plus
  • Willingness to travel occasionally
  • An uncompromising commitment to immigrants' rights and race equity.
  • Valid driver’s license to travel and conduct in-person site visits.
  • Collaboration. Collaboration is a Vera value. We thrive when we learn and build on each other’s ideas. We’re open to giving and receiving feedback and see it as an opportunity to learn and grow on our team and across the institute. The Senior Editor should be open and willing to incorporate feedback as part of the product development process.

List of required software applications:

  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Zoom

 

Applications may also be faxed to:

ATTN: People Resources / Program Manager for Operations & Quality Assurance, CIJ-UCP
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

 

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Vera Institute of Justice is hiring a Remote Associate Director, Redefining Public Safety (NYC/DC/NOLA/LA or 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 Associate Director for the Redefining Public Safety (RPS) team will be a leader on a team working to narrow the scope of policing by working with jurisdictions across the country to create and strengthen a new public safety ecosystem comprised of new and existing civilian agencies. They will provide technical assistance, strategic advice and analysis, and policy guidance to RPS’s local partners, and support the ongoing development of policy that reflects the insights of communities disproportionately impacted by policing and mass criminalization. The Deputy Director will collaborate and coordinate with the RPS program staff, researchers, and other colleagues at Vera to advance public safety system transformation.

 

In this role, you will:

  1. Support local jurisdictions’ efforts to create new public safety ecosystems
  • Work with practitioners, researchers, and community leaders to implement a data-informed public safety approach that includes more civilian agencies and relies less on law enforcement
  • Develop and carry out individualized work plans for sites
  • Support practitioners in problem-solving, strategy development, and change management
  • Convene and facilitate meetings
  • Advise partners on policy matters and oversee the development of model policies responsive to local needs.
  1. Work with Program Director and other senior leadership to identify additional opportunities for public safety system transformation
  • Assist with strategic planning for national impact
  • Engage in outreach to and assessment of potential site and community partners
  • Manage and develop collaborative partnerships and liaise with other departments
  1. Draft and edit publications, proposals, and presentations
  • Develop and author publications and policy briefs; appear in convenings, webinars, etc. on Vera’s behalf.
  • Contribute to narrative change through writing or other mediums
  1. Other duties as assigned
  • Advise RPS’s local partners on advocacy and policy matters.

 

What qualifications do you need?

Required:

  • Track record of building relationships with public sector practitioners and community partners
  • Experience working on system change
  • Demonstrated ability to work with advocates, government officials, criminal legal system personnel, practitioners, and people who are directly impacted by the criminal legal system
  • Strong interest in racial justice advocacy
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to build partnerships among diverse stakeholders, working across lines of identity and power
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a national, remote team
  • Familiarity and comfort with data, a plus

Preferred:

  • Required:Advanced degree, or the equivalent work and life experience, 2+ years of management experience.
  • 7+ years of experience in local government or community-based organizations, technical assistance or capacity building, or program implementation in the justice reform space, with a preference for experience working on issues of safety
  • Lived experience as a person directly impacted by the criminal legal system

List of required software applications:

  • Zoom, PowerPoint, Microsoft Office Suite, Google, etc.

 

 

Applications may also be faxed to:

ATTN: Human Resources / Associate Director, Redefining Public Safety
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.

For more information about Vera, please visitwww.vera.org

 

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Vera Institute of Justice is hiring a Remote Research & Evaluation Associate, Acacia Center for Justice (Remote/Brooklyn) - 2 openings

Who we are:

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is a non-profit 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. Vera is 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.  Vera is committed to securing equal justice, ending mass incarceration, and strengthening families and communities.

 

About Acacia Center for Justice:

The Acacia Center for Justice is a new non-profit created through a collaboration between the Vera Institute of Justice (“Vera”) and the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (“CAIR”) Coalition. The CAIR Coalition is a non-profit organization in the focused on providing legal assistance to adult and child immigrants detained by the government in the Capital Region. CAIR adheres to the fundamental belief that all people – no matter their story – deserve to be free, safe, supported, and have access to a just legal system.

The objective of the Acacia Center for Justice (“Acacia”) is to expand on Vera’s work over the past twenty years in providing legal support and representation to immigrants facing deportation through the development and management of national networks of legal services providers serving immigrants across the country. Acacia’s goals are two-fold: to help non-profit service providers provide exceptional legal services to immigrants and to advocate for the expansion of these programs and the infrastructure critical to guaranteeing immigrants access to justice, fairness and freedom. Acacia will focus the collective power of both Vera and CAIR on delivering accountable, independent, zealous and person-centered legal services and representation to protect the rights of all immigrants at risk of deportation.

 

Why the Name “Acacia Center for Justice”:

The Acacia flower was chosen for two reasons. First, it is a species of plant found almost everywhere in the world. Second, the Acacia flower historically represents regeneration, perseverance, and integrity. Much of our work with immigrants and refugees builds on these principles of shared humanity and our endless pursuit for justice in the American immigration legal system.

Please note: This career opportunity will begin as a position with the Vera Institute of Justice that will transition to Acacia Center for Justice on or before the July 1, 2022.

 

Who you are:

The Research and Evaluation Associate is one of the founding positions at the Acacia Center for Justice (ACJ), created to support the mission of ensuring due process in immigration proceedings. ACJ is preparing to bid on a federal contract to administer a suite of programs that provide vital national immigrant legal defense and orientation services to adults and children facing deportation, in detention and following release. As a key part of this work, ACJ would be responsible for delivering high quality research, evaluation, performance monitoring, and data analytics. These programs and data reporting have been developed over the course of a decade at the Vera Institute of Justice.

This role involves supporting the team by taking ownership of research, evaluation, performance monitoring, and data analytics tasks that are components of broader projects. The Research and Evaluation Associate will produce analysis and manage routine reporting cycles under the supervision of senior research staff. They will have fluency in the team’s core subject areas and, over time, specialization and growth of skills that would allow them to manage products, supervise analysts or interns, and represent ACJ in conversations with external partners.

The Research and Evaluation Associate also collaborates with team members to advance project or initiative goals, by actively engaging in team meetings and program activities, and supports efforts to ensure ACJ's race equity and inclusion priorities are a core aspect of research, including in methodological approaches, publications, hiring and staffing, and external and internal research communications.

 

In this role, you will:

  1. Data analysis, research, and evaluation
  • Build and maintain shared scripts in R to generate reports and summary program statistics.
  • Implement performance measurement/KPIs using statistical methods, in collaboration with senior research staff to measure progress toward program goals. 
  • Support senior research and evaluation staff in data organization and discrete analyses for quantitative analyses.
  1. Data reporting and analytic management
  • Project manage routine and ad hoc reporting for immigration programs funded through federal contracts.
  • Oversee performance indicators/KPIs feedback loop in collaboration with program staff and subcontractors.
  • Identify opportunities to use data to support, and be responsive to, ongoing program management and oversight data needs. 
  • Manage relationships with external data engineers and data infrastructure subcontractors.
  1. Communication and presentation of research
  • Present summary program statistics as data visualizations and dashboards to inform program management and service delivery and policy and programmatic recommendations.
  • Prepare data or background research for public-facing products including reports, fact sheets, or other publications.
  • Lead background research and literature reviews and integrate into public-facing products including reports, advocacy documents, or other publications under the supervision of senior researchers.
  1. Data collection and management
  • Conduct data collection (program service data, large relational administrative datasets, quantitative instruments, etc.) in consultation with internal senior research and programs staff and external partners.
  • Oversee data quality controls including working with data and research analysts to support their work documenting and correcting data quality issues.
  • Maintain an understanding of developments in program support, program administration, and federal policy to inform data collection quality control and to contextualize trends.
  1. Training and mentorship
  • Supervise and mentor research assistants, analysts, and/or interns on tasks as needed.
  • Training other staff members on new data management approaches being implemented.
  • Training and providing on-going technical support to internal and external database users, particularly as changes occur.
  • Participating in new database design and modifying existing databases.
  • Developing codebooks and database guides.
  1. Responding to ad hoc requests and needs of internal staff and stakeholders
  • Prepare and/or present projects for IRB review, with support and approval of a Senior Research Associate or above.
  • Draft sections of research proposals in support of senior staff for the purposes of fundraising.
  • Creatively using available data and statistics to answer programmatic and policy questions.

 

What qualifications do you need?

Required:

  • Commitment to using research and analysis to address and undo racism and inequity in the immigration legal system required; lived experience preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, including Excel and Word
  • Fluency in at least one analytical programming language (e.g. R, Python), R preferred; ability to learn R while in the role required
  • In accordance with federal contracts, Electronic Questionnaire for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) security clearance is required upon hire (for additional information:https://www.dcsa.mil/is/eqip/)

Preferred:

  • Bachelors degree + 3-5 years of relevant experience.  In lieu of a Bachelors degree, applicable work or life experience may be considered.
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field + 1-2 years of relevant experience
  • Fluency in a language other than English spoken by people impacted by immigration enforcement in the United States
  • Ability to work collaboratively using Git/GitHub

 

Applications may also be faxed to:

ATTN: Human Resources / Research and Evaluation Associate, Research, Acacia Center for Justice
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.

For more information about Vera, please visitwww.vera.org

 

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Vera Institute of Justice is hiring a Remote Director of Research and Evaluation, Acacia Center for Justice (Brooklyn/Remote)

Who we are:

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is a non-profit 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. Vera is 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.  Vera is committed to securing equal justice, ending mass incarceration, and strengthening families and communities.

 

About Acacia Center for Justice:

The Acacia Center for Justice is a new non-profit created through a collaboration between the Vera Institute of Justice (“Vera”) and the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (“CAIR”) Coalition. The CAIR Coalition is a non-profit organization in the focused on providing legal assistance to adult and child immigrants detained by the government in the Capital Region. CAIR adheres to the fundamental belief that all people – no matter their story – deserve to be free, safe, supported, and have access to a just legal system.

The objective of the Acacia Center for Justice (“Acacia”) is to expand on Vera’s work over the past twenty years in providing legal support and representation to immigrants facing deportation through the development and management of national networks of legal services providers serving immigrants across the country. Acacia’s goals are two-fold: to help non-profit service providers provide exceptional legal services to immigrants and to advocate for the expansion of these programs and the infrastructure critical to guaranteeing immigrants access to justice, fairness and freedom. Acacia will focus the collective power of both Vera and CAIR on delivering accountable, independent, zealous and person-centered legal services and representation to protect the rights of all immigrants at risk of deportation.

 

Why the Name “Acacia Center for Justice”:

The Acacia flower was chosen for two reasons. First, it is a species of plant found almost everywhere in the world. Second, the Acacia flower historically represents regeneration, perseverance, and integrity. Much of our work with immigrants and refugees builds on these principles of shared humanity and our endless pursuit for justice in the American immigration legal system.

Please note: This career opportunity will begin as a position with the Vera Institute of Justice that will transition to Acacia Center for Justice on or before the July 1, 2022.

 

Who you are:

The Director of Research and Evaluation is one of the founding positions at the Acacia Center for Justice (ACJ), created to support the mission of ensuring due process in immigration proceedings. ACJ is preparing to bid on a federal contract to administer a suite of programs that provide vital national immigrant legal defense and orientation services to adults and children facing deportation, in detention and following release. As a key part of this work, ACJ will be responsible for delivering high quality research, evaluation and performance monitoring, and data analytics. The Director of Research and Evaluation will work with other senior leaders in the organization to ensure that research, evaluation, measurement, and analytics are an integral part of program design and management, contract oversight, and policy and practice recommendations.

In the first few months of the work, the Director of Research and Evaluation will be solely responsible for research, evaluation, measurement, and analytics: managing hiring of new staff, and supervision and implementation of tasks until other staff are fully hired and onboarded. This includes overseeing the data pipeline and processes to clean, organize, and connect data from various sources; analysis of program and administrative data organized in relational databases; sophisticated quantitative approaches; performance monitoring; and all other research and evaluation activities necessary to full deliverables in federal contracts while reflecting the state of knowledge in the immigration policy and legal services field more broadly. The Director of Research and Evaluation will onboard with Vera to ensure that they are well-supported in learning the research portfolio.

While these programs and data reporting have been developed over the course of more than a decade, in both transitioning from the current contractor to ACJ and beginning a new contract, there is potential for these legal programs to undergo changes including new requirements, deliverables, and respective structural developments. The Director of Research and Evaluation is a highly involved management position, working across internal teams and in partnership with the federal government.  

The position involves hands-on research, policy fluency and close working relationship with government and non-profit partners, management of a research agenda and deliverables, including strong written and verbal communication skills, and leadership of an interdisciplinary team.

 

In this role, you will:

  1. Leadership of research
  • Develop and lead all aspects of ACJ’s research in close collaboration with the Executive Director, programmatic leadership, senior research and data science staff, and external partners to comply with multiple, competitive federal contracts;
  • Participate in annual planning, budget development, and staffing plans in partnership with the Executive Director, program directors, and budget and contract compliance staff
  1. Data management and analysis
  • Guide, support, and manage rigorous performance outcomes measurement and data analytics in support of federal contracts in partnership with senior research staff, senior data science staff, senior programs staff, and external partners
  • Oversee internal staff members and external partners in development and maintenance of data infrastructure (ETL), ensuring compliance with complex data security requirements in partnership with legal counsel, and support navigation of related IT dependencies  
  1. Application of research insights
  • Maintain an in-depth understanding of developments in program support, program administration, and federal policy in order to strategically guide research in support of the contract;
  • Serve as an internal and external spokesperson, skillfully presenting research findings and evidence-based conclusions relevant to a range of audiences including external partners, funders, and media;
  • Develop and manage integration of insights gained from performance evaluation metrics and statistical data reporting into program planning and implementation, collaborating closely with senior program staff and a nationwide network of service providers
  1. Team leadership, mentorship, and development
  • Supervise, support, and mentor a team of researchers across methodologies and levels, including senior data science and social science staff ;
  • Strategize and build opportunities for professional growth, development, and skill building;
  • Develop staffing plans and lead recruitment and hiring for the research team

 

What qualifications do you need?

Required:

  • Fluency in data management and prior experience supervising researchers across methodologies and levels
  • Demonstrated experience in a policy or applied research environment
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills, including authoring and editing research reports in written and visual formats accessible to broader audiences, and translating and presenting research findings to community-based partners, advocates, funders, and media through a variety of written and visual media
  • Expertise in applied research required
  • Advanced quantitative skills are preferred, including hands-on experience with administrative and relational datasets and both predictive and causal analyses; ability to think creatively about how to use statistical methods to address pressing policy questions
  • In accordance with federal contracts, Electronic Questionnaire for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) security clearance is required upon hire (for additional information:https://www.dcsa.mil/is/eqip/)

Preferred:

  • Advanced degree + 12-15 years of relevant experience.  In lieu of degree requirement, applicable work or life experience may be considered.
  • Experience in the fields of economics, quantitative sociology, computational social science, statistics, measurement, epidemiology, computer science, or a related field or experience working on evaluation and measurement on federal contracts
  • Experience managing work on federal program and/or contracts
  • Lived experience and/or demonstrated commitment to using research and analysis to address and undo racism and inequity in the immigration legal system.
  • Fluency in a language other than English spoken by people impacted by immigration enforcement in the United States

 

Applications may also be faxed to:

ATTN: Human Resources / Director of Research and Evaluation, Acacia Center for Justice
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.

For more information about Vera, please visitwww.vera.org

 

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Vera Institute of Justice is hiring a Remote Ending Girls' Incarceration Intern (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 law student intern will work with Vera and our partners to complete a review of court files of young people detained in Los Angeles Juvenile Halls and Camps while they were pregnant. The review will take place over the course of the spring semester, and the student will be responsible for reading and coding files while paying close attention to the ways in which experiences of racism, sexism, trauma, and violence influence confinement decisions. Once the files have been reviewed, the student will work virtually with the research team at Vera to clean up and code the data.

Students will be expected to commit up to 8 hours/week to the project. Note that students will need to be available to work on site at Probation headquarters for at least 4 hours on Thursdays in February and March.  

In this role, you will:

  1. Review Case Files
  • Take notes on court files of girls and gender-expansive youth confined while pregnant
  • Comply with IRB-related privacy and confidentiality requirements
  • Debrief with supervisor and full project team
  1. Assist with Coding and Analysis
  • Take notes on court files of girls and gender-expansive youth confined while pregnant
  • Comply with IRB-related privacy and confidentiality requirements
  • Debrief with supervisor and full project team

What qualifications do you need?

Required:

  • Current law student
  • Basic knowledge of the Los Angeles juvenile justice system, including understanding the path that a typical case takes through Probation and the Courts and the different decision-making points throughout that journey. 
  • Care deeply about advancing gender and racial justice and ending mass incarceration
  • Committed to uplifting and centering the voices and experiences of girls and gender-expansive youth of color in programing and policy decisions.
  • Background in basic research methods

List of Required Software applications:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Excel

Applications may also be faxed to:

ATTN: Human Resources / Ending Girls’ Incarceration Intern/ Ending Girls’ Incarceration

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.

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Vera Institute of Justice is hiring a Remote Associate Director of Research, Redefining Public Safety (NYC, LA, NOLA, or 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 Associate Director of Research for the Redefining Public Safety team will lead research and support development of a multi-year research agenda in support of our goals to narrow the scope of policing and strengthen investments in a robust civilian public safety ecosystem and infrastructure, in areas including violence intervention, neighborhood safety, and crisis response programs.

The Associate Director of Research is the research lead for Vera’s Redefining Public Safety team. They work in close partnership with the Director of Redefining Public Safety and other associate directors, working toward ambitious change. ADRs are heavily involved in developing and overseeing initiative strategies that draw upon the range of research expertise and capacity that exists within Vera’s multi-disciplinary, multi-method research department. Staff in this role have strategic “big-picture” perspectives as core participants in developing theories of change and program plans. They will typically oversee staff working across a range of methodologies and multiple projects or studies and should be comfortable with both hands-on research and management work, both in their own areas of methodological expertise and others. They should have experience leading and managing collaborative and participatory action research with individuals and groups directly impacted by the criminal legal system and/or other systems. ADRs should have fluency in advocacy and communications strategies and work with other staff to support evidence-based messaging and policy in support of big goals. Associate directors of research ensure Vera’s core values infuse our research, including leading efforts to ensure Vera’s race, equity and inclusion priorities are a core aspect of Vera’s research, including in methodological approaches, publications, hiring and staffing, and external and internal research communications.

The Associate Director of Research reports directly to the Director of Redefining Public Safety, with “dotted line” reporting to one of the institute’s two research directors. They will supervise a small team of researchers and manage partnerships with external researchers.

 

 

In this role, you will:

  1. Research leadership
  • Develop, manage, and oversee all aspects of Vera’s Redefining Public Safety research, in partnership with the Director of Redefining Public Safety and Vera’s research leadership
  • Support the development and implementation of Redefining Public Safety’s theory of change and measurement, evaluation, and learning metrics, including participating in mapping a longer-term research agenda in support of the team’s work
  • Support annual planning and budget development, in partnership with the Director of Redefining Public Safety
  • Develop research proposals in support of fundraising, in partnership with the Director of Redefining Public Safety
  • Develop and present IRB applications and ensure that research is conducted to the highest ethical standards, serving as Principal Investigator on research projects and working closely with Vera’s IRB and Legal Department
  • Cultivate and manage partnerships, deliberately engaging individuals and groups directly impacted by policing and the criminal legal system in shaping Vera’s research, including through collaborative and participatory action research methods

 

  1. Research design and analysis
  • Develop, manage, and oversee quantitative and qualitative research activities
  • Lead and support the use of collaborative and participatory action research with individuals and groups directly impacted by policing and the criminal legal system in both quantitative and qualitative research activities

 

  1. Write up/presentation of research
  • Author and oversee development, writing, and editing of research publications and evidence-based messaging and products in support of Redefining Public Safety’s goals and theory of change, including deploying research and evidence in support of rapid response work
  • Act as an internal and external spokesperson, presenting research findings to a range of audiences (external partners, funders, media)

 

  1. Hiring/supervision
  • Supervise all research work on Redefining Public Safety team, including external consultants and partners
  • Supervise, support, and mentor fellows, senior research associates, associates, analysts, and/or interns on the Redefining Public Safety team
  • Develop staffing plans and lead recruitment and hiring for Redefining Public Safety researchers

 

  1. Internal collaboration and support
  • Partner with advocacy and communications staff to develop coordinated strategies that leverage research, including through evidence-based messaging and materials
  • Work with the research leadership team to ensure that Redefining Public Safety researchers receive appropriate support and to help advance a broader body of work connecting the criminal legal and immigration systems in support of Vera’s reform efforts.

 

 

What qualifications do you need?

Required:

  • The ADR will be an experienced researcher, manager, mentor, and project leader with advanced research design, analytic, and project leadership skills.
  • Advanced graduate training, Ph.D., or equivalent and 6+ years of work experience, or equivalent applied experience over 8+ years; or relevant work or educational background and lived experience as a person directly impacted by the criminal legal system.  
  • The ADR will be a subject matter expert, with substantial management experience, advanced methodological skills, strong research communication skills, and experience building and leading a research team.
  • Commitment to antiracism and equity is required.
  • Experience leading and managing collaborative and participatory action research is required.
  • Advanced quantitative research skills are preferred; hands-on experience with survey methods, accessing and analyzing administrative data (especially large governmental and open data of multiple storage types), basic understanding of general statistical modeling and significance testing (such as basic predictive analyses, generalized linear modeling and Bayesian frameworks)
  • Advanced qualitative research skills are preferred; hands-on experience with qualitative data collection (interviews, focus groups, and other techniques), qualitative data coding and analysis
  • Working knowledge of behavioral science and behavioral economics (core concepts, research, and applications thereof)

Preferred:

  • Subject matter expertise in criminal legal system reform, policing reform, and/or areas related to redefining public safety (e.g. public health, community development, violence prevention and intervention, homelessness services, social work).
  • Lived experience as a person directly impacted by the criminal legal system
  • Experience partnering with advocacy and strategic communications professionals, and working with local, reform-minded government stakeholders is a plus.

List of required software applications:

  • Strong preference for experience conducting statistical analysis in R or Python and/or ability to quickly get up to speed in R based on experience working in similar statistical software packages
  • Experience or ability to quickly learn GitHub for code review preferred
  • Experience in working with dashboards or embedded embeds, through the use of software such as Tableau or Power BI or through collaboration with a development team
  • Strong preference for experience using Dedoose, NVivo, Atlas.ti or other qualitative analysis software

 

Applications may also be faxed to:

ATTN: Human Resources / Associate Director of Research, Redefining Public Safety
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.

For more information about Vera, please visitwww.vera.org

 

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