Data Analyst – CIJ (NYC)

Vera Institute of Justice

Who We Are

The Vera Institute of Justice is powered by hundreds of advocates, researchers, and activists working to transform the criminal legal and immigration systems until they’re fair for all. Founded in 1961 to advocate for alternatives to money bail in New York City, Vera is now a national organization that partners with impacted communities and government leaders for change. We develop just, antiracist solutions so that money doesn’t determine freedom; fewer people are in jails, prisons, and immigration detention; and everyone is treated with dignity. Vera’s headquarters is in Brooklyn, New York, with offices in Washington, DC, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. Learn more about life at Vera; click here.

What You’ll Do

The Data Analyst will support the Center on Immigration & Justice’s (CIJ) programmatic efforts through regular monitoring and reporting of federal government and subcontractor data. CIJ manages several proprietary databases and uses SQL, R, and Python to manage data and create analyses. The Data Analyst will work in close collaboration with other Vera staff on ongoing database management, monitoring, reporting, and analysis projects based on this data.

The Data Analyst’s responsibilities includes but are not limited to:

  • Data preparation & database management
    • Supporting research staff by preparing large datasets for analysis, including merging, cleaning, and recoding data
  • Analysis & Reporting
    • Providing insights into program performance through summary statistics and performance indicator
    • Producing timely reports on Vera projects for team members and stakeholders
    • Improving recurring reporting processes by optimizing code and producing subsequent documentation
    • Building and maintaining interactive dashboards
  • Quality assurance & documentation
    • Developing codebooks and delivering user trainings through webinars and database guides
    • Documenting and correcting data quality issues
    • Support program staff and subcontractors in database troubleshooting & issue resolution
  • Additional Program Support
    • Working with supervisors to prioritize program needs

What Qualifications You Will Need

The Data Analyst candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • 1-2 years of professional or internship experience working with large datasets and preparing data for analysis
  • Comfortable querying for data analysis with SQL
  • A solid foundation in R, Python, or another programming language used to manipulate data
  • An enthusiasm for both the technical parts of working with data and communicating findings to colleagues who are not “data people”
  • Exceptional attention to detail, strong problem-solving ability and logical reasoning skills, and the ability to detect anomalies in data
  • Ability to work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently
  • Experience in Git/Github is a plus
  • May require low-level government security clearance in the future to handle specific secure data. However, this is not a current requirement for hiring.

Other Important Information: 

  • This is a full-time position located at Vera’s Brooklyn, New York office
  • Salary is competitive plus excellent benefits

How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Online submission in PDF format (through Vera’s career page) is preferred. No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

ATTN: Human Resources / Data Analyst

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 visit

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