Senior Research Associate, Center on Immigration and Justice

Location: New York, NY

Department: Center on Immigration and Justice

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Senior Manager/Supervisor

The Vera Institute of Justice uses research and evidence to build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities. We work with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day—from mass deportations, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement to the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence.

Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice (CIJ) works with government, nonprofit organizations, and communities to improve government systems that affect immigrants and their families.  Over the last decade, CIJ has developed legal information and services programs and conducted applied research across the U.S., including independent research and evaluation studies with funding from government and scientific agencies and private foundations. For example, recent CIJ studies include a federally funded initiative that explores experiences of bias crime victimization amongst marginalized communities, the evaluation of an innovative program that provides legal representation to immigrants facing deportation in New York City, and research on a new initiative to expand representation to cities nationwide. CIJ researchers also support the centers programmatic efforts and perform regular data analysis of administrative data from the federal government to monitor and report on the performance of Vera’s immigration programs.

CIJ seeks an experienced social science researcher with a passion for justice, experience designing and conducting research, and managerial experience to lead its immigration and justice research. Working closely with Vera’s leadership team, the Research Director will help shape Vera’s research on issues at the intersection of immigration and the justice system.

 

Responsibilities

Reporting directly to the CIJ Research Director, the Senior Research Associate will help manage ongoing research studies that employ diverse research methods, mentor and train junior staff in quantitative methods, and help lead the development of the CIJ research program. The Senior Research Associate will:

  • Be responsible for advancing existing projects at the intersection of immigration and criminal justice and identifying, developing and implementing ideas for new research.
  • Support CIJ research staff in managing and analyzing information from program and federal administrative datasets.
  • Oversee and work collaboratively with staff on CIJ program data management, analysis and reporting, as well as supervise quantitative data collection and analysis and reporting for rigorous evaluations of innovative federal, state and local programs.
  • Train and mentor CIJ researchers, and manage multiple research projects.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations and reports to funders, and write competitive grant proposals, research briefs and peer-reviewed publications.  

 

Qualifications

  • A postgraduate degree in sociology, criminal justice, economics, political science, public policy, or a related discipline. Ph.D. preferred.
  • Experience designing and conducting social science research in academic, government or applied settings.
  • Experience working with large datasets and advanced knowledge of SQL or other programming languages required.
  • Advanced skills in quantitative research methods and experience performing multivariate data analysis. Candidates with experience using innovative or highly sophisticated methods such as predictive models are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills for research and non-research audiences, and ability to communicate complex scientific findings to government and community partners.
  • A track record of published research.
  • Experience with human subjects research ethics requirements and Institutional Review Boards.
  • Spanish language proficiency is highly desirable.

Please note that this position requires government security clearance. That clearance is restricted to U.S. citizens and citizens of countries that are party to collective defense agreements with the US. The list of those countries is here: http://www.state.gov/s/l/treaty/collectivedefense/index.htm. An additional clearance requirement is residence in the U.S. for at least three of the last five years before being hired.

 

Salary

$80K to $105K, depending on experience and qualifications, plus excellent benefits

 

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter and a comprehensive CV. Online submission in PDF format is preferred.

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

ATTN: Human Resources / CIJ Senior Research Associate Recruitment

Vera Institute of Justice

233 Broadway, 12th Floor

New York, NY 10279

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 and CIJ’s work, please visit www.vera.org.

 

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