Research Analyst, Ending Girls Incarceration

Vera Institute of Justice | New York, NY

About the job

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 research analyst has both task ownership and some task management. The focus of the analyst’s work will be contributing to projects using a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methods. They report to the research associate, senior research associate, or associate director of research. The research analyst is a supporting role requiring emerging methodological and project management skills. In this role, researchers develop their skills while working independently, with support, mentorship and supervision from more experienced researchers and program staff.

In this role, you will:

  • Data collection, management, and analysis
  • Clean, code, and manage data (quantitative or qualitative) and codebooks, instruments, or other research materials
  • Support data collection under the supervision of senior research staff
  • Support quantitative or qualitative analysis of data and/or write up of methods and results
  • Write up/presentation of research
  • Conduct background research and compile materials, including literature reviews
  • Prepare and format reports and other products
  • Prepare qualitative or quantitative data, statistics, background research, or infographics for reports and other products
  • Fundraising/ proposal development
  • Play a supporting role in research development and proposal writing
  • Carry out special projects in support of a program or initiative’s research agenda under the supervision of senior research staff
  • collaborates with team members to advance project or initiative goals, by
  • actively engage in team meetings and program activities, and
  • support 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

What qualifications do you need?


  • BA or equivalent
  • 1+ years of work experience
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google productivity suites (e.g., Word, Excel, Sheets)
  • Elementary numeracy and quantitative reasoning
  • Proficiency in writing in English
  • Basic understanding of social policy with a race and gender lens
  • Commitment to race equity


  • Experience in a position or equivalent service that requires gathering information, writing and presenting
  • Demonstrated interest in research
  • Relevant lived experience
  • Some experience using research methods in academic or applied settings
  • Some proficiency with Qualtrics, Forms or other software commonly used for data collection
  • Some proficiency with SPSS, R, Stata or other software commonly used in quantitative analysis
  • Some proficiency with Dedoose, MaxQDA, Nvivo, Delve, or other software commonly used in qualitative or mixed methods analysis

List of required software applications:

  • Will vary depending on methodology and initiative

Applications may also be faxed to:

ATTN: Human Resources / Research Analyst, Research/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.