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Cloud Data Architect

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Vera Institute of Justice | Industry City, Brooklyn, NY

Vera Institute of Justice

Published 4 days ago

Who we are 

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society examine justice policy and practice and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. We're passionate. We're dynamic. We're innovative. In a nutshell, we drive meaningful change. What this means is that: 

  • We study problems that impede human dignity and justice. 
  • We pilot solutions that are at once transformative and achievable. 
  • We engage diverse communities in informed debate. 
  • We harness the power of evidence to drive effective policy and practice. 


We work with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day—from mass incarceration, 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 has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace—specifically, we value diverse experiences with regard to educational background and justice system contact. We hire employees that reflect our values: respect, independence, collaboration, and commitment. 


The Role 

The Information Technology Department ensures the stability and integrity of the institute's in-house network infrastructure and services. Reporting to the Director of Technology Advancement and Operations and working closely with NY-based IT staff, the Cloud Architect’s responsibilities include the following 

  • Collaborate with stakeholders (research team, IT & PMO team, etc.) to develop the logical and physical design of IT infrastructure (hybrid and cloud based) to support a diverse ecosystem of research applications.   
  • Works with IT team to review compliance of data security for research applications, network and cloud infrastructure, and data storage.    
  • Makes recommendations for existing research data models and applications that may include designing and deploying solutions for efficiency and migration.   
  • Participates in vendor selection for the deployment of data solutions as needed.    
  • Partner with Research and IT team to collect and manage diverse codeset on Gitbhub.   
  • As a subject matter expert provides leadership and technical counseling to IT staff and research users as necessary.   
  • Perform other duties as assigned.   


What qualifications do you need 

  • 8 years or more of previous experience designing and deploying cloud solutions.    
  • Previous work with research and/or data science teams a major plus.   
  • Familiar with major cloud platforms (AWS preferred)   
  • Familiar with database administration (Microsoft SQL preferred)  
  • Demonstrated ability to architect secure cloud deployments through best practice use of secure networks, encryption (as needed), user management, and security policy.    
  • Familiar with a portion of our current technology stack (Windows Server, Active Directory, R, Python, & Linux)  
  • Strong organizational, collaboration, and analytical skills required.    
  • Bachelors Degree (or higher) in Computer Science and/or programming experience is highly desirable.   

Although some preferred qualifications are outlined here, we also value a wide range of experiences and need a diverse staff to do this work effectively. Thus, we will take into account that various life experiences, different educational backgrounds, and previous contact with the justice system may shape an applicant’s ability to perform this job well. Specifically, individuals who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system, or who are from impacted communities, are strongly encouraged to apply. 


The Nitty - Gritty 

  • The location for this position is Brooklyn, NY. 
  • Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. 


When you join our team 

  • You can expect to work with a team of amazing people who have tenacity, are creative, scrappy, and are committed to getting the work done. Why? Because our work is urgent, impactful, and more important than ever. 
  • You will have a gym membership you can't turn down, great benefits, and work-life balance. Driving meaningful change is hard work. But we also know that you have a life, places to go, and people to see. 


How to apply 

Please submit cover letter and resume. Online submission in PDF format is preferred. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled. 


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

ATTN: People and Culture/ Cloud Data Architect 

Vera Institute of Justice 

34 35th street, 4-2A 

Brooklyn, NY 11232 


Please use only one method (online or mail) 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 

Who we are 

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and…

Details at a glance

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  • Full Time Schedule


Race, Equity, and Inclusion

We are taking the steps necessary to become an antiracist institution. This means we are committed to dismantling racism both within our institution and the wider community and to transforming our professional relationships and activities to align with this vision. Through our Racial Equity and Inclusion Initiative, we offer trainings to build organizational capacity and create formal and informal channels for discussion. We have created a Racial Equity Action Plan that spells out some of our key goals and commitments.

Professional Development

As part of our commitment to staff, Vera is proud to offer unique opportunities for professional development.

Learning/Sharing Incentives: Vera supports staff learning and sharing in many forms, including:

  • Publication incentive awards. To recognize the amount of work and time that goes into writing mission- or strategy-connected articles, self-published multimedia projects, and conference-related publications, Vera rewards staff with $1,000.
  • Conference support. To aid both idea and professional development, Vera pays for staff to attend relevant conferences, including registration fees and travel. The only requirement attached to this support is that the Veran report back what they learn to interested colleagues.
  • Peer-to-peer capacity building. This fund supports time and travel for staff to learn from each other, fostering a culture of constant personal and interpersonal development. For example, the fund might help a staff member observe a peer facilitate a meeting with people who work at a prison or immigrant detention center, meet with a coworker to learn how they successfully broadcasted Vera events, or assist another team with hands-on data collection.

Idea Pipeline investments: Any Veran may apply for more significant internal funding to pilot a project that has the potential to become an important new area of work for Vera. The idea pipeline is part of our journey to be more equitable internally by providing a broader range of staff with a path to design new work that will impact the justice field.


Vera encourages opportunities during and after work to strengthen bonds and create meaningful relationships. We host a monthly staff breakfast, sponsor coffee meet-ups, organize brown bag learning opportunities and, twice a year, we convene all staff for a series of workshops and fun.

Race, Equity, and Inclusion

We are taking the steps necessary to become an antiracist institution. This means we are committed to dismantling racism both within our institution…


Industry City, Brooklyn, NY

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