Senior Research and Data Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits package.



Application Deadline



520 8th Avenue
New York
New York
United States


The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system by performing original research and helping launch reforms around the world. The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to reduce the use of jail and prison, assist victims of crime, and strengthen communities. Nationally and internationally, the Center performs original research and provides consulting services to justice innovators. The Center is known for its commitment to objective social science and to research projects with the potential to inform policy and practice.

The Center seeks a Senior Research and Data Associate, who would focus on research and strategy initiatives designed to reduce mass incarceration in New York City. The position would be jointly assigned to the Center’s Data Analytics and Applied Research team and its Jail Reform team. Accordingly, the position requires a blend of quantitative research skills and an aptitude for participating in thoughtful policy planning whose purpose is to improve the quality of justice in ways that are both feasible and data-driven. The everyday work would include performing basic quantitative analyses of NYC criminal justice data; participating and documenting decisions made in strategy discussions related to pretrial decision-making (e.g., alternatives to money bail and pretrial detention); evaluating an initiative in the Brooklyn Supreme Court to reduce case delays that now leave many defendants languishing in jail for extended periods; and providing research-based technical assistance as part of a nationwide initiative to reduce the overuse of jail.

The successful candidate must bring a real interest both in both research and policy and must have a strong preexisting skillset in using SPSS software (or a comparable statistical package).

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Responsible for conducting and professionally presenting the results of quantitative research and evaluation work; downloading, coding, cleaning, and analyzing data from large databases; helping to distill essential policy-relevant findings that emerge from data work; and participating in a range of discussions and planning activities designed to thoughtfully reduce mass incarceration in NYC.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a Master’s Degree plus a bare minimum of several years of post-graduate research experience, preferably as a criminal justice researcher. The candidate must also be a skilled communicator able to interact with members of the judiciary, court staff, community-based organizations, and other criminal justice experts. Research-specific qualifications must include demonstrated skill and aptitude in performing and professionally presenting the results of quantitative analyses—and must include the capacity to write and save well-organized code in SPSS or a comparable statistical package. The successful candidate must also be organized, disciplined, detail-oriented, and intellectually curious.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

How to apply: Send resume, cover letter and salary requirements with Data Analytics & Jail Reform in the subject line to:

If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:


Center for Court Innovation

520 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY 10018


(212) 397-0985


The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other category protected by law. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities as well as individuals with prior contact with the criminal justice system.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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The Center for Court Innovation is a project of the Fund for the City of New York.