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Associate Director of Research (NOLA)

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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 Associate Director of Research is a new position Vera has created to support its large-scale initiatives, allowing us to better work to achieve change at scale.  This is a senior-level position for experienced researchers with extensive technical expertise, substantive knowledge, management experience, and understanding of what it takes to lead research in applied policy settings. 

 The associate director of research for New Orleans is the research lead on Vera’s Louisiana-based work. They work as part of the New Orleans leadership team, in close partnership with other associate directors, working toward ambitious change. ADRs are heavily involved in developing and overseeing initiative strategies that draw upon the range of research expertise and capacity that exists within Vera’s multi-disciplinary, multi-method research department. Staff in this role have strategic “big-picture” perspectives as core participants in developing theories of change and program plans. They will typically oversee staff working across a range of methodologies and multiple projects or studies and should be comfortable with both hands-on research and management work, both in their own areas of methodological expertise and others. ADRs should have fluency in advocacy and communications strategies and work with other staff to support evidence-based messaging and policy in support of big goals. Associate directors of research ensure Vera’s core values infuse our research, including leading 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.  

The Associate Director of Research reports directly to the initiative or program director with a “dotted line” to the research director. They will supervise a team of 1-4 New Orleans based researchers and manage partnerships with external researchers.

In this role, you will:

Research leadership:

  • Develop, manage, and oversee all aspects of Vera’s Louisiana research, coordinating with NOLA director and Vera’s research director, and participating directly in research activities 
  • Represent research on NOLA leadership team 
  • Work with other members of NOLA leadership team to develop strategies that incorporate research, participating in theory of change planning, MEL, and other activities related to Vera’s new “impact pipeline” 
  • Work with other initiative leadership in support of annual planning and budget development, staffing plans, and fundraising 
  • Serve as a member of the Vera Research Leadership Team 
  • Supervise, support and mentor researchers on the Louisiana team 
  • Partner with New Orleans director and Vera research director to develop staffing plans and lead recruitment and hiring  
  • Cultivate and manage partnerships, deliberately engaging people impacted by the criminal legal system in shaping Vera’s Louisiana-based research, including through participatory methods.

Write up/presentation of research:

  • Author and oversee development, writing, and editing of research publications and evidence-based messaging and products in support of project or initiative goals, including deploying research and evidence in support of rapid response work  
  • Act as an internal and external spokesperson/ representative of the work to a range of audiences

Fundraising/proposal development:

  • Develop research proposals in support of fundraising in partnership with senior leadership

Institutional Review Board:

  • Develop and present IRB applications and ensure that research is conducted to the highest ethical standards, serving as Principal Investigator on research projects and working closely with Vera’s IRB and Legal Department 
  • Mentor early career researchers in human subjects /IRB protocols 
  • Ensure research data are stored and managed in compliance with IRB protocols  


  • Hire and recruit fellows, senior research associates, associates, or analysts, and supervise all research work on an initiative or project team, including external consultants and partners 
  • Provide training, mentoring, and technical assistance to researchers 

Internal collaboration and support:

  • Partner with advocacy and communications staff to develop coordinated strategies that leverage research, including through evidence-based messaging and materials 
  • Work with the research leadership team to ensure that researchers across the organization receive appropriate support, including centering race equity and a critical racial justice lens in New Orleans research and publications, and helping to advance a broader body of work connecting the criminal legal and immigration systems in support of Vera’s reform efforts.  

What qualifications do you need?


  • 6+ years of work experience or equivalent applied experience over 8+ year conducting and leading mixed-methods social science research 
  • Advanced training in social science research, especially through a graduate degree program, or expertise and experience equivalent to advanced methodological training  
  • Advanced research design, analytic, and project leadership skills; ability to train and mentor 
  • Commitment to leading from a race equity perspective is required 
  • Management experience, including building and leading an interdisciplinary research team 
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills, including authoring and editing research reports in written and visual formats accessible to varied audiences, and translating and presenting research findings to community-based partners, advocates, funders, and media through a variety of written and visual media 
  • The ADR will be a subject matter expert, with substantial management experience, advanced methodological skills, strong research communication skills, and experience building and leading a research team.  
  • Ability to lead a mixed methods team, and experience doing applied policy research, including analyzing administrative datasets and working with community partners to center their perspectives in both quantitative and qualitative work. 
  • Advanced quantitative skills are preferred, including hands-on experience with administrative datasets and both predictive and causal analyses; ability to think creatively about how to use statistical methods to address pressing policy questions.  
  • Expertise in criminal legal system research: This includes research relevant to building/ studying/ advancing decarceration and its role in criminal legal system reform efforts, and publicly available criminal legal system datasets and statistics -- especially on jails, policing, and prosecution.


  • Experience conducting community-based research, research with people who have
  • Experience conducting community-based research, research with people who are system impacted, and/or research with people who have been detained or incarcerated.”
  • Experience partnering with advocacy and strategic communications professionals, and working with local, reform-minded government stakeholders is a plus. 

List of Required Software applications:

  • Strong preference for experience conducting statistical analysis in R and SQL and/or ability to quickly get up to speed in R and SQL based on experience working in similar statistical software packages 
  • Experience or ability to quickly learn GitHub for code review preferred  
  • Familiarity with qualitative software preferred 

Applications may also be faxed to:

ATTN: Human Resources / Associate Director of Research, NOLA

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 www.vera.org

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…

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34 35th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232, United States

Cómo aplicar

Please apply through our career page: https://www.vera.org/careers#currentopenings

Please apply through our career page: https://www.vera.org/careers#currentopenings

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