Senior Research positions at Center on Immigration and Justice

Feb 11, 2020

The Center on Immigration and Justice at the Vera Institute of Justice is looking to hire up to four innovative, methodologically rigorous senior researchers to help drive the growing research agenda our interdisciplinary team is advancing. See the complete job ad here: 
 
We are looking for people who understand the demands of an applied research setting, bring personal immigration system experience and/or a demonstrated commitment to immigrant justice and race equity, have advanced training in relevant social science methods, and can fill one or more substantive and methodological needs, including:  

Senior Research Associate – Data Lab in Support of Universal Representation to support partners around the country seeking Vera’s analytical assistance with research in support of advocacy campaigns for publicly funded deportation-defense. This position requires a quantitatively-trained, broad thinker who is well-versed in and comfortable analyzing publicly-available immigration datasets and statistics (ideally but not limited to immigration court, detention, and legal representation) and writing them up for non-researchers to use in advocacy, including through data visualizations or other accessible media, as well as participating in evaluation of Vera’s various legal access programs, and working with data collected by practitioners interested in elevating the impact of their work. The person in this position will work closely with the SAFE team and across CIJ’s projects, coordinating with other senior research and program staff, supervising data and research analysts, interacting with a wide range of partners in the field, and working closely with our senior policy staff to craft compelling evidence-based messages and arguments. This includes developing original research in support of CIJ’s goals. This is a new position in response to growing demand for this work.

Senior Research Associate – Unaccompanied Children’s Program to lead mixed-methods research— which must include quantitative analyses—and a team of 4-5 researchers supporting our work to provide access to lawyers for unaccompanied children in and released from federal custody across the country. This position requires experience working with immigrant youth and/ or children involved with the juvenile system and knowledge of or ability to quickly learn the complexities of the immigration legal system as it applies to children. We are looking for an energetic, creative, and skilled social scientist who can work with a large team of program staff to manage reporting on our unaccompanied children work and develop and lead innovative research in support of our vision to ensure all immigrant children have access to justice and due process in detention and after they are reunified with family. This is a new position in response to our growing work.

Senior Research Associate – Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods to supervise and build qualitative research work across CIJ’s projects. This position requires an experienced interviewer trained in rigorous qualitative methods, able to mentor other staff and lead a portfolio of people-centered research projects that elevate the human impact of immigration policy and Vera’s legal access programs. This person must be eager to travel, fluent in Spanish, an exceptionally nimble and sensitive ethnographer, comfortable talking to and creating space for the voices of people who have experienced migration and are directly impacted by immigration enforcement, detention, and deportation, and able to write powerful stories about these impacts. This is a new position in response to the increased need for qualitative research across our projects and our desire to more deliberately partner with impacted people to elevate their voices and concerns.

Senior Research Associate – Quantitative Methods and Advanced Statistical Modeling to work in partnership with senior data science and research staff to enhance our ability to deploy key analytical and data management tools in order to carry out sophisticated quantitative analysis. Ideally, this person has substantive professional experience analyzing large datasets of 1 million observations or more using R, Python, Stata, or SAS. The person in this role will work with administrative and programmatic datasets (ideally in the immigration context), and is comfortable designing and leading both causal and predictive analysis. The ideal person for this role will be familiar with statistical methods useful in analyses of immigration processes, including survival analysis, and fluent enough in advanced statistics—and the real- world impediments to ideal research design—to creatively deploy a range of approaches to evaluation of our programs and their impacts, and more broadly to measuring the social and economic impact of U.S. immigration policies. This is a new position in response to the increased need for additional senior capacity to supervise and train data science and research staff working on quantitative projects and creatively advance our research agenda using the most sophisticated analytical approaches. 

Beyond the descriptions above, Senior Research Associates in CIJ work with the Research Director for the Center on Immigration and Justice and collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team to conduct, supervise, describe, and advance research in support of CIJ’s goals, including its efforts in support of universal representation for immigrants facing deportation. This involves both jumping into and shaping existing work as well as collaboratively conceiving and developing new research. Some SRAs in CIJ oversee research on a substantive program while others oversee research requiring specific methodologies. As such, all senior research staff work closely with each other and program directors to advance our goals and mission. Researchers are both full members of the centers and programs they work in and join a robust, interdisciplinary research department with methodological and subject matter experts from around the institute.



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