The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on improving the systems of democracy and justice. A singular institution – part think-tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group – the Brennan Center combines research, scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector.
The Brennan Center’s Justice Program seeks to secure our nation’s promise of “equal justice for all” by tackling racial disparities and economic injustice, promoting a dignity-centered approach to crime and punishment, and creating a rational, effective, and fair justice system. Its priority focus is to reform the criminal legal system to unwind, and alleviate the harms of, mass incarceration. The program melds law, policy, and economics to produce new empirical analyses and innovative policy solutions to advance this critical goal.
Position: The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law focuses on data-driven and interdisciplinary research to inform its legal and policy recommendations to reform our criminal legal system. The Brennan Center is seeking a Researcher to work in the Justice Program. The researcher will be a thought partner that works alongside Justice Program attorneys on the Brennan Center’s public advocacy and research initiatives. The researcher is expected to serve as the principal investigator on upcoming quantitative and qualitative research projects aimed at better understanding the operation and impact of the criminal legal system—including an upcoming project on misdemeanor adjudication. Such research is intended to stimulate innovative policy and practice solutions to reduce the footprint of mass incarceration. The researcher will provide the theory and statistical analyses as part of this process and will be expected to write and execute data-driven reports, in collaboration with attorneys, Communications staff, and the leadership of the organization.
In addition to the above, the Researcher will both execute research projects that the Director and Managing Director of the Justice Program propose in addition to developing original research ideas and managing multiple, complex research projects to completion. The researcher will utilize sophisticated modeling and research design to execute program initiatives. This position will be based in New York City and will report to the Managing Director, Justice Program.
Responsibilities will include:
Salary: Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.
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