- Data & Policy Manager, USA

Data & Policy Manager
Vera Institute of Justice

The Guardianship Project (TGP), a Vera Institute of Justice demonstration project is working on building systems that will allow us to leverage data to inform policy and advocacy work. Working alongside an audacious and creative team, your contribution will be used to positively impact a culturally diverse and primarily indigent population residing throughout New York City.

The Vera Institute

Founded in 1961, The Vera Institute 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 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.

Who we are

TGP provides model guardianship services to older adults and people with disabilities who have been adjudicated as incapacitated by a court and lack family or friends able or willing to care for them.

The project employs a team of professionals, including lawyers, social workers, and property and financial managers, who collaborate to provide effective services and advocacy to ensure clients’ well-being, safety, and the greatest degree of independence possible, within the least restrictive environment. Guardianship practice generally covers a wide range of issues, including but not limited to foreclosures, public benefits, landlord/tenant law, real estate management and transactions, estate planning, medical decision-making, financial exploitation, elder abuse, and crisis management. Project staff routinely addresses challenging and emotionally charged issues, such as end-of-life decision-making and protecting clients from physical and financial neglect and abuse.

What you’ll be working on

Reporting to and working with the Director of Legal Services, you will manage projects to (a) develop a clear sense of TGP’s data needs, (b) develop a consistent system for keeping data, (c) oversee the cleanup of existing data, and (d) analyze internal and external data to inform TGP’s policy and advocacy work.  Data management, data analysis, and software development will be the primary focus. You will have the opportunity to:

    Direct the upgrade of TGP’s existing data management system (Estate Management Software (EMS) by SEM Applications, Inc.), including integrating data across multiple platforms (i.e., from Excel spreadsheets to EMS) and overseeing any consultants needed for the project;
    Guide TGP on the types of data points needed for collection in order to evaluate and improve TGP’s service model and NYS’s guardianship system;
    Identify and analyze trends in data;
    Assist colleagues in all aspects of data extraction, analysis and reporting;
    Evaluate data and prepare written reports;
    Create a performance dashboard which is updated monthly;
    Oversee data entry and quality assurance;
    Participate in team, department, and partner meetings;
    Influence staff development and training programs;
    Inform TGP’s policy platform; and
    Complete other relevant assignments required by the Director of Legal Services or Executive Director.

About you

You have a broad interest in and knowledge of public health, social sciences, social work, and/or public policy. You have a Master’s degree and at least 2 years of work experience, or other relevant work/education experience.

You love data and data management systems.

You have the ability to show initiative, flexibility, and willingness to work on a variety of tasks and adapt to changing priorities.

You are able to sort, filter, and manipulate data and use your sound judgement and excellent problem-solving ability and analytical skills, including ability to reconcile complex and conflicting reports.

In addition you have:

    Outstanding written and oral communication skills;
    Strong multi-tasking skills, attention to detail and ability to perform well under pressure;
    The ability to work well with others and motivate colleagues to input and maintain excellent data; and
    Interest in social justice for underserved populations required, demonstrated interest and experience working with older adults and people with disabilities is a plus.
    Experience with SQL or Access is a plus


$55-$65k commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.  Please indicate your salary requirement in your cover letter.

How to apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter including salary requirements. Only candidates with the above credentials will be considered. Online submission in PDF format is preferred.

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

ATTN: Human Resources / TGP Data and Policy Manager

Vera Institute of Justice

233 Broadway, 12th Floor

New York, NY 10279

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 and TGP’s work, please visit www.vera.org.

Job posted on 8th January 2019
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