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IT Business Analyst

Who we are
The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, 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’re passionate. We’re dynamic. We’re innovative. In a nutshell, we drive meaningful change. What this means is that:
  • 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.
We work with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day—from mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement to the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace—specifically, we value diverse experiences with regard to educational background and justice system contact. We hire employees that reflect our values: respect, independence, collaboration, and commitment.
The Role
The Information Technology Department ensures the stability and integrity of the institute’s in-house network infrastructure and services. Reporting to the Director, Tech Advancement and Operations and working closely with NY-based IT staff, the IT Business Analyst’s responsibilities include the following:
  • Work with organizational partner to elicit requirements that capture organization needs.
  • Clearly articulate and document business requirements.
  • Provide project management and change management for projects including the creation of work plans, backlogs, communication and change management plans, running project meetings, creating status reports, and tracking risks, issues, and action items.
  • Act as a Product Manager or Product Owner for Agile IT projects.
  • Manages ongoing relationship with business partners to improve satisfaction with IT delivery.
  • Coordinates project delivery by participating in design reviews and walk-throughs to communicate systems designs and validate proposed solutions.
  • Works with vendors to define statements of work, manages relationships, and monitors vendor deliverables to ensure quality and a positive business outcome.
  • Understands and recognizes obstacles to achieving business results and ensures that the appropriate mitigating actions are being taken to resolve any impediments.
  • Analyze practices and processes with business owners to ensure effective use of Information Technology services and new solutions.
  • Participate in the discussion and decisions regarding project methodology, processes and technology solutions.
  • Create training materials and lead training delivery.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
What qualifications do you need?
  • An associate degree or equivalent experience in a related field.
  • Broad IT domain experience in two or more of the following areas IT areas: Applications Development, Architecture, Project Management, or Quality Assurance.
  • Previous Agile framework experience acting as a Product Owner providing coaching to business staff for story development.
  • Knowledge of the SharePoint application, its capabilities, and experience updating sites.
  • Knowledge of project management principles and methodology.
  • Professional and effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Able to effectively converse with, listen to, and collaborate with all levels of users to understand their environment and the impact of system changes.
  • Self-starter with initiative who can manage multiple tasks and adapt and respond quickly to opportunities for increased and more effective services.
  • Able to apply principles, practices, and procedures and complete moderately complex assignments with knowledge of Business Systems Analysis.
  • Understanding of policy and the application of policies to Information Technology activities.
The Nitty - Gritty
  • The location for this position is Brooklyn, NY.
  • Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
When you join our team
  • You can expect to work with a team of amazing people who have tenacity, are creative, scrappy, and are committed to getting the work done. Why? Because our work is urgent, impactful, and more important than ever.
  • You will have a gym membership you can’t turn down, great benefits, and work-life balance. Driving meaningful change is hard work. But we also know that you have a life, places to go, and people to see.
How to apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter. Online submission in PDF format is preferred.
However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to
ATTN: Human Resources / IT Project Manager
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 or current employment 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 our work, please visit