Manager, People and Culture

Location: New York, NY

Department: People and Culture

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

At the Vera Institute of Justice, our mission is to drive change. We are working urgently to build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities. We work with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day - from the causes and consequences of 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 works in partnership with local, state, and national government officials to create change from within.

  • 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.

The People and Culture department provides human resources services and support for all of Vera’s centers, departments, programs and projects. We have a staff of over 200 people based primarily in New York City (lower Manhattan and Brooklyn), with offices in Washington, DC, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, and a growing cadre of professionals working remotely across the country in several locales, including Washington State, Texas, Tennessee, and Ohio.


Our Manager, People and Culture supports Vera’s work in the following areas:

Working with department leadership, assesses training and development needs for teams and individuals at all stages of the employment lifecycle. 
Acts as lead People and Culture participant in all Race, Equity and Inclusion projects launched by the Institute.

Participate in coaching, counseling and advising staff.
 Provides support and direction for Institute wide talent recruitment.
Creates, organizes and manages Institute wide team building activities and events, including management of Community Intranet.

Prepare and analyze HR metrics and provide reports that support decision making in specified areas.

Supervises People and Culture Coordinator.

We are looking for candidates that share our Vera values:

  • Respect:  We listen closely, accept and offer feedback constructively, invite diverse perspectives, and treat each other and our partners with respect and compassion.
  • Independence: We ask difficult questions, entertaining unconventional answers, and reckoning with any uncomfortable truths that our research and practice may reveal.
  • Collaboration: We actively engage others—from those denied justice to those charged with its administration— because we are most effective when we work in partnership.

Commitment:  We dedicate ourselves to the highest standards in research and practice because nothing short of continual learning and improvement will help us effect the change we seek.
Our ideal candidate has experience in these areas: 

  • 5 – 7 years of human resources, talent management and training.
  • Interest in social justice and knowledge of criminal justice, including knowledge gained as an individual directly impacted by the criminal justice system.
  • Lead experience with Race, Equity and Inclusion initiatives
  • Positive outlook, strong interpersonal skills, and experience in establishing and cultivating strong relationships with colleagues and organizational partners.
  • Ability to take initiative, set priorities, and to work independently and as a team player.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects at once.


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.


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