Senior Program Associate, Advancing Services for Survivors with Disabilities

Location: Washington, DC

Department: Center on Victimization and Safety

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

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. Through its Center on Victimization and Safety, Vera works to enhance services and systems for communities at elevated risk of harm who are often marginalized by mainstream services—in particular, people with disabilities, people with limited English proficiency, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals, and young men of color.

Vera seeks a Senior Program Associate to work across its projects that promote healing and justice for survivors of domestic and sexual violence who have disabilities. Through these projects, Vera raises awareness about abuse of people with disabilities; fosters partnerships between disability and victim services organizations; works individually with organizations across the country to build their capacity to effectively serve survivors with disabilities; and partners with other national organizations in the movement to end domestic and sexual violence to elevate the voices of survivors with disabilities in their work. The Senior Program Associate position will be focused on helping advocates, first responders, and other stakeholders in the anti-violence fields to address domestic and sexual violence of people with disabilities.  


Support advocates, first responders, and others working in the anti-domestic and sexual violence fields to effectively serve survivors with disabilities.

  • Triage training and technical assistance requests.
  • Respond to requests for training and technical assistance.
  • Serve as a trainer at Vera-sponsored events and workshops at other conferences in the field. 
  • Develop training curricula, webinars, and resource materials to advance efforts to address violence against people with disabilities.
  • Maintain the End Abuse website (      

Work with a cohort of Federally-funded collaborations of disability and victim services organizations to build their collective and individual capacities to effectively serve survivors with disabilities. 

  • Guide collaborations through a planning process to strengthen their partnership, identify unmet needs and gaps in services, and create strategic plan.
  • Assist collaboration team members to develop and implement model inter-agency agreements, policies, training programs, and practices for supporting survivors with disabilities. 
  • Provide guidance to collaborations through in-person site visits, phone/video consultations, product development and review, and other strategies as appropriate.
  • Work with project team to develop cross-site technical assistance and training for all collaborations including orientations for new sites, in-person trainings, and webinars. 

Develop and maintain relationships with key staff from program sites and other stakeholders in the field. 

Track key activities; collect performance measures and evaluation data; and draft required reports to funders.

Assist on other projects as assigned. 


  • An advanced degree in public policy, public administration, social work, criminal justice, or equivalent.
  • A minimum of six years relevant work experience in the anti-domestic violence, anti-sexual violence, or disability fields.
  • A demonstrated and in-depth knowledge of abuse of people with disabilities, with a strong emphasis on domestic and sexual violence.  
  • Experience providing training and technical assistance in the anti-domestic and sexual violence fields or a related field.
  • Experience with curriculum development. 
  • Excellent analytic, problem-solving, and communication skills.
  • Strong facilitation and diplomacy skills. 
  • Ability to work effectively with, or without, close supervision in a collaborative environment with a remote team.
  • Solid organizational skills and the ability to manage work on multiple projects efficiently.
  • Willingness to travel an average of two times per month.

Salary: Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.

How to apply

Please submit cover letter and resume. Online submission in PDF format is preferred.

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

ATTN: Human Resources / CVS Sr. Program Associate, Disabilities

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 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 the Center on Victimization and Safety’s work, please visit

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