Program Associate, CSC

Location: New York, NY

Department: Center on Sentencing and Corrections

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. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans, and its projects and reform initiatives, typically conducted in partnership with local, state, or national officials, are located across the United States and around the world. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.

For the last 40 years, increasingly punitive sentences and an overreliance on incarceration have characterized American criminal justice policy. The Center on Sentencing and Corrections (CSC) at the Vera Institute of Justice helps policymakers and government partners make more just and effective decisions about public safety and the allocation of costly correctional resources.  CSC has a staff of 24, members of which are located in all four of Vera’s offices. CSC currently has nearly a dozen active projects spanning sentencing and correctional practice reform, including projects focused on higher education for incarcerated people, segregation reduction, pretrial reform, reductions in prison and jail populations, expanding access to public housing for people with conviction histories, justice reinvestment, and comparative prison practices.

CSC seeks a Program Associate to support its work. The Program Associate would work on two of CSC’s projects: Expanding Access to Postsecondary Education in Prison, and Open Doors to Public Housing, a national initiative to address policy barriers to public housing for people with conviction histories. You can read details about these projects on Vera’s website: https://www.vera.org/our-work/ending-mass-incarceration/providing-second-chances

 

Responsibilities

  • Providing assistance to our partners in the field, including corrections agencies, public housing authorities, and colleges and universities, both on-site and from the office;
  • Conducting system analysis and implementation assistance;
  • Facilitating meetings with stakeholders;
  • Managing projects and project teams;
  • Managing and developing grant proposals and assist with project development; and
  • Planning, researching and writing reports, memoranda, and briefs.

 

Qualifications

  • A law degree or graduate degree in political science, criminal justice, public policy, or other related field with several years of work experience; professional experience with no graduate degree will also be considered;
  • Demonstrated interest in and/or knowledge of policy development, government, criminal justice and social justice for underserved populations;
  • Strong research and writing skills;
  • Excellent strategic, problem-solving, and analytic skills;
  • Knowledge of policy change processes is a plus;
  • Ability to work under time pressure and other stresses that make collegiality of critical importance;
  • Ability to manage work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently;
  • Experience managing projects, committees, or work groups;
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills;
  • Ability to work with people of diverse experiences and backgrounds;
  • Willingness and ability to work independently as well as with a team; and
  • Willingness and ability to travel outside of New York.

 

Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.

 

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. Online submission in PDF format is preferred.

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

ATTN: Human Resources / Program Associate, CSC

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 the Center on Sentencing and Correction’s work, please visit www.vera.org.

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