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Center Coordinator, Center on Youth Justice (CYJ) - NYC

Vera is hiring a Coordinator to join a diverse and growing team and to manage the administrative tasks of the Center of Youth Justice. This position is based at Vera’s Brooklyn Office.


Who We Are

The Center on Youth Justice works with policymakers and practitioners who want juvenile justice to be rooted in the community, more effective, and smaller in scale, touching the lives of fewer children. The center houses Vera’s work to end girls incarceration, transform the living condition for young adults in jails and prisons, and family engagement.

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, envisions a society that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for everyone. Vera is committed to securing equal justice, ending mass incarceration, and strengthening families and communities.

  • 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.


What You’ll Do

Reporting directly to the center directors, the Center Coordinator will direct daily administrative tasks.

In particular, you will:

  • Provide administrative support to center leaders and programmatic staff;
  • Create and manage systems for processing and tracking invoices and expense reporting; 
  • Track and manage grant reporting and deadlines with project teams;
  • Organize scheduling of internal and external meetings;
  • Assist with planning, preparing for, and taking notes at meetings, webinars, site visits, and conferences;
  • Copy edit program reports, proposals, presentations, and blog posts;
  • Arrange staff and consultant travel; 
  • Maintain program databases; 
  • Collaborate with operations departments across the Institute, including Facilities, Legal, Fiscal, and IT; 
  • Facilitate communication within the team and serve as a point person to others across the Institute;
  • Additional duties, as needed.


Who You Are

You have experience with the justice system—either you were yourself in the system, have a family member who is/was in the system, you worked in the system, or you worked to change the system.

You are deeply committed to the missions of racial justice and ending mass incarceration. You are knowledgeable about and fluent in discussing and advancing both racial justice and ending mass incarceration.

To be successful in this job, you will excel in five areas:

  1. Organization and attention to detail: You are detail-oriented but can see the big picture and keep track of multiple competing deadlines/priorities because of systems you developed to help you, and the team, meet deadlines. You also have requisite knowledge necessary to complete these tasks, especially Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe Professional.
  2. Exceptional problem solving and rigorous thinking: You quickly grasp the root of a problem and come up with ways to address them.
  3. Management alignment: You share our approach to management (results-oriented, practical, positive, and direct).
  4. Cultural competence and commitment to equity: We are committed to making our own organization one where people from all races and backgrounds thrive, you have experience working in and creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments. You bring real commitment to those values and a thoughtful perspective on how best to advance them.
  5. Interpersonal skills: You need to be able to engage effectively with our talented and diverse team members to generate and improve ideas and to garner buy-in to your decisions about content-related matters.



Based on experience, and including excellent benefits, Vera believes in compensating its staff members at or above market. The salary will commensurate with experience. 


How to apply

Please submit a cover letter and your resume. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.


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

ATTN: Human Resources / CYJ Center Coordinator Recruitment

Vera Institute of Justice

34 35th St, Suite 4-2A

Brooklyn, NY 11232

Fax: (212) 941-9407


Online submission in PDF format (through Vera’s careers page) is preferred.

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.


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