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Editorial Assistant, Communications - NYC

At the Vera Institute of Justice, our vision is of a society that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for all. At a propitious moment for justice reform, we are standing up and driving change on a variety of fronts—ending cash bail, ending mass incarceration, vastly improving life behind bars, ensuring that immigrants get due process, and centering all this work in racial equity. Convincing people to change the way they think and act in order to serve justice is in our DNA. We have a robust and growing communications team, advocating for our vision with our stakeholder and public audiences. Are you interested in helping a super dedicated and productive team use best-in-class communications strategies and tactics to drive change in the justice system?

If so, read on.

Over the past five years—with 2.2 million people behind bars—we’ve reached a tipping point, and justice reform has become mainstream. It’s on the front pages, it’s bipartisan, it’s got new funders, it’s attracting cultural attention. Vera has been on the cutting edge of this change. Long known for our research and technical assistance, communications has more recently become one of the core pillars of how we do our work. Accordingly, we have more than tripled our communications team and devoted unrestricted dollars to our work over five years. Importantly, we embed communications in our program and project work from the start. Our efforts have paid off—with an award-winning rebranding and website overhaul, significant media attention, dramatic growth in social media followers, and new partnerships.

We need to leverage the increased attention to justice and to Vera’s work in particular by deploying communications strategies to elevate our issues and our brand. We are seeking an Editorial Assistant to join a growing and diverse team of strategic content, messaging, digital, and media experts.

What You’ll Do

Reporting directly to the Editorial Strategy Director and working closely with the editorial team on a daily basis, the Editorial Assistant will handle the administrative work of the fast-paced editorial team and work collaboratively to support and strengthen the communications efforts at Vera. The Editorial Assistant will gain experience with editorial processes and be responsible for assuming a variety of administrative, editorial, and web-related tasks.

The Editorial Assistant’s responsibilities include:

  • Helping to manage the editorial team’s projects using Basecamp and Smartsheets, as well as the intake of editorial requests
  • Copyediting and proofreading reports, fact sheets, blog posts, and other materials using Adobe Acrobat DC marking tools, the Chicago Manual of Style, and Vera’s in-house style guide
  • Writing web abstracts and landing pages for publications
  • Performing fact checking for op-eds, blog posts, and other publications
  • Conducting image research and licensing
  • Drafting and uploading consultant contracts for review by Vera’s legal team
  • Handling invoices and facilitating payments for editorial consultants and guest writers
  • Reviewing and responding to emails and phone inquiries
  • Coordinating team logistics—scheduling meetings, organizing agendas, and making travel arrangements

What We Need in You

Passion. A deep knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to criminal justice issues or a background with a similar mission-driven organization.

Time management and attention to detail. Excellent organizational skills, and the ability to manage work on multiple projects efficiently in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. The Editorial Assistant needs to work effectively both with and without close supervision.

Expertise. Excellent writing, grammar, proofreading, communication, and interpersonal skills. Proficiency in the Chicago Manual of Style.

A collaborative attitude. We thrive when we learn and build on each other’s ideas. We’re open to giving and receiving feedback and see it as an opportunity to learn and grow on our team and across the institute.

A deep commitment to racial equity. In a system built on racism and inequity, we are working to ensure equity both in our workplace and in the world. You incorporate this value and share it with others.

Additional Qualifications

At least one year of relevant editorial and administrative experience, including internships or volunteer experience.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat DC, and Smartsheets and familiarity with content management platforms, as well as adeptness at learning new programs and platforms.

A demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, or a related field.

Demonstrated proofreading and copyediting experience.

Who We Are

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 and racial disparities in the criminal legal and immigration systems 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 who reflect our values: respect, independence, collaboration, and commitment. If you want to learn more about life at vera click here

When You Join Our Team

You can expect to work with a team of amazing, tenacious people who are creative, scrappy, and committed to getting the work done. Why? Because our work is more important than ever.

You will have 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 cover letter, resume, and writing sample combined into a single document. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Online submission in PDF format is preferred. 

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

ATTN: Human Resources / Editorial Assistant Recruitment

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 please visit www.vera.org

 

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