Multimedia Strategist, CYJ

Location: new york, NY

Department: Center on Youth and Justice

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

Action Areas

   Bringing Dignity to Life Behind Bars

   Supporting Kids and Young Adults


Please note that our Manhattan office will be relocating to Industry City in Brooklyn, NY next year.

Vera’s Center on Youth Justice (CYJ) seeks a passionate and motivated multimedia strategist to work on our Restoring Promise Initiative. 

The Restoring Promise initiative partners with corrections agencies across the country to transform living and working conditions in adult jails and prisons for incarcerated young adults ages 18 - 25. Taking lessons from Germany, where corrections is grounded in a commitment to human dignity, Restoring Promise replaces the current, punishment-based model with one that prioritizes accountability, truth, healing, and hope. Our current sites include Connecticut, Massachusetts, and South Carolina.

The initiative is guided by two core values rooted in its name: Restoring Promise. The word restoringrefers to a call for truth telling and healing. A process by which people most impacted by the justice system – formerly incarcerated people of color and line staff - are strategically engaged across critical aspects of prison reform, especially in truth telling. This type of radical inclusion and truth telling is the start of a healing process for those who live and work in prisons to prepare for a new future. The word promise, reflects our commitment to racial justice and a new vision of prison reform that center accountability, truth, and racial healing. It acknowledges that all young people deserve to be seen as having potential, and the importance of being invested in their success and wellbeing. 

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. 

  • 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.

What we’re looking to do

Restoring Promise works with corrections agencies to transform prison culture and conditions of confinement. We align policy and practice with lessons from domestic and international best practices and research, with a focus on community partnership and racial equity. This approach is individualized to the jurisdiction we are working with and reform is done in partnership with people directly impacted by the prison system: incarcerated people and line staff.  

Restoring Promise partners with the MILPA Collective across the initiative. MILPA is non-profit based in Salinas, California that works with formerly incarcerated people using healing-informed, relationship centered approaches to grow young people’s leadership and work towards racial justice.

Who you’ll be working with

The multimedia strategist will report to the Project Director and work closely with the Restoring Promise team. The person filling this position will have the opportunity to collaborate with various departments throughout the organization.  

What you’ll be working on

As a multimedia strategist, you will responsible for providing support to project staff on outward facing communications including (but not limited to) conference presentations, development of reports, policy/ research briefs, and other publications that are translated for multiple audiences (the public, stakeholders, academics, government, incarcerated people, line staff). Success in this position requires the ability to stay informed of emerging research and publications. This includes developing expertise in specific areas of young adult justice reform, such as culture change in custodial settings, restorative justice, and cross-generational and inter-generational mentorship. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to: 

  • Support the development of an international learning exchange between Restoring Promise sites and international partners;  
  • Develop communications materials within corrections agencies including across incarcerated young adults, line staff, and administration in partnership with project staff; 
  • Work with project staff to develop overall multi-media content strategy; 
  • Liaison with other Vera departments on website design and content; 
  • Develop and manage web content, website knowledge bank and resources; 
  • Assist in organizing Restoring Promise Annual Convening’s that bring together national experts;
  • Document Restoring Promise site progress and international learning exchange; 
  • Develop content to communicate about site progress and the international learning exchange with a wide audience;
  • Support the development of new work on young adults through proposal development and grant writing;
  • Provide administrative and organizational support to the project team;
  • Mentor interns and other team members;
  • Manage project deadlines;
  • Other duties as assigned.

About You

You have experience with the justice system—either you were yourself in the system, have a family member who is/was in the system, or you worked in the system or to reform the system. You have exceptional organizational, communication, and people skills, with an ability to multitask and work collaboratively, with office-based and remote team members, as the projects grow and evolve. You are open to or have experience working inside prisons and jails in partnership with incarcerated people and staff (from people who run jails/prisons to corrections officers). You can navigate the power dynamics that goes into working across the divide of people that live in prisons and those that work in them. 

You have excellent time management skills and are able to meet project deadlines.

You have relevant experience organizing something that required seeing the big picture (the goal/vision) and making sure that all the details are taken care of to meet the goal (administrative tasks).

You enjoy working both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment. 

You’re self-motivated, collaborative and can take initiative on a variety of task. 

You are proficient with Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Power Point, Word, Adobe, and easily able to learn new software.

Candidates must have:

  • Demonstrated creative thinking and problem solving ability;
  • Video and photography editing and producing skills; 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated graphic design knowledge and abilities; 
  • Ability to travel outside of New York City (on average, once a month);
  • Ability to travel internationally (on average, once a year).

Candidates who have the following qualifications are strongly preferred: 

  • Has a Valid Driver’s License;
  • Experience working directly with or in the juvenile or criminal justice system; 
  • Bilingual English/ Spanish. 

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume. The cover letter should share your story about why you are passionate about making change for people in jails/prisons, and any other information about your expertise. 

If necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to: 

ATTN: Human Resources / Restoring Promise, Program Associate

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.

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