Director, Movement Strategy
Vera seeks a senior-level candidate to fill an important new position in the Advocacy and Partnerships Department as the director of Movement Strategy. In this role, the Director of Movement Strategy will serve as a senior advisor across the organization on navigating partnerships, coalitions, and relationships with other advocacy, community, grassroots, grasstops, and movement organizations.
This position can be based in our New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, or Washington, DC, office. The director will report to Vera’s Vice President of Advocacy and Partnerships.
Who we are
The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is a nonprofit criminal justice organization that strives to build just government institutions and safe communities free from the scourge of racism, white supremacy, profit, and inequity that is pervasive in this country’s legal systems. We are an “inside” lane organization that drives change at scale with ambitious public sector leaders who share our commitment to building anti-racist, reparative systems that deliver justice. We leverage our access to government to transform these systems and work collaboratively with stakeholders across many movements—including advocacy, grasstops, and grassroots organizations. Our role is to pilot solutions that are transformative and achievable, harness the power of evidence to drive effective policy and practice, and use advocacy and communications to change narratives and norms.
Vera has a staff of almost 300 people and offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace. We expect our staff to embody respect, independence, collaboration, commitment, anti-racism, and equity—both in our outward-facing work and the internal culture of our workplace. We value a range of experiences in people’s educational backgrounds and encourage people who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system to apply.
Advocacy at Vera
Vera’s Advocacy department is responsible for coordinating the vision, strategy, and staff development across Vera’s initiatives to pass legislation, change policy, and create change at scale. We work to ensure that the goals of our advocacy campaigns align with the people and communities most impacted by criminal justice and immigration policies, and we collaborate with movement and advocacy partners to produce the right knowledge and ideas needed to change policies and legislation at the right time.
Four core functions exist under Vera’s advocacy department:
Who you are
You are passionate about social and racial justice, motivated to drive change, and unafraid to challenge the status quo. You are enthusiastic, collaborative, curious, and kind. You have an extensive and nuanced understanding of the criminal and immigration legal systems, the workings of local, state, and federal policy, and demonstrated experience in leading strategic advocacy in the social justice and criminal justice fields. You enjoy and thrive in fast-paced campaign-oriented work, and you believe in the value of doing “inside” lane work in partnership with advocates, organizers, and people who are formerly incarcerated and directly impacted by the system.
In this role, you will:
What qualifications do you need?
How to apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter. Online submission in PDF format is preferred.
However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to
ATTN: People Resources / Director of Movement Strategy, Advocacy & Partnerships
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.