Federal Policy Associate, Federal Policy (Washington, DC)
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, grassroots, and grasstop 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 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.
Who you are:
The Federal Policy Associate works to advance the federal priorities and objectives of the Institute to the U.S. Congress, the White House, federal agencies and coalition partners. In close collaboration with members of the Federal Policy team, the Associate helps to track, analyze, distill and communicate information related to the Institute’s federal policy priorities. The Associate also plays an important role in building and maintaining positive working relationships with Congressional staff, coalition partners and other teams within the Institute, including participation in and occasional planning of meetings and engagements.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Policy Tracking and Analysis
- Leverage tracking software and other tools to closely monitor legislative developments on key priorities
- Analyze, distill and communicate information on assigned priorities
- Perform background research and analysis on key federal policy priorities
- Attend (virtually or in-person) Congressional hearing on key issues
- Collaborate closely with Federal Policy team members, especially on team tracking tasks
Advocacy and Relationship Building
- Request, schedule and attend meetings with Congressional staff
- Prepare meeting materials and facilitate debriefs after meetings
- Attend coalition meetings and contribute to establishing the Institute’s presence in key spaces
- Represent the Federal Policy team in Institute meetings
- Help to ensure responsiveness to internal and external requests
- Assist with calendaring and setting up meetings as needed
What qualifications do you need?
- Familiarity with federal policymaking, especially on criminal and immigrant justice issues
- Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
- Sharp and concise writing skills
- Personable, and ability to work with people who hold a broad variety of political viewpoints
- Bachelors degree + 3-5 years of relevant professional experience in a policy and advocacy role. In lieu of a Bachelors degree, applicable work or life experience may be considered.
Compensation and Benefits
The compensation range for this position is $61,000 - $64,000. Actual salaries will vary depending on factors including but not limited to experience and performance. The salary range listed is just one component of Vera Institute’s total compensation package for employees. As an employer of choice in our field, supporting Vera staff—both personally and professionally—is a priority. To do this, we invest in the well-being of our staff through other rewards including merit pay, generous paid time off, a comprehensive health insurance plan, student loan repayment benefits, professional development training opportunities and up to $2,000 annual for education costs and fees relevant to Vera work, employer-funded retirement plan, and flexible time and remote work schedules. To learn more about Vera’s benefits offerings, click here.
Applications may also be faxed to:
ATTN: People Resources / Federal Policy Associate, Federal Policy
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.
As a federal contractor, and in order to ensure a healthy and safe work environment, Vera Institute of Justice is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccine before their start date. Employees who cannot receive the vaccine because of a disability/medical contraindication or sincerely-held religious belief may request an accommodation (e.g., an exemption) to this requirement.
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, please visit www.vera.org