Senior Program Associate, Training Specialist, CVS - NYC, DC, Remote

Location: Washington, DC

Department: Center on Victimization and Safety

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Position available for REMOTE work or in the following locations: NYC and WASHINGTON D.C.

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. Through its Center on Victimization and Safety, Vera works to enhance healing services and justice options for communities at elevated risk of harm who are often marginalized by mainstream services and systems.

The Senior Program Associate is dedicated to the Center’s National Resource Center on Reaching Victims. The Resource Center is an exciting new initiative that seeks to help victim services organizations, culturally specific organizations, and justice systems build their capacity to identify, reach, and serve all victims, especially those from underserved communities. The Resource Center’s work coalesces around survivors from 8 key communities that have been identified as underserved in the crime victims field: children and youth, people with disabilities, older adults, individuals who are formerly incarcerated, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with limited English proficiency, boys and men of color, and other historically marginalized communities. The Resource Center is a collaboration among eight national crime survivor advocacy organizations that are centered around the needs of these communities.

The Senior Program Associate is responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the Resource Center’s in-person, regional training and on-going virtual training programs. The Senior Program Associate reports to the Center’s Director and work closely with the Resource Center staff from the partner organizations.        


  • Lead a collaborative process with the project’s regional training work group to design and implement the project’s regional trainings.
    • Convene and facilitate meetings of the project’s regional training work group.
    • Identify the focus, goals, structure, and content of the regional trainings.
    • Identify, cultivate, and orient trainers.
    • Support work group members and other trainers to develop engaging, practical, and impactful training curriculum content.  
    • Draft training content, as needed.
    • Develop and execute a marketing plan.  
    • Coordinate the trainings on-site.
  • Oversee and manage the Resource Center’s virtual training series. Working closely with the project’s internal team and staff from partner organizations:
    • Develop a design and format for the training program that is accessible and inclusive to the widest array of people, including people with disabilities, Deaf people, and people with limited English proficiency.
    • Identify the goals and topics of the training series.
    • Develop the training schedule/calendar.
    • Support a variety of formats -webinar, talk-show, closed working sessions- to maximize interactivity and impact.   
    • Identify trainers and support trainers to deliver engaging and impactful trainings.
    • Market the training series.
    • Moderate the virtual trainings.
    • Evaluate and enhance the training series based on feedback.
    • Maximize the impact of the virtual trainings by leveraging technology.
  • Continuously monitor and solicit feedback on training programs and materials to ensure relevance and effectiveness, implement lessons-learned to strengthen training programs.
  • Work closely with the Center’s events manager and administrative support team to ensure effective event planning, logistical, and technical support for the training programs.
  • Work closely with the Center’s access and inclusion coordinator to ensure the training programs adhere to the project’s language access, accommodations, and inclusion plan.
  • Keep current with trends, best practices, new technologies, and emerging innovations in the learning and development sector.
  • Assist on other projects as requested.


  • An advanced degree in a related field.
  • A minimum of six years relevant work experience in the crime victims or related field.
  • Knowledge of who is underserved in the crime victims field, why, and strategies to reach survivors from underserved communities.
  • Experience delivering trainings in-person and virtually.
  • Experience with curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Experience leading teams and facilitating meetings.
  • Excellent analytic, problem-solving, and communication skills.
  • Strong planning, organization, and execution skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with, or without, close supervision in a collaborative environment with a remote team.
  • Experience working in Adobe Connect, Zoom, or equivalent video conferencing and webinar platform.
  • Willingness to travel an average of two times per month.


Salary: Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.


How to apply

Please submit cover letter and resume. Online submission in PDF format is preferred.

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

ATTN: Human Resources / CVS Sr. Program Associate, Disabilities

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.


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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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