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Senior Program Associate, Reshaping Prosecution

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. 
  • And 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, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement to the unmet needs of people who are vulnerable, marginalized, and 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. We hire employees that reflect our values: respect, independence, collaboration, commitment, and race equity. If you want to learn more about life at Vera click here 

What you’ll do

As a Senior Program Associate you will lead our engagements with prosecutor offices from around the country. You will join a cross functional team with a variety of backgrounds in prosecution, advocacy, and research. Although you will lead engagements, we enjoy cross collaboration and expect that you will value input from every member of our team.

 

The Senior Program Associate’s responsibilities include:

  • Advising prosecutor’s offices on policy, practice, and organizational culture reforms related to ending mass incarceration, addressing racial disparities in the criminal legal system, and increasing prosecutors’ transparency and accountability to the communities they serve. Tasks include:
    • helping elected and line prosecutors understand the impact of the office on individuals and communities using data
    • facilitating policy reform workshops, and; recommending strategies for the implementation of reforms.  
  • Crafting and conducting presentations to partner prosecutor’s offices, including explanation of data findings and trainings for line prosecutors on the problem of mass incarceration and the importance of policy reforms. 
  • Facilitating conversations with line prosecutors about values central to the role of the prosecutor, systemic racial injustice and bias, the importance of reforms, and challenging underlying myths of our current system
  • Leading our site engagement work by managing internal team goals in the preparation of materials for site partners and the public, including presentation materials, trainings, reports, and memos. 
  • Managing and contributing to research on prosecutorial reforms in jurisdictions around the country and strategizing on how they can best be adapted for our partner offices.

What qualifications you will need

The Senior Program Associate candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • 3 – 5 years professional experience
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse array of people and positions, including advocates, government officials, criminal legal system personnel, practitioners, and people who are directly impacted by the criminal system.

The Nitty – Gritty

  • This Senior Program Associate will be based out of a location within the contiguous United States (New York, NY, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans preferred). This is a full-time position available immediately
  • Salary is competitive plus excellent benefits

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Online submission in PDF format (through Vera’s career page) is preferred.  No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.  

 

ATTN: Human Resources / Senior Program Associate, Reshaping Prosecution
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, 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

 

 

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