Talent Acquisition Associate, People Resources (Brooklyn, NY)

Brooklyn, NY
Full Time
People Resources
Mid Level

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.

What you'll do 

The Talent Acquisition Associate is a detail-oriented People Resources professional who is responsible for executing full-cycle recruitment  operations within our talent acquisition strategy, supporting new hire onboarding and offboarding programming, and conducting analysis of these processes in order to evaluate effectiveness.

In strategic partnership with the Associate Director, Talent Acquisition & Onboarding, the Talent Acquisition Associate will support building a culture at Vera that reflects our people focus and positions us to continue to be recognized as a “great place to work” organization, internally and externally.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Talent Acquisition

  • Execute a best-in-class full-cycle recruitment operations within our talent acquisition strategy, while learning new trends in the talent acquisition space to ensure continuous improvement and best practices in order to drive accountability in recruitment and selection processes.
  • Manage the execution of strategic operations supporting talent pipeline development, and diversity.
  • Create and foster high touch relationships with active and passive candidates, ensuring qualified candidates remain engaged with us for current or future opportunities 
  • Partner with hiring managers and stakeholders to develop, implement, and manage short-term and long-term recruiting strategies to meet hiring goals and expectations for a diverse, collaborative, and productive workforce .
  • Proactively identify and  suggest new ideas for improving talent acquisition activities, use of a variety of sourcing methodologies, including but not limited to social media, job boards, referrals, industry contacts, manager and employee networks and associations.
  • Create strategic closing plans, and prepare offers for approval with the goal of ultimately hiring candidates  
  • Manage the recruitment and onboarding process for temporary staff hires; Maintain relationships with external vendors including temporary firms, external search firms, etc.

Onboarding and Offboarding Delivery Support

  • Support the design and organization-wide implementation of new and existing talent initiatives such as New Hire onboarding, orientation, and offboarding programs.
  • Assist with creating, reviewing and editing onboarding and offboarding program materials
  • Partner with Associate Director, Talent Acquisition & Onboarding to support onboarding and offboarding program delivery
  • Manage and execute the New Hire Onboarding process, orientation and training for all new employees ensure resources are updated and activity is monitored.
  • Serve as key point of contact and liaison for People Resources and cross functional teams to ensure New Hires are set up and ready to engage as new employees on day one.
  • Ensure all aspects of onboarding and offboarding processes are reviewed and evaluated; collecting, reviewing and integrating feedback based on predesignated time frames 

Administration and Applicant Data Management

  • Develop clearly written communications to support timely distribution of various talent resources and correspondence, managing systems and processes to ensure quality control, accuracy and efficiency in all processes
  • Manage and lead all day-to-day maintenance of the Applicant Tracking System
  • Maintain accurate and well-ordered documentation and record keeping on all candidates, searches, hiring manager interactions, interviews and other recruiting activities.
  • Manage reporting and maintenance of talent acquisition and onboarding/offboarding metrics in support of process improvement; communicate the results of this data to the Associate Director, Talent Acquisition & Onboarding 
  • Ensure compliance with company policy and local, state or federal law, and support any Affirmative Action Plan goals

Compensation and Benefits

The compensation range for this position is $85,000 - $90,000 (Level E). 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.

What qualifications you will need?


  • Bachelors degree and a minimum of four (4) years of recruiting experience in a professional environment.  In lieu of a degree, applicable work or life experience may be considered.
  • High proficiency with LinkedIn Recruiter and similar search tools.
  • Demonstrated ATS knowledge
  • Excellent verbal and written communication as well as listening skills. 
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Must work well, both independently and with a team. 
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment. 
  • Strong orientation towards customer service and commitment to timely and accurate problem resolution. 
  • A self-starter, a builder, and a challenger – always looking for new ways to tackle problems – willing to try things and try them differently when needed
  • Energetic and enthusiastic, with the innate ability to build rapport easily and desire to continuously push the envelope on Vera offerings and programs
  • Collaborative, agile, flexible, and comfortable working in a fast paced, high-functioning environment with cross-functional teams
  • Ability to creatively solve problems that are timely, relevant, mission-critical information in a clear and concise manner
  • An excellent communicator with exceptional organizational and project management skills and experienced at delivering multiple, time-sensitive projects


  • Bachelors Degree


  • This position will be based in Vera’s Industry City, Brooklyn office, and will be eligible for a hybrid in-office schedule (two days every week, plus every other Friday).

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.  

Applications may also be faxed to:

ATTN: People Resources / Talent Acquisition Associate
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


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