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 drive change by:
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 the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those 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—specifically, we value diverse experiences regarding educational background and justice system contact. We hire employees that reflect our values: respect, independence, collaboration, and commitment.
You can expect to work with a team of amazing people who have tenacity, are creative, scrappy, and are committed to getting the work done. Why? Because our work is urgent, impactful, and more important than ever.
You will have great benefits, and work-life balance. Driving meaningful change is hard work. But we also know that you have a life, places to go, and people to see. If you want to learn more about life at Vera, click here
What you’ll do:
Vera generates ideas to transform justice systems and takes them to national scale. Following the completion of our strategic plan, we are expanding and formalizing our infrastructure for this multistage ideation and scaling process—which we call the Impact Pipeline. This staged process helps Vera staff generate ideas with potential for national impact, pilot those ideas, adapt and improve them, and evaluate their effectiveness. The Director and their team manage this process and collaborate with other teams at Vera to provide support and rigor to the teams, leading the idea or project development. The Director of Innovation and Program Development will play a leadership role in co-designing, implementing, and managing the Impact Pipeline.
The Director will help with the continued build-out of the pipeline, pilot its processes, and refine them with the benefit of experience. The Director will support and promote idea creation, development, iteration, piloting, and refinement. They will also support the responsible discontinuation of projects that are not working and the memorialization and sharing of any learnings. The Director will ensure the clarity, consistency, transparency, and equity of these systems.
The Director will work under the supervision of the Vice President of Innovation and New Initiatives and in close collaboration with the Vice President of Research, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL), the Vice Presidents of Initiatives, as well as Vera’s MEL team. The Director will supervise a team including an Associate and Coordinator, as well as work as part of a pipeline management team.
Specific responsibilities include:
Skills and Qualifications
Compensation and Benefits
Salary will be commensurate with experience and includes excellent benefits. Vera believes in compensating its staff members at or above market.
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: Human Resources / Director of Innovation, and Program Development
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.
For more information about Vera and our work, please visit http://www.vera.org