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Budget and Compliance Manager - Center on Immigration and Justice(CIJ) - NYC,LA,DC or Remote)

About Vera and the Center on Immigration and Justice

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, envisions a society that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for all. Vera strives to secure equal justice, end mass incarceration, and strengthen families and communities.


Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice believes in the principle of zealous, universal representation: that all people, no matter their circumstances or past, when faced with detention and deportation – and the potential loss of family, freedom, and even life – must have an independent, effective, and zealous lawyer fighting for them at every step of the way.


About our Programs:


The Legal Orientation Program for Custodians


The LOPC is a legal education program for the custodians of unaccompanied children in immigration court proceedings, who are, or once were, in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The LOPC educates custodians on their role and responsibilities, on the immigration court process, and on the importance of the child attending immigration court proceedings. Vera staff work with federal government partners at the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and nonprofit legal service agencies to provide legal orientations to custodians for unaccompanied children in 15 cities and nationwide through two national call centers.


The Legal Orientation Program

The LOP was created to inform detained immigrants about their rights, and the immigration court and detention processes. Vera staff work with federal government partners at EOIR and 18 nonprofit legal service agencies to provide detained people at 46 facilities nationwide with information about forms of relief from removal, how to represent themselves in immigration court, and how to get legal representation.

The Immigration Court Helpdesk

The ICH is a program that serves non-detained respondents who are scheduled for Master Calendar hearings at five EOIR Immigration Courts currently and is expected to federalize in the summer of 2021. The goal of ICH is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of immigration court proceedings by informing non-detained respondents appearing before the court about court practices and procedures, available legal options, and other relevant topics.


Reporting to the Program Director, the Budget and Compliance Manager will be responsible for the following:

  • Assessing, strengthening and managing program operations and systems. This includes messaging these systems upgrades to a diverse network of subcontractor legal service organizations.
  • Liaising with government contract partners regarding budgeting and invoicing, which may include negotiation around contract terms, extensions, amendments, and deadlines
  • Develop Budgets and Forecasts: Working with the Project Director and other members of CIJ's Administrative Team, the Budget and Contract Compliance Manager will be responsible for overseeing the annual contracting  processes and updating forecasts throughout the year. They will also serve as a thought partner with the Program Director on budget modeling and planning and as a subject matter expert on best practices involving government contracts generally.
  • Provide creative alternatives and recommendations to systematize the invoicing process in a high-volume setting.
  • Coordinating with Vera Research staff on developing and managing labor analyses.
  • Supervising program staff who work on budgets and invoices.
  • Performing ad-hoc analysis, special projects and other duties as assigned by the Program Directors and others on the team.



  • Degree in a relevant field, or similar experience with systems, operations, and finance in the non-profit sector.
  • 3+ years’ experience in managing multiple government grant/contracts at a time or relevant experience
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out complex and diverse tasks with significant self-direction.
  • Strong organizational skills, and the ability to organize, prioritize, multi-task, and work under deadlines.
  • Strong organizational skills, and the ability to organize, prioritize, multi-task, and work under deadlines.
  • Ability to work collegially in an open and collaborative team environment; patient and approachable.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel; knowledge of other Microsoft Office Suite programs Outlook and Word.
  • An uncompromising commitment to immigrants’ rights, universal and zealous representation in immigration court, the rights of people, and race equity.

Ideal candidates will possess one or more of these additional qualifications:

  • Lived or affiliated experience with the immigration and/or criminal justice systems is a strong plus.
  • Knowledge of the immigration court and detention systems.
  • Additional education or work experience in an administrative, managerial, accounting / finance, or related fields.



Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.


How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume. The cover letter should outline the minimum and additional qualifications possessed by the candidate and address how the candidate will use those qualifications to excel at the position’s responsibilities. 


Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Online submission of materials in PDF format is preferred.


If necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:

ATTN: Human Resources /Budget and Compliance Manager Recruitment

Vera Institute of Justice

34 35th Street, Suite 4-2A,

Brooklyn, NY 11232

Fax: (212) 941-9407

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