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 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
The Associate Director of Policy and Advocacy for the In Our Backyards Initiative will lead the development and implementation IOB’s state policy and advocacy strategy in partnership with the Initiative Director, advancing campaigns that decriminalize poverty, reduce small city and rural incarceration, and shift resources into communities. They will also be tapped to provide strategic advice and analysis and policy guidance to IOB’s state and local partners, including the IOB Community Grantee network, and support the ongoing development of policy principles informed by the unique experiences and context of rural America.
The Associate Director of Policy and Advocacy will also support IOB’s federal policy work, alongside the Initiative Director and Vera’s Federal Government Affairs team, and coordinate closely with communications staff, IOB researchers, and community partners.
The Associate Director of Policy and Advocacy's responsibilities include but are not limited to:
What qualifications you will need
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The Nitty – Gritty
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 / In Our Backyards, Associate Director
Vera Institute of Justice
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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