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Senior Program Associate, Closing Mass Incarceration's Front Door - (Multiple Locations)

The Senior Program Associate position will be based in any of our office locations in Brooklyn, NY, Washington DC, New Orleans, LA or Los Angeles, CA.

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:

  • Studying problems that impede human dignity and justice.
  • Piloting solutions that are at once transformative and achievable.
  • Engaging diverse communities in informed debate.
  • Harnessing 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 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:

We are looking for a Senior Program Associate to help implement our plan for our growing portfolio of national work on bail reform. As a Senior Program Associate you are passionate about pretrial systemic reform, social and racial justice, motivated to drive change, and excited to challenge the status quo. You are enthusiastic, self-motivated, collaborative, curious, and empathetic. You have experience with, and a basic understanding of the way money bail works in the courts, the criminal justice system overall, and are familiar with reform efforts in the field, from litigation to legislation, advocacy, and community organizing. The idea of working with a team of people who come from diverse backgrounds and perspectives inspires you. You love to work collaboratively but also are comfortable operating solo. Importantly, you care deeply about racial equity in your work and with your colleagues.

Specific responsibilities include: 

  1. Policy Development
  • Work with the bail team’s Senior Planner and Program Analyst to develop model policies, fact sheets, and educational materials on bail reform to be used within Vera and with external partners;
  • Assist in drafting policies and legislation and providing training and technical assistance for site-based bail reform efforts;
  1. Communications
  • Develop and maintain relationships with government actors, elected officials, community groups, and legal practitioners; and
  • Help to drive the creation of a coordinated, large-scale communications and campaign strategy to deploy in both jurisdictions in which we are engaging in site-based work as well as nationally
  1. Research & Publications
  • Develop and expand Vera’s expertise on bail reform by researching and contributing to publications, connecting with other experts in the field, and engaging in the national discussion;
  • Research jurisdiction-specific practices as well as constitutional and statutory bail provisions;
  1. Leadership
  • Provides leadership, support, and guidance to a growing team, as needed.

Skills and Qualifications

  • A minimum of 3-5 years of professional experience interacting with pretrial systems
  • Professional work or life experience with research, technical assistance, and building contacts and connections.
  • 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.
  • You must be curious and willing to research, read, learn continuously, and be energized by the idea of translating that knowledge into strategic implementation and concrete outcomes. If it excites you to spend time on the ground (or virtually), observing bail hearings and arraignments, talking to people in the field, researching things like legislative history, and developing and rolling out new ideas, this job is for you.
  • You have firsthand experience with the way bail works, as a lawyer, advocate, or practitioner.
  • You are able to quickly produce excellent writing in a variety of settings, from longer reports, briefing memos, to media opinions and editorials.
  • You are interested in presenting to diverse audiences from judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, to community groups, including people who may be hostile to your point of view.
  • You are flexible and able to multi-task, prioritize, and manage multiple activities in a fast-paced environment.
  • You are willing and able to travel extensively (when it is safe to do so), at least 1-2 trips per month. In the interim, you are comfortable and creative in building rapport with partners and colleagues virtually.

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: People Resources / Senior Program 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.

 

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

 

 

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