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Program Analyst II(Los Angeles)

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 study problems that impede human dignity and justice.
  • We pilot solutions that are at once transformative and achievable.
  • We engage diverse communities in informed debate.
  • And we harness 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 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. 


Vera California:

We are looking for a Program Analyst II to join our Vera California team. At a time of unprecedented attention on justice issues, California is distinguishing itself as a leader in ending the era of mass incarceration and addressing attacks on immigrant families. Vera California launched in 2018 to contribute to this movement. By building partnerships with reform-minded government officials and community-led coalitions—leveraging our national-level research, technical assistance, strategic communications, and local staff based on Los Angeles—we aim to end racial disparities and promote human dignity in the criminal and immigration legal systems. 


What you’ll be working on:

As a Program Analyst II, you will work on our small team developing California work. You will be the backbone of our team, tracking information, spotting trends, building relationships with partners and potential partners, drafting written materials, and more. You will report to the California Director and also support the Program Manager.


Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Organize, manage, and analyze information about the criminal and immigration legal systems in California. Information tracked will include relevant news, legislation, initiatives, stakeholders, and more. Share information with the project team in support of strategy development in a variety of formats including presentations, memos, PowerPoint decks, data visualizations, and issue briefs.
  • Work with the team to cultivate communications opportunities (e.g., newsletters, email updates, blog posts–both internally and externally) and to develop content for any such outreach communications.  
  • Conduct community outreach by representing Vera at relevant events, growing our list of partners, and identifying opportunities for Vera to contribute to justice reform efforts in California.
  • Contribute to efforts to build a culture of learning and collaboration in the California office by participating in regular team convenings and affirmatively sharing-out knowledge being developed about the California landscape and Vera’s work in the region.


Who you are:

  • You are comfortable with datasets and policy analysis using strategies you’ve learned either through previous work experience in policy analysis, data analysis, or related fields (3+ years required, 4+ years preferred) or a master’s program (preferred).
  • You are a whiz at Microsoft Excel and Power Point, and easily able to learn new software.
  • You are a strong writer and communicator. You are an active listener, contributor, and collaborator.
  • You have strong task management skills and thrive when you’re multi-tasking; you can drive multiple pieces of work forward in a fast-paced environment, both independently and collaboratively with a team.
  • You are passionate about racial justice, immigrant justice, and ending mass incarceration. You can speak about your commitment to community building, equal justice, and racial equity. Lived or affiliated experience with the criminal legal and/or immigration systems is a strong plus.
  • Familiarity with the local landscape (criminal legal system actors; how the system works in Los Angeles or California; and how system change is happening) is a strong plus. If you don’t have this, we’d still welcome your application and are interested to hear about any experience you have gaining knowledge of a local landscape.


The Nitty-Gritty

  • This is a full-time position based in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.


How to apply

Please submit 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 careers page) is preferred.


If necessary, materials can be faxed or mailed to:


ATTN: Human Resources / CA Program Analyst II

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, 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.



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