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Assistant General Counsel, Legal Department

Who We Are

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, envision a society that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for everyone.

  • 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.

Vera is independent and nonpartisan, with staff who combine expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. We have offices in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; and New Orleans. 

Vera's Legal Department provides comprehensive in-house legal services to the organization, including each of its administrative departments, centers, programs, and demonstration projects, and to its Board of Trustees.


Vera seeks an attorney to join the Legal Department on a full-time basis, with a primary focus on the management, review, and drafting of contracts.


Vera offices are currently closed due to the Covid-19 crisis. When they reopen, this position will be based in Vera’s Industry City, Brooklyn office.


The Position 

This attorney will report to the General Counsel and will work with the entire Legal Department to provide legal advice and assistance to Vera's Board and staff. This attorney will primarily focus on reviewing, drafting, and negotiating contracts, and developing policies and practices where necessitated by contract. Above and beyond these duties, a strong component of the position will also be working with the General Counsel to continue modernizing the contracting process to better serve the organization. The entire Legal Department pitches in on the contracting load, which runs a wide gamut in terms of the form and complexity of agreements, so the attorney will have the opportunity to work with everyone in the department (and over time, most parts of the organization).


Key tasks will include reviewing and writing contracts, working with the rest of the department to implement and maintain new procurement processes, researching arising legal issues, and ensuring compliance with legal requirements for nonprofits.


About You

You understand the opportunity each contract presents to protect, clarify, and further important work, and have enough of a nerdy streak to be excited about it. You have two years of relevant experience (whether at another not-for-profit, a law firm, or elsewhere) and are creative, practical, and skilled. You are interested in how not-for-profits work, and you want to use your talents—which include artful drafting and horse sense—for a great cause. Vera works to automate as many contractual processes as possible, so you will be adept with technology and enjoy the creative challenge of improving operations. Strong writing, oral communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills are a must.



Commensurate with experience, and competitive benefits.


To Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume. 

No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Online submission in PDF format (through Vera's Careers page) is strongly preferred.


However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to


ATTN: People Resources / Legal

Vera Institute of Justice

34 35th St., Suite 4-2-A

Brooklyn, NY 11232


Fax: (212) 941-9407


Please use only one method of submission (online, mail, or fax).


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.


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