Senior Program Associate, Restoring Promise (Remote)
Who we are:
The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is a nonprofit criminal justice organization that strives to build just government institutions and safe communities free from the scourge of racism, white supremacy, profit, and inequity that is pervasive in this country’s legal systems. We are an “inside” lane organization that drives change at scale with ambitious public sector leaders who share our commitment to building anti-racist, reparative systems that deliver justice. We leverage our access to government to transform these systems and work collaboratively with stakeholders across many movements—including advocacy, grassroots, and grasstop organizations. Our role is to pilot solutions that are transformative and achievable, harness the power of evidence to drive effective policy and practice, and use advocacy and communications to change narratives and norms.
Vera has a staff of 300 people and offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace. We expect our staff to embody respect, independence, collaboration, commitment, anti-racism, and equity—both in our outward-facing work and the internal culture of our workplace. We value a range of experiences in people’s educational backgrounds and encourage people who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system to apply.
Who you are:
A Restoring Promise Senior Program Associate (SPA) is a leader on the team who manages a state-wide engagement with at least one Restoring Promise site, manages staff, and supports the leadership team (distributed across Vera and MILPA). SPA’s also support building and maintaining the operational infrastructure and management of relationships with external partners across project areas connected to the work in the state(s) they manage and beyond (e.g. site selection, training, convening, global exchange, etc.). SPA’s approach to their tasks is rooted in anti-racist philosophy and practices and with a commitment to the values of Restoring Promise: Race Equity, Cultural Healing, Restorative Justice, and Community and Family Partnership.
This position is full time remote in our partner or target states. You are expected to attend key institute events (such as Vera Day Away and holiday gatherings) and quarterly team retreats at the Brooklyn Industry City office or as noted. If you have a disability, are under state or federal supervision and require permission to leave the state, or have a qualifying exemption, we will work with you for travel and in-office accommodations.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Technical Assistance to Restoring Promise Sites
- Lead technical assistance teams for one state in the initiative—establish and maintain relationships with partners (people that live and work in prisons, advocates, families, and consultants); lead the process and manage a team across site work related to assessment, training, curriculum development; and develop knowledge about local politics that would impact the work.
- Cultivate and manage relationships within the team, the initiative, and the field.
- Ensure Restoring Promise TA is anchored in the 4 values and a commitment to anti-racism.
- Manage at least one additional project (including a team of people supporting that project) related to the site work: training, curriculum development, site selection, convening, global exchange trip(s), or other projects that arise.
- Consistent communication on study progress, deliverables, and roadblocks related to site(s) to initiative director.
Team Building, Mentorship, and Supervision
- Manage the process for hiring and onboarding associates for the team—drafting all materials using anti-racist and REI language, liaise with PR, organizing a process for interviews and activities, facilitating meetings with the team for decision-making, and communicating with potential applicants.
- Supervise at least one associate, analyst, or intern—ensuring they receive the proper orientation, stay on top of all administrative related tasks, and maintain a curiosity and propensity for learning.
- Provide peer support and mentorship to teammates – Supervise associate(s), mentor staff, support learning and growth opportunities for the team.
- Cultivate relationship and maintain routine correspondence with MILPA teammates.
Support the Initiative
- Support the design, organization, and production of the annual Restoring Promise convening and all-site calls.
- Identify and attend learning opportunities related to justice reform, anti-racism, de-centering whiteness, leadership, and management. Share lessons with team.
- Occasionally lead weekly team meetings.
Lead on an Initiative Sustainability Project
- Support leadership in expanding the reach of the initiative—writing publications, developing and maintaining relationships with external partners, cultivate and recruit talent to join the team.
Development and Fundraising
- Develop proposals to funders, grant writing, and reports to funders.
What qualifications do you need?
- Experience in working on change efforts, preferably in the justice reform field
- Driver’s license
- Bachelors degree + 4-7 years of relevant experience. In lieu of a Bachelors degree, applicable work or life experience may be considered.
- Supervision experience
List of Required Software Applications:
- Microsoft Office, web browsers, and remote apps, organization and task management, and general workplace protocol and expectations.
Compensation and Benefits
The compensation range for this position is $90,600 - $94,800. Actual salaries will vary depending on factors including but not limited to experience and performance. The salary range listed is just one component of Vera Institute’s total compensation package for employees. As an employer of choice in our field, supporting Vera staff—both personally and professionally—is a priority. To do this, we invest in the well-being of our staff through other rewards including merit pay, generous paid time off, a comprehensive health insurance plan, student loan repayment benefits, professional development training opportunities and up to $2,000 annual for education costs and fees relevant to Vera work, employer-funded retirement plan, and flexible time and remote work schedules. To learn more about Vera’s benefits offerings, click here.
Applications may also be faxed to:
ATTN: People Resources / Senior Program Associate, Restoring Promise
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.
As a federal contractor, and in order to ensure a healthy and safe work environment, Vera Institute of Justice is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccine before their start date. Employees who cannot receive the vaccine because of a disability/medical contraindication or sincerely-held religious belief may request an accommodation (e.g., an exemption) to this requirement.
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