Vera Institute of Justice

Manager, Learning & Development, People Resources (Brooklyn, NY)

People Resources - Brooklyn, NY - Full Time

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 just over 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:

In collaboration with the Chief People Officer, the Learning and Development (L&D) Manager will set and execute the vision and strategy for talent development needs throughout the Institute, across the Veran lifecycle, including the assessing institute-wide developmental needs, actively searching, creatively designing, and implementing effective methods, inclusive of a digital learning strategy, to educate, enhance performance and recognize performance. 

To be successful, the manager will partner closely with leaders across the Institute to ensure progress towards our vision of being a career-oriented, fully inclusive organization that reflects and elevates the voices of the communities we serve, and embraces mutual accountability, analytical thinking and commitment to shared outcomes rooted in a DEI lens. 

Please note, this is not a remote position.  To achieve our mission and foster needed collaboration with our People Resources team and Verans, we have a hybrid model.

Mission critical objectives include:

  • Design and execute Emerging Leaders Program, a highly selective program designed to create an internal pipeline of management talent to support Vera’s growth
  • Collaborate with Chief People Office and Total Rewards Manager to create distinct career paths across Vera’s functions to ensure ease in internal career development and succession planning.
  • Create a framework for individual development plans (IDPs) and support managers in the execution of IDPs
  • Post review of function, oversee implementation of the Learning Management System.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Learning and Development

  • Review and evaluate efficacy of existing training programs to improve engagement, learning outcomes, and retention while meeting the changing needs of the Institute. This includes a review of existing Learning Experience Platform (LXP), and other professional development vendors such as coaches, facilitators, and professional development firms
  • Consult with leadership on Talent Development issues, identify and assess needs, recommend employee development and staffing plans
  • Maintain knowledge and successfully incorporating emerging trends, innovative methods and techniques in learning solutions, technologies and platforms that are reflected in, in-person, digital, hybrid and micro-learning programs that reflect our support of lifelong learning.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with third party vendors, including creating and maintaining reporting for impact measurement via training program data collection and analysis (e.g. surveys, assessments, certification, etc.)
  • Own implementation of Vera’s Education Assistance program available to all employees. Collaborate with Legal & Finance to ensure ease of use, and develop strategies to increase utilization and function across all Verans.
  • Own execution of annual compliance-based trainings across the Institute.

Performance Management

  • Oversee the cyclical activities related to the annual Performance Management (PM) process including the Culture Amp talent platform; researching and benchmarking external best and emerging practices related to PM, succession planning and talent reviews. 
  • Ensure high quality learning resources, inclusive of development plans for staff, are available to support managers and employees through the performance process and conversations. 
  • Lead the development of cyclical PM communications, provide content and guidance for publishing performance related topics through various communication channels. 
  • Become an expert on the Culture Amp system to troubleshoot and provide technical guidance. 

Employee Retention

  • Using Culture Amp, design and implement surveys, interviews, and other tools to assess employee feedback, identify employee concerns, and monitor overall employee satisfaction and provide actionable insight from the data gathered

Other duties as Assigned

What qualifications do you need?


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, education, business, or related field preferred; or equivalent professional work experience 7+ years of related human resources experience, with at least three years of learning and development experience, ideally in a social justice or nonprofit environment
  • Supervisory experience and demonstrated competence in partnering with senior managers to address employee needs 
  • Commitment to Vera’s mission and demonstrated interest in and knowledge of current criminal justice issues.
  • A self-starter, a builder, and a challenger – always looking for new ways to tackle problems – willing to try things and try them differently when needed
  • Energetic and enthusiastic, with the innate ability to build rapport easily and desire to continuously push the envelope on Vera offerings and programs
  • Collaborative, agile, flexible, and comfortable working in a fast paced, high-functioning environment with cross-functional teams
  • A “big picture” thinker, able to creatively solve problems that are timely, relevant, mission-critical information in a clear and concise manner
  • An excellent communicator with exceptional organizational and project management skills and experienced at delivering multiple, time-sensitive projects 


  • A practitioner who is motivated to understand the intricacies of the organization and the role talent plays in driving it. 
  • Experience working closely with all levels and comfortable providing counsel and strategic recommendations.

List of Required Software Applications:

  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher
  • Culture Amp
  • ADP
  • Navex
  • JazzHR
  • SharePoint
  • SmartSheets
  • Microix

Compensation and Benefits

The compensation range for this position is $115,000 – $122,000. 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 / Manager, Learning & Development, People Resources
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

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