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Talent Acquisition Specialist

Are you Vera’s next great Talent Acquisition Specialist?   


Do you have: 

  • Experience: you are a seasoned recruiter, preferably with strong track record or hiring a truly diverse and talented workforce  
  • Prior Success: you have a track record of closing candidates, working with a CRM (preferably JazzHR), headhunting, and pipeline building is a mile long  
  • Passion: you have an affinity for justice reform and Vera’s strategic priorities of closing mass incarceration's front door; promoting safety, trust, and justice in a diverse America; and transforming the conditions of confinement. 
  • Interpersonal Skills: you have a history of relationship-building and collaboration across functions and levels, not to mention you are a master of candidate relationships  
  • Problem Solving Mentality: there’s no such thing as a problem because you are adept at generating creative solutions in the moment  
  • Strong Work Ethic: you put in the time and energy it takes to get the job done. You’re comfortable leading and prioritizing multiple initiatives in parallel in order to deliver results successfully  
  • Agility: you thrive in a fast-paced, flexible, team-oriented environment, and are motivated by challenges, with the ability to adapt to changing priorities and processes 


What you'll be working on: 

As the Talent Acquisition Specialist, you are a talent guru with experience finding, attracting, and hiring candidates across a variety of centers and units. You understand the importance of an excellent candidate experience and you strive to keep the recruiting process fast, efficient, and human at all stages. Reporting to the Manager of People Resources, you're a true business partner to hiring managers and Institute leaders.  


A typical week includes: 

  • Own full lifecycle talent acquisition process for staff and internship programs 
  • Partner with hiring managers and stakeholders to develop, implement, and manage short-term and long-term recruiting strategies to meet hiring goals and expectations for a diverse, collaborative and productive workforce 
  • Proactively identify and assess talent, suggest new ideas for improving talent acquisition activities, use a variety of sourcing methodologies, including but not limited to social media, job boards, referrals, industry contacts, manager and employee networks and associations 
  • Create and foster high touch relationships with active and passive candidates, ensuring qualified candidates remain engaged in current or future opportunities 
  • Prepare offers, create strategic closing plans, negotiate compensation packages, and ultimately hiring candidates  
  • Serve as brand ambassador at various events, like career fairs or on-campus recruiting events 
  • Understand and stay current with all applicable laws and regulations that apply to the position and comply with the requirements. 


Success will look like:  

  • Speed of hire: you know that an open seat means lost productivity and capability within a given team, so you move quickly and can prioritize your requisition load  
  • Diversity of hire: you are aware and appreciative of our race, equity and inclusion priorities and hire towards those values 
  • Buy-in: you have strong relationships and a deep understanding across the Institute 
  • Great judgment: you get the right person matched with the right role every time  
  • Trust: your co-workers can count on you and leaders want to work with you  


What qualifications do you need? 

  • Minimum of two (2) years of recruiting experience in a professional environment. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite to include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. 
  • Demonstrated ATS knowledge preferred. 
  • Strong data analysis and maintenance skills. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication as well as listening skills. 
  • Must work well, both independently and with a team. 
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment. 
  • Strong orientation towards customer service and commitment to timely and accurate problem resolution. 
  • Demonstrated ability to define gaps and make recommendations for improvement. 
  • Demonstrated ability to influence, communicate and build relationships at all levels. 


The Nitty – Gritty 

  • This is a full-time position based in Brooklyn, NY. 
  • Limited travel to career fairs and other related events. 
  • Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. 



Who we are 

The Vera Institute of Justice is powered by hundreds of advocates, researchers, and activists working to transform the criminal legal and immigration systems until they’re fair for all. Founded in 1961 to advocate for alternatives to money bail in New York City, Vera is now a national organization that partners with impacted communities and government leaders for change. We develop just, antiracist solutions so that money doesn’t determine freedom; fewer people are in jails, prisons, and immigration detention; and everyone is treated with dignity. Vera’s headquarters is in Brooklyn, New York, with offices in Washington, DC, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. Learn more about life at Vera; click here.


When you join our team  

  • 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.  


How to apply 

Please submit cover letter and resume. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled. Online submission in PDF format is preferred. 


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

ATTN: Human Resources / Talent Acquisition Specialist 

Vera Institute of Justice 

34 35th St, 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. 


For more information about Vera’s work, please visit

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