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Data Security & Compliance Manager, IT/UCP (Brooklyn, NY, Washington D.C. or Remote)

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.  If you want to learn more about life at Vera click here.

What You'll Do:

The Unaccompanied Children Program (UCP) in Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice (CIJ) works with a national network of nonprofit legal service providers to administer a program that provides information and legal representation to children who enter the United States without a parent or guardian in order to protect their due process rights.  . The Security Compliance Manager will be a cross-functional member of Vera’s IT and UCP teams. They will be responsible for creating a recommended framework for data compliance of Vera’s UCP-specific data systems and subcontractor IT systems as provided by the data and information security requirements set by the government agency overseeing this work.  The Security Compliance Manager will become the key point person for external (sub-contractor network) and internal (Vera) communications regarding IT security compliance as it relates to the UCP contract.  The person in this position will collaboratively set policy, identify risks, and resolve issues as part of managing the storage and transmission of information across both Vera-managed and subcontractor-managed systems.

Main responsibilities

Work with key stakeholders (IT, Legal, program and data teams from the Unaccompanied Children Program, Legal Service Providers, etc.) to gain an understanding of the current compliance and risk landscape. Create a recommended framework for policies and requirements for technical infrastructure used by Vera’s UCP program staff and its network of subcontractors, and update guidance as government requirements change.

  • Communicate recommendations to Vera IT Team, UCP program staff, and subcontractors
  • Update and disseminate policies as needed over the course of the contract

Conduct regular reviews of subcontractor systems to ensure policy compliance

  • Act as a resource and partner with Legal Service Providers to measure sub-contractor compliance against recommended framework of hardware and software used to carry out UCP work, reviewing for the security compliance all relevant systems and devices
  • Document audit results and track outcomes of risk resolution over the course of the contract
  • Responsible for incident response and escalations as needed

Work with Vera IT team to ensure compliance in accordance with Vera’s Written Information Security Policy

  • Partner with Vera’s existing security and IT vendors and perform tasks related to Vera’s IT security practice
  • Identify gaps and make recommendations on resolutions regarding practice, policy, or governance
  • Update policies and disseminate documentation as needed over the course of the contract
  • Perform training for applications directly related to IT security

Respond to requests on information and security requirements from government stakeholders (including regular contract compliance checks, special requests during contract transition periods, etc).

What qualifications you will need


  • 7+ years of progressive experience in an IT security and/or government contract compliance role, with recent experience leading IT initiatives
  • Proven record of successfully managing and implementing projects within a GRC (Governance, Risk, and Compliance) tools (RSA Archer, RSAM, MetricStream, IBM OpenPages, BWise, others) on premise or SaaS environment.
  • Strong knowledge of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) framework and standards, with applied government contract experience
  • Must be able to assess computer hardware, software, and systems for security risks or violations and work with the IT team and its technology partners/vendors to recommend solutions.
  • Must be able to create strategies to address awareness and training for all stakeholders as well as technical solutions.
  • Certification for Information System Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Prior experience developing solutions to security compliance risks
  • Able to communicate and create IT security awareness clearly and effectively with staff of varying technical knowledge
  • Familiarity with hybrid on-prem & cloud IT infrastructures
  • A strong dedication to equity and justice


  • Familiarity with AWS cloud products preferred
  • Familiarity with Docker/VM deployment preferred
  • Prior experience working with analytics teams preferred

How to apply

Please submit a 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 career page) is preferred.  No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.  

ATTN: Human Resources / Data Security & Compliance Manager
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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