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.
What You’ll Do:
The Project Manager for Deaf-Lead Advocacy is responsible for managing the Center’s current work to build capacity in Deaf anti-violence programs and to chart future growth and strategic response to the growing demands for equity, accessibility, and inclusion in anti-violence work. The Program Manager is specifically charged with working closely with the Center Director and Deputy Director to grow the Center’s programmatic efforts aimed at opening the doors to healing and justice for people with disabilities and Deaf people who have been impacted by violence and abuse. The position requires a creative and strategic thinker with significant experience addressing violence and abuse in Deaf communities.
Strategy and Field Building
- Work with the Center Director and Deputy Director to shape and execute an ambitious strategy for the Center to help anti-violence and related fields address violence in ways that are equitable, accessible, and inclusive and help people and communities heal from trauma and violence with a specific focus on those most impacted. Adapt that strategy over time to meet evolving political, cultural and economic realities.
- Assist with fundraising to support the Center’s implementation of this strategy, including developing pitches and proposals and participating in meeting with prospective funders.
- Assists with external communications aimed at generating buy-in and support for this strategy, as well as implementing it.
- Facilitates the design of new projects using innovative and impactful strategies by engaging and working with key people and organizations in Deaf communities, especially Deaf Black communities, Indigenous communities, and communities of color learnings in new program development efforts.
- Provides day-to-day management and staffing to the Center’s Deaf Action project, which provides training and technical assistance to Deaf-led anti-violence programs in the United States.
- Develops authentic collaboration and strong collective spirit among the staff and partners working on the Deaf Action project; fosters inspiration, growth, and accountability; and manages problems as they arise.
- Oversees grant reports for assigned projects, ensuring timely, accurate, and compelling reporting on the team’s work.
Training and Expert Guidance
- Facilitates and participates in roundtable discussions, focus groups, and other engagements.
- Provides training via webinars, workshops at national and state conferences, and other in-person opportunities.
- Provides expert guidance and technical assistance in the form of individual phone/video consultations and on-site assistance.
- Participate in the development of key publications and resources.
Who are you?
- You have at least 8-10 years of experience addressing violence and abuse in Deaf communities.
- You have lived experience at the intersection of survivorship, survivor advocacy and Deaf communities. You are fluent in American Sign Language. And, you have long-standing relationships with key individuals and organizations in the Deaf anti-violence movement and broader Deaf community in the United States.
- You have a minimum of four years of experience providing training and expert guidance to build the capacity of Deaf anti-violence programs and to help hearing anti-violence programs support Deaf survivors and Deaf-led advocacy
- You have a personal and professional dedication to issues of race, equity, and radical accessibility and you can share examples that demonstrate you practicing your commitment in action.
- You need to understand the root causes of violence, especially the ways in which oppression (ableism, audism, racism, and sexism, among other forms) causes and reinforces violence, and you need to be committed to an intersectional approach to survivor advocacy. You need to be able to talk with stakeholders in anti-violence work about how oppression shapes survivors’ experiences and guide them through change processes to make practical changes that have an impact on survivors’ experiences, especially survivors from marginalized Deaf communities. You also understand power and privilege and how they shape survivors’ experiences, as well as advocates’ and your own work.
- You understand the benefits of working within the government-funded survivor advocacy field, while working closely with advocates to build and grow community-based approaches to responding to violence, including transformative justice. You are able to work effectively with government and community-based stakeholders, and can adjust approach to engaging each audience.
- You are a rigorous thinker and problem solver. You are detail-oriented but cognizant of big picture goals, and you can maintain multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities.
- You value collaboration and seek to build authentic and equitable partnerships, working across lines of identity and power. You are also able to navigate the complexities of working within tightly knit, interconnected communities, coalitions and partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders and organizations.
- When it is safe to travel, this job will require frequent trips (an average of 1-2 a month) to convene meetings, participate in conferences, and to conduct site visits. When you aren’t traveling, you will be spending most of your days on Zoom to provide support to programs and organizations, collaborate with partners, or meet with team members.
- A state-issued ID will be required for travel.
- Experience promoting community-based approaches to responding to violence, including transformative justice
- Experience working on Federally-funded, national training and technical assistance projects in the survivor advocacy movement
List of Required Software applications:
- Proficiency in using online video-conferencing platforms, including Zoom
- Proficiency with Airtable or a comparable online database software
- Proficiency with Canva or a comparable online graphic design software
- Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, including PowerPoint and Word
Applications may also be faxed to:
ATTN: Human Resources / Project Manager, Deaf-Led Advocacy
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.
For more information about Vera, please visit www.vera.org