Center Coordinator, CIJ

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Vera Institute of Justice | New York, NY

Vera Institute of Justice

Published 10 days ago

Please note that our Manhattan office will be relocating to Industry City in Brooklyn, NY this year.


Who we are

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. We're passionate. We're dynamic. We're innovative. In a nutshell, we drive meaningful change. What that means is that:

  • 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.
  • We harness the power of evidence to drive effective policy and practice.


What we’re doing

We are helping to build a movement–among government leaders, advocates, and the immigration legal services community–towards universal legal representation for immigrants facing deportation. In the face of stepped-up immigration enforcement, millions of non-citizens are at risk of extended detention and permanent separation from their families and communities. Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice (CIJ) partners with government, nonprofit partners, and communities to improve government systems that affect immigrants and their families. CIJ administers several nationwide legal services programs for immigrants facing deportation, develops and implements pilot programs, provides technical assistance, and conducts independent research and evaluation.


That’s where you come in

The Vera Institute of Justice seeks a Coordinator who, in collaboration with the Center Administrative Manager, will handle the administrative work of the Center on Immigration and Justice. The Coordinator reports directly to the Center Administrative Manager, and indirectly to the Center Director, Deputy Center Director, Center Research Director, and four Program Directors. The Center on Immigration and Justice employs a diverse, interdisciplinary staff who work collaboratively across projects.


About the role

As a Center Coordinator you will be responsible for providing timely and efficient administrative support to the Center Director, Deputy Director, and Associate Director, including managing calendars, arranging meetings, fielding telephone calls, writing correspondence on their behalf, and other administrative duties include:

  • Process and track invoices and expenses relating to more than 100 subcontracts.
  • Assist the Administrative Manager in overseeing the administration of the Center’s subcontracts, including compliance with insurance and legal requirements.
  • Coordinate staff and consultant travel and reimbursements.
  • Maintain databases and electronic and paper files for the Center.
  • Field requests to the Center for information.
  • Assist on other projects as requested.


About you

You have excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills.  

You have at least one, and preferably three or more, years’ relevant office administrative experience.

You possess strong PC-based word processing and Excel skills. 

You have the ability to work effectively with, and without, close supervision.

You have solid organizational skills and the ability to manage work on multiple projects efficiently.


Nice to have but not required

Experience in event planning

Fluency in a second language

Some college credits



Low to mid 40’s, plus excellent benefits


How to apply

Please submit cover letter and resume. Online submission in PDF format is preferred.

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


ATTN: Human Resources / CIJ Center Coordinator Recruitment

Vera Institute of Justice

233 Broadway, 12th Floor

New York, NY 10279

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 or current employment 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 and the Center on Immigration and Justice’s work, please visit

Please note that our Manhattan office will be relocating to Industry City in Brooklyn, NY this year.


Who we are

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in…

Details at a glance

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  • Full Time Schedule


233 Broadway, New York, NY 10279