At the Vera Institute of Justice, our vision is a society that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for all. At a propitious moment for justice reform, we are standing up and driving change on a variety of fronts—by eliminating money bail, ending mass incarceration, vastly improving life behind bars, ensuring that immigrants get due process, and centering our work on principles of racial equity. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.
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 works 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 the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence. Vera has offices in Brooklyn, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans and people working in communities across the country. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace—specifically, we value diverse experiences with regards to educational background and justice system contact. We hire employees that reflect our values: racial equity, respect, independence, collaboration, and commitment.
Vera is seeking a networked, imaginative, and collaborative colleague for a one-year position to play a key role in our campaign to expand access to postsecondary education, as well as other key federal policy initiatives, by engaging federal policymakers, opinion leaders, and organizational partners to advance our priorities and expand the visibility of Vera’s work.
What you’ll do:
What you bring
The Nitty – Gritty
When you join our team
How to apply
Please submit cover letter and resume. Online submission in PDF format is preferred. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.
However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to
ATTN: People and Culture/ Senior Gov’t Affairs Official
Vera Institute of Justice
34 35th street, 4-2A
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Please use only one method (online or mail) 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 www.vera.org.
At the Vera Institute of Justice, our vision is a society that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for all. At a propitious moment for justice reform, we are standing up and driving change on a variety of fronts—by…
We are taking the steps necessary to become an antiracist institution. This means we are committed to dismantling racism both within our institution and the wider community and to transforming our professional relationships and activities to align with this vision. Through our Racial Equity and Inclusion Initiative, we offer trainings to build organizational capacity and create formal and informal channels for discussion. We have created a Racial Equity Action Plan that spells out some of our key goals and commitments.
As part of our commitment to staff, Vera is proud to offer unique opportunities for professional development.
Learning/Sharing Incentives: Vera supports staff learning and sharing in many forms, including:
Idea Pipeline investments: Any Veran may apply for more significant internal funding to pilot a project that has the potential to become an important new area of work for Vera. The idea pipeline is part of our journey to be more equitable internally by providing a broader range of staff with a path to design new work that will impact the justice field.
Vera encourages opportunities during and after work to strengthen bonds and create meaningful relationships. We host a monthly staff breakfast, sponsor coffee meet-ups, organize brown bag learning opportunities and, twice a year, we convene all staff for a series of workshops and fun.
We are taking the steps necessary to become an antiracist institution. This means we are committed to dismantling racism both within our institution…