Program Analyst, Center on Immigration and Justice

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


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. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans, and its projects and reform initiatives, typically conducted in partnership with local, state, or national officials, are located across the United States and around the world. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.

Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice seeks one or more Program Analyst(s) to work with its Unaccompanied Children Program – a national network that provide legal information and pro bono assistance to unaccompanied children in removal proceedings, both in and released from federal custody. The Unaccompanied Children Program is responsible for managing this network, including monitoring compliance with subcontracts, determining and promoting best practices, and providing technical assistance to subcontractors.

The position is based in New York, Washington DC or Los Angeles and is full time.


The Program Analyst will work closely with all program staff in carrying out the following duties:

§ Monitor, review and analyze quantitative and qualitative program information received from program partners and other stakeholders;

§ Assist with budgeting and contracting with program partners;

§ Assist in preparing reports to government partners;

§ Process invoices from program partners;

§ Conduct budget analyses and spending projections;

§ Assist in planning, preparing for, and taking notes at meetings, conference calls, and webinars and conferences;

§ Carry out logistical/event planning for numerous trainings and conferences hosted by Vera on an annual basis;

§ Assist in stakeholder relations and communications;

§ Assist in the review, editing, and development of program and technical assistance materials;

§ Provide administrative support to the project and the Program Director(s);

§ Conduct background research on issues related to unaccompanied children and distill key findings into written communications;

§ Brainstorm project ideas to build upon past and current work; and

§ Assist on other projects as assigned.


Candidates must possess the following qualifications:

§ Bachelor’s degree;

§ A demonstrated interest in or knowledge of immigration and/or children’s rights issues;

§ Ability to work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently, both independently and collaboratively with a team;

§ Strong oral and written communication skills;

§ Strong knowledge of Excel, particularly sorting and filtering data and generating projections;

§ Familiarity with other components of the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint), and other computer skills;

§ Strong multi-tasking abilities and organizational skills;

§ Experience with “know your rights” and other community education initiatives is a plus; and

§ Fluency in Spanish is a strong plus (proficiency in other languages is a plus).

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume. Cover letters should include your preferred job location. 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: People and Culture / CIJ Program Analyst 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, 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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