Who we are
The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is a nonprofit criminal justice organization that strives to build just government institutions and safe communities free from the scourge of racism, white supremacy, profit, and inequity that is pervasive in this country’s legal systems. We are an “inside” lane organization that drives change at scale with ambitious public sector leaders who share our commitment to building anti-racist, reparative systems that deliver justice. We leverage our access to government to transform these systems and work collaboratively with stakeholders across many movements—including advocacy, grassroots, and grassroots organizations. Our role is to pilot solutions that are transformative and achievable, harness the power of evidence to drive effective policy and practice, and use advocacy and communications to change narratives and norms.
Vera has a staff of almost 300 people and offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace. We expect our staff to embody respect, independence, collaboration, commitment, anti-racism, and equity—both in our outward-facing work and the internal culture of our workplace. We value a range of experiences in people’s educational backgrounds and encourage people who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system to apply.
Who you are:
The Senior Program Associate leads site-specific work within Vera’s jail decarceration portfolio. This includes serving as the primary point of contact and project manager for sites participating in the Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC) – a multi-million-dollar, multi-year effort to reduce the misuse and overuse of jails through technical assistance – as well as non-SJC sites and for published reports that change the narrative about jails. The Senior Program Associate also assists in seeking and responding to opportunities to partner with communities and county and city government to develop a plan for jail decarceration, to prevent the construction of new jails, and to design reinvestment strategies.
In this role, you will:
Provide assistance and coaching to help counties and cities reduce their reliance on jail and develop alternatives for keeping people safe and thriving in the community.
Draft and edit program reports, proposals, presentations, and blog posts.
Work with Program Director and other senior leadership to identify new opportunities to work with jurisdictions to decarcerate and invest in alternatives to jail.
Supervise and empower junior project team members and collaborate with others across the Institute.
Other duties as required.
What qualifications do you need?
List of Required Software applications:
Applications may also be faxed to:
ATTN: Human Resources / Senior Program Associate, Jail Decarceration Initiative
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.
As a federal contractor, and in order to ensure a healthy and safe work environment, Vera Institute of Justice is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccine before their start date. Employees who cannot receive the vaccine because of a disability/medical contraindication or sincerely-held religious belief may request an accommodation (e.g., an exemption) to this requirement.
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
Who we are
The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is a nonprofit criminal justice organization that strives to build just government institutions and safe communities free from the scourge of racism, white supremacy, profit, and…