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, 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.
Through its Center on Victimization and Safety, Vera works to enhance services and systems for communities at elevated risk of harm who are often marginalized by mainstream services—in particular, people with disabilities, Deaf people, people with limited English proficiency, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals, and young men of color.
Since 2006, in partnership with Deaf anti-violence organizations across the country, we have been working to address domestic and sexual violence in the lives of Deaf individuals through trainings, technical assistance, conferences and other Deaf-specific initiatives. One of our key goals is to increase Deaf survivors access to safe, culturally appropriate services. Services that are rooted in Deaf culture and provided in American Sign Language are the most effective; however, these services are not available to many Deaf survivors because there are a limited number of Deaf-specific victim services programs across the country. To address this gap in services for Deaf survivors, Vera is launching a planning process to design a national Deaf service line that will enable Deaf survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence and stalking to speak directly with a Deaf advocate or an individual who is fluent in their sign language via video phone 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Vera seeks a part-time Sr. Program Associate to lead this planning process.
- Lead a comprehensive planning and development process.
- Conduct an assessment to identify unmet needs of Deaf survivors and strengths that can be drawn upon to address those needs.
- Conduct best practice research on remote service lines.
- Research and identify technology appropriate for video-based service provision.
- Conduct interviews, site visits, and roundtable events with experts in serving Deaf survivors.
- Draft a comprehensive program and business plan for the service line.
- Collaborate and maintain relationships with advocates in the Deaf anti-violence field and other stakeholders.
- Represent the Center in speaking engagements and meetings.
- Assist on other projects as requested.
- An advanced academic degree in public policy, public administration, social work, criminal justice, or equivalent.
- A minimum of six years relevant work experience in culturally and linguistically-specific Deaf victim services.
- A demonstrated and in-depth knowledge of Deaf culture, domestic and sexual violence against Deaf people, and serving Deaf survivors.
- Experience designing and providing victim services for Deaf survivors.
- Experience conducting needs assessments, including focus groups, and developing strategic/business plans.
- Excellent analytic, problem-solving, and communication skills.
- Strong facilitation and diplomacy skills.
- Ability to work effectively with, or without, close supervision in a collaborative environment with a remote team.
- Solid organizational skills and the ability to manage work on multiple projects efficiently.
- Willingness to travel an average of two times per month.
- Fluency in American Sign Language is required.
Commensurate with experience, 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 / CVS Sr. Program Associate
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 Victimization and Safety’s work, please visit www.vera.org.