Program Associate/Senior Program Associate, Center on Immigration and Justice
Part-time/Flex-time Temporary Position (3 month min)
NYC, DC, LA or Remote (open to all of the U.S.)
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 seeks one or more Program Associate(s) or Senior Program Associate(s), depending on experience level, to work with its Center on Immigration and Justice (CIJ). CIJ manages several national networks that provide legal information and pro bono assistance to immigrants in removal proceedings, both in, and released from, federal custody. Vera is responsible for managing these networks, including monitoring compliance with subcontracts, determining and promoting best practices, and providing technical assistance to subcontractors.
The position can be based in New York, Washington, DC, or Los Angeles, or be remote (all of the U.S. is available) and is part-time to full-time (at least 15 hours per week). We can accommodate a flexible schedule. This is a temporary position with a minimum commitment of 3 months with a possibility of the position becoming full-time and permanent.
Duties may include the following:
- Devise, manage, and coordinate technical assistance to program sites in the form of peer-to-peer on-site training programs, webinars, conference calls, surveys, phone consultations, and other means as appropriate;
- Continuously identify promising practices among subcontractors and devise ways to disseminate information about such practices to encourage implementation elsewhere;
- Conduct site visits of program sites, which includes plane travel and driving, and draft site visit evaluations;
- Develop and maintain relationships with project partners;
- Creatively brainstorm solutions for challenges experienced by program sites;
- Coordinate development and review of legal orientation materials (in English and Spanish) and provide meaningful feedback;
- Manage the work of junior project staff and interns; and
- Assist on other projects as assigned.
Candidates must possess the following:
- A JD degree;
- At least two (for Program Associate) to four (for Senior Program Associate) years of legal, government, or policy work experience (including internships);
- A demonstrated knowledge of immigration, child welfare, criminal or juvenile justice, or other justice areas;
- Ability to read and communicate effectively in Spanish (proficiency in other languages is a plus);
- A desire to effectuate change in partnership with the government;
- Strong writing and research skills;
- Strong communication and facilitation skills;
- Strong data analysis skills;
- Ability to manage work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently;
- Ability to work collaboratively on a team, as well as to take initiative and manage projects independently;
- Ability to successfully balance travel responsibilities with office-based responsibilities;
- Willingness to travel frequently;
- A valid driver’s license;
- Experience representing detained immigrants is a strong plus; and
- Experience with “know your rights” and other community education initiatives are a strong plus.
Hourly, based on experience.
Please submit cover letter and resume. Cover letters should include your desired number of hours/days of work per week as well as 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: Human Resources / CIJ Temp Program/ Senior Program Associate 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.
For more information about Vera and CIJ’s work, please visit www.vera.org.