Part-time, Temporary Position (4-month minimum)
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 a part-time Government Affairs Associate for its Washington, DC office. The DC office is a primary base to engage federal officials and expand the visibility of Vera’s work by making their research and expertise readily available to policymakers, opinion leaders, and organizational partners. The Government Affairs Associate will support activities and events relating to Vera’s awareness of and participation in national policy discussions.
Vera opened its DC office in 2005 to serve as a headquarters for the Commission on Safety & Abuse in America’s Prisons. Since June 2006, when the commission published its landmark report Confronting Confinement, the mission of Vera’s office in Washington, DC, has broadened to include projects relating to various areas of Vera’s work, ranging from corrections to victimization and safety. The DC office is fully incorporated into Vera’s centers and programs, putting the resources of the Institute – technical assistance, research and demonstration projects – at the disposal of partners and legislators located in or connected to the nation’s capital.
Reporting directly to Vera’s Director of Government Affairs, the Government Affairs Associate will:
- Serve as a liaison between Hill staff and DC-based advocacy groups and Vera staff in order to communicate Vera’s goals and mission to a broad stakeholder audience.
- Support efforts to expand interactions and relationships with federal, state, and local government partners, and identify and pursue government funding opportunities for Vera’s work.
- In partnership with program and communications staff, organize and host briefings, meetings, and events involving high-level federal and non-governmental participants, as well as Members of Congress and their staff, to highlight Vera’s work.
- Provide editorial assistance on preparing testimony as needed, fact sheets targeted to legislators and federal agencies about Vera’s work, and briefing materials, including background information and talking points to prepare Vera staff for meetings or testimony and ensuring effective distribution of Vera publications to DC-based audiences.
- Track and review pending legislation, executive orders, and regulations; follow Congressional committee hearings and mark-ups, on funding and other issues; and provide support in monitoring the federal budget and appropriations process to identify current funding issues that relate to or may impact Vera’s work.
Candidates must possess the following qualifications:
- Candidates should possess a strong interest in social justice, policy, commitment to fairness and a demonstrated knowledge of federal legislative process and justice issues.
- At least a B.A. degree.
- Strong consideration will be given to candidates with experience working on Capitol Hill and/or a federal agency.
- Experience researching and analyzing federal policy and legislation, and have an understanding of the activities and functions of relevant Congressional Committees, including the Senate and House Judiciary and Appropriations Committees.
- Effective interpersonal and organizational skills, and superior communication and presentation skills (both written and oral), including grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
- Ability to find and review information from a variety of sources and analyze information quickly.
- A high degree of personal initiative, professionalism, discretion and dedication to work is essential.
- A team-player with a commitment to a collegial workplace.
The position is part-time (up to 19 hours per week). We can accommodate a flexible schedule. This is a temporary position with a minimum commitment of 4 months.
$35 per hour
How to apply
Please submit cover letter and resume. Cover letters should include your desired number of hours/days per week of work. 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 / Govt Affairs 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, please visit www.vera.org.