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.
Common Justice is a demonstration project of the Vera Institute of Justice. Common Justice develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration. Locally, we operate the first alternative to incarceration and victim service program in the United States to focus on violent felonies in the adult courts. Nationally, we leverage the lessons from our direct service to transform the justice system through partnerships, advocacy, and elevating the experience and power of those most impacted. Rigorous and hopeful, we build practical strategies to hold people accountable for harm, break cycles of violence, and secure safety, healing and justice for survivors and their communities.
Common Justice recognizes that young men of color are among the most likely people in our country to be harmed by violence, and among the least likely to receive healing support when they are hurt. The HealingWorks Learning Collaborative addresses the compelling needs of these young survivors by delivering tools, resources, and community-building support to the people and organizations that serve them. HealingWorks’ goal is to unite the individuals and organizations that do this critical work, providing mechanisms to share and explore practices, increase resources, and elevate the leadership of those who have paved the way. Because effective practice doesn’t happen in isolation, HealingWorks promotes practices that take place in a community context, addressing the essential roles of women, elders, and other community members in facilitating healing. Together, the HealingWorks collaborative helps build a field that can meet the needs of young men of color survivors and their broader communities.
Common Justice seeks a hard-working, culturally responsive professional with excellent communication and people skills and a commitment to racial equity, to join the team for this ground-breaking initiative.
The National Director will use both organizing and training skills to promote a national healing agenda for young men of color survivors of violence. Working closely with the HealingWorks Community Director, they will help maintain and expand the HealingWorks network in New York City and nationally.
In early 2015, Congress passed a budget which includes a $1.6 billion increase in funding for victim services nationally. The National Director will work with partner organizations to ensure that the greatest possible share of this money goes to support young men of color and other under-served victims of crime. To this end, the National Director will be responsible for identifying non-traditional victim service providers (in contexts such as hospital-based violence intervention programs, educational settings, employment programs, alternative to incarceration and reentry programs, churches, and other settings) to become active participants in the HealingWorks network, and to position themselves to successfully compete for Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) support. Frequent travel is required.
- Experience organizing networks or coalitions required
- Digital organizing experience preferred
- Excellent oral and written communication skills required
- Flexibility, strong organizational skills, and ability to work independently required
- Experience working with survivors of violence and trauma preferred
- Policy experience preferred
- Training experience preferred
- Bilingual skills (especially English/Spanish) preferred
- Formerly incarcerated people strongly encouraged to apply
- Serious commitment to social justice required
- Willingness and ability to travel
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 / National Director, HealingWorks, Common Justice
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 Common Justice’s work, please visit www.vera.org.