Common Justice is the newest demonstration project of the Vera Institute of Justice. The project is a victim service program and participatory justice alternative to prison for serious and/or violent felony cases such as assault, burglary, and robbery. The project brings 16-24-year-olds responsible for crimes together with those they have harmed and their support people in a facilitated dialogue to determine appropriate sanctions to take the place of a prison sentence. The project engages and prepares all parties, convenes the dialogues, and provides supervision and support to both those harmed and those responsible for crime. It aims to meet the needs of people harmed by crime, prevent further violence, and improve satisfaction with the justice system. |
While Common Justice serves the full range of people harmed by crime, a full 70% of the victims the demonstration project works with are men of color, many of them young adults. Common Justice recognizes that despite many popular misperceptions, the person most likely to be harmed by violent crime both nationally and in New York City is a 16 to 24-year-old black man —the same person most likely to commit those crimes. And yet current victim services policies and programs all too often fail to meet the needs of this group when they are harmed by crime. Common Justice believes that victims deserve more options that resonate with their sense of justice, safety, and respect, and that communities deserve programs that help halt cycles of violence, improve the public safety, and meet their needs.
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.
The project seeks a hard-working, culturally competent, enthusiastic professional with excellent people skills and a commitment to helping people recover and heal to join the team for this innovative demonstration project.
The Outreach Manager will be responsible for serving as a liaison to the courts, identifying potential cases in court, providing short- and medium-term trauma-informed support to victims of crime, reaching out to victims to offer the program and discuss their needs, conducting intake with both victims and defendants, working with partners at the prosecution and defense bar to manage referrals, reaching out to partnering victim service agencies, and contributing to the program development. In times of limited case flow, the Outreach Manager will support the project and direct service team in strengthening its work with those harmed by crime. Evening and weekend work will be required.
- Experience working with young people required;
- Experience working with survivors of violence and trauma required (need not be victim service program only);
- Experience working with system-involved youth and/or adults strongly preferred;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills required;
- Flexibility and ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently required;
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail required; • Bilingual skills (especially English/Spanish) highly desired;
- Formerly incarcerated people strongly encouraged to apply; and
- Serious commitment to social justice required.
Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.
Please submit a cover letter and resume online.
Electronic submission through Vera ’s online application system is preferred, however, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:
ATTN: Human Resources / CJ Outreach Manager recruitment
Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway, 12th Flr.
New York, NY 10279
Fax: (212) 941-9407
Please use only one method of submission (online, mail, or fax). Please do not email your resume directly to a staff member. No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
The Vera Institute of Justice values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.