Program Associate
Vera Institute of Justice - New York, NY

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The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is a private, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, demonstration projects, and technical assistance to help leaders in government and civil society 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 Prosecution and Racial Justice Program (P&RJ) at the Vera Institute of Justice seeks a Program Associate to participate in a range of activities furthering the program’s efforts to partner with chief prosecutors in promoting racial fairness in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion. P&RJ has partnered with a group of nationally respected chief prosecutors to create internal systems that will enable them to effectively monitor and manage the use of discretion in their offices. The project will support the prosecutors’ efforts to promote racial fairness in the prosecutorial process by identifying areas of broad discretion and enabling them to work with their deputies and assistant prosecutors to take corrective action if and where patterns of bias emerge.

The Program Associate will report directly to the PRJ’s director. His or her main responsibilities will be:
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of internal management systems at the project sites. This includes helping the director coordinate the deployment of project staff, assessing and observing case processing practices, coaching prosecution staff in the use of the new systems, working with community steering committees at the site, and managing – with the chief prosecutors – local communications efforts;
  • Working with the director to coordinate the development and implementation of the project’s communications effort. As delegated by the director, this effort will include assisting in development of a multi-year plan that includes media, briefing and writing elements. The Program Associate will be required to assist in drafting program publications, op-editorials and talking points for the chief prosecutors, director and advisory board members. S/he will also be expected to present on the project in multiple public speaking engagements;
  • Working with the director to manage and design multi-jurisdictional technical assistance meetings and advisory board meetings; and
  • Assisting in the general development of Vera’s work on prosecution. This may include grant proposal writing, production of briefing and research memoranda and other projects, as assigned.
  • The ideal candidate will be an attorney with at least three years of experience as a prosecutor who possesses a demonstrated interest in criminal justice, and matters relating to racial justice.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills and public speaking ability are required, as are excellent writing abilities.
  • S/he must be able to work effectively with a broad range of people, from prosecutors, community leaders to social scientists.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience facilitating meetings of professionals.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with policy and curriculum development.
  • A successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks, work collegially and be willing to travel outside of New York City up to 2-3 times a month.
Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

How to Apply
Submit cover letter and résumé. Online submission, in PDF format, is preferred.

However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:
ATTN: Human Resources /PRJ Program Associate 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).
No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

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