Senior Program Associate
Vera Institute of Justice - New Orleans, LA

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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 ’s New Orleans office focuses on criminal justice reform initiatives to improve the efficiency and fairness of the criminal justice system and to reduce reliance on incarceration, particularly of persons awaiting trial. For the past five years, Vera New Orleans has partnered with local criminal justice agencies to develop and implement a range of such reforms. Vera currently seeks a bright, hard-working, and creative person with a demonstrated commitment to New Orleans and to improving criminal justice for the position of Senior Program Associate.

The Senior Program Associate will take the lead on one or more current initiatives and, importantly, help to develop new initiatives that advance the goals of justice, public safety, and system effectiveness. The Senior Program Associate works closely with the director of the office as well as independently and in constructive collaboration with other staff and our partners in government and the community. Maturity, self confidence, diligence, and a passion for the work are the hallmarks of the position.

Responsibilities
The Senior Program Associate ’s duties include the following:
  • Develop and maintain an excellent working relationship with government partners;
  • Take the lead on advancing several current system improvement initiatives;
  • Develop new initiatives, including exploring the practicalities of funding, and implement the new work;
  • Research the academic and practice literatures to identify good practices that may be applicable to New Orleans;
  • Respond to requests for information and assistance from colleagues in government and civic and community groups;
  • Collaborate closely with Vera researchers and data analysts to ensure that current and future work is grounded in the relevant data and that outcome measurements are in place;
  • Assist in a range of interactive public education efforts to ensure the office ’s work reflects the needs of the community and the community is kept apprised of the work;
  • Grant writing and other forms of fundraising to support the office ’s work; and
  • Share in the office ’s administrative tasks.
Qualifications
Candidates for the position must possess the following:
  • Advanced degree in law, criminal justice, government, or a related field, with at least five years of relevant experience in a criminal justice field;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • An eagerness to work closely in a team, often under time pressure and other stresses that make collegiality of critical importance;
  • A strong interest in social justice for underserved populations required; a demonstrated interest and experience working with criminal justice-involved individuals preferred;
  • Excellent strategic, problem-solving, and analytic skills; and
  • Experience and comfort with social science and/or legal research.
Salary
Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and comprehensive resume online.

Online application is preferred, however, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to

ATTN: NOLA Senior Program Associate recruitment
Vera Institute of Justice
546 Carondelet
New Orleans, LA 70130
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.
For more information about Vera and its work in New Orleans, please visit www.vera.org