Program Associate, Center on Immigration and Justice

Vera Institute of Justice - New York, NY (30+ days ago)2.3

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 Center on Immigration and Justice seeks a Program Associate to work in its New York office with its Unaccompanied Children Program – a national network that provide legal information and pro bono assistance to unaccompanied children in removal proceedings, both in and released from federal custody. The Unaccompanied Children Program is responsible for managing this network, including monitoring compliance with subcontracts, determining and promoting best practices, and providing technical assistance to subcontractors.

The position is based in New York and is full time.


The Program Associate will work closely with all program staff in carrying out the following duties:

Monitor, review and analyze quantitative and qualitative program information received from program partners and other stakeholders to inform program development, management and reporting;
Organize and prepare reports, including both quantitative and qualitative analysis, to government partners;
Conduct periodic needs assessments and work with Vera team and subcontracted TA providers to address network TA needs;
Plan, in consultation with the Vera team, conference calls, webinars, on-line discussions, surveys and phone consultations, as well as other technical assistance projects;
Assist in the development, review, and editing of program materials, as well as the planning of regional training conferences;
Conduct legal and policy research, and write memoranda;
Develop and maintain relationships with project partners;
Identify promising practices among legal service subcontractors and devise ways to disseminate information about such practices to encourage implementation elsewhere;
Thoughtfully brainstorm solutions for challenges experienced by legal service subcontractors; and
Assist on other projects as assigned.

Candidates must possess the following qualifications:
A J.D. degree;
At least two years work or field experience in an advocacy, government, or policy-related position;
A demonstrated knowledge of immigration, juvenile justice, or child welfare issues;
A desire to effectuate change in partnership with the government;
Strong writing and research skills;
Strong data analysis skills;
Strong communication and facilitation skills;
Strong multi-tasking abilities and organizational skills;
Strong Excel, PowerPoint, and other computer skills;
Ability to work collaboratively on a team, as well as to take initiative and manage projects independently;
Ability to work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently;
Fluency in Spanish is a strong plus (proficiency in other languages is a plus); and
Experience representing detained immigrants, or with “know your rights” and other community education initiatives, is a plus.

Commensurate with experience, and competitive benefits.

To Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume.

No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Online submission in PDF format is strongly preferred.

However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to

ATTN: People and Culture

Vera Institute of Justice

233 Broadway, 12th Fl.

New York, NY 10279

Fax: (212) 941-9407

Please use only one method of submission (online, mail, or fax).

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.

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