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Program Associate, Unlocking Potential (Brooklyn, Washington DC, Los Angeles)

Company: Vera Institute of Justice
Location: Brooklyn
Posted on: November 23, 2021

Job Description:

Who We Are

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is a nonprofit criminal justice organization that strives to build just government institutions and safe communities free from the scourge of racism, white supremacy, profit, and inequity that is pervasive in this country's legal systems. We are an "inside" lane organization that drives change at scale with ambitious public sector leaders who share our commitment to building anti-racist, reparative systems that deliver justice. We leverage our access to government to transform these systems and work collaboratively with stakeholders across many movements-including advocacy, and grassroots organizations. Our role is to pilot solutions that are transformative and achievable, harness the power of evidence to drive effective policy and practice, and use advocacy and communications to change narratives and norms.

Vera has a staff of almost 300 people and offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace. We expect our staff to embody respect, independence, collaboration, commitment, anti-racism, and equity-both in our outward-facing work and the internal culture of our workplace. We value a range of experiences in people's educational backgrounds and encourage people who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system to apply.

Who you are:

The Program Associate delivers technical assistance to partners in the Unlocking Potential project and supports Vera's research projects in this area. This portfolio includes technical assistance to some of the 130 colleges and 42 corrections agencies as part of the U.S. Department of Education's Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative, as well as any new sites selected to participate in the initiative, and various other projects designed to enhance the quality and quantity of postsecondary programs in prison across the country and the equitable rate of completions among incarcerated students.

In this role, you will:
Technical Assistance
Provide technical assistance to colleges and corrections agencies focused on increasing the quantity and quality of postsecondary education in prison and the equitable completion rates of incarcerated students
Provide support to related research projects and campaign activities
Provide technical assistance on special projects both as project and site lead (i.e., Race Equity and Inclusion, Corrections Education Leadership Academy, and the BJA education and reentry grant)
Share Knowledge Through Conferences and Reports
Draft and edit program reports, presentations, and blog posts
Present on Vera's work at conferences, on webinars, and other external events
Informing Strategy
Assist the Associate Program Director with designing the technical assistance to colleges and corrections agencies throughout the country
Assist the Associate Program Director with planning for the implementation of special projects (Race Equity and Inclusion, Corrections Education Leadership Academy, and the BJA education and reentry grant)
Support Fundraising
Assist the Initiative Director with fundraising, including drafting proposals and reports, and responding to RFPs
Other duties as assigned
Supervise interns and fellows as required

What qualifications do you need?

Bachelors Degree and ideally 3-5 years of work experience in higher education, corrections education, or a similar field

Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
Driver's license helpful for travel but not required

Applications may also be faxed to:

ATTN: Human Resources / Program Associate, Unlocking Potential

Vera Institute of Justice

34 35th St, Suite 4-2A, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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.

As a federal contractor, and in order to ensure a healthy and safe work environment, Vera Institute of Justice is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccine before their start date. Employees who cannot receive the vaccine because of a disability/medical contraindication or sincerely-held religious belief may request an accommodation (e.g., an exemption) to this requirement.

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, current employment status, or caregiver 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, please visit

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