Senior Program Associate

Industry: Government & Non-Profit


5 - 7 years

Posted 69 days ago

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Are you interested in joining an organization working to secure equal justice, a fair day in court for immigrants, end mass incarceration, and strengthen families and communities around the country? Do you enjoy working collaboratively on a team, as well as taking initiative and managing projects independently? Enjoy brainstorming and coming up with creative and sustainable solutions, specifically for individual program sites? Does the chance of splitting your time between the office and traveling across the states seem captivating to you? If so, this may be the ideal position for you!

Who We Are

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, envisions a society that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for everyone.

  • We study problems that impede human dignity and justice.
  • We pilot solutions that are at once transformative and achievable.
  • We engage diverse communities in informed debate.
  • We harness the power of evidence to drive effective policy and practice.

Unaccompanied Children Program (UCP)

UCP is a national network that provides legal information and pro bono assistance to unaccompanied children in removal proceedings, both in, and released from, federal custody. The 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

Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice seeks a Senior Program Associate to work in UCP. We are looking for an individual who would feel at home developing and maintaining relationships with project partners. Someone who will be able to continuously identify promising practices among subcontractors and devise ways to disseminate information about such practices to encourage implementation elsewhere. The examples of core responsibilities provided below are illustrative and other responsibilities may be added over time.

  • Devise, manage, and coordinate technical assistance to program sites in the form of peer-to-peer on-site training programs, webinars, conference calls, surveys, phone consultations, and other means as appropriate;
  • Draft site visit evaluations;
  • Coordinate development and review of legal orientation materials (in English and Spanish) and provide meaningful feedback;
  • Oversee and assist in the preparation of reports to government partners;
  • Represent the Center in public speaking engagements and at professional meetings;
  • Manage the work of junior project staff and interns; and
  • Assist with other projects as assigned.

About You

You have demonstrated knowledge of immigration, child welfare, criminal or juvenile justice, or other justice areas, and are able to manage work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently. You are able to work collaboratively in a team, as well as take initiative and manage projects independently. You have a desire to effectuate change in partnership with the government. You have a JD and at least four years of legal, government, or policy work experience.

  • Strong writing and research skills;
  • Strong communication and facilitation skills;
  • Strong data analysis skills;