- Program Associate, Incarceration’s Front Door, CSC,USA

Program Associate, Incarceration’s Front Door, Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Vera Institute of Justice


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 is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.


Vera’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections (CSC) is a group of dynamic and diverse staff who share a passion for social justice and a commitment to excellence in all of our work.  CSC has a staff of 27 located primarily in New York, who encompass expertise in the law, corrections, conditions of confinement, social science research, cost benefit analysis, family engagement, reentry, post-secondary education, and other topics. They work on nearly a dozen active projects spanning sentencing and correctional policy and practice reform, including projects focused on jail and pre-trial reform, reductions in prison and jail populations, expanding access to higher education during incarceration, reentry and public housing, reducing solitary confinement and restrictive housing in correctional facilities.


CSC seeks a professional to support our work on reducing the overuse of jail incarceration.  The position will be focused on helping jurisdictions around the country reduce their jail populations and helping Vera transform the model of an effective local criminal justice system.




The Program Associate’s duties include the following:


Provide technical assistance to our partners in the field, including both on-site and from the office, on issues related to reducing the use of jail incarceration.  Tasks include helping government stakeholders understand their local justice systems through system mapping and data analysis, facilitating collaborative planning processes among system stakeholders, providing guidance on national research and program models, developing recommendations, delivering presentations to stakeholders, and helping structure the implementation of reforms.

Assist in researching and writing reports, memoranda, and briefs.

Participate in research and writing projects on issues related to jail incarceration;

Participate in collaborative planning with Vera staff and partner agencies;

Grant writing and reporting;

Assist on other tasks as required.




A law degree or graduate degree in political science, criminal justice, public policy, or other related field with several years of work experience; professional experience with no graduate degree will also be considered;

Demonstrated interest in and/or knowledge of policy development, government, criminal justice and social justice for underserved populations;

Strong research and writing skills;

Excellent strategic, problem-solving, and analytic skills;

Ability to work under time pressure and other stresses that make collegiality of critical importance;

Ability to manage work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently;

Strong interpersonal and communications skills;

Ability to work with people of diverse experiences and backgrounds;

Willingness and ability to work independently as well as with a team; and

Willingness and ability to travel outside of New York.


This is a full time position based in New York City.


Please submit cover letter and resume. Online submission in PDF format is preferred. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.


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


ATTN: Human Resources / CSC Jails PA Recruitment, Vera Institute of Justice, 233 Broadway, 12th Floor,New York, NY 10279, 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.


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, 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 and the Center on Sentencing and Corrections, please visit www.vera.org.


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Job posted on 14th February 2018

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