Senior Program Associate, Center on Immigration and Justice Los Angeles, CA

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Job location
707 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 3850
Los Angeles, CA 90017
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Vera Institute of Justice
Street address: 
233 Broadway
New York
New York
Job type: 
Policy Development/Advocacy
Position Description: 

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 seeks a Senior Program Associate to work with its Center on Immigration and Justice (CIJ) to support its new multi-city initiative on immigrant representation.

CIJ works with government, nonprofit partners, and communities to improve government systems that affect immigrants’ lives. CIJ focuses on two objectives: increasing immigrants’ access to legal services, and improving relationships between immigrant communities and law enforcement. The center administers legal services programs, develops and implements pilot programs, provides technical assistance, and conducts evaluation and empirical research.

The position is based in Los Angeles and is full time.



Duties may include the following:
 Devise, manage, and coordinate technical assistance to program sites (both to local governments and to legal services providers) in the form of peer-to-peer on-site training programs, webinars, conference calls, surveys, phone consultations, site visits, and other means as appropriate;
 Continuously identify promising practices among programs and devise ways to disseminate information about such practices to encourage implementation elsewhere;
 Conduct site visits of program sites, which includes plane travel and driving, and draft site visit evaluations;
 Develop and maintain relationships with project partners;
 Creatively brainstorm solutions for challenges experienced by program sites;
 Manage the work of junior project staff and interns; and
 Assist on other projects as assigned.


Candidates must possess the following:
 A JD degree;
 At least four years of legal, government, or policy work experience (including internships);
 A demonstrated knowledge of immigration law and other justice areas;
 Ability to read and communicate effectively in Spanish a plus;
 A desire to effectuate change in partnership with the government;
 Strong writing and research skills;
 Strong communication and facilitation skills;
 Strong data analysis skills;
 Ability to manage work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently;
 Ability to work collaboratively on a team, as well as to take initiative and manage projects independently;
 Ability to successfully balance travel responsibilities with office-based responsibilities;
 Willingness to travel frequently;
 A valid driver’s license; and
 Experience representing detained immigrants is a strong plus.

To apply: 

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

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

ATTN: Human Resources / CIJ Senior Program Associate 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.

Equal Opportunity 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. Employer
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