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

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233 Broadway
New York, NY 10279
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
The Vera Institute of Justice
Job type: 
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 is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.

Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice seeks a Senior Program Associate to work in its Los Angeles, California office with its 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.

This is a full-time position based in Los Angeles.


The following are core responsibilities of the position. The examples provided 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;
 Conduct site visits of program sites (expect to conduct 1-2 site visits per month) and draft site visit evaluations;
 Continuously identify promising practices among subcontractors and devise ways to disseminate information about such practices to encourage implementation elsewhere;
 Develop and maintain relationships with project partners;
 Creatively brainstorm solutions for challenges experienced by program sites;
 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 on other projects as assigned.


High 70s, plus excellent benefits

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 and CIJ’s work, please visit



Candidates must possess these minimum qualifications:

 A JD degree;
 At least four years of legal, government, or policy work experience (including internships);
 A demonstrated knowledge of immigration, child welfare, criminal or juvenile justice, or other justice areas;
 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;
 Ability to read and communicate effectively in Spanish (proficiency in other languages is a plus);
 Experience representing detained immigrants and/or children is a strong plus;
 Experience with “know your rights” and other community education initiatives are a strong plus;
 Willingness to travel outside of Los Angeles, CA frequently; and
 A valid driver’s license.

To apply: 

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter, writing sample, and resume. The cover letter should outline the minimum and additional qualifications possessed by the candidate and address how the candidate will use those qualifications to excel at the position’s responsibilities. The writing sample should be no more than 10 pages.

Application deadline is December 1, 2017, though candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Online submission of materials 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 Employer
Submission deadline: 
Friday, December 1, 2017