Special Assistant

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Job location
233 Broadway
12th Floor
New York, NY 10279
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Vera Institute of Justice
Street address: 
233 Broadway
New York
New York
Job type: 
Position Description: 

The Vera Institute of Justice is a research and policy organization that combines expertise in research, demonstration projects, and technical assistance to help leaders in government and civil society 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 an enthusiastic and motivated individual to work as a Special Assistant in support of Vera’s Director of Programs and Strategy (DPS) and Vera’s Executive Vice President and Special Counsel (EVPSC).

The Special Assistant assists with all aspects of day to day support and management of the DPS and EVPSC’s responsibilities. This may include: scheduling, expense reports, managing external and major donor relationships, planning meetings and convenings, supporting staff in submitting federal and foundation grants proposals, and assisting with hiring and consultant contracting, and more. The Special Assistant also has the opportunity to independently manage other organizational initiatives and partnerships.


The Special Assistant is willing to take initiative and responsibility, and thrives in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment. Excellent writing and organizational skills and an interest in criminal justice are essential.

For this position, Vera is looking for applicants with:
•Some college credits and 1-3 years work experience;
•A demonstrated interest in or knowledge of criminal justice, public policy, or social justice topics;
•Excellent writing and communication skills;
•Excellent organizational skills;
•Excellent strategic, problem-solving, and analytic skills;
• Ability to work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently, both independently and collaboratively with a team;
•Experience or training in development, or interest in developing fundraising skills;
•Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, including Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint; and
•A commitment to a collegial workplace.

To apply: 

Please submit cover letter and resume. Online submission in PDF format is preferred.


However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to
ATTN: Human Resources / Special Assistant
Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway, 12th Flr.
New York, NY 10279
Fax: (212) 941-9407

Please use only one method of submission (online, mail or fax).

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 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 our website, www.vera.org.
Salary range: 
Commensurate with experience; includes excellent benefits.