Operations Specialist

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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: 

At the Vera Institute of Justice, our mission is to drive change. We are working urgently to build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities. We work with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day - from the causes and consequences of mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement, to the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence.

Vera works in partnership with local, state, and national government officials to create change from within.

•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.

The People and Culture department provides human resources services and support for all of Vera’s centers, departments, programs and projects. We have a staff of over 180 people based primarily in New York City (lower Manhattan and Brooklyn), with satellite offices in Washington, DC, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, and a small group of staff working remotely across the country in several locales, including Washington State, Texas, Tennessee, and Ohio.

Our Operations Specialist supports the work of our People and Culture team in the following areas:

•Administers enrollment and termination processes for our full range of employee benefits plans; troubleshoots problems and assists employees in accessing benefits

•Manages our recordkeeping systems using ADP WorkforceNow

•Posts jobs, identifies recruitment sources and participates in job fairs

•Acts as Onboarding Team Leader by scheduling and processing new staff orientations and paperwork, and new employee support events

•Participates in People and Culture Team events and training planning and execution

•Assists with special projects such as open enrollment and performance management administration


We are looking for candidates that share our Vera values:

•Respect: We listen closely, accept and offer feedback constructively, invite diverse perspectives, and treat each other and our partners with respect and compassion.

•Independence: We ask difficult questions, entertaining unconventional answers, and reckoning with any uncomfortable truths that our research and practice may reveal.

•Collaboration: We actively engage others—from those denied justice to those charged with its administration— because we are most effective when we work in partnership.

•Commitment: We dedicate ourselves to the highest standards in research and practice because nothing short of continual learning and improvement will help us effect the change we seek.

Our ideal candidate has experience in these areas:

• ADP Workforce Now or other HRIS systems

• Excellent organization and communication skills

• Tech savvy – able to navigate and troubleshoot job posting sites, online benefit enrollments

• A genuine interest in human resources operations, talent management, diversity and inclusion efforts

• Knowledge of employee benefits processes or willingness to learn

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 / Operations Specialist, People & Culture
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.