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Senior Program Associate, CIJ (Attorney)

Los Angeles, CA
Full Time
Practice Areas: Immigration Exp.: 4+ Years
This is a full-time position available from a remote location or based in one of Vera’s offices (New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC). Please note that our headquarters formerly in Manhattan have relocated to Industry City in Brooklyn, NY.

Are you interested in joining an organization working to secure equal justice, a fair day in court for immigrants, end mass incarceration, and strengthen families and communities around the country? Do you enjoy working collaboratively on a team, as well as taking initiative and managing projects independently? Enjoy brainstorming and coming up with creative and sustainable solutions, specifically for individual program sites? Does the chance of splitting your time between the office and traveling across the states seem captivating to you? If so, this may be the ideal position for you!

Who We Are
  • The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, envisions a society that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for everyone.
  • 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.

We work with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day—from 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 has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace—specifically, we value diverse experiences with regard to educational background and justice system contact. We hire employees that reflect our values: respect, independence, collaboration, and commitment.

The Legal Orientation Program
The LOP was created to inform detained immigrants about their rights, and the immigration court and detention processes. Vera staff work with federal government partners at EOIR and nonprofit legal service agencies to provide detained people at 46 facilities nationwide with information about forms of relief from removal, how to represent themselves in immigration court, and how to get legal representation.

The Immigration Court Helpdesk
The ICH is a program that serves non-detained respondents who are scheduled for Master Calendar hearings at five EOIR Immigration Courts. The goal of ICH is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of immigration court proceedings by informing non-detained respondents appearing before the court about court practices and procedures, available legal options, and other relevant topics.

The Position
  • Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice seeks a Senior Program Associate to work remotely or in one of its office locations (New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC) with the Legal Orientation Program (LOP) and Immigration Court Helpdesk (ICH). Vera staff is responsible for managing service provider networks, including monitoring compliance with subcontracts, providing technical assistance, and conducting program evaluation. The examples of core responsibilities provided below are illustrative and other responsibilities may be added over time.
  • Conduct site visits of program sites across the country (expect to conduct 6-12 trips a year) and draft site visit evaluations;
  • Provide technical assistance to program sites in the form of site visits, on-site training programs, conference calls, individual consultations, and other means as appropriate;
  • Plan and execute peer-to-peer on-site training programs for new providers;
  • Assist in the preparation of quarterly and annual reports to government partners;
  • Prepare and deliver webinars about best practices, immigration law, and detention;
  • Continuously identify promising practices among program sites and devise ways to disseminate information about such practices to encourage implementation elsewhere;
  • Coordinate development and review of legal orientation materials (in English and Spanish) and provide meaningful feedback;
  • Facilitate regular check-in conference calls; and
  • Assist on other projects as assigned.

What qualifications do you need?
  • You have a JD degree, removal defense experience, and at least four years of relevant immigration representation, government, or policy work experience. You are willing to travel frequently and have a valid driver’s license.
  • Spanish proficiency;
  • A demonstrated interest in program administration and public policy,
  • A desire to effectuate change in partnership with government;
  • Ability to successfully balance travel responsibilities with office-based responsibilities;
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills;
  • Ability to manage work on multiple projects simultaneously, efficiently and effectively;
  • Ability to work collaboratively on a team and manage projects independently;
  • Strong writing and research skills;
  • Experience with “know your rights” and other community education initiatives preferred;
  • Ability to work with people of diverse experiences and backgrounds.
  • Please note that candidates will have to obtain a federal security clearance in order to review program data.

The Nitty – Gritty
  • This is a full-time position and can be located in Vera’s NY, LA or DC office, or remote.
  • Salary is competitive at 80k, plus excellent benefits

When you join our team
  • You can expect to work with a team of amazing people who have tenacity, are creative, scrappy, and are committed to getting the work done. Why? Because our work is urgent, impactful, and more important than ever.
  • You will have a gym membership you can’t turn down, great benefits, and work-life balance. Driving meaningful change is hard work. But we also know that you have a life, places to go, and people to see.

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