Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice seeks a Senior Program Associate to work in its Unaccompanied Children Program.
This is a full-time position and is based in Los Angeles, CA.
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. Vera is committed to securing equal justice, ending mass incarceration, and strengthening families and communities.
- 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.
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.
Who you are
You are passionate about social and racial justice, motivated to drive change, and unafraid to challenge the status quo. You are enthusiastic, collaborative, curious, and kind. The idea of working on a team of people who come from diverse backgrounds and perspectives inspires you. You are passionate about Vera’s mission.
What you’ll be working on
- 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.
What qualifications do you need?
- 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 frequently; and
- A valid driver’s license.
The Nitty - Gritty
- Salary is competitive at 80K plus excellent benefits
- The preferred location for this position is Los Angles, California
- People with diverse backgrounds, including those with lived experience, are encouraged to apply.
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 can count on doing solutions-oriented and policy-driven research that is innovative and fulfilling. We ask difficult questions and entertain unconventional answers so we can reckon with the uncomfortable truths of our work.
- 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.