Senior Program Associate
Vera Louisiana
Posted on 8/24/2023
Vera Institute of Justice

201-500 employees

Advocates for justice system reform and racial equality
Company Overview
Vera Institute of Justice is a leading organization committed to addressing pressing social injustices, with a focus on reducing mass incarceration, racial disparities, and enhancing public trust in law enforcement. The company's culture is rooted in respect for human dignity, and it employs comprehensive strategies that prioritize public health and accountability. Vera's competitive advantage lies in its successful initiatives, such as the Second Chance Pell Programs, which have increased access to college education for incarcerated individuals, and its legal support for immigrants, significantly improving their chances of establishing the right to remain in the US.
Social Impact

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Brooklyn, New York

Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth

New Orleans, LA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
  • Proven track record developing and executing effective legislative campaigns on criminal legal system reform or similar issues
  • Bachelor's degree plus 4 - 7 years of legal, government, or policy work experience; in lieu of a bachelor's degree, applicable work or lived experience may be considered
  • Ability and willingness to travel (up to 30% of the time) to, and within, Louisiana's 64 parishes with dedicated time in Baton Rouge during the legislative session
  • Master's or law degree. In lieu of a master's or law degree, applicable work or life experience may be considered
  • Experience with the Louisiana Legislature
  • Experience engaging local and/or state governments and broad coalitions to build consensus on policy reform issues
  • Understanding of the Louisiana criminal legal system and reform landscape, existing relationships with criminal legal system reform advocates, and government partners
  • We value diverse experience in people's educational backgrounds and encourage people who have lived experience with the criminal legal and immigration systems to apply
  • Strong communication and advocacy skills
  • Strong campaign and project management skills
  • Strong writing and policy research skills
  • Ability to multitask and manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously, as well as balance travel responsibilities with office-based responsibilities
  • Ability to read and communicate effectively in Spanish or another language (preferred but not required)
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a national, remote team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to identify needs and gaps in network and to proactively and creatively develop solutions and resources, as appropriate
  • Microsoft Office Suite; Zoom; Slack; and Asana (can learn on job)
  • In collaboration with Vera Louisiana leadership and Vera's Advocacy and Partnerships department, plan and implement Vera Louisiana's advocacy strategy
  • Develop and manage campaign processes to ensure that aligned organizations execute on timely advocacy actions (such as developing and maintaining stakeholder databases and listservs and routinely drafting and sharing campaign information, materials and calls to action, managing projects etc.)
  • Represent Vera Louisiana's priorities within relevant coalitions and partnerships
  • Cultivate, maintain, and grow relationships with statewide organizations, stakeholders, and elected officials and their staff, including working collaboratively with Vera Louisiana's current partners
  • Educate, build strong relationships, and advocate directly with elected officials and other government officials, such as Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections
  • Collaborate with Vera Louisiana leadership on statewide technical assistance and advocacy efforts, including travel to Baton Rouge or other parishes in Louisiana as needed for engagement with state officials or statewide coalition work
  • Collaborate with lobbyists as needed to execute on Vera Louisiana's campaign priorities and legislative agenda
  • Monitor and analyze legislation, regulatory change, and associated news that impacts Vera Louisiana's advocacy and strategic priorities
  • Monitor budgets developments relevant to Vera Louisiana's advocacy and strategic priorities
  • Provide relevant updates to the team based on research and escalate strategic opportunities or potential threats to Vera Louisiana's progress
  • Propose strategies to influence government and elected officials
  • Collaborate with Vera team members, in the Louisiana office and on other teams throughout Vera, to develop model policies and legislative instruments