Senior Program Associate

Beyond Jails Initiative

Posted on 5/3/2024

Vera Institute of Justice

Vera Institute of Justice

201-500 employees

Advocates for justice system reform and racial equality

Social Impact


New Orleans, LA, USA + 3 more

Required Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree + 4 years of relevant experience
  • Experience in leading and / or supporting grassroots and / or legislative advocacy campaigns
  • Demonstrated experience with the criminal legal system, criminal court practices, and bail / pretrial justice policy
  • Experience working in state legislatures
  • 3 years of policy and advocacy experience in the criminal legal system reform space, building coalitions, allies, and strategy
  • Support the implementation of the annual advocacy plan for each priority state
  • Collaborate with the team to design and assist with implementation of local policy changes that can be scaled to a statewide policy change or law
  • Work with the Beyond Jails Initiative team to develop model policies, fact sheets, and educational materials on pre-trial reform
  • Assist in drafting policies and legislation, and provide training and technical assistance for site-based pre-trial reform efforts
  • Develop and expand Vera’s expertise on pre-trail reform by researching and contributing to publications
  • Research jurisdiction-specific practices, constitutional and statutory bail provisions, and pretrial practices
  • Support Vera’s place-based initiatives in pretrial and bail reform advocacy efforts
  • Provide one-off legislative support, research, or testimony in support of existing coalitions or allied organizations
  • Educate and advocate directly with government officials and their staff
  • Develop and maintain relationships with government actors, elected officials, community groups, and legal practitioners
  • Help drive the creation of a coordinated, large-scale communications and campaign strategy
  • Represent the BJI’s interests in issue-based coalitions
  • Manage intern(s) and assist in their onboarding to the initiative

Vera Institute of Justice

Vera Institute of Justice


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.

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Brooklyn, New York



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