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|Job Title:||Senior Program Associate, Center on Immigration and Justice|
|Organization:||Vera Institute of Justice|
|Description:||SENIOR PROGRAM ASSOCIATE
Center on Immigration and Justice
The Vera Institute of Justice combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to help leaders in government and civil society improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. The Institute seeks a senior program associate to work in the management of the Legal Orientation Program (LOP) and the Unaccompanied Children Program (UCP), within Vera?s Center on Immigration and Justice. The senior program associate?s time will be divided evenly between the two programs.
The LOP was created to inform detained immigrants about their rights, and the immigration court and detention processes. On behalf of the federal government?s Executive Office for Immigration Review, program staff work with nonprofit legal service agencies to provide detained people at 27 sites nationwide with basic information about forms of relief from removal, how to represent themselves in immigration court, and how to get legal representation.
The UCP does similar work for all immigrant children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, as well as children released to certain areas. Vera subcontracts with 16 legal service organizations and 1 child advocate organization to provide ?know your rights? presentations, legal screenings, court preparation, pro bono representation, and child advocacy services to children facing removal proceedings.
The senior program associate?s duties may include the following:
Devise, manage, and coordinate technical assistance to program sites in the form of peer-to-peer on-site training programs, conference calls, 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;
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.
Candidates must possess the following:
A JD degree;
At least four years of legal, government, or policy work experience;
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;
Ability to read and communicate effectively in Spanish;
Ability to manage work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently;
Ability to work collaboratively on a team, as well as manage projects independently;
Experience representing detained immigrants and/or children is a strong plus;
Experience with ?know your rights? and other community education initiatives is a strong plus; and
Willingness to travel outside of New York City frequently.
A valid U.S. driver?s license required.
Mid-60?s, based on experience. Excellent benefits.
How To Apply
Please submit cover letter and resume.
Online submission is preferred at
However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to
ATTN: Human Resources / CIJ SPA Recruitment Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10279
Fax: (212) 941-9407
Please use only one method (online, mail or fax) of submission.
No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
The Vera Institute of Justice values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.
For more information about Vera and the Center on Immigration and Justice, Please visit our website at www.vera.org
|Contact:||Human Resources Department|