This is a full-time position and can be based in New York City, Washington, DC, or Los Angeles. Please note that our headquarters currently in Manhattan will be relocating to Industry City in Brooklyn, NY next year.
Do you have a desire to effectuate change in partnership with the government? Do you have experience managing and working in an interdisciplinary team? Enjoy brainstorming and coming up with creative and sustainable solutions to support legal service providers? Do you have a passion for ensuring immigrant children have a fair day in court? If so, keep reading!
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.
What We’re Looking to Do
Each year, thousands of unaccompanied children fleeing war and poverty enter the United States. They are detained in federal custody in shelters contracted by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), and placed in removal (deportation) proceedings without the benefit of an appointed attorney. Vera works nationwide to provide legal services and representation to unaccompanied children in removal proceedings, develop best practices, and expand representation to ensure that no child appears in immigration court alone. This work is done through the Unaccompanied Children Program (UCP), a national network that provides legal information and pro bono assistance to unaccompanied children in removal proceedings, both in, and released from, federal custody. UCP is responsible for managing this network, including monitoring compliance with subcontracts, determining and promoting best practices, and providing technical assistance to subcontractors.
Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice seeks a Regional Manager, UCP to work in its New York, Washington, DC, or Los Angeles offices. The Regional Managers serve as the main management-level point of contact for the UCP’s regional subcontractors and stakeholders in the areas they manage, and oversee the provision of contractual services within the region(s). The Regional Manager’s duties may include the following:
Devise, manage, coordinate and oversee the provision of technical assistance to program sites in the region in the form of peer-to-peer on-site training programs, webinars, conference calls, surveys, phone consultations, and other means as appropriate;
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, including regional stakeholders;
Conduct site visits of program sites and draft and edit site visit evaluations;
Monitor contract compliance, including through analysis of monthly program data, and provide regular updates to the Program Director;
Conduct review and initial approval of subcontractor invoices;
Supervise senior program associates and other project staff and interns; and
Assist on other projects as assigned.
You have demonstrated knowledge of immigration, child welfare, criminal or juvenile justice, or other justice areas, and are able to manage work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently. You are able to work collaboratively in a team, as well as take initiative and manage projects independently. You have a JD and at least six years of legal, government, or policy work experience.
Strong writing and research skills;
Strong communication and facilitation skills;
Strong data analysis skills;
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);
A valid driver’s license;
Experience representing detained immigrants and/or children is a strong plus; and
Experience with “know your rights” and other community education initiatives are a strong plus.
Vera is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, or current employment status.
Vera works to advance justice, particularly racial justice, in an increasingly multicultural country and globally connected world. We value diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background and justice system contact, and depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.
For more information about Vera, visit our website at www.vera.org
About Vera Institute of Justice
To drive change. To urgently build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities.
Achieving Our Mission:
We work with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day—from the causes and consequences of 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.