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Program Associate II

Brooklyn, NY

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. 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 experience and justice system contact. We hire employees that reflect our values: respect, independence, collaboration, and commitment. Ending Girl's Incarceration We are Vera's Initiative to End Girls' Incarceration team. We believe that freedom and justice for all young people is not possible without being responsive to how gender and sexism intersect with racism to drive youth incarceration.We work to end the incarceration of youth on the girls' side of the juvenile justice system by building stronger, safer, and more equitable communities where girls and gender expansive youth of color are no longer criminalized for the violence and discrimination they face.Through our initiative, we are partnering with 6 "Getting to Zero" sites to create new programs and enact systemic changes that will support the safety and well-being of girls and gender expansive youth in their communities, address the root causes of their incarceration, and permanently close the doors to girls' juvenile detention and placement facilities. Our change process blends the practice experience and data generated by government systems with national research and the ability of the youth, grassroots organizers, advocates, and service providers that are closest to the challenges we aim to address.Our efforts drive towards the following rights of girls' and gender expansive youth: Justice and Equity: The right to equitable access to resources within their communities, as well as equal protection of the law. Public systems, families and communities are accountable to youth, regardless of their identities. Self Determination and Freedom: The right to self-determination—to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be valued as experts in their own lives. Gender-responsive reform means recognizing girls' resistance as strength, celebrating their power, and promoting their freedom. Safety and Safe Spaces: The right to grow up in places where they feel safe, where they are free from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, and other threats to their safety. Systems must focus efforts on preventing and addressing the harm girls and gender expansive youth experience, rather than criminalizing girls' defenses against harm. Childhood and Adolescence: The right to a healthy and supported childhood and adolescence. This includes the freedom to develop, experience, and express their identity and sexuality without judgment or consequence, as well as their right to love and be loved, to have meaningful and lasting connections with family, friends, and community. Who You Are You care deeply about advancing gender and racial justice and ending mass incarceration. You have a passion for and extensive experience in serving teenage youth of color—particularly girls and LGBQ/TGNC youth involved in the juvenile justice and/or child welfare system. You have a deep understanding of adolescent development and how it is impacted by gender, race, identity, and social marginalization, as well as trauma and violence. You are an advocate for young people. You work from a perspective that is healing-centered and youth-centered. You hold positive youth and family development, restorative justice, and intersectionality as core frameworks, and you believe that youth leadership development and social justice education are key to healing and well being. You are committed to uplifting and centering girls and gender expansive youth of color. You believe in our team's values, as listed above. You have the heart of a practitioner but you seek out opportunities to translate your experience towards broad scale systems change. You understand how all levels—from broader social contexts and policies to individual histories and perspectives—interact to shape programs and individual experiences. You are able to ask the right questions to figure out what makes people and programs tick and to strategically shift minds, culture, policies, and practices to achieve systems change. You are an effective motivator, communicator, and partnership builder. You are adept at identifying community partners and collaborating with individuals at various levels of leadership, organizations, and social or cultural contexts. You have strong project management expertise and are able to independently drive multiple pieces of work. At the same time, you are excited to and able to work within a very small team that works together closely and collaboratively (and often remotely) to run a seamless and powerful national initiative. You are a team player and you value the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from people whose strengths and skillsets are different from your own. You thrive in a fast-paced environment, and you keep your cool under pressure. You are comfortable with ambiguity and able to take action when required with the best info available, even if incomplete. You are committed to continual growth and learning on the job. You have 7+ years of experience providing direct services to adolescents, 2 yrs of which may be towards obtaining a master's degree in social work, psychology, education, or related position. You are based in New York City and are able to work a flexible schedule that will regularly include evening and weekend hours. Critical responsibilities We are searching for a team player in New York City who can provide guidance and support to the implementation of the city's new programs for ending the incarceration of girls and gender expansive youth, as well as develop strategies for sharing lessons learned from and scaling these efforts locally and nationally. As a program associate 2, you will report to the Senior Program Associate leading our work in New York City. For the 1st year, the majority of your time will be spent supporting the NYC Initiative to End Girls' Incarceration. This will largely entail supporting the implementation of a NYC-based pilot project that partners with staff and youth in foster care group homes to collaboratively reimagine and build a new model for congregate residential settings for girls and gender-expansive youth. With direction and supervision from the Senior Program Associate, you will: Assess the culture and practice of 2 group home facilities through on-site observations, focus groups, and discussions with young people, line staff and administrators in the facility; Synthesize details from the assessment into a summary of findings to be presented to young people, staff, and administrators; Co-develop an action plan for improvement with young people, staff and administrators; Provide support for change, including through organizing training for staff and discussions between staff and young people. For the remaining portion of your workload, you may: Support site managers in scanning and assessing the residential and community-based program continuum in our Getting to Zero sites; developing recommendations on local programmatic investments for girls and gender expansive youth of color; and deve loping and implementing other program-based pilot projects that emerge across sites Explore practices and programs serving girls and gender expansive youth across the country to help identify and build our knowledge base around best practices and model programming Conduct presentations and trainings for government stakeholders, community leaders, and program administrators and staff on best practices in serving girls and LGBQ/TGNC youth of color Support in the writing of publications, external documents for our partners, and internal guidance around national best practices and model programming, as well as findings from our pilot projects and site-based programmatic scans The Nitty – Gritty This is a full time position located at Vera's Industry City, Brooklyn office. Salary is competitive plus generous benefits 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 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. How to apply Please submit a introductory letter, writing sample, and resume. The introductory letter should outline the min and additional requirements possessed by the applicant and address how the applicant will use those requirements to ms excel at the position's responsibilities. However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:ATTN: Human Resources / Program Associate II, Girl's Team34 35th St, Suite 4-2ABrooklyn, NY 11232Fax: (212) 941-XXXXPlease use only 1 method (on-line, mail or fax) of submission.No phone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Vera is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All candidates who are qualified 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, current employment status, or caregiver 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 experience and justice system contact, and depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission. For more details about Vera and CIJ's work, please visit
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