Senior Program Associate, CYJ

Vera Institute Of Justice New York , NY 10007

Posted 2 months ago

The Restoring Promise initiative is a partnership between the Vera Institute of Justice and the MILPA Collective. Together, we identify forward thinking corrections agencies and collaborate to transform living conditions for incarcerated young adults (ages 18-25) and working conditions for staff in jails and prisons across the country. Two core values, rooted in the name, guide the initiative:

  • Restoring calls for truth telling and healing, a process by which people most impacted by the justice system are partners in reform; and
  • Promise acknowledges the failed promise to generations of young people, demands commitment to supporting them in realizing their full potential, and asks us to look forward toward a vision of ending the prison model of justice.

Our team is culturally and generationally diverse, tenacious and dedicated. We rely on each other, and you’ll be able to rely on us. We’re dynamic and creative – out-side the box thinking is encouraged, supported, and celebrated. And so is balance - healing and wellness are values in the initiative, and they are values we are committed to for our team. We are lifelong learners and are committed to pushing our individual and interconnected growth and development.

Restoring Promise focuses on prison conditions and young adults for four important reasons:

  • Ending Mass Incarceration- Young adults are disproportionately represented at every stage in the justice system, driving mass incarceration.
  • Advancing Race Equity- The racial disparities that plague the justice system are more acute for young men of color.
  • Eliminating Violence in Corrections- People under the age of 25 are the most at risk of experiencing violence in prison and have the highest rate of homicide in prison.
  • Ensuring Success- Young adults return to prison at higher rates compared to any other age group.

What You’ll Do

As a Senior Program Associate you will manage sites (state prison systems) throughout their participation in the Restoring Promise initiative and report to the Project Director. You’ll help the team deepen and expand the initiative through your role in existing and new work.

In particular, you will:

  • Manage a team of program and research staff in collaboration with MILPA staff working in at least one Restoring Promise site;
  • Provide technical assistance to a corrections agency new to the Restoring Promise initiative to create a pilot housing unit in one or more of their prisons:*
    • conducting a conditions of confinement assessment;
    • writing up a policy and practice analysis;
    • planning and conducting monthly site visits;
    • facilitating work group meetings with corrections officials, facility staff, and incarcerated people;
    • supporting research staff in interpreting and presenting data analysis and findings;
    • synthesizing recommendations from incarcerated people and staff
    • presenting findings and recommendations to prison and agency leadership;
    • trouble shooting and addressing rapidly changing dynamics with prison staff and administration; and
    • working with corrections leadership, staff, and incarcerated people to implement recommendations.
    • *
    *
  • Lead the design and facilitate trainings for front line staff, leadership, and mentors (incarcerated people) in collaboration with program and research staff and MILPA;
  • Develop proposals to funders and grant writing;
  • Support the design, organization, and production of the annual Restoring Promise convening where all Restoring Promise jurisdictions and community partners come together to learn, grow, and connect as part of the movement;
  • Support initiative leadership in expanding the reach of the initiative.

This is a growing initiative at Vera, which means your work will evolve over time. If you were here right now though you might be working on projects like the following:

  • Working with the team to select the next corrections agency to join the Restoring Promise initiative;
  • Managing the components necessary for a kick-off meeting with the new agency: prison tours, scheduling research data collection, and working with the Director of the agency to assemble a work group;
  • Hosting an upcoming event at a Restoring Promise site at a women’s prison to celebrate the one year anniversary;
  • Putting together a presentation to directors of corrections agencies for a national conference;
  • Reviewing policy recommendations for prisons with a race equity and inclusion lens;
  • Drafting performance metrics reports for Vera’s leadership team and board.

Who You Are

You have experience with the justice system—either you were yourself in the system, have a family member who is/was in the system, you worked in the system, or you worked to change the system.

You are deeply committed to the missions of racial justice and ending mass incarceration. You are knowledgeable about and fluent in discussing and advancing both racial justice and ending mass incarceration.

To be successful in this job, you will excel in the following core areas:

  • Management and leadership: You are detail-oriented but can see the big picture and navigate the on the spot innovation. You keep track of multiple competing deadlines/priorities across a range of topic areas (for example: site work, communications, grant writing). You center race equity and inclusion with a healing informed lens in your approach and decision making as a manager and leader. You’re skilled in the art of motivating a group of people to move towards a common goal linked with the ability to plan and organize complex projects from start to finish. You excel working independently but are able to balance roles on a team: leading but also serving as a member of work teams.
  • Exceptional problem solving and rigorous thinking: You have strong social emotional awareness within yourself, towards your team and external partners coupled with an awareness and openness of your opportunities to learn and grow. You quickly pick up on, adapt to, and take action to address issues. You exercise good judgement and problem solving by pausing before allowing urgency to trump inclusion or relationship. You have expertise in specific areas of justice reform, such as culture change in correctional settings, restorative justice, young adult development, the historical legacy of slavery and the genocide of indigenous people; and cross-generational and inter-generational mentorship. You understand how to leverage data/data analysis in (quantitative and qualitative) in service of technical assistance and coaching.
  • Cultural humility and commitment to racial equity: We are committed to making our organization one where people from all races and backgrounds thrive, you have experience working in and creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments. You bring real commitment to those values and a thoughtful perspective on how best to advance them. You are quick on your feet and willing to hold clear, direct, and courageous conversations. You bring an intersectional lens and are a skilled facilitator with a sensitivity to navigating power dynamics across race, class, and position (i.e. people who are incarcerated, people who are formerly incarcerated, family and community members impacted by incarceration, stakeholders, agency leadership, line staff).
  • Prior experience: You have 6 – 8 years of experience in the prison reform movement including facilitating meetings and/or workshops, coordinating projects, writing grants, holding leadership roles, and working with people directly impacted by the justice system (formerly incarcerated people and line staff). You have experience working inside prisons and jails either in a research, programmatic, or community building capacity.

Last, but not least! You love to travel and can do so frequently.

Salary

Based on experience, and including excellent benefits, Vera believes in compensating its staff members at or above market.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter and your resume. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled. Online submission in PDF format (through Vera’s careers page) is preferred.

However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to

ATTN: Human Resources / Senior Program Associate, Restoring Promise

Vera Institute of Justice

233 Broadway, 12th Floor

New York, NY 10279

Fax: (212) 941-9407

No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

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, 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 background and justice system contact, and depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.

For more information about Vera’s work, please visit www.vera.org.

icon no score

See how you match
to the job

Find your dream job anywhere
with the LiveCareer app.
Mobile App Icon
Download the
LiveCareer app and find
your dream job anywhere
App Store Icon Google Play Icon
lc_ad

Boost your job search productivity with our
free Chrome Extension!

lc_apply_tool GET EXTENSION

Similar Jobs

Want to see jobs matched to your resume? Upload One Now! Remove
Senior Technical Program Manager Vmware Tanzu

Vmware, Inc.

Posted 3 days ago

VIEW JOBS 1/25/2021 12:00:00 AM 2021-04-25T00:00 Search Jobs Job Description The VMware Modern Application Platform Business Unit (MAPBU) is looking for a Sr. Technical Program Manager to join us in building the Tanzu portfolio and transform how the world deploys and scales software. This role will work across the engineering teams to be the 'glue' that facilitates the flow of features to our customers while keeping our quality bar high. As a TPM at VMware your primary role is to effectively deliver software of highest value. This role is specifically targeted for the Tanzu Mission Control (TMC) program. TMC is the "front door" to the Tanzu suite for modern application development. TMC acts as the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based management control plane that connects application development teams with their Kubernetes-based infrastructure. TMC provides mechanisms for provisioning and managing Kubernetes as well as management and insights into the applications running on that infrastructure. You You love helping individuals, teams, and programs reach their full potential. Communication, group dynamics, decision making, servant leadership, and coaching are your passions. You have an insatiable appetite for learning new things and continuously improving organizations. You're able to keep short-term, tactical details of a product release in focus, clearly visible to teams and stakeholders, and under control. At the same time, you're working towards the long-term goal of building a sustainable software development and release system that will scale for years to come. You will build the mechanisms that allow the program to understand its progress towards its near and long term goals and illuminate paths to get there. You'll enable the program to connect those goals to overall Business Unit and VMware Objectives, maintaining alignment within the overall roadmap. You are capable of understanding distributed systems, how they work, and partnering with engineering teams to set the technical direction, vision and strategy. You are capable of managing a program around a nascent SaaS platform solution with early customer adoption as it evolves and scales towards an established, mature product in the market. This role includes but is not limited to helping build systems and feedback loops around the TMC program, delivering timely and healthy product releases, providing feedback and coaching to Engineering and Product teams and leadership within the program, and supporting a culture of continuous improvement and learning within MAPBU R&D. As the program landscape changes, this role will also include ensuring those transitions are healthy and resilient. Desired Skills / Experience: * Technical Program Management across complex programs in which several product teams are delivering product features and managing dependencies with other programs and products within a large portfolio. * Familiarity and experience with agile software delivery methodologies and lean governance. * Defining, establishing, and maintaining a consistent, traceable decision-making process across a heterogeneous landscape of stakeholders. * Gathering metrics and building reports and dashboards that detail program health including customer success, project execution, and team health. TMC uses Tableau and Mode as primary business intelligence reporting tools. TMC uses Jira as a project management tool. * Facilitating planning and coordination efforts with Go-To-Market teams to support their schedules and planning, tracking, and communicating product delivery expectations with potential and existing customers * BA/BS in Computer Science or related fields is a plus. Remote work will be considered for strong candidates that can work independently and fully support programs from their location during Pacific Standard Time hours. Some travel to other VMware locations will be required. At VMware, our mission is to enable customers to build a new class of applications, leveraging big and fast data, and doing all of this with the power of cloud-independence. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: VMware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: VMware is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at VMware are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. VMware will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. VMware encourages applicants of all ages. Vmware will provide reasonable accommodation to employees who have protected disabilities consistent with local law. VMware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: VMware is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at VMware are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. VMware will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. VMware encourages applicants of all ages. VMware will provide reasonable accommodation to employees who have protected disabilities consistent with local law. Search Jobs Vmware, Inc. New York NY

Senior Program Associate, CYJ

Vera Institute Of Justice