Job title: Program Associate (LOPC)-6 months/Short term, Center on Immigration and Justice (Brooklyn, LA, New Orleans, DC, Remote)

Company: Vera Institute

Job description: Who we are

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is a nonprofit criminal justice organization that strives to build just government institutions and safe communities free from the scourge of racism, white supremacy, profit, and inequity that is pervasive in this country’s legal systems. We are an “inside” lane organization that drives change at scale with ambitious public sector leaders who share our commitment to building anti-racist, reparative systems that deliver justice. We leverage our access to government to transform these systems and work collaboratively with stakeholders across many movements-including advocacy, grassroots, and grassroots organizations. Our role is to pilot solutions that are transformative and achievable, harness the power of evidence to drive effective policy and practice, and use advocacy and communications to change narratives and norms.

Vera has a staff of almost 300 people and offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace. We expect our staff to embody respect, independence, collaboration, commitment, anti-racism, and equity-both in our outward-facing work and the internal culture of our workplace. We value a range of experiences in people’s educational backgrounds and encourage people who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system to apply.

Who you are:

This position is primarily responsible for providing coverage for stakeholder and subcontractor engagements as part of the Legal Orientation Program for Custodians (LOPC). Program Associates are responsible for participating in communications between the LOPC service provider networks, including monitoring compliance with subcontracts, providing technical assistance where appropriate, and conducting program evaluation. This position reports to the Associate Program Director and works in coordination with other site leads, program analysts, Research staff, and the Program Directors across the Legal Orientation Program (LOP), Immigration Court Helpdesk (ICH). And Family Group Legal Orientation Program (FGLOP) team.

In this role, you will: * Subcontractor management

  • Support the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) in their program management of subcontractor sites in the form of participation in monthly site-specific and network-wide conference calls. Additional ad hoc call participation may be required.
  • Conduct site visits of LOPC program sites across the country (expected to conduct up to 14 site visits (most will be remote) a year), edit site visit evaluations, and update internal trackers on a rolling basis.
  • Technical assistance provision
  • Assist in the provision of technical assistance to LOPC program sites in the form of discrete sessions at on-site training programs.
  • Support the delivery of webinars and interactive workshops about best practices, immigration law, and detention trends to LOPC network
  • Synthesis and analysis of qualitative program data
  • Review provider data and programmatic updates on an ongoing basis, which may require collaboration with Research to ensure providers’ understanding and compliance with data reporting requirements.
  • Assist in the preparation and review of LOPC quarterly reports to government partners
  • Ad hoc projects as assigned by supervisor, including coordination with Vera’s Unaccompanied Children Program.

What qualifications do you need?


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • One to two years of relevant immigration, government, or policy work experience.
  • Comparable work experience will also be considered, particularly where the candidate has direct experience with the immigration legal system and has been personally impacted by it.
  • Spanish proficiency
  • A demonstrated interest in program administration and public policy
  • A desire to effectuate change in partnership with government
  • Ability to successfully balance travel responsibilities with office-based responsibilities
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to manage work on multiple projects simultaneously, efficiently and effectively
  • Ability to work collaboratively on a team and manage projects independently
  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Ability to work with people of diverse experiences and backgrounds.
  • Willing to travel frequently and have a valid driver’s license.


  • Experience with “know your rights” and other community education initiatives are a plus.

List of Required Software applications:

  • Zoom, Slack, Microsoft Office, Outlook, 8×8, Samsung/iPhone cellular phone, Adobe, SharePoint, ITAC, VPN access

Applications may also be faxed to:

ATTN: Human Resources / Program Associate (LOPC)-6 months/Short term, Center on Immigration and Justice

Vera Institute of Justice
34 35th St, Suite 4-2A, Brooklyn, NY 11232
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.

As a federal contractor, and in order to ensure a healthy and safe work environment, Vera Institute of Justice is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccine before their start date. Employees who cannot receive the vaccine because of a disability/medical contraindication or sincerely-held religious belief may request an accommodation (e.g., an exemption) to this requirement.

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, please visit

Expected salary:

Location: New Orleans, LA

Job date: Sun, 21 Nov 2021 01:01:44 GMT

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