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 grasstop 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 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:
The Vera Institute of Justice and the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) have launched a campaign to push for federal legislation that establishes a universal right to federally funded legal representation for anyone facing deportation.
Our vision is for all people whose life, liberty, or ties to the community are at risk in the immigration system to have access to high-quality and independent legal representation. By establishing federally-funded universal representation, we will not only help bring fairness to our immigration system but also advance a future in which people can fight their deportations with the support of their families and loved ones, free of detention or surveillance. Building a strategy that builds momentum in the field and leverages the 15 years of work at Vera on advancing UREP over a long-term campaign will be key.
The Campaign Manager will be housed within the Advancing Universal Representation Initiative at Vera but work closely with NPNA as well as teams across Vera such as Communications and Federal Policy to drive a dynamic federal campaign.
The Campaign Manager will manage campaign strategy, policy and legislative development, events strategy and partnerships strategy in the campaign. They will lead the development and implementation of the advocacy strategy and coalition infrastructure, build relationships with advocacy partners in the immigration field to advance universal representation, and work closely with a Field Manager at NPNA on ensuring tight alignment and coordination with field strategy.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Collaborates with the Initiative Director, VP of Initiatives, Director of Federal Policy, Associate Director of Advocacy and Partnerships, and Communications Department to lead the policy, advocacy and partnership/coalition strategy and launch of the federal campaign in partnership with the National Partnership for New Americans
- Partners with the Associate Director of Advocacy and Partnerships to ensure an integrated local, state and federal advocacy strategy that is integrated throughout the initiative
- Foster relationships across Vera, NPNA and the field around the campaign.
- Cultivate a coalition infrastructure, outreach strategy, coalition engagement, build relationships with advocacy partners in the immigration field to advance universal representation, and work closely with a Field Manager at NPNA on field strategy.
- Represent and advance the campaign in other coalition spaces, working to advance universal representation at the intersection of other immigration reform campaigns.
- In conjunction with the Director of Federal Policy, formulate legislative and advocacy strategy with Congress and the administration.
- Manage, along with Communications Department the communications strategy and messaging for the Campaign, as well as a communications consultant.
- Manage relationship with Vera communications team and consultants on strategic goals to support local, state and federal advocacy efforts to raise awareness about the need for counsel nationally among the public and policymakers.
- Execute campaign events, both virtual and in person, working closely with the Field Manager on field mobilization activities and events.
- Drive regular campaign meetings, internal to Vera, to the campaign and with the coalition.
What qualifications do you need?
- Advocacy experience, including grass roots mobilization, coalition building, field building
- Deep understanding of the immigration system
- Deep understanding of the immigrant movement space
- Bachelors degree + 6-9 years of relevant experience. In lieu of a Bachelors degree, applicable work or life experience may be considered.
- 5+ years of campaign experience
- Excellent writing and communication skills
- Experience in launching and managing public campaigns
- Legislative advocacy experience
- Ability to work collaboratively with a national, remote team;
- Proficiency with Microsoft OfficeSuite;
- Ability to identify needs and gaps in initiative and to proactively and creatively develop solutions and resources, as appropriate.
- Federal campaign experience
- Direct experience with the immigration system
Additional eligibility requirements:
- Driver’s license
List of Required Software Applications:
- Microsoft Office Suite; Zoom; Slack, Cloud-based project management programs used at Vera.
Compensation and Benefits
The compensation range for this position is $111,000 – $116,000. Actual salaries will vary depending on factors including but not limited to experience and performance. The salary range listed is just one component of Vera Institute’s total compensation package for employees. As an employer of choice in our field, supporting Vera staff—both personally and professionally—is a priority. To do this, we invest in the well-being of our staff through other rewards including merit pay, generous paid time off, a comprehensive health insurance plan, student loan repayment benefits, professional development training opportunities and up to $2,000 annual for education costs and fees relevant to Vera work, employer-funded retirement plan, and flexible time. Please note Vera employees adhere to a hybrid schedule: two days in office their first week and three days in office every alternating week. To learn more about Vera’s benefits offerings, click here.
Applications may also be faxed to:
ATTN: People Resources / Campaign Manager, Fairness to Freedom Campaign, UREP
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 www.vera.org