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Vera Institute of Justice Fred Patrick Memorial Fellow, Center On Sentencing and Correction (CSC) - NYC in Brooklyn, New York

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. Vera is committed to securing equal justice, ending mass incarceration, and strengthening families and communities.

We drive change by:

  • Studying problems that impede human dignity and justice.

  • Piloting solutions that are at once transformative and achievable.

  • Engaging diverse communities in informed debate.

  • Harnessing 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 regarding educational background and justice system contact. We hire employees that reflect our values: respect, independence, collaboration, and commitment.

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.

If you want to learn more about life at Vera, click here

About the Fellowship:

This fellowship is created to continue the legacy of Fred Patrick, the former Director of Vera?s Center on Sentencing and Corrections, who passed away in July 2019. Fred believed deeply in mentorship and was committed to the growth and development of his colleagues driven to reform the justice system. This fellowship is designed for people who have been impacted by the justice system who are seeking to build their skills as they begin building their career.

What you?ll do:

The Fred Patrick Fellow will develop valuable work experience while contributing overall to Vera?s mission statement. During the two-year fellowship, the Fellow will receive 30 days of computer training and work alongside seasoned Vera staff in two (2) project areas of interest. The inaugural fellow will spend year one of the fellowship contributing to Vera?s efforts to expand access to college in prison and to reduce barriers to public housing for people with conviction histories. The fellow will have the opportunity during the second year to learn about other aspects of Vera and work within another project team or unit of their choice. Applications are due by November 30, 2020 and the fellowship will begin January 4, 2021.

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, this position will be remote until our Brooklyn office location reopens.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Assist with program implementation including scheduling stakeholder meetings, participating in project meetings, and drafting project summaries

  • Assist with research activities including reading and summarizing articles, drafting outreach emails.

  • Share input and raise questions in project team meetings to help inform the strategic direction of the initiative.

  • Other duties as required.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Associate?s Degree

How to apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter. Online submission in PDF format is preferred.

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

ATTN: People Resources / CSC ? Fred Patrick Memorial Fellow

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.

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 and our work, please visit