Positions at Vera Institute of Justice

Vera Institute of Justice is hiring for a number of applied research and policy related positions. See: http://www.vera.org/careers

Director, Center on Youth Justice

Center on Youth Justice – New York, NY – Full Time

The Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) seeks a visionary leader with a passion for justice to lead its Center on Youth Justice (CYJ) at an exciting transition in the life of the organization.

CYJ is an innovative locus of research, technical assistance and program development focused on youth who are involved in justice systems and the people and communities most affected by this involvement. Launched in 2001, CYJ and its predecessor program have worked intensively in New York City, New York State and across the country with policymakers and practitioners who want juvenile justice to be rooted in the community, more effective, and smaller in scale, touching the lives of fewer children. CYJ aims to reduce bias in juvenile justice systems, expand the use of community-based services, divert youth who may be more effectively served by other resources and advance public safety.

Today, with a strong portfolio of work, a group of impressively talented and highly industrious colleagues and the opportunities for renewal that accompany any leadership change, Vera is looking for a director to build on CYJ’s considerable strengths and guide, challenge and inspire a unique organization to think afresh about how its work with youth can achieve the greatest impact.

Additional critical priorities for the director include working closely with the center’s research director and Vera’s broader leadership team to create a strategic plan for the center, maintaining and strengthening the quality of ongoing efforts and developing further the center’s public efforts to leverage its knowledge and skills.

Director, Substance Use and Mental Health Program

Substance Use and Mental Health Program – New York, NY – Full Time

DIRECTOR
Substance Use and Mental Health Program
Deadline to Apply: June 15, 2014

The Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) seeks a visionary leader with a passion for justice to lead its Substance Use and Mental Health Program (SUMH) at an exciting transition in the life of the organization, as well as nationally, with changes in the public health landscape due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Vera’s new president has been in place since August 2013 and a new Research Director was appointed in April 2014. With these key leadership positions in place, the organization is in the process of developing a strategic vision for addressing the problems of racial bias, mass incarceration and injustice in the United States. Improving public health and addressing health inequities for people who are involved in justice systems will be a central component of this vision.

SUMH uses innovative research methodologies to provide an evidence base for improving policies and programs that impact individuals with substance use and mental health needs who pass through the criminal justice system. Launched in 2006, SUMH has worked extensively in New York City, New York State and across the country with government and community-based organizations that seek to reduce criminal justice involvement, increase access to treatment, and improve stability in the community for people with behavioral health needs. This is a particularly exciting time for SUMH given the ACA, which will support new opportunities to provide necessary treatment to this vulnerable population.

Today, with a strong portfolio of ongoing research and technical assistance projects, a group of impressively talented and highly industrious colleagues and the opportunities for renewal that accompany any leadership change, Vera is looking for a director to build on SUMH’s considerable strengths. The director will guide, challenge and inspire a unique organization to think about how its work on issues at the intersection of public health and the justice system can achieve the greatest impact.

Additional critical priorities for the director include working closely with the current SUMH staff, Vera’s research director and the broader leadership team to maintain and strengthen the quality of ongoing efforts and further develop the program’s public efforts to leverage its knowledge and skills.

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