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Program Instructor, Justice Scholars , People Resources (Brooklyn)

Vera Institute of Justice
Grand Central, NY
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May 17, 2022

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Who We AreThe 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:Vera's Justice Scholars Program is for up to 15 New York City high school students for a six-week period in the summer. This educational program is centered around the concept and practice of justice, and its aim is to provide a robust experience during which young people can be thoughtfully exposed to the work of social justice research, policy analysis, and community engagement. 

Each week students will learn about different aspect of the American criminal justice system, including its history and the aftereffects of mass incarceration. Students will be encouraged to think critically about what values they believe should be promoted in society and how our institutions reflect those values. Through guest speakers, field trips, group projects and class lectures, they will learn about the intersections of race, education, economics, and the criminal justice system.

The program is set to begin July 11th and ends August 12thIn this role, you will:Curriculum development
  • Experienced in creating, editing and disseminating a rich social justice-focused curriculum appropriate for a summer program for high school students.
  • Develop and teach a highly engaging curriculum that builds students knowledge of Americas criminal justice system.
  • Develop and implement a one day orientation for parents/caretakers at the beginning of the summer, hosted at Vera, and intended to preview the program's content and support parents'/caretakers' abilities to support the youth through the program.
Pre-program activities
  • Assist with pre-program activities such as logistical coordination, admissions and selection process, pre/post-program survey development.
  • Plan, prepare for, and lead daily activities, including field trips, in alignment with lesson plans.
Lead the Justice Scholar program of up to 15 students in an instructional setting
  • Provide proper, and continuous, supervision of all students.
  • Engage effectively with talented and diverse students, their parents/caretakers, external partners in the criminal justice system, community-based organizations, and others.
  • Coordinate with Vera's internal subject matter experts and ensure that their time engaging with the students and program, via presentations, Q&A, and/or short interviews, is efficiently and effectively managed.
  • Demonstrate our commitment to learning from and building on each others ideas, respecting others experiences and thoughtful exploration.
  • Solve challenges before and during the Program and to move it from development to fruition quickly.
  • Engage commitment to cultural competence and equity and a thoughtful perspective on how best to advance them within the summer program.
What qualifications do you need?Required:
  • You are an experienced instructor, who has taught middle or high school students, and can provide clear evidence of student learning and growth.
  • Enthusiasm for criminal justice reform.
  • A desire to expand the minds and lives of students in and out of a classroom setting.
  • At least 4 - 6 years of working with youths in an educational environment.
  • Valid State Teacher Certification is helpful but not required.
  • Familiarity with Vera's work
Applications may also be faxed to:

ATTN: People Resources / Summer Program Instructor, Justice Scholars, People Resources

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

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