Vera Institute of Justice: Project Director, Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Initiative (New York, NY)

Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Initiative

The Vera Institute of Justice is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects. Its mission is to assist leaders in government and civil society examine justice policy and practice and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.

With generous support from national foundations, Vera will be designing, implementing and evaluating a new demonstration project with sites in four states. The new demonstration project seeks to provide state inmates access to in-prison postsecondary education and other support services during the two years prior to release from prison. The demonstration project will also support access to postsecondary education and other re-entry services for these inmates during the two years immediately after release from prison.

Vera seeks an experienced Project Director for this new multi-state demonstration project. This position will be housed in Vera’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections and based in Vera’s New York City office.



The Project Director’s primary responsibility will be the day-to-day operations of the demonstration project as part of and with the support of Vera’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections. This will include:

• Assess potential demonstration sites and provide recommendations for site selection;

• Develop detailed implementation plans for each demonstration site and oversee the implementation;

• Monitor budgets and contractual agreements;

• Assess the technical assistance needs of demonstration sites to ensure successful implementation;

• Research and pursue funding for initiative to ensure long-term sustainability;

• Draft implementation progress reports and policy briefs;

• Facilitate meetings with senior government officials, funders, and partnering organizations;

• Serve as a primary point person for funders and other partnering organizations; and

• Conduct site visits to demonstration sites as needed.

The Project Director will collaborate with community colleges, correction departments and reentry service providers for the development of demonstration sites but will not be responsible for developing curricula or other teaching materials.



• At least seven years of relevant, progressive experience in developing and managing re-entry programs, higher education programs for special populations, or other related experience;

• Relevant graduate degree in fields such as criminal justice, education policy, law, or public policy;

• Demonstrated success in project-oriented grant writing;

• Self-direction, resourcefulness, and creative thinking with the ability to operate well in a team-oriented setting;

• Highly developed collaboration skills and experience in directing and coordinating staff activities;

• Proficiency in generating ideas and making public presentations;

• Experience facilitating meetings with senior government officials;

• A high degree of professionalism, organization and flexibility to multi-task under deadline pressure; and

• Willingness to travel outside of New York City frequently.



Commensurate with experience, and excellent benefits.


To Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume.

Online submission is preferred.


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

ATTN: Human Resources / CSC PSEDU Project Director

Vera Institute of Justice

233 Broadway, 12th Floor

New York, NY 10279

Fax: (212) 941-9407


Please use only one method of submission (online, mail, or fax). No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.


The Vera Institute of Justice values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.


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