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Budget And Policy Associate (SAFE/CIJ)-Brooklyn NY

2021-06-01 07:40:53
Budget and Policy Associate (SAFE/CIJ)-Brooklyn NY
Who we are:

The Vera Institute of Justice is powered by hundreds of advocates, researchers, and activists working to transform the criminal legal and immigration systems until they’re fair for all. Founded in 1961 to advocate for alternatives to money bail in New York City, Vera is now a national organization that partners with impacted communities and government leaders for change. We develop just, antiracist solutions so that money doesn’t determine freedom; fewer people are in jails, prisons, and immigration detention; and everyone is treated with dignity. Vera’s headquarters is in Brooklyn, New York, with offices in Washington, DC, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. Learn more about life at Vera; click here.

The Center on Immigration and Justice:

For the past two decades, Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice (CIJ) has been partnering with government leaders, advocates, the immigration legal services community, and the public to build a movement for publicly-funded deportation... defense for immigrants facing deportation. We are testing models, piloting solutions, and generating evidence in support of this goal through programs like our Legal Orientation Programs, Unaccompanied Children Program, National Qualified Representative Program, and SAFE Network. There is an urgency to this work. The federal government booked more than half a million people were into immigration detention in 2019, including tens of thousands of immigrant children. More than 6.5 million people have been deported in the past few decades alone. Our research has shown it is almost impossible to advance a successful defense, especially from inside detention, without the assistance of an attorney, and our programs are demonstrating the benefits that accrue when due process is available to all persons in the United States, regardless of citizenship status. We believe with a greater body of evidence demonstrating the long-term human, social, and economic effects of detention and deportation, alongside the benefits of counsel, we can get closer to a world in which justice is available to everyone.

What You'll Do:

The Budget and Policy Associate will support policy, legislative, and budget analysis and planning to support public investment in immigrant justice, including for deportation defense. The Associate will work collaboratively with SAFE staff, including research, program, and advocacy to support policy, legislative, and budget analysis to advance SAFE’s policy and advocacy agenda to advance universal representation for people facing deportation and to reallocate local resources to spending priorities that uplift, rather than tear down, immigrant communities. The Associate will also analyze federal levers of funding to support state and local programs in alignment with CIJ’s goal to advance federally funded universal representation for people facing deportation.

1. Track and analyze local budgets to uncover what’s driving costs, identify areas for advocacy, and provide context to the breadth of criminal legal and immigration enforcement/collaboration spending in historical and comparative terms.
• Support SAFE staff in its use of budget analysis through their campaign work for publicly funded deportation defense programs, and intersectional approaches to partners’ focus on ending detention, and ending the criminalization of immigrants.
• Apply a race equity lens to budget analyses in support of immigration justice issues at the local and state level
• Work regularly with Vera Insights and other Initiatives across Vera to collaborate approaches and ensure alignment with Vera’s broader budget justice work and strategy.
• Drive the production of issue briefs and policy materials highlighting these issues and support the development of messaging, talking points, and public-facing fact sheets supporting SAFE policy and budget proposals.
• Track local, state, and agency budget process and development in SAFE partner sites.
• Co-ordinate with SAFE research team to produce site-specific backgrounders.

2. Support SAFE’s policy and advocacy strategy, including through development and dissemination of budget information, analysis, and messaging.
• Together with SAFE’s staff and site leads, cultivate relationships with SAFE’s community partners and network partners looking to drive budget justice conversations in their jurisdictions. Partner with SAFE site leads to assess local needs and dynamics to develop frameworks and strategies to support local and state advocacy strategies.
• Analyze state and local budgets to uncover ways in which public spending aids immigration enforcement and criminalizes immigrant communities.
• Identify and analyze federal levers of funding to support local and state deportation defense programs.
• Cultivate relationships with partner organizations that also seek to advance budget justice, particularly in target areas for advocacy and expansion for SAFE.
• Develop briefing materials and policy memoranda on local and state immigration policy proposals for partners as well as federal opportunities for local and state financial support.

3. Support state and local legislative and policy analysis and tracking.
• Track local and state legislative proposals that would advance universal representation. Support development of messaging, policy briefs, blog posts, fact sheets, FAQ’s, testimony, and other supporting analysis and materials in furtherance of priority legislative efforts.
• This work may include supporting with the development of regional press and communications materials for partners.
• This work may include counseling regional partners on how best to make news announcement regarding the SAFE network.

What qualifications you will need

• Bachelor’s Degree preferred or the equivalent experience in leading data-driven policy campaign and/or budget analysis project work
• 3+ years of academic or professional experience examining state and local legislation and budgets.
• Experience analyzing and writing about budget policy for a diverse audience, such as government, advocacy, and community.
• We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace—specifically, we value diverse experiences regarding educational background and justice system contact

• An MPA , MPP or equivalent degree (not required).

Required Software applications:
• Extensive experience with Excel.
• Familiarity with Tableau or other data visualization software preferred.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Online submission in PDF format (through Vera’s career page) is preferred. No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

ATTN: Human Resources / Budget and Policy Associate-SAFE/CIJ
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, 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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