Digital Associate, Communications

Company Information

Company Name: The Vera Institute of Justice

Position: Permanent

Start Date:


New York, NY
United States

Job Information

Job Description for Digital Associate, Communications

We’re looking for a Digital Associate to join our Communications Department. We want someone who spends every waking moment on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Snapchat, and is as passionate about social justice as they are about finding the perfect hashtag. Reporting to the Digital Strategy Director, the Digital Associate will help grow Vera’s digital and social media channels, through a mixture of editorial production, content generation, and news monitoring.
You will:

  • Write, edit, and curate content for digital platforms;
  • Monitor news developments and data releases for opportunities to create compelling and original content, both on social media and on Vera’s blog;
  • Work with Digital Strategy Director to develop social content in service of initiatives and publications, and schedule content in advance of release;
  • Help think about how to build relationships with ally organizations and journalists;
  • Measure and report the impact of digital/social media for leadership and other stakeholders.

The successful candidate will work to help produce social media toolkits, blog posts, Instagram-worthy photography, and other web copy. They will also work with analytical software to monitor month-to-month growth of Vera’s social media platforms.
Salary:  $45K to $50K depending on experience and qualifications, plus excellent benefits.

Job Requirements for Digital Associate, Communications

You don’t have to be an expert in criminal justice research, policy, or practice – we just ask that you be willing to learn and have a commitment to ensuring our justice system is fair for all, ending mass incarceration, and strengthening families and communities across America. And if you can understand and articulate the role that digital media plays in helping to galvanize support for that work, we want to hear from you.
This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated individual to join a dynamic and innovative staff. The Digital Associate will report to the Digital Strategy Director. They must have 1-2 years of social media, editing and/or writing experience and must be able to distill policy into engaging (and concise) copy for Vera’s digital networks. An appreciation for analytics and attention to detail will be extremely beneficial, but blending that with a creative flair is even better. Candidates must also be able to successfully juggle several deadlines at once – we’ve got a lot of content.
Vera seeks a candidate with the following qualities and skills:

  • 1-2 years’ experience in digital media, communications, or public affairs
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills, including an understanding of how to optimize writing for digital and social engagement
  • Familiarity with the following is helpful:
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Social media monitoring and email tools (Hootsuite,, Google Analytics, Facebook Business Manager, Twitter Ads
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact with staff on all levels
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills and reliable attention to detail
  • Spanish proficiency a plus

How to Apply:
Please submit cover letter and resume. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
Online submission in PDF format is preferred, to: Apply Now
However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:
ATTN: Human Resources/Digital Associate Recruitment
Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10279
Fax: (212) 941-9407
Please use only one method (online, mail or fax) of submission.

Resume Information

Majors Desired

Liberal Arts

Candidates should apply directly by sending:

Cover Letter

Contact Information

Name: Evelyn Ontaneda

Title: Human Resource Manager