Community Policy Associate, Youth Justice

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000.00
Maximum: $70,000.00



Application Deadline:



United States


National Center for Youth Law

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) ( is a non-profit organization that for over four decades has worked to ensure low-income children have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for healthy and productive lives.

Santa Clara Youth Justice Initiative

The Santa Clara Youth Justice Initiative is a 3-year initiative that seeks to transform Santa Clara County’s juvenile justice system into a national model in which all children and youth in the juvenile justice system receive effective rehabilitative supports that improve life outcomes, community health, and public safety.


The Community Policy Associate will work with community partners to develop and guide implementation of ongoing efforts to reduce the harms of system involvement to youth in conflict with the law. The Community Policy Associate will lead and facilitate a collective impact effort in collaboration with county leaders and community stakeholders to increase effective local treatment options, improve community and systems collaboration, and help ensure Black and Brown youth are not overrepresented in any part of the system.


Increase the community’s capacity to: (1) advocate for juvenile justice reforms and community investments, and (2) develop and expand local and community-based treatment options for youth.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Conduct local stakeholder interviews, landscape analyses, and resource mapping;
  • Think critically and creatively about systemic inefficiencies and envision new system of change;
  • Expand and strengthen community and youth voices and civic participation;
  • Conduct and facilitate educational workshops and advocacy trainings for youth, families, and communities impacted by the juvenile justice system;
  • Organize and support system-impacted community members to develop and advocate for long-term youth justice and community health solutions;
  • Organize and support community stakeholders and service providers to increase and improve local and community-based services, mentoring, and opportunities for underserved youth; Assist the program director in day-to-day and long-term programmatic and organizational activities;
  • Represent youths’ interests in the community and at stakeholder meetings;
  • Connect and facilitate conversations between the public, community stakeholder, and elected officials;
  • Attend Juvenile Justice Systems Collaborative and related subcommittees meetings; and
  • Serve as a public relations liaison to system and community stakeholders and the public.

The Community Policy Associate must be able to commute or work full time in Santa Clara County.

Required Qualifications

  • In depth knowledge of the juvenile justice system within a positive youth development framework;
  • Understanding of transformative justice models and community accountability frameworks;
  • Great public speaking skills and experience in planning and facilitating trainings;
  • Organized, self-motivated, detail oriented, and ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Experience managing complex projects with a multitude of partners;
  • Ability to consider differing perspectives and respond professionally to conflict or disagreement;
  • Must be organized, self-motivated profession who is able to work collaboratively;
  • Ability to connect with diverse community stakeholders;
  • Ability to work with people from various ethnic, cultural, and systems-impacted background; and
  • Valid California driver’s license and access to a car.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bilingual (Spanish) highly desired;
  • Experience managing communications, running campaigns, and educational or teaching background;
  • Ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise way;
  • Understanding of local politics, budgets, and governance in Santa Clara County;
  • Relevant experience organizing or conducting advocacy around civil rights or juvenile justice system with political savvy;
  • Collaborative and community driven to develop opportunities for youth development and advocate for system reforms; and
  • Engage in creative, multi-dimensional advocacy strategies to achieve juvenile justice reforms.


This is a full-time position. Current funding supports the position for 3-years. Salary is competitive with a range of $60,000 – $70,000, annually. NCYL provides health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, vacation and sick benefits, and an employer contribution to a retirement plan.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual (Spanish) highly desired.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

No phone calls or emails please. To apply, please submit an application, cover letter, and resume by March 14, 2018.

Apply at:

Applicants of color and people with personal experience with the justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.

NCYL is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.