Senior Policy Analyst, Justice Reinvestment Initiative

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Who we are:

The Council of State Governments Justice Center is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that combines the power of a membership association, representing state officials in all three branches of government, with policy and research expertise to develop strategies that increase public safety and strengthen communities. We help achieve those results by

  • Bringing people together from both sides of the aisle to foster collaboration;
  • Driving the criminal justice field forward with original research;
  • Building momentum for policy change at the state and local levels; and
  • Providing expert assistance to translate the latest research into policy and practice.

The CSG Justice Center is one of the most robust criminal justice organizations in the country, composed of approximately 120 employees with decades of experience in law enforcement, community corrections, court administration, housing, mental health and addiction services, state prisons, local jails, juvenile justice, education, workforce development, and victim advocacy. Staff here have served governors, state legislators, and members of Congress on both sides of the political spectrum. What bonds us together is a shared commitment to our mission, to a common set of values, and to the national, bipartisan advisory board that guides our work. Learn more about careers at the CSG Justice Center.

How you'll fit in:

Through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, we have helped nearly 30 states use data to unpack what's driving trends in systems of safety and justice. We help policymakers then use that data to design and implement historic reforms that address pressing criminal justice challenges and result in reinvesting millions in strategies to reduce recidivism, improve treatment, and more. The senior policy analyst will provide expert guidance to states that are analyzing and identifying policies and practices to reduce recidivism and achieve additional public safety goals. The senior policy analyst will be responsible for in-depth analysis of relevant state statutory and administrative policy, research, and legislation; coordinating teams of expert consultants conducting on-site, intensive technical assistance or data collection in state and local jurisdictions; developing legislative and administrative policy options; and coordinating and participating in politically sensitive meetings with high-ranking local, state, and federal officials, advocates, and other experts across the country. The senior policy analyst will have a track record of effectively managing multiple projects, an ability to translate the latest research into policy and implementation action steps that reflect the context of a particular jurisdiction, and a commitment to improving criminal justice system outcomes.

What you'll do:

Specific responsibilities of the senior policy analyst include the following:

  • Participate in technical assistance delivery by coordinating site visits among senior staff and/or consultants, meeting with site stakeholders independently, and leading technical assistance site visits.
  • Develop written products, including policy briefs, research memos, presentations, and other written policy tools that concisely and clearly describe complex analyses and policy options to policymakers and/or criminal justice practitioners.
  • Develop/expand the knowledge base on criminal justice, behavioral health, and related social service policy issues.
  • Identify themes and linkages across different initiatives within the CSG Justice Center's diverse portfolio and leverage opportunities to incubate and test new ideas and approaches.
  • Collaborate with senior staff to develop long-range strategies and technical assistance methodologies to guide the CSG Justice Center's work.
  • Monitor timelines, budgets, and deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met in assigned project areas.
  • Plan and participate in policy-focused meetings with criminal justice leadership and staff.
  • Identify and engage new contacts in the field to serve as formal or informal project consultants or partners.
  • Ensure that senior staff and, when applicable, CSG Justice Center colleagues, consultants, or funders are aware of relevant project development and that other work in the field is leveraged for the advancement of project goals.
  • Participate actively in, and sometimes lead, staff discussions and strategic planning meetings.
  • Contribute to the development of CSG Justice Center website content and strategize with staff and technical consultants on ways of using the website to promote policy goals.
  • Cultivate a network of stakeholders, legislators, agency heads, and opinion leaders to further the goals of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative and other state-based goals.
  • Represent the organization at national and regional conferences on criminal justice reform efforts, behavioral health, risk assessment, recidivism-reduction programming and/or probation and parole supervision.
  • Develop relationships with funders in local, state, and federal government, as well as with private foundations, that enable the CSG Justice Center to sustain and expand its work.
  • Engage in diversity, equity, and inclusion processes at the CSG Justice Center and apply this work to both internal and external projects, communication, and planning.

What you'll bring:

  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse people in different contexts and foster equity and inclusion through self-awareness, cultural sensitivity, and valuing others
  • Dedication to public service with an unfailing commitment to act with civility, be nonpartisan in performing CSG Justice Center duties, and be a responsible steward of member and donor funds
  • Expertise in project management, results-oriented approach, and an ability to tailor recommendations for a specific audience or jurisdiction
  • Experience in effectively managing multiple projects, all of which have competing deadlines and require cooperation of various people inside and outside the organization
  • A track record of using data and research to train stakeholders and facilitate systems change even in the face of reticent stakeholders
  • Command of corrections practices and research with promising outcomes and an ability to communicate that clearly, without jargon, and help jurisdictions turn the research into new practices
  • Demonstrated proficiency in facilitating strategic meetings with high-level stakeholders, often with varying perspectives
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills and an analytical mind
  • Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise and compelling way
  • Efficient, organized work style and an ability to prioritize quickly and confidently to manage multiple deadlines
  • Willingness to travel frequently, up to two or three times per month, to deliver technical assistance on site in states across the country, when it is safe to do so
  • At least five years' experience:
  • diagnosing system gaps in policy and practice;
  • developing and implementing long range strategic and legislative strategies;
  • facilitating meetings and implementing large-scale projects; and
  • providing technical assistance to officials in state and local government and across various criminal justice systems preferred.
  • A bachelor's degree. All fields will be considered, though concentration in a related field such as criminal justice, psychology, sociology, law, political science, or public policy is a plus.

How you apply:

If you're interested in helping us drive change across the country, you should upload the following elements with your application:

  1. Cover letter with salary expectations
  2. Resume
  3. Writing Sample
  4. At least three professional references

Learn more about careers at the CSG Justice Center.

We welcome and value diversity in our staff, including race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, protected veteran status, and personal experience with the criminal justice system.

CSG is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. CSG participates in E-Verify.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

Who we are:

The Council of State Governments Justice Center is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that combines the power of a membership association, representing state officials in all three branches of government, with…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    October 15, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


444 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA

How to Apply

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.


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