SPLC’s Criminal Justice Reform Practice Group is dedicated to reducing the number of juveniles, adults, and immigrants detained and incarcerated in the Deep South. All of SPLC’s states fall within the top ten nationally in rates of incarceration. The Regional Policy Analyst is responsible for conducting fact and policy research; reviewing and analyzing data; developing policy recommendations to reduce juvenile and adult jail and prison populations and reduce immigrant detention, while improving; public safety; and working with colleagues to advocate for the implementation of those recommendations in each of SPLC’s states.
This position could be located in one of several SPLC offices, depending on personal circumstances and SPLC needs.
Under the supervision of the Deputy Legal Director, the Regional Policy Analyst will:
- Oversee SPLC’s criminal justice policy analysis in our states, ensuring high-quality data analyses, development of evidence-based policy options, and effective public and policy-maker education efforts aimed at changing state law, policy and practice;
- Conduct SPLC’s criminal justice policy research, producing high-impact publications (reports, white papers, etc.) related to trends in criminal justice and evaluations of policy reforms;
- Collaborate with the Deputy Legal Director, state-based Senior Supervising Attorneys, and state-based Policy Counsels to identify needs, develop strategies, and implement work-plans;
- Identify or create opportunities in county and state governments to improve the administration of the justice system.
- Establish baselines, monitor implementation, and track the impact of reforms;
- In collaboration with the Deputy Legal Director, Senior Supervising Attorneys, and Policy Counsels, cultivate productive relationships and communication with a wide range of constituencies interested in criminal justice reform, including policy-makers, corrections officials, researchers and advocates;
- In coordination with Deputy Legal Director, state-based Senior Supervising Attorneys, and state-based Policy Counsels, coordinate and facilitate meetings and collaboration with key stakeholders, agency leadership and practitioners to consider and design new approaches to the states’ criminal justice challenges;
- Maintain and continue to develop an understanding of emerging criminal justice issues by monitoring publications and participating in conferences, seminars and other professional development activities;
- Collaborate with the Deputy Legal Director, state-based Senior Supervising Attorneys, state-based Policy Counsels, and the Communications Department to develop communication strategies around campaigns and serve as spokesperson upon request;
- Communicate regularly with SPLC staff across the southern region about campaigns and strategies;
- Represent SPLC in various fora, including before community groups, legislatures, and state agencies;
- Comply with all federal and state lobbying and ethical rules and requirements; and,
- Other duties as may be assigned to meet SPLC needs.
- A bachelor’s degree and an advanced degree in public policy, law, or other relevant field strongly preferred;
- At least 7 years of experience in public policy, with demonstrated knowledge of at least one of the following areas: sentencing, community corrections, prisons and jails, pretrial, courts, law enforcement, prosecution, criminal defense, and/or immigrant detention;
- Experience working with senior policy-makers, corrections officials, researchers and other stakeholders strongly preferred;
- Strong research and analytical skills applied to public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue;
- Facility with data, including gathering data, constructing and managing databases, conducting data analyses, and improving data quality strongly preferred;
- A keen understanding of the importance of rigorous, timely, and policy-relevant research; experience undertaking and managing such research; and disseminating it effectively to policymakers, the media, and the public strongly preferred;
- Experience convening groups of policy-makers, researchers, and other professionals, and supporting their efforts to reach consensus and move toward a desired outcome;
- Exercises a logical and resourceful approach to evaluating and addressing problems;
- Expresses ideas, thoughts and concepts clearly and concisely in a compelling way to convince or assist others, both in writing and orally. A clear, effective writing style;
- Experience developing and moving complex projects forward with a high degree of independence within a creative, fast-paced, action-oriented and collegial environment. Able to establish a systematic course of action to ensure project completion;
- Demonstrated time and project management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization;
- Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time, remain attentive to details and identify resources for projects;
- Acute political awareness and non-partisan perspective and approach. Demonstrated ability to build relationships among individuals and organizations with a range of interests and perspectives.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including maturity, keen judgment, the ability to facilitate challenging conversations quickly read interpersonal dynamics and the ability to work with people from a wide array of backgrounds and perspectives and across projects;
- Ability to deliver content-specific presentations on risk assessment, research-based correctional programming or effective supervision practices to key stakeholders in the criminal justice system;
- Ability to juggle multiple projects, all of which have competing deadlines and require cooperation of various people inside and outside the organization;
- Proficiency in facilitating strategic meetings with high-level stakeholders;
- Experience working with diverse stakeholders to build consensus and sustain momentum around reforms;
- Appreciation of and aptitude for leveraging the role of litigation in driving reform;
- Creativity and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies;
- Initiative, vision, and a proven commitment to the struggle for social justice;
- Excellent and consistent attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines; and,
- Aptitude for and willingness to be a team player.
Other Special Considerations:
This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
Please submit your resume, cover letter, and a 5 page writing sample containing policy analysis, preferably in the criminal justice arena.
An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required