Deputy Division Director, State Initiatives

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The Council of State Governments

Published 14 days ago

November 6, 2020

Who we are:

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization located across the country with approximately 100 employees. We combine 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. Together, we achieve results by:

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

Our staff have decades of experience in criminal justice, mental health and substance addiction, corrections and reentry, research, workforce development, media, and more. We have served governors, state legislators, and members of Congress across the political spectrum. But what bonds us together is a shared commitment to our vision and mission, to a common set of values, and to the national, bipartisan advisory board that guides our work.

What we're doing:

Our State Initiatives Division has active and evolving project work in more than half of states across the country with a current team of approximately 30 people nationally. The Division produces forward-thinking policy recommendations to state leaders from all three branches of government and representing a vast spectrum of ideologies. Using data, analysis, research, stakeholder engagement strategies, and more, the team advances policy change efforts in the areas of recidivism reduction, decreasing the size of jail and prison populations, decreasing the number of people on community supervision, assisting victims of crime, data collection and reporting, and more. The Deputy Division Director will also closely across our different departments, leveraging expertise and different perspectives to further project goals.

How you'll fit in:

The Deputy Director of the State Initiatives Division will help support a highly skilled team of managers and policy staff, as well as many external partners working with us on a contract basis. The Deputy Division Director will:

  • Collaboratively develop a vision and strategic direction for division initiatives and projects to achieve statewide systems change.
  • Lead and supervise a team of managers to set and achieve ambitious project goals and timelines across the division.
  • Cultivate and develop new projects and programs to meaningfully impact state policy by exploring innovative approaches, applying lessons learned, leveraging existing relationships, and building new partnerships.
  • Assist the Division Director in leading the division, including demonstrating a commitment to and progress toward the organization's diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.
  • Track implementation of the division's strategic and project plans and oversee a division-wide process for monitoring project progress, including troubleshooting challenges and adjusting priorities.
  • Help inform, manage, and operationalize workflows in service of the division's long-range strategic direction.
  • Provide guidance and oversight to division staff on program planning, project development, program management, compliance with grant requirements (including project timetables), personnel issues, meeting planning, timelines, budgets, and fundraising.
  • Help the Division Director manage the division's budget'over $8 million annually'by participating in annual budget planning, financial reporting, grants management, and business development.
  • Work with the Division Director and Director of Foundation Relations to develop and execute the division's fundraising strategy.

What you'll bring: 

  • Strong leadership and people management skills, including the ability to motivate and inspire a team and to attract and develop talent
  • Strong orientation toward creative thinking and achieving outcomes
  • Organizational savvy and a demonstrated ability to operationalize complex and competing priorities and oversee multiple complex initiatives and projects
  • Superior communication skills, including writing/editing, public speaking, group/meeting facilitation, and the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise way and inspire an audience
  • Ability to work with (and find consensus among) people from a wide array of backgrounds and perspectives, as well as an appreciation for the need to address issues in nonpartisan and non-polarizing ways
  • Commitment to, and experience with, applying an anti-racist approach to finding solutions within and outside of the organization
  • Demonstrated experience and skill with financial management, monitoring, reporting, and budgeting in a nonprofit setting, including experience managing federal grants, foundation grants, and other government contracts 
  • Experience with fund development, grant writing, and federal contract compliance 
  • Experience with strategic planning and implementation monitoring 
  • Positive energetic attitude with a passion for criminal justice, behavioral health, human services, housing/homelessness, and/or large-scale change efforts highly desired
  • Willingness to travel, at least 2 times per month, when safe to do so

 Experience Requirements

  • At least 10 years of management or policymaking experience in behavioral health, criminal justice, or other related fields
  • Deep experience and expertise in leading or participating in collaborative planning efforts involving government, nonprofit, philanthropic, and private sector partners
  • Long track record of working with local and state governments and high-level government officials
  • Demonstrated success in designing, enacting, and implementing state policy reforms that achieve significant impact
  • Significant experience with fundraising and funder stewardship
  • Familiarity with data-driven policymaking, performance measurement, and/or collective impact approaches preferred
  • Experience providing leadership within a national initiative or policy campaign 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 (incomplete applications will not be considered):

  1. Cover letter with salary expectations 
  2. Resume

Learn more about careers at the CSG Justice Center.

We welcome and value diversity in our staff, including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experience with the criminal justice system.

 CSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled)

Who we are:

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization located across the country with approximately 100 employees. We combine the power of a membership association…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required


Washington, DC

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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