Who we are:
The Council of State Governments (CSG) 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. Our strategic goals are to:
- break the cycle of incarceration;
- advance health, opportunity, and equity; and,
- use data to improve safety and justice.
What we're doing:
We are hiring six Senior Policy Analysts, one for each of the following projects. In your application please identify an interest in one or more of these projects.
- Assisting Second Chance Act Reentry Programs: The senior policy analyst will assist agencies and community-based organizations to plan and implement initiatives and develop resources to reduce recidivism, strengthen family engagement, and improve other reentry outcomes. They will coach a caseload of grantees, including assessing their program designs, providing guidance on best practices, and support implementation.
- Justice Reinvestment: Senior policy analysts manage a team of expert staff focused on helping design and implement state policy changes. Together they work with state leaders and criminal justice stakeholders to analyze challenges within state and local criminal justice systems and develop policies aimed at addressing those challenges and increasing public safety.
- Improving Victim Restitution and Compensation: The senior policy analyst will work alongside state leaders to develop data-driven, innovative, and victim-centered strategies to find practical solutions to helping people recover from crime and violence. The ideal candidate will bring experience working at a state victim compensation program, a state administering agency of federal and state victim services funds, and/or another criminal justice agency managing victim restitution.
- Behavioral Health State Based Capacity: The senior policy analyst's work will focus on strategies to reduce justice involvement and improve wellbeing for people who are experiencing homelessness. They will coordinate and execute projects that equip state and local decision makers to understand and apply research-based policies and practices at the intersection of criminal justice, health/behavioral health, and housing/homelessness.
- Behavioral Health (General): This senior policy analyst will report to the Division's Director and work with her to support division-wide priorities including maintaining the visibility of the division in the policy field, diversifying funding, and increasing a focus on equity in the division's work. The senior policy analyst will help support the division's operations by drafting policy briefs, academic papers, and other publications; developing presentations; supporting fundraising proposals; developing and leading special projects; and other activities as needed.
- Course Corrections: 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 through the Course Corrections project, which aims to provide corrections leaders tools and resources to address significant budget shortfalls facing their states and identify areas for policy and practice improvement to ensure stronger outcomes among people supervised on community supervision.
How you'll fit in:
The ideal candidate will:
- Assess correctional, supervision, and behavioral health programs/systems to diagnose level of evidence-based practice and provide recommendations for improvements based on current research;
- Translate the latest research into actionable guidance for policymakers and practitioners;
- Review proposed legislation to ensure it is reflective of evidence-based practice and determine the scale and scope of the implementation required;
- 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;
- Develop and conduct presentations and trainings on what works to change behavior for people in the criminal justice system for stakeholders in correctional and supervision agencies;
- Develop implementation protocols that build consistency in technical assistance service delivery among the project team;
- Represent the organization at national and regional conferences on 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.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Experience 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 the "what works" research 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;
- Willingness to travel frequently, up to two times per month to deliver technical assistance on site in states across the country, when it is safe to do so.
- Extensive knowledge of the correctional research literature and practical experience (5+ years) with data analysis, policy development, and/or implementation within the correctional, supervision, reentry, juvenile justice, or forensic behavioral health fields;
- Previous work with correctional, behavioral health, reentry, juvenile justice, or supervision agency required;
- Experience providing technical assistance to officials in state and local government and across various criminal justice systems preferred.
- Extensive knowledge of the correctional research literature and practical experience (5+ years) with data analysis, policy development, and/or implementation within the correctional, supervision, reentry, juvenile justice, victim services or forensic behavioral health fields;
- Previous work with correctional, behavioral health, reentry, juvenile justice, victim assistance,or supervision agency required.
A bachelor's degree (required), with preference given to candidates with a postgraduate degree in the social sciences such as criminal justice, psychology, sociology or public policy.
How you apply:
If you're interested in helping us drive change across the country, you should upload the following elements in PDF format with your application (incomplete applications will not be considered):
Cover letter. Please include:
- any salary expectations;
- what project(s), see above, you are interested in;
- your preference for working in one of our primary locations (New York City, Washington D.C., Austin, Seattle), or remotely (please indicate which city and state).
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 (Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled)
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