The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) is a nonprofit organization comprising a nationwide coalition of Governor-appointed State Advisory Group (SAG) members and allies, dedicated to preventing children and youth from becoming involved in the courts and upholding the highest standards of care when youth are charged with wrongdoing and enter the justice system. CJJ envisions a nation where fewer children are at risk of delinquency; and if they are at risk or involved with the justice system, they and their families receive every possible opportunity to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives. CJJ is headquartered in Washington, DC, and works with members across all of the states, territories and DC.
The Policy and Field Relations Associate will tap the expertise and resources of CJJ and its members and allies to develop policy products that build on current momentum for juvenile justice reform. Currently, CJJ’s goals place special emphasis on advancing federal juvenile justice policy that reduces justice system involvement for young people and that combat racism within youth serving systems. To achieve these goals, we seek among other things, to restore federal appropriations that support state and local delinquency prevention and juvenile justice reform, and advance research-informed practices.
The Policy and Field Relations Associate will be responsible for developing white papers and other products that reflect new developments in the field and detail prevention and intervention strategies/policies that keep children and youth out of the juvenile justice system, and emphasize youth, family and community involvement. He or she will be able to work independently and in collaborate with colleagues on a range of issues, which could include delinquency prevention, status offenses, racial and ethnic disparities, LGBTQ/GNC youth, youth engagement, youth homelessness, child welfare, and police-youth relations. The Associate will also be involved in some field development and outreach and will be called upon to represent the organization and its goals before its members, public officials and others in meetings and training events.
This is a full-time position (35 hours per week), reporting to the CJJ Executive Director.
Like many national nonprofit organizations, CJJ operates in a dynamic environment. Therefore, growth opportunities and responsibilities for this position will evolve in response to new strategic priorities and funding opportunities. CJJ values diversity in all aspects of its operations and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Major Areas of Responsibility:
· Provide policy support to the Executive Director in the execution of nationwide reform efforts, including the development of policy products designed to assist and support CJJ state members and allies
· Serve as project lead for a number of CJJ initiatives, including ensuring that all deliverables are completed on time, working closely with fellow staff and project funders
· Identify, document and promote best/evidence-informed practices and policies conducted by state members using federal funding and related resources
· Create and disseminate training and related materials pertaining to best practices in youth justice
· Research and write a range of products for the organization, including reports, fact sheets, talking points, research summaries, profiles of exemplary work, etc.
· Work with other staff to develop and support training/technical assistance activities and strategies to elevate and support the work of state and local members and allies, in specific juvenile justice issue areas
· Represent the organization, its goals and values in public forums, state and national training and conference venues
· Cultivate opportunities for state/local member-leaders to have their efforts and ideas highlighted in public forums, as well as state and national training and conference venues
· Offer content ideas and assistance in support of the organization’s conferences (national and regional), newsletter, website, and other communications and training vehicles, keeping an eye on innovative ideas, trends and urgent needs, in close collaboration with the CJJ staff team.
· Analyze, synthesize, and summarize dense and complex information accurately, clearly, and within a short time-frame.
· Identify opportunities to educate CJJ’s membership and partners about new developments in the field.
· Research federal and state regulations governing the treatment and disposition of cases involving young people in the juvenile court. Prepare periodic research summaries for staff as necessary or requested.
· Write, edit and/or fact-check, and revise a range of products to conform with CJJ style requirements and to ensure accuracy
· Prepare periodic reports for management, as necessary or requested, to track accomplishment of strategic goal and to evaluate work performed
· Participate in organizational and partner meetings
· Develop content expertise and skills by attending meetings and seminars germane to this position and the base of knowledge required for the job
· May be assigned other duties as needed
Required Skills and Qualifications:
· Bachelor’s or higher degree in social sciences, education, social work, law and justice related fields, public health or other fields of relevance to the work of youth justice reform.
· Excellent written communication skills and high level of productivity in synthesizing and reporting complex material for a public audience, in written form
· Demonstrated ability to manage multi-faceted projects involving partnerships and collaborations
· Working knowledge of juvenile justice and court services, including latest trends and evidence-based approaches
· Working knowledge of the manner in which federal juvenile justice and delinquency prevention programs intersect with state and local juvenile justice systems and delinquency prevention programs
· Experience working in an organization with multi-faceted projects involving partnerships and collaborations
· Superb interpersonal skills
· Candidates with public speaking experience across a range of venues and proven ability to motivate others through presentations and verbal communication may be afforded special consideration
· Strong aptitude in use of all MS Office software
· Willingness to travel on a periodic (at least quarterly) basis beginning in the Fall of 2021.
· This position is remote.
The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) is a nonprofit organization comprising a nationwide coalition of Governor-appointed State Advisory Group (SAG) members and allies, dedicated to preventing children and youth from…