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
- 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:
The project manager will oversee technical assistance, outreach, and partnerships related primarily to a national campaign to improve reentry success for people on community supervision and those leaving prison. The manager will be responsible for guiding all key aspects of the campaign, including developing a national policy guide and other resources to help states bring reentry successes to scale; engaging policymakers, advocates, and subject matter experts; planning and executing national events (in-person or virtual); and assisting state leaders with organizing teams of other leaders in their state, setting goals, and developing and implementing their action plans. The project manager will be responsible for developing a work plan to realize project goals, executing the strategic plan, and cultivating and managing important project partnerships. The project manager will also work with the organization's senior staff to support fundraising efforts, build a team, and cultivate new projects.
What you'll do:
Specific responsibilities of the [job title] include the following:
- Develop compelling written products and web content, including a project overview, presentations, project summaries, memos and other tools to concisely and clearly describe the project, policy options, and new developments in the field to policymakers and funders.
- Execute a strategic plan for the project.
- Articulate the vision, strategic plan, and results for the campaign and other initiatives to a national audience through appropriate avenues.
- Manage a national advisory board of policymakers, state and local officials, subject matter experts, and community stakeholders to ensure that the initiative benefits from their collective expertise and can have the most impact.
- Develop/expand the knowledge base on corrections, reentry, and criminal justice to the field at large, data-driven decision-making, and recidivism-reduction strategies.
- Execute a technical assistance delivery plan.
- Establish and monitor timelines and deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met in assigned project areas.
- Research new funding opportunities, contribute to grant proposals, and serve as a resource to funding agencies.
- Plan and participate in policy-focused meetings, conferences, trainings, or forums with high-ranking government officials, advocates, and national experts.
- Identify and engage new contacts in the field to serve as project consultants or partners.
- Ensure that colleagues, consultants, or funders are aware of relevant project developments and that other work in the field is leveraged for the advancement of project goals.
- Supervise staff and subject matter experts on contract where appropriate.
- Participate actively in, and sometimes lead, staff discussions and strategic planning meetings.
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 duties, and be a responsible steward of member and donor funds.
- Experience guiding the work of highly capable and skilled staff
- Experience designing and testing creative approaches to problems and conducting iterative experimentation on strategy
- Excellent research, writing, and editing skills and an analytical mind
- Demonstrated knowledge of the assessment, development, and implementation of change within criminal justice systems
- Demonstrated ability to manage projects of all scales and ensure they are successfully completed on time and within budget
- Demonstrated success working in the policy arena in policy formulation, analysis, advocacy, research, or the like
- Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to concisely and effectively distill and present complex information
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including diplomacy and an ability to work independently and in a team setting
- Efficient, organized work style and an ability to prioritize quickly and confidently and manage multiple deadlines
- Willingness to travel, occasionally several times per month (in accordance with federal and state COVID-19 guidance)
- At least seven years of relevant experience working for or with correctional, health, law enforcement, workforce, supervision, or related agencies or organizations.
- A bachelor's degree is required, with preference given to candidates with a degree in the social sciences, such as criminal justice, psychology, sociology, or public policy.
- At least four years' experience supervising project assistants, policy analysts, or technical assistance associates, or equivalent; a plus if these staff are not co-located.
- Experience providing technical assistance to officials in state and local government and across various criminal justice systems preferred.
- Experience managing large-scale, successful, complex projects and experience with grants compliance highly desired.
How you apply:
If you're interested in helping us drive change across the country, you should upload the following elements with your application:
- Cover letter with salary expectations
- Writing Sample
- 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.