Council of State Governments
  • 13-Jan-2021 to 31-Jan-2021 (EST)
  • Justice Center, Behavioral Health
  • Sacramento, CA, USA
  • TBD
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, Vision, Short & Long Term Disability, Life, Paid Holidays, Paid Personal Time, Paid Sick Time, Paid Parental Leave

Who we are:

At The Council of State Governments Justice Center, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, we develop research-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities. We combine the power of a membership association, representing state officials in all three branches of government, with the expertise of a policy and research team focused on assisting others to attain measurable results. 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.
  • Providing expert assistance to translate the latest research into policy and practice.
  • Building momentum for policy change at the state and local level.

How you'll fit in:

The Behavioral Health Division works with jurisdictions nationally to improve outcomes for people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders who come into contact with law enforcement and the criminal justice system. This includes through the Stepping Up initiative, a national campaign to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails; an effort to increase the number of jurisdictions that implement comprehensive police and mental health collaborations; supporting innovation in state policy to increase the availability of community-based treatment and services designed to reduce recidivism and support recovery for people with behavioral health needs.

What you'll do:

Working as part of the CSG Justice Center's Behavioral Health Division and reporting directly to the program director, the policy analyst will be responsible for providing technical assistance focused on substance use disorders and co-occurring substance use disorders and mental illnesses to enhance collaboration between corrections, community supervision, courts, law enforcement, other criminal justice agencies, and behavioral health agencies; analyzing relevant, administrative policy, research, and legislation; coordinating with a team of expert consultants providing technical assistance; and coordinating and participating in politically sensitive meetings with high-ranking local, state, and federal officials, advocates, and other experts across the country. The policy analyst will manage projects focused on substance addiction, including the implementation of medication-assisted treatment in the criminal justice system. This position offers significant responsibility and opportunity for growth to an individual seeking to advance a career in criminal justice policy with a focus on behavioral health.

Specific responsibilities of the policy analyst include the following:

  • Providing technical assistance to substance use disorder and mental illness treatment providers, corrections, community supervision agencies, courts, and law enforcement, including those receiving federal grants. Duties include:
    • Cultivating relationships across stakeholders
    • Coordinating, leading, and documenting site visits (virtual or in-person)
    • Providing guidance and resources to assist sites in meeting their program goals
    • Contributing to the development of and facilitating training activities, such as webinars and online learning communities¬†
    • Documenting technical assistance contacts and activities in a timely manner
  • With guidance from senior staff, developing written products, including policy briefs, research memos, and presentations, that concisely and clearly describe complex analyses and policy options to policymakers
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of long-range strategies to guide the CSG Justice Center's behavioral health work, particularly in California
  • Working with a wide range of stakeholders focused on city/county government, law enforcement, criminal justice, housing/homelessness services, and behavioral health technical assistance efforts
  • Monitoring timelines and deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met in assigned project areas
  • Responding to requests from the field for information and resources
  • Contributing to the development of implementation tools and protocols that build consistency in technical assistance service delivery among the team
  • Conducting policy analysis and research support for the division as a whole, as needed
  • Updating managers and senior staff on relevant project developments and other work in the field that impacts project goals
  • Participating actively in staff discussions and strategic planning meetings

Additional duties as assigned by the manager or division

What you'll bring:

A college degree (required) and a graduate degree in a related field, such as behavioral health, criminal justice, law, public health, public policy, or social work (preferred)

At least four years of combined work experience in the fields of substance addiction; mental illness; local or state government or tribal nations; criminal justice; justice and/or local policy analysis; some preference for experience working with city or county or state policymakers.

  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills and an analytical mind
  • Demonstrated knowledge of criminal justice, behavioral health and health policy and programs
  • Demonstrated experience in policy formulation, analysis, advocacy, research or the like
  • Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise, accessible way
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity, an ability to work independently and in a team setting, and a sense of humor
  • Efficient, organized work style and an ability to prioritize quickly and confidently and manage multiple deadlines
  • Willingness to travel, occasionally several times per month (as public health advice allows)
  • Familiarity with policy work in California at the intersection of criminal justice, behavioral health, and housing/homelessness services is a plus

Who you'll join:

The CSG Justice Center is one of the most robust criminal justice organizations in the country, comprised 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 careersat the CSG Justice Center.

How you apply:

If you're interested in helping us drive change across the country, you should upload the following elements with your application:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Two writing samples (preferable no more than three pages)
  4. Names and contact information for references (at least two)

 Incomplete applications will not be considered.

CSG is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

CSG participates in E-Verify


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