Council of State Governments
  • 26-Aug-2021 to 25-Sep-2021 (EST)
  • Justice Center, Corrections & Reentry
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full Time

WHO WE ARE:

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with locations in NY and Texas with over 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, finance, workforce development, media, and more. We have served governors, state legislators, and members of Congress on both sides of 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:

In the Corrections and Reentry Division of the CSG Justice Center, we are helping counties, states, and organizations across the country by providing evidence-based and data-driven technical assistance aimed at reducing recidivism and improving other reentry outcomes for people in the criminal justice system. We work with top researchers and practitioners to advance the knowledge base of the field and champion lessons learned and best practices. Our work continues to evolve.


HOW YOU'LL FIT IN:

The senior policy analyst will be responsible for conceptualizing, planning, and managing technical assistance to federal grantees engaged in strategies to improve outcomes at both the systems and programmatic levels. These reforms aim to increase the post-release success of incarcerated individuals and those on community supervision and thereby reduce recidivism and improve public safety. They will work on multiple projects with a small team and will focus on providing technical assistance to improve outcomes for children of incarcerated parents, including guidance, feedback, and on-site facilitation to corrections agencies, nonprofits, and reentry service providers, as they develop and implement comprehensive plans to reduce recidivism. The senior policy analyst will also work on products, such as guides and webinars, that share knowledge learned through technical assistance with the field at large.


WHAT YOU'LL DO:

Specific responsibilities of the senior policy analyst include the following:


  • Develop written products, including policy briefs, research memos, presentations, and other policy tools that concisely and clearly describe complex analyses and policy options to policymakers and/or criminal justice practitioners.
  • Participate in technical assistance delivery by planning and communicating strategies, including coordinating site visits among senior staff and/or consultants, meeting with site stakeholders independently, and leading technical assistance site visits.
  • Collaborate with senior staff to develop long-range strategies to guide the CSG Justice Center's corrections and reentry work.
  • Work with a wide range of stakeholders focused on city/county government criminal justice technical assistance efforts.
  • Monitor timelines, budgets, and deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met in assigned project areas.
  • Contribute to the development of CSG Justice Center website content and strategize with staff and technical consultants on ways of using the website to promote policy goals.
  • Plan and participate in policy-focused meetings of government officials, advocates, and national experts.
  • Identify and engage new contacts in the field to serve as formal or informal project consultants or partners.
  • Ensure that senior staff and, where applicable, CSG Justice Center colleagues, consultants, or funders are aware of relevant project developments and that other work in the field is leveraged to advance project goals.
  • Participate actively in staff discussions and strategic planning meetings.
  • Represent the organization at national and regional conferences on criminal justice reform efforts, behavioral health, risk assessment, recidivism-reduction programming and/or probation and parole supervision.

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 Justice Center duties, and be a responsible steward of member and donor funds
  • At least five years of technical assistance, project management, and policy analysis in combination with work experience in the field of corrections and reentry and criminal justice
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field, such as public policy, public administration, nonprofit management, business, or law
  • Demonstrated success in technical assistance, engagement, facilitation, and relationship management skills
  • Strategic planning and project development and management skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of corrections and reentry and criminal justice policy
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills and an analytical mind
  • 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, 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 frequently, up to two or three times per month, to deliver technical assistance on site in states across the country.

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
  2. Resume
  3. Two writing samples (preferably no more than three pages), or one writing sample and one presentation deck (preferably no more than five slides)
  4. Names and contact information for references (at least two)

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.

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