Council of State Governments
  • 31-Aug-2021 to 30-Sep-2021 (EST)
  • Justice Center, Behavioral Health
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full Time

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; and
  • 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 work as part of the CSG Justice Center's Behavioral Health Division (BHD) and report directly to the program director for the Stepping Up initiative, a national initiative to reduce the number of adults with serious mental illness in local justice systems. In this role, the project manager will be responsible for providing and overseeing broad-based technical assistance under the Stepping Up initiative. The project manager will also work closely with the project manager assigned to Stepping Up to coordinate and improve service delivery for projects across the BHD.



What you'll do:

  • Work with local and state policymakers and other stakeholders to develop and implement policies to improve outcomes for people with behavioral health needs who are involved in the criminal justice system.
  • Provide and oversee broad-based technical assistance under the Stepping Up initiative and lead multiple projects to support behavioral health and criminal justice agencies in improving responses to people with mental illness and co-occurring disorders.
  • Manage and execute projects focused at the state and local levels that support the Stepping Up initiative. These projects will have a particular focus on:
    • Improving racial equity in systems and processes that impact people involved in or at risk of involvement in the justice system
    • Meaningfully engaging people and families with lived experiences in both justice and behavioral health systems
    • Developing policies that directly impact state and local capacity for collecting and analyzing data for decision-making
  • With the deputy division director and program director for Stepping Up, support relationship management with funding agencies and be responsible for the development, implementation, and reporting of deliverables of various projects.
  • Advise on projects across the BHD and identify areas for coordination.
  • Contribute to staff and organizational development by working to refine internal practices and procedures.
  • Contribute to strategic planning meetings for Stepping Up and the BHD.
  • Identify grant opportunities and draft proposals.
  • Lead the drafting of reports to funders.
  • Train and supervise staff as opportunities allow.
  • Contribute to the development of long-range strategies to guide the CSG Justice Center's behavioral health work.
  • Occasionally provide technical assistance to grantee sites, including conducting on-site technical assistance in state and local jurisdictions, and coordinate and participate in politically sensitive meetings with high-ranking local, state, and federal officials; advocates; and other experts across the country.

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
  • A bachelor's degree (required), preferably in the social sciences, such as criminal justice, psychology, sociology or public policy
  • At least seven years of relevant experience in areas such as policy design, analysis, and/or implementation experience in the fields of behavioral health, health, criminal justice, and/or housing/homelessness
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to drive and manage new initiatives and projects, from initial conceptualization through development of sound workplans and implementation of such plans, coordinating effectively across multiple staff and external partners
  • Demonstrated history of incorporating differing perspectives into policy design, implementation, and evaluation leading to positive outcomes for communities
  • Demonstrated expertise in inclusivity
  • Demonstrated understanding of state and local policy challenges and solutions for criminal justice and behavioral health systems, preferably with a focus on data, racial equity, and community health
  • Ability to work independently and manage deadlines, seeking guidance as needed but requiring minimal day-to-day guidance
  • Demonstrated success working in the policy arena in policy formulation and implementation, analysis, advocacy, budget development, research or the like
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills, including writing and tailoring messaging effectively to different groups of stakeholders at the local and/or state levels
  • Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise, accessible way
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, 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
  • Strong skills with the MS Office platform, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel

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 with salary expectations
  2. Resume
  3. Writing sample
  4. 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.

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