Council of State Governments
  • 01-Sep-2021 to 01-Oct-2021 (EST)
  • Justice Center, State - Managers
  • Seattle, WA, 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
  • 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:

Through our Justice Reinvestment program, we have helped nearly 30 states use data to unpack what's driving trends in systems of safety and justice. We help policymakers then use that data to design and implement historic reforms that address pressing criminal justice challenges, and result in millions being reinvested in reducing recidivism, improving treatment, and more.


The project manager leads teams and projects, assisting states that engage in initiatives focused on victims of crime: direct services, compensation, and restitution. The project manager brings expertise assessing, developing, and implementing system change within the criminal legal system to assist state leaders in identifying and improving how victims of crime are served. The project manager simultaneously oversees state-level and national projects, guiding in-depth analysis of relevant statutes, administrative policy, programmatic design, and implementation; leads teams and expert consultants who conduct on-site and/or virtual visits, intensive technical assistance or data collection in state or local jurisdictions; develops legislative and administrative policy options; and participates in politically sensitive meetings with high-ranking local, state, and federal officials, advocates, and other experts across the country. The project manager leverages their understanding of research and what works, as well as practical experience in victim services, corrections, supervision, and/or behavioral health, to guide staff assisting policymakers and practitioners to improve state criminal justice policy and practice through interbranch, collaborative efforts. The project manager is also expected to serve in a leadership position in the division, identify grant opportunities, and drafting proposals.


The person in this position reports to the program director but will be in regular communication with the division director, deputy division director, other program directors, and division staff; policy, communications, and administrative staff from across the CSG Justice Center; and occasionally with members of the CSG Justice Center Advisory Board and funders. The position requires extensive travel by car and air when safe to do so. The project manager position offers a significant level of responsibility, autonomy, and opportunity to influence important advances in criminal justice policy at the state level


What you'll do:


Specific responsibilities of the Project Manager include the following:


  • Develop written products, including policy briefs, research memos, and presentations that concisely and clearly describe complex criminal justice processes and policy options to policymakers.
  • Make continuous efforts to develop/expand knowledge relative to victim assistance, restitution, and crime victim compensation, as well as criminal justice, supervision, and behavioral health policy issues to state leaders and decision-makers.
  • Identify themes and linkages across disparate initiatives within the CSG Justice Center's diverse portfolio and leverage opportunities to test new ideas and approaches.
  • Collaborate with senior staff and/or consultants.
  • Meet with stakeholders and lead technical assistance site visits and/or coach junior or new staff as they conduct technical assistance site visits.
  • Monitor timelines, budgets, and deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met in assigned project areas.
  • Research new funding opportunities, write grant proposals, and serve as a resource to funding agencies.
  • Plan and participate in policy-focused meetings of high-ranking government officials, advocates, and national experts.
  • Identify and engage new contacts in the field to serve as formal or informal project consultants or partners.
  • Contribute to the development of CSG Justice Center website content and strategize with staff and technical consultants on ways of using the web to promote policy goals.
  • Create comprehensive strategic plans relative to projects.
  • Remain up to date on national criminal justice themes, trends, and best practices as they relate to victim compensation, restitution, and service to victims and survivors.

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.
  • 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.
  • A bachelor's degree.
  • Previous work with victim compensation, victim advocacy, victim assistance, restitution, or another criminal justice program, agency, or related organization required.
  • Experience providing technical assistance to officials in state and local government and across various criminal justice systems.
  • Experience managing large-scale, successful, complex projects and experience with federal 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:

  1. Cover letter with salary expectations
  2. Resume
  3. 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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