Council of State Governments
  • 21-Jun-2022 to 20-Jul-2022 (EST)
  • Justice Center, State - Staff
  • 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 CSG Justice Center is seeking three full-time policy analysts to provide expert guidance to states advancing new policies and practices to achieve public safety goals across several programs: Justice Reinvestment, Justice Counts, and Lantern. The policy analyst position offers a significant level of responsibility, collaboration with teammates, and the opportunity to influence important advancements in criminal justice policy at the state and local levels. The ideal candidate will have a track record of effectively managing multiple projects, an ability to translate the latest research into policy and implementation action steps that reflect the context of a particular jurisdiction, and a commitment to improving criminal justice system outcomes.


What you'll do:

Specific responsibilities of the policy analyst include the following:

  • Contribute and deliver value to the field for a variety of stakeholders and audiences serving as a point person on a project.
  • Analyze legislative and administrative policies and work with team members to make recommendations through policy memos and briefs.
  • Support project deliverables and contribute to the advancement of project objectives.
  • Ensure the successful delivery of project timelines, deliverables, monitoring, and cross-team collaboration.
  • Prepare and lead meetings with high-level state and local policymakers, funders, practitioners, agency leadership, and federal officials.
  • Draft and track internal and external stakeholder updates on project developments.
  • May have ownership of some project deliverables or timelines.
  • Consistently apply racial/cultural competency and equity lens to programmatic work that strengthens the project's external relationships and goals.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in policy and field work that provides quality project deliverables.
  • Work effectively with relevant project stakeholders, audiences, and funders that advance the project and consistently ensure deliverables meet all requirements.

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
  • Minimum three years of relevant work experience and/or equivalent educational achievements that involved some of the following: coordinating a team to complete long-term projects on a timeline, authoring reports/memos/presentations, building consensus across diverse groups, analyzing and using data to drive decision-making, and demonstrating effective project management and strong critical thinking skills
  • Ability to develop, monitor, and deliver project-based timelines and reports
  • Ability to communicate project objectives, as well as the role each internal and external stakeholders play in the project
  • Ability to actively contribute ideas that support relevant project objectives and goals
  • Demonstrated experience using knowledge of the criminal or juvenile justice system in policy formulation, analysis, advocacy, practice, research or the like
  • Demonstrated practice developing agendas for and participating in strategic meetings with key stakeholders
  • Willingness to travel to deliver technical assistance on site in states across the country
  • Ability to work remotely with autonomy, understand technology, and effectively communicate across platforms

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. At least three professional references

We will consider all paid and unpaid experience relative to this position, including internships, fellowships, and volunteer activities.

CSG believes that pay equity and pay transparency advance workplace fairness. Compensation will be equitable and based on experience. The salary range for this position, based in New York, is $65,475- $81,900. This salary range is subject to change based on work location and market conditions.

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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