Council of State Governments
  • 15-Mar-2017 to 14-Apr-2017 (EST)
  • Justice Center, Corrections & Reentry
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full Time




The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization that provides practical, nonpartisan advice and evidence-based, consensus-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities. The CSG Justice Center works closely with legislative leaders, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim advocates, and others to develop consensus on often highly politicized criminal justice issues and to translate this consensus into comprehensive reports, policy briefs, state and federal legislation, model policies, and innovative programs. The CSG Justice Center not only develops written and web-based materials, but also provides on-the-ground technical assistance to policymakers and practitioners from multiple systems (corrections, behavioral health, housing, etc.) in state and local jurisdictions.

Posting: Program Associate, Corrections & Reentry


Job Title: Program Associate


FLSA Status: Exempt  


Department: Justice Center, Corrections & Reentry


Type of Position: Full-time, Regular


Reports To: Public Affairs Manager, Corrections & Reentry


Reporting to This Position: NA


Location: New York, NY






The Program Associate will support both the Corrections & Reentry Division and the Behavioral Health Division at the CSG Justice Center and will be responsible for discrete aspects of projects, particularly communications and broad-based technical assistance. The Program Associate's responsibilities include researching local, state, and federal criminal justice and behavioral health policies and programs; drafting content for the CSG Justice Center's website and other products that concisely and clearly describes policy and program challenges and options to policymakers, practitioners, and advocates; and keeping up to date on new research and announcements from policymakers and other organizations in the field. Other responsiblities of the Program Associate may also involve grant proposal writing and reporting, developing presentations, and collaborating with other division staff to develop long-range strategies to guide the CSG Justice Center's work.

This position offers opportunity for growth to an individual seeking to advance a career in criminal justice policy, with a focus on writing and web communications.




Specific responsibilities of the Program Associate include, but are not limited to, the following:


      Collaborate with staff to promote CSG Justice Center projects and products on the website and ensure that new information is reflected on the website in a timely manner;

      Update website with new research, resources, and developments in the corrections, reentry, and behavioral health fields;

      Draft web articles on criminal justice and behavioral health policies and programs;

      Collaborate with staff to develop a range of longer written products, including policy guides, reports, memos, and grant reports and proposals;

      Strategize with staff on ways of using the web, email campaigns, and social media to promote policy goals;

      Help monitor timelines, budgets, and deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met in assigned project areas;

      Assist staff with organizing and executing events and meetings with high-ranking government officials, advocates, and national experts; and

      Participate actively in staff discussions and strategic planning meetings.


      Excellent analytical, research, writing, and editing skills;

      Strong attention to detail and organization;

      Strong visual and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise way;

      Excellent interpersonal skills, including diplomacy and an ability to work both independently and in a team setting; and

      Efficient, organized work style and an ability to prioritize quickly and confidently and manage multiple deadlines.


At least two years of work experience, ideally in criminal justice and/or policy analysis. Experience in web production, social media, and/or nonprofit communications is preferred.


A college degree (required) and a graduate degree in a related field, such as law or public policy (preferred).


      Frequently communicates with internal and external coworkers and customers;

      Frequently views the computer to draft products and presentations and update the website;

      Frequently remains in a sitting position to perform desk duties;

      Frequently uses the computer with fingers and hands;

      Frequently works in a well-lit, tempered room;

      Occasionally walks throughout office to communicate to coworkers; and

  • Seldom lifts objects, such as files or paper boxes, with weight up to 25 pounds.



Interested individuals should upload the following elements (in PDF format) to:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Two strong writing samples
  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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