Council of State Governments
  • 15-Nov-2017 to 14-Dec-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, research-driven strategies and tools to increase public safety and strengthen communities. In general, the CSG Justice Center works closely with government executives, legislative leaders, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim advocates, and others to develop consensus on various 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 develops written and web-based materials, conducts complex data analysis, and provides on-the-ground technical assistance to policymakers and practitioners from multiple systems (corrections, behavioral health, law enforcement, etc.) in states and local jurisdictions.

JOB SUMMARY 

The policy analyst will primarily focus on enhancing the National Reentry Resource Center's (NRRC) reentry services directory, conducting outreach to expand and strengthen our reentry network, and providing technical assistance and support to Second Chance Act reentry grantees.

A project of the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance since 2009, the NRRC has been the primary source of information and guidance on reentry, advancing the use of evidence-based practices and policies and creating a network of practitioners, researchers, and policymakers invested in reducing recidivism.

The policy analyst is responsible for enhancing the reentry services directory to ensure that the NRRC's resources address the needs and interests of stakeholders across the country. The policy analyst is also responsible for engaging community-based organizations and service providers, state and local reentry councils and coordinators, and formerly incarcerated people and their families, among others to ensure that our resources and support are relevant, thorough, and applicable to local jurisdictions across the country.

The policy analyst is also responsible for providing technical assistance to Second Chance Act grantees that are nonprofit organizations providing mentoring, family-focused support, and/or community-based reentry services. This includes conducting in-depth reviews of and advising on programmatic design and implementation, research and evaluation plans, and relevant administrative policy. Technical assistance includes providing distance and on-site support including webinars, phone calls, and site visits, and collaborating with expert consultants.

The policy analyst reports to the Community Initiatives Project Manager of the CSG Justice Center's Corrections & Reentry Division.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Research and conduct outreach to organizations and individuals who may benefit from, or contribute to, the resources available through the NRRC;
  • Respond to requests from the field for information and resources;
  • When conducting technical assistance, cultivate relationships with stakeholders at each grant site; coordinate, lead, and document site visits; and maintain regular communication with grantees;
  • Develop and expand the knowledge base on best practices in criminal justice, corrections, reentry, mentoring, and family-focused work;
  • Serve as a key point of contact for a wide range of stakeholders and help plan, coordinate, and facilitate meetings, focus groups, and trainings;
  • Build knowledge of the broad range of concerns for people in the criminal justice system, community members, criminal justice professionals, service providers, policymakers, and others;
  • Represent the NRRC at local and national events;
  • Help maintain the NRRC website and ensure that new information is incorporated in a timely manner;
  • Develop written products, including brochures, briefs, and presentations that concisely and clearly describe the NRRC's goals and activities;
  • 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 for the advancement of project goals;
  • Participate actively in staff discussions and strategic planning meetings; and
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise and accessible way;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to work independently and in a team setting;
  • Strong research, writing, and critical thinking skills;
  • Efficient, organized work style and an ability to prioritize quickly and confidently and manage multiple deadlines;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of criminal justice, juvenile justice, and/or social services; and
  • Willingness to travel, occasionally more than once a month.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum of four years' work experience, which includes working in or with criminal justice, social service agencies, and/or community-based service providers. Experience with reentry programs that incorporate mentoring or family-focused support preferred.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

A college degree (required) and an advanced degree (preferred) in a related field such as criminal justice, social work, public policy, or public administration.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS ESSENTIAL TO PERFORM THE DUTIES OF THE JOB

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Frequently communicates with internal and external coworkers and customers;
  • Frequently views the computer to create policy briefs, memos and presentations;
  • 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.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

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

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Two writing samples (preferable no more than three pages each)
  4. Names and contact information for references (at least two)

 Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

CSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled)

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