Council of State Governments
  • 24-Jan-2018 to 25-Feb-2018 (EST)
  • Justice Center, Behavioral Health
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full Time

The Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) is a national nonprofit organization that provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies, informed by available evidence, to increase public safety and strengthen communities. In general, the CSG Justice Center works closely with legislative leaders, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim advocates, and others to develop consensus on various, 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 cross-systems policymakers and practitioners from multiple systems (corrections, mental health, housing, etc.), in state and local jurisdictions.




Working as part of the Justice Center's Behavioral Health Division and reporting directly to the technical assistance lead, the Policy Analyst will be responsible for providing technical assistance and managing projects to enhance collaboration between law enforcement, other criminal justice agencies, and behavioral health agencies; analyzing relevant, administrative policy, research, and legislation; coordinating a team of expert consultants providing on-site, intensive technical assistance; developing administrative policy options; and coordinating and participating in politically sensitive meetings with high-ranking local, state, and federal officials, advocates, and other experts across the country. This position offers a significant responsibility and opportunity for growth to an individual seeking to advance a career in criminal justice policy.




Specific responsibilities of the Policy Analyst include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Providing technical assistance to law enforcement agencies, including those receiving federal grants. Duties include:
    • Cultivating relationships across stakeholders involved with each grant program;
    • Coordinating, leading, and documenting site visits;
    • Maintaining regular communication with grantees; and
    • Providing guidance and resources to assist grantees in meeting their program goals;
  • Developing written products, including policy briefs, research memos, and presentations that concisely and clearly describe complex analyses and policy options to policymakers;
  • Collaborating with senior staff to develop long range strategies to guide the Justice Center's law enforcement and behavioral health work;
  • Working with wide range of stakeholders focused on city/county government, law enforcement, criminal justice and behavioral health technical assistance efforts;
  • Monitoring timelines and deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met in assigned project areas;
  • Respond to requests from the field for information and resources;
  • Contributing to the development of implementation tools and protocols that build consistency in technical assistance service delivery among the team;
  • Identifying and engaging new contacts in the field to serve as formal or informal project consultants or partners;
  • Conducting policy analysis and research support for the division, as needed;
  • Ensuring that senior staff and, where applicable, 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;
  • Participating actively in staff discussions and strategic planning meetings.
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills and an analytical mind;
  • Experience with performance measurement, research/evaluation, and data analysis;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of law enforcement, criminal justice, and health and behavioral health policy and programs;
  • Demonstrated experience in policy formulation, analysis, advocacy, research or the like;
  • Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise, accessible way;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity, 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;
  • Willingness to travel, occasionally several times per month.
  • Knowledge or training in de-escalation, crisis intervention, or clinical behavioral health is a plus





Minimum of four years of work experience in the fields of law enforcement, behavioral health, local government, criminal justice, justice and/or local policy analysis; some preference for experience working with city or county policymakers.





A Bachelor's degree (required) in a related field, such as law, criminal justice, or public policy; Master's degree (preferred).





  • 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, temperate room;
  • Occasionally walks throughout office to communicate to coworkers;
  • 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):

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


Incomplete applications will not be considered.


CSG is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

CSG participates in E-Verify

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