Council of State Governments
  • 01-Aug-2018 to 31-Aug-2018 (EST)
  • Justice Center, Behavioral Health
  • 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 consensus-driven strategies, informed by available evidence, to increase public safety and strengthen communities. 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. 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, mental health, housing, etc.) in state and local jurisdictions.

 

JOB SUMMARY

The senior policy analyst will serve as an integral member of the Justice Center's Behavioral Health Division. The senior policy analyst will bring to this Division expertise in data-driven strategies to identify and improve outcomes among justice-involved people with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders, with a focus on strategies that combine housing with health care and supportive services. The senior policy analyst will work directly with criminal justice, housing, health and behavioral health leaders to develop and execute plans to use administrative data to identify priority populations and to scale supportive housing for target population members. The senior policy analyst will also be responsible for developing resources and advising other Justice Center Staff on housing and health policies and innovations. The senior policy analyst will report to the Deputy Program Director for Housing.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

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

  • Provide technical assistance to a cohort of counties that are seeking to increase the supply of supportive housing for justice-involved individuals who have mental illnesses;
  • Assist in using and matching administrative data to identify priority populations and quantify the need for supportive housing in a given community;
  • Advise on available funding sources to finance rental assistance and supportive services;
  • Assist in the creation and execution of plans to create more supportive housing;
  • Provide technical support on provider selection and training, outreach, engagement, and housing placement.
  • Develop resources to inform criminal justice agencies on housing solutions and strategies;
  • Serve as a resource on housing and homelessness related issues to the Justice Center staff, including those who provide TA to federal Second Chance Act grantees, including participating on webinars, site visits and calls with grantees;
  • Serve as the point person for the housing work being done in Stepping Up (a national initiative to reduce the prevalence of people with mental illnesses in jails), the Behavioral Health Division, and the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC);
  • Help to conceptualize, with senior staff, long-range strategies to guide the Justice Center's housing and health work for the Behavioral Health Division;
  • Drive efforts to implement new ideas, creating key steps in the process, decision points for senior staff, and a timeline for completion;
  • Play a lead role in synthesizing complex qualitative and quantitative information on local policies, programs, practices, and outcomes and create clear, accessible, actionable takeaway reports;
  • Monitor timelines for project deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met;
  • Contribute to writing grant proposals and developing funder presentations as needed;
  • Plan and participate in policy-focused meetings of high-ranking government officials, advocates, and national experts; and
  • Ensure that senior staff and, where applicable, Justice Center colleagues, consultants, or funders are aware of relevant project developments and that other CSG work in the field is leveraged for the advancement of project goals.

 

SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Strong project manager, ability to drive and manage new initiatives and projects, from initial conceptualization through to development of sound workplans and implementation of such action plans, coordinating effectively across multiple staff and external partners;
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple deadlines, seeking guidance as needed but requiring minimal day-to-day guidance;
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills and strong critical thinking;
  • Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise, accessible way;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity and ability to work in a team setting;
  • Ability to identify new policy opportunities and the Justice Center's role;
  • Effective meeting facilitation skills and ability to anticipate senior staff, funder, and partner concerns and to structure meetings to account for this and to complete preparation to ensure the success of high-stakes meetings;
  • Strong skills in working with the MS Office platform, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel; and
  • Willingness to travel, occasionally several times per month.

 

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • At least four years of management, research, or policy analysis experience in the fields of criminal justice, health and behavioral health housing/supportive housing, and/or homelessness.
  • Deep knowledge of supportive housing best practices, evidence base, funding streams.
  • Understanding of local and state dynamics in the criminal justice, behavioral health, and health fields, and the interplay between them;
  • Experience with the collection, matching, and analysis of administrative data from criminal justice, homelessness, and behavioral health systems.
  • Experience leading or participating in collaborative planning efforts involving government, non-profit, philanthropic, and private sector partners.
  • Knowledge of health care financing and policy preferred.
  • Demonstrated success working in meeting funder deliverables; and
  • Experience in fundraising and funder stewardship, including federal grant compliance.

 

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor's degree is required. A graduate degree in a related field, such as law or public policy, is preferred.

 

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 operates a computer to create policy briefs, memos, and presentations.
  • Frequently remains in a stationary position to perform desk duties.
  • Frequently works in a well lit, tempered room.
  • Occasionally moves throughout the office to communicate to coworkers.
  • Seldom transports 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 that includes salary expectations
  2. Resume
  3. One or 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 Equal Opportunity Employer (Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled)

CSG participates in E-Verify

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