Council of State Governments
  • 30-Nov-2018 to 29-Dec-2019 (EST)
  • Justice Center, Corrections & Reentry
  • DC, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, Vision, Short & Long Term Disability, Life, Paid Holidays, Paid Personal Time, Paid Sick Time, Paid Parental Leave


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.


JOB SUMMARY

The CSG Justice Center Policy Associate will work with a small team on the Access to Post-Secondary Education Project, which involves state-level policy research on post-secondary education (including occupational training leading to a credential) barriers and opportunities for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people in all 50 states, culminating in a final report. The Program Associate will support the work of two legal fellows and a policy analyst through research, data management, writing and editing, and administrative tasks. 

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A TEMPORARY PART TIME ROLE (UP TO ONE YEAR)


ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Specific responsibilities of the policy associate include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Research information on state higher education system restrictions for people with criminal records in admissions, housing, and financial aid;
  • Research information on the use of technology in post-secondary educational programs in state prisons;
  • Assist with data management such as updating Excel spreadsheets and creating reports and presentations;

Participate actively in team and division meetings.


SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Efficient, organized work style and ability to manage multiple deadlines;
  • Excellent research and writing skills;
  • Critical thinking skills ;as well as attention to detail and accuracy;
  • Excellent computer skills, including Excel, Word, and Powerpoint;
  • Ability to communicate professionally through email, phone, and in person;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to work independently and as part of a team;

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
At least one year of work experience, ideally, in the field of criminal justice and/or higher education. Some online research experience required. 


EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
A BA is required, with a graduate degree preferred. Current graduate students will also be considered.


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 with their application:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Résumé
  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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