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http://www.justicecenter.csg.org/about_us/job-openings


The Justice Center provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies, informed by available evidence, to increase public safety and strengthen communities. The Justice Center is a nonprofit organization that 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 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.

Senior Policy Analyst & Public Affairs Manager
Contact: Project Director
Location: New York City or Seattle
Application Deadline: Open until filled
The Council of State Governments Justice Center (http://www.justicecenter.csg.org) Senior Policy Analyst & Public Affairs Manager to work on the Justice Reinvestment project (www.justicereinvestment.org).

The Justice Reinvestment Project, one of the three Justice Center practice areas, focuses on providing intensive technical assistance to a limited number of states that demonstrate a bipartisan interest in a data-driven approach to reduce corrections spending and reinvest savings in strategies that can decrease crime and strengthen neighborhoods.

The 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 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 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.

The Senior Policy Analyst & Public Affairs Manager will be responsible for: analyzing relevant legislation, administrative policy, and research; providing assistance with public affairs as part of a team of staff in providing on-site, intensive technical assistance; developing legislative and 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. The Senior Policy Analyst & Public Affairs Manager works with a small team and will report to the Project Director for the Justice Reinvestment project. This position offers a significant level of responsibility and opportunity for growth to an individual seeking to advance a career in criminal justice policy.

DUTIES:
Specific responsibilities of the senior policy analyst & public affairs manager include, but are not limited to, the following:

Developing, reviewing, and providing strategic communications advice on all justice reinvestment written products, including policy briefs, research memos, and presentations that concisely and clearly describe complex analyses and policy options to policymakers;
Developing and executing national and state-specific communications plans to support policymakers and officials from all three branches of state government as they utilize the justice reinvestment approach to increase public safety and reduce spending on corrections;
Developing state-specific communications tools (speaking points, one-pagers, etc) and delivering training to state policymakers and officials on how to effectively communicate issues related to the justice reinvestment approach;
Serving as the justice reinvestment project’s contact for all media requests;
Developing relationships with reporters in each justice reinvestment state and proactively generating media coverage of the justice reinvestment approach and the issues being addressed utilizing this approach;
Collaborating with the project director and senior staff to develop long range strategies to guide the Justice Center’s justice reinvestment work;
Participating in technical assistance site visits with the justice reinvestment policy analyst assigned to each state;
Planning and participating in policy-focused meetings of high-ranking government officials, advocates, and national experts;
Contributing to the development of Justice Center and Justice Reinvestment project’s websites to improve the functionality and content, and strategizing with staff and technical consultants on ways of using the web to promote policy goals;
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;
Supervising policy analysts & project assistants where appropriate;
Participating actively in staff discussions and strategic planning meetings;
Developing/expanding a knowledge base on criminal justice system dynamics, prison population projections, and probation, parole, and corrections best practices.
Researching new funding opportunities, and when appropriate, writing grant proposals, and serving as a resource to funding agencies;
REQUIREMENTS
excellent research, writing, and editing skills and an analytical mind;
strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise way;
demonstrated experience with managing media inquires, developing a strategic communications plan, and executing that plan;
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;
at least four years of work experience, ideally, in the field of criminal justice or policy analysis; some preference for experience working with legislatures;
a college degree (required) and a graduate degree in a related field, such as law or public policy (preferred).
SALARY RANGE:
Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package.

DEADLINE:
Open until filled

HOW TO APPLY:
Interested individuals must submit the following materials to https://secured.csg.org/csg/jobs:

Cover letter
Résumé
Writing sample (preferably no more than three pages)
Names and contact information for references (at least two).
Applicants who do not submit all of these materials will not be considered.


Project Associate-Consensus Project
Contact: Project Director
Location: Justice Center, New York, NY
Application Deadline: Open until filled
The Council of State Governments Justice Center (http://www.justicecenter.csg.org) is hiring a project associate to work on its Consensus Project (www.consensusproject.org) out of the New York, New York office.

The Justice Center’s Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project is an unprecedented, national effort to help local, state, and federal policymakers and criminal justice and mental health professionals improve the response to people with mental illnesses who come into contact with the criminal justice system. The Justice Center, with the support of its funders and project partners, develops a range of practical, nonpartisan, and consensus-based publications informed by available evidence, for policymakers, practitioners, and others involved in improving the response to people with mental illnesses involved in the criminal justice system.

The Council of State Governments (CSG) is a national, state-funded organization with a Governing Board representing all branches of state government from all 50 states, U.S. Territories and Commonwealths. Established in 1933, CSG provides a forum for new ideas, promotes innovations transfer, advocates multi-state problem solving, provides leadership training and technical assistance, and forecasts future state trends affecting policymaking.

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

Assisting senior staff to develop a range of written products, including policy guides, trainings, and web-based materials;
Participating in technical assistance delivery, initially by supporting senior staff and/or consultants in coordinating, attending, and documenting site visits in jurisdictions across the country and eventually by leading technical assistance site visits;
Monitoring timelines, budgets, and deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met in assigned project areas;
Contributing to the development of Justice Center website content and strategizing with staff and technical consultant on ways of using the web to promote policy goals;
Planning and participating in policy-focused meetings of high-ranking government officials, advocates, and national experts, initially by developing agendas, providing support for senior policy staff, and describing agreements reached and eventually by leading such meetings;
Identifying and engaging new contacts in the field to serve as formal or informal project consultants or partners;
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;
Developing a knowledge base in the research associate’s area(s) of policy work.
IDEAL EXPERIENCE
A college degree (required) and/or a graduate degree in a related field, such as law or public policy (preferred).
PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Personally committed to advancing the Criminal Justice Programs’ values, mission, goals and programs, with an understanding of a range of criminal justice issues and their implications;
excellent research, writing, and editing skills and an analytical mind;
strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise 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;
willingness to travel, occasionally several times per month;
at least two years of work experience, ideally, in the field of criminal justice, mental health, or policy analysis;
SALARY RANGE:
Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package.

DEADLINE:
Open until filled

HOW TO APPLY:
Interested individuals must submit the following materials to https://secured.csg.org/csg/jobs:

Cover letter
Résumé
Writing sample (preferably no more than three pages)
Names and contact information for references (at least two).
Applicants who do not submit all of these materials will not be considered.


Project Assistant-Consensus Project
Contact: Policy Analyst
Location: Justice Center, New York, NY
Application Deadline: Open until filled
The Council of State Governments Justice Center (http://www.justicecenter.csg.org) is hiring a project associate to work on its Consensus Project (www.consensusproject.org) out of the New York, New York office.

The Justice Center’s Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project is an unprecedented, national effort to help local, state, and federal policymakers and criminal justice and mental health professionals improve the response to people with mental illnesses who come into contact with the criminal justice system. The Justice Center, with the support of its funders and project partners, develops a range of practical, nonpartisan, and consensus-based publications informed by available evidence, for policymakers, practitioners, and others involved in improving the response to people with mental illnesses involved in the criminal justice system.

DUTIES:
Specific responsibilities of the project assistant include, but are not limited to, the following:

Performing significant research on complex issues, including relevant legislation, policy, and programs, and synthesizing the analysis in clear, concise writing;
Preparing reports, briefs, memos, talking points, and op-eds on various criminal justice issues that will be submitted to the policymakers, practitioners, the media, the criminal justice field, and Justice Center colleagues;
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;
Actively supporting the planning and participating in policy-focused meetings of high-ranking government officials, advocates, and national experts, initially by developing agendas, providing support for senior policy staff, and describing agreements reached, and eventually by leading such meetings; and
Developing a knowledge base in the project assistant’s area(s) of policy work with room for exploring additional issue areas within criminal justice.
The project assistant would work under the direction of a Consensus Project Policy Analyst in close coordination with other staff on the Justice Reinvestment team, but could be tasked to work across a range of policy-related projects. Such projects have included activities like providing technical assistance to state and local governments that have received grants from the federal or private funding agencies, coordinating the development of a policymaker’s guide to research on criminal justice and mental health issues, and creating and updating web content (e.g. weekly features, updating resources pages).

REQUIREMENTS:

excellent research, writing, and editing skills and an analytical mind;
strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise way, in front of policymakers and practitioners;
ability to juggle multiple projects in an efficient manner;
attention for detail, both with written products as well as project management
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;
ability and willingness to travel;
at least one year of work experience, ideally, in the field of criminal justice, involving policy analysis;
experience in state government, including exposure to the legislative process and opportunities interact with elected officials and policymakers, is desirable; and
a college degree (required) in a related field, such as criminal justice, political science, sociology, or public policy (preferred).
SALARY RANGE:
Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package.

DEADLINE:
Open until filled

HOW TO APPLY:
Interested individuals must submit the following materials to https://secured.csg.org/csg/jobs:

Cover letter
Résumé
Writing sample (preferably no more than three pages)
Names and contact information for references (at least two).
Applicants who do not submit all of these materials will not be considered.


Policy Analyst-Consensus Project
Contact: Project Director
Location: Justice Center, New York, NY
Application Deadline: Open until filled
The Council of State Governments Justice Center (http://www.justicecenter.csg.org) is hiring a project associate to work on its Consensus Project (www.consensusproject.org) out of the New York, New York office.

The Justice Center’s Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project is an unprecedented, national effort to help local, state, and federal policymakers and criminal justice and mental health professionals improve the response to people with mental illnesses who come into contact with the criminal justice system. The Justice Center, with the support of its funders and project partners, develops a range of practical, nonpartisan, and consensus-based publications informed by available evidence, for policymakers, practitioners, and others involved in improving the response to people with mental illnesses involved in the criminal justice system.

The 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 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 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.

The Policy Analyst will be responsible for: analyzing relevant legislation, administrative policy, and research; coordinating a team of expert consultants providing on-site, intensive technical assistance; developing legislative and 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. The Policy Analyst works with a small team and will report to the Project Director for the Consensus Project. This position offers a significant level of responsibility and opportunity for growth to an individual seeking advance a career in criminal justice policy.

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

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 Consensus Project work;
Participating in technical assistance delivery, initially by supporting senior staff and/or consultants in coordinating, attending, and documenting site visits in jurisdictions across the country and eventually by leading technical assistance site visits;
Monitoring timelines, budgets, and deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met in assigned project areas;
Researching new funding opportunities and writing grant proposals;
Contributing to the development of Justice Center website content and strategizing with staff and technical consultant on ways of using the web to promote policy goals;
Planning and participating in policy-focused meetings of high-ranking government officials, advocates, and national experts;
Identifying and engaging new contacts in the field to serve as formal or informal project consultants or partners;
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;
Supervising project assistants where appropriate;
Participating actively in staff discussions and strategic planning meetings;
Developing/expanding a knowledge base on criminal justice system dynamics, prison population projections, and probation, parole, and corrections best practices.
REQUIREMENTS:

excellent research, writing, and editing skills and an analytical mind;
strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise 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;
at least four years of work experience, ideally, in the field of criminal justice or policy analysis; some preference for experience working with legislatures;
a college degree (required) and a graduate degree in a related field, such as law or public policy (preferred).
SALARY RANGE:
Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package.

DEADLINE:
Open until filled

HOW TO APPLY:
Interested individuals must submit the following materials to https://secured.csg.org/csg/jobs:

Cover letter
Résumé
Writing sample (preferably no more than three pages)
Names and contact information for references (at least two).
Applicants who do not submit all of these materials will not be considered.


Project Associate
Contact: Project Director
Location: Justice Center, New York, NY or Bethesda, MD
Application Deadline: Open until filled
The Council of State Governments Justice Center is hiring a project associate to work in its Reentry Division (http://www.reentrypolicy.org/) and (http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/) an initiative begun in 2001 to increase the likelihood that people’s transition from prison or jail to the community is safe and successful.

The Reentry Division is an initiative coordinated by the Council of State Governments Justice Center (“Justice Center”), a national nonprofit organization that provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies, informed by available evidence, to increase public safety and strengthen communities. Since 2009, the Reentry Division has coordinated the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC). The NRRC provides education, training, and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, local governments, service providers, nonprofit organizations, and corrections institutions working on prisoner reentry. The NRRC is coordinated by the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice (http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/).

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

Assisting senior staff to develop a range of written products, including policy guides, trainings, and web-based materials;
Participating in technical assistance delivery, initially by supporting senior staff and/or consultants in coordinating, attending, and documenting site visits in jurisdictions across the country and eventually by leading technical assistance site visits;
Monitoring timelines, budgets, and deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met in assigned project areas;
Contributing to the development of Justice Center website content and strategizing with staff and technical consultant on ways of using the web to promote policy goals;
Planning and participating in policy-focused meetings of high-ranking government officials, advocates, and national experts, initially by developing agendas, providing support for senior policy staff, and describing agreements reached and eventually by leading such meetings;
Identifying and engaging new contacts in the field to serve as formal or informal project consultants or partners;
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;
Developing a knowledge base in the research associate’s area(s) of policy work.
The project associate would work under the direction of the Project Director and in close coordination with other staff in the Reentry Division, but could be tasked to work across a range of policy-related projects. Such projects have included activities like providing technical assistance to state and local governments and community-based organizations that have received grants from the Department of Justice, coordinating the development of written materials on prisoner reentry and other criminal justice issues, and creating and updating web content (e.g. weekly features, updating resources pages).

REQUIREMENTS:

Personally committed to advancing the Criminal Justice Programs’ values, mission, goals and programs, with an understanding of a range of criminal justice issues and their implications;
excellent research, writing, and editing skills and an analytical mind;
strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise 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;
willingness to travel;
at least two years of work experience, ideally, in the field of criminal justice, mental health, or policy analysis;
a college degree (required) and/or a graduate degree in a related field, such as law or public policy (preferred).
SALARY RANGE:
Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package.

DEADLINE:
Open until filled

HOW TO APPLY:
Interested individuals must submit the following materials to https://secured.csg.org/csg/jobs:

Cover letter
Résumé
Writing sample (preferably no more than three pages)
Names and contact information for references (at least two).
Applicants who do not submit all of these materials will not be considered.


Policy Analyst – National Reentry Resource Center
Contact: Project Director
Location: Justice Center, New York, NY or Bethesda, MD
Application Deadline: Open until filled
The Council of State Governments Justice Center is hiring a policy analyst to work in its Reentry Division (http://www.reentrypolicy.org/) and (http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/) an initiative begun in 2001 to increase the likelihood that people’s transition from prison or jail to the community is safe and successful.

The Reentry Division is an initiative coordinated by the Council of State Governments Justice Center (“Justice Center”), a national nonprofit organization that provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies, informed by available evidence, to increase public safety and strengthen communities. Since 2009, the Reentry Division has coordinated the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC). The NRRC provides education, training, and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, local governments, service providers, nonprofit organizations, and corrections institutions working on prisoner reentry. The NRRC is coordinated by the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice (http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/).

The Policy Analyst will be responsible for: analyzing relevant policies, practices, and programs; coordinating a team of expert consultants providing on-site, intensive technical assistance; developing written products and web-based resources; and coordinating and participating in national training events with project funders, high-ranking local, state, and federal officials, advocates, and other experts across the country. The Policy Analyst works with a small team and will report to the Project Director for the Reentry Division. This position offers a significant level of responsibility and opportunity for growth to an individual seeking to advance a career in prisoner reentry and criminal justice policy.

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

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 Reentry Division work;
Participating in technical assistance delivery, initially by supporting senior staff and/or consultants in coordinating, attending, and documenting site visits in jurisdictions across the country and eventually by leading technical assistance site visits;
Monitoring timelines, budgets, and deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met in assigned project areas;
Researching new funding opportunities and writing grant proposals;
Contributing to the development of Justice Center website content and strategizing with staff and technical consultant on ways of using the web to promote policy goals;
Planning and participating in policy-focused meetings of high-ranking government officials, advocates, and national experts;
Identifying and engaging new contacts in the field to serve as formal or informal project consultants or partners;
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;
Supervising project assistants where appropriate;
Participating actively in staff discussions and strategic planning meetings;
Developing/expanding a knowledge base on criminal justice system dynamics, prison reentry, and recidivism reduction best practices.
REQUIREMENTS:

excellent research, writing, and editing skills and an analytical mind;
strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise 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;
at least four years of work experience, ideally, in the field of criminal justice or policy analysis; some preference for experience working with legislatures;
a college degree (required) and a graduate degree in a related field, such as law or public policy (preferred).
SALARY RANGE:
Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package.

DEADLINE:
Open until filled

HOW TO APPLY:
Interested individuals must submit the following materials to https://secured.csg.org/csg/jobs:

Cover letter
Résumé
Writing sample (preferably no more than three pages)
Names and contact information for references (at least two).
Applicants who do not submit all of these materials will not be considered.


Project Assistant
Contact: Project Director
Location: Justice Center, New York, NY or Bethesda, MD
Application Deadline: Open until filled
The Council of State Governments Justice Center is hiring a project assistant to work in its Reentry Division (http://www.reentrypolicy.org/) and (http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/) an initiative begun in 2001 to increase the likelihood that people’s transition from prison or jail to the community is safe and successful.

The Reentry Division is an initiative coordinated by the Council of State Governments Justice Center (“Justice Center”), a national nonprofit organization that provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies, informed by available evidence, to increase public safety and strengthen communities. Since 2009, the Reentry Division has coordinated the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC). The NRRC provides education, training, and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, local governments, service providers, nonprofit organizations, and corrections institutions working on prisoner reentry. The NRRC is coordinated by the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA).

The position entails significant project coordination and interactions with leading experts and practitioners in the reentry field by phone, over email, and at meetings. The project assistant will be asked to describe agreements reached at meetings, to analyze relevant policies, practices, and programs, and to prepare and present reports on particular issues. Applicants should be efficient, well-organized, and able to prioritize quickly and confidently.

This position offers a significant level of responsibility and opportunity for growth to an individual with interest and experience in prisoner reentry and criminal justice policy.

DUTIES:
Specific responsibilities of the project assistant include, but are not limited to, the following:

Assisting project staff to develop a range of written products, including policy guides, webinars and webcasts, newsletter, and other web-based materials;
Participating in technical assistance delivery by supporting project staff and/or consultants in coordinating, attending, and documenting site visits in jurisdictions across the country;
Supporting the project team in monitoring timelines, budgets, and deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met in assigned project areas;
Actively supporting the planning and participating in policy-focused meetings of project funders, high-ranking government officials, advocates, and national experts and practitioners, initially by developing agendas, providing support for senior policy staff, and describing agreements reached and eventually by leading such meetings;
Ensuring that project 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;
Developing a knowledge base in the project assistant’s area(s) of policy work.
The project assistant would work under the direction of the Project Director and in close coordination with other staff in the Reentry Division, but could be tasked to work across a range of policy-related projects. Such projects have included activities like providing technical assistance to state and local governments and community-based organizations that have received grants from the Department of Justice and creating and updating web content (e.g. weekly features, updating resources pages).

REQUIREMENTS:

excellent research, writing, and editing skills and an analytical mind;
strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise way, in front of policymakers and practitioners;
ability to juggle multiple projects in an efficient manner;
attention for detail, both with written products as well as project management
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;
ability and willingness to travel;
at least one year of work experience, ideally, in the field of prisoner reentry and criminal justice;
experience in state government, including exposure to the legislative process and opportunities interact with elected officials and policymakers, is desirable; and
a college degree (required) in a related field, such as criminal justice, political science, sociology, or public policy (preferred).
SALARY RANGE:
Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package.

DEADLINE:
Open until filled

HOW TO APPLY:
Interested individuals must submit the following materials to https://secured.csg.org/csg/jobs:

Cover letter
Résumé
Writing sample (preferably no more than three pages)
Names and contact information for references (at least two).
Applicants who do not submit all of these materials will not be considered.


Policy Analyst – Behavioral Health
Contact: Project Director
Location: Bethesda, Maryland (Washington DC Metro area)
Application Deadline: Open until filled
The Council of State Governments Justice Center is hiring a policy analyst to work in its Reentry Division (http://www.reentrypolicy.org/) and (http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/) an initiative begun in 2001 to increase the likelihood that people’s transition from prison or jail to the community is safe and successful.

The Reentry Division is an initiative coordinated by the Council of State Governments Justice Center (“Justice Center”), a national nonprofit organization that provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies, informed by available evidence, to increase public safety and strengthen communities. Since 2009, the Reentry Division has coordinated the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC). The NRRC provides education, training, and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, local governments, service providers, nonprofit organizations, and corrections institutions working on prisoner reentry. The NRRC is coordinated by the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA).

The Policy Analyst will be responsible for: analyzing relevant policies, practices, and programs; coordinating a team of expert consultants providing on-site, intensive technical assistance; developing written products and web-based resources; and coordinating and participating in national training events with project funders, high-ranking local, state, and federal officials, advocates, and other experts across the country with a specific emphasis on projects related to mental health, substance use and co-occurring disorders treatment in correctional facilities and communities. The Policy Analyst works with a small team and will report to the Project Director for the Substance Abuse Project. This position offers a significant level of responsibility and opportunity for growth to an individual seeking to advance a career in prisoner reentry and behavioral health and criminal justice policy.

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

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 Reentry Division work;
Participating in technical assistance delivery, initially by supporting senior staff and/or consultants in coordinating, attending, and documenting site visits in jurisdictions across the country and eventually by leading technical assistance site visits;
Monitoring timelines, budgets, and deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met in assigned project areas;
Researching new funding opportunities and writing grant proposals;
Contributing to the development of Justice Center website content and strategizing with staff and technical consultant on ways of using the web to promote policy goals;
Planning and participating in policy-focused meetings of high-ranking government officials, advocates, and national experts;
Identifying and engaging new contacts in the field to serve as formal or informal project consultants or partners;
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;
Supervising project assistants where appropriate;
Participating actively in staff discussions and strategic planning meetings;
Developing/expanding a knowledge base on criminal justice system dynamics, prison reentry, and recidivism reduction best practices.
REQUIREMENTS:

excellent research, writing, and editing skills and an analytical mind;
strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise 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;
at least four years of work experience, ideally, working in the behavioral health and criminal justice system, or from some other vantage point that provided considerable insight into issues at the intersection of criminal justice and behavioral healthcare systems; some preference for experience working with legislatures;
a college degree (required) and a graduate degree in a related field, such as law or public policy (preferred).
SALARY RANGE:
Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package.

DEADLINE:
Open until filled

HOW TO APPLY:
Interested individuals must submit the following materials to https://secured.csg.org/csg/jobs:

Cover letter
Résumé
Writing sample (preferably no more than three pages)
Names and contact information for references (at least two).
Applicants who do not submit all of these materials will not be considered.


Project Director/Mental Health Consensus Project
Contact: Suzanne Brown-McBride
Location: NYC
Application Deadline: Open until filled
The Council of State Governments Justice Center (www.justicecenter.csg.org) is hiring a Project Director for the Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project. The Consensus Project (www.consensusproject.org) is a national effort to help criminal justice and mental health professionals improve the response to people with mental illnesses involved in the criminal justice system. The Council of State Governments (CSG) is a national, state-funded organization with a Governing Board representing all branches of state government from all 50 states, U.S. Territories and Commonwealths. Established in 1933, CSG provides a forum for new ideas, promotes innovations transfer, advocates multi-state problem solving, provides leadership training and technical assistance, and forecasts future state trends affecting policymaking.

The Criminal Justice / Mental Health Consensus Project is a national effort to help local, state, and federal policymakers and criminal justice and mental health professionals improve the response to people with mental illnesses who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Since 2002, Justice Center staff working on the Consensus Project have supported the implementation of practical, flexible criminal justice/mental health strategies through on-site technical assistance; the dissemination of information about programs, research, and policy developments in the field; continued development of policy recommendations; and educational presentations.

BASIC FUNCTION
Reporting to the Deputy Director of the CSG Justice Center, the Director of the Consensus Project will establish the policy framework and lead all active initiatives around issues of mental illness and the criminal justice system. To achieve this goal, Project Director will cultivate a network of legislators, consultants, researchers, analysts, scholars, practitioners and policy makers, to further the Project’s goals and raise the level of public awareness about critical criminal justice/mental health issues.

The Project Director will help chart the Project’s future strategic growth and manage its day to day operations.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
The Project Director will have ongoing responsibility to:

Help shape and articulate the Consensus Project’s long-range policy agenda, including specific initiatives and useful products that can become signature pieces for the Project;
Stay abreast of emerging trends within the criminal justice/mental health arena; continue to convene forums, encourage dialogue and commission research which frame and explore new critical issues relevant to the Consensus Project; build consensus and support relating to those issues both within and outside of CSG;
Further effective communication about the Project, most often facilitating the involvement of the Project’s varied constituency with the media, but as appropriate, personally serving as a spokesperson;
Assure that the work of the Project is truly national in scope, working across race, class, ethnic and geographic boundaries;
Motivate and maintain a high performance team; recruit new staff as appropriate, assure effective training/development of present and new staff, and manage staff workload and evaluate performance;
Review and assess overall Project capacity and efficiency including; structure, operations, financial and technological systems;
Planning and participating in policy-focused meetings of high-ranking government officials, advocates, and national experts;
Help assure effective internal communications systems; encourage cooperation and cross-fertilization between CSG/ERC departments.
IDEAL EXPERIENCE
The ideal candidate will have the following experience and qualifications:

Demonstrated success working in the policy arena in policy formulation, analysis, advocacy, research or the like;
Excellent analytical skills and knowledge of current trends, principal theories, leading thinkers and major concerns in the criminal justice field;
Solid management skills; an ability to plan, organize and follow through with staff; experience administering budgets and assessing organizational capacity;
Demonstrated success in project and grants management, including maintaining and cultivating relationships with funders, designing technical assistance / educational programming and the evaluation of technical assistance activities;
Strong written and oral communications skills, including the means to address issues in nonpartisan and non-polarizing ways;
A record of success in working collaboratively with a team of diverse, strong, influential people to achieve common goals;
A demonstrated ability to work effectively with policy makers, scholars, community leaders, and the media.
PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
The successful candidate should be or have the following:

Personally committed to advancing the Criminal Justice Programs’ values, mission, goals and programs, with an understanding of a range of criminal justice issues and their implications;
A strategic thinker who can translate vision into action;
Able to function effectively without an ideological stance;
A negotiator who is open and responsive to the ideas of others; able to build consensus from disparate viewpoints;
Creative, resourceful and politically astute; someone who understands the value of creating partnerships as a way of accomplishing goals;
Outgoing and straightforward; one who shares information easily; listens as well as gives advice; respects the abilities of others;
Well-organized, clear-thinking, energetic and decisive; able to handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities;
Emotionally mature and self-confident, with a sense of humor and ability to maintain balance and perspective.
More information about the Criminal Justice / Mental Health Consensus Project can be found at (www.consensusproject.org).

SALARY RANGE:
Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package.

DEADLINE:
Open until filled

HOW TO APPLY:
Interested individuals must submit the following materials to https://secured.csg.org/csg/jobs:

Cover letter addressed to Suzanne Brown-McBride
Résumé
Writing sample (preferably no more than three pages)
Names and contact information for references (at least three)
Applicants who do not submit all of these materials will not be considered.


Finance Assistant
Contact: Budget Director
Location: New York, NY
Application Deadline: Open until filled
The Council of State Governments Justice Center is hiring a finance assistant to work with the Budget Director on all financial matters related to the Justice Center. This position will work with all four offices of the Justice Center as well as the Council of State Governments headquarters office to oversee the financial operations of the Justice Center.

The Council of State Governments Justice Center is a nonpartisan policy organization that provides practical and evidence-based recommendations through reports, trainings, legislative briefings, web-based materials, and other means. The Justice Centers’ goal is to increase public safety and strengthen communities. Our primary audience is policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels from all branches of government who are in positions to implement our recommendations.

DUTIES:

Prepare monthly financial reports and ledgers for project leads to review
Assist the Budget Director with data collection, input and analysis for the development of budgets, budget redistributions, budget reconciliation, and other calculations necessary to track the status of the budgets.
Monitors program expenditures during the term of contracts and grants
Review cost centers and ensure timesheets are submitted in a timely manner
Prepares special reports as necessary for management
Perform monthly reconciliation and prepare journal entries
Implement new systems for managing reports and communicate financial information to Justice Center staff
Maintain financial and grant award files
Process accounts payable, purchasing and corporate card activity, and ensure financial compliance with federal regulations and foundation guidelines, as applicable.
Other duties as assigned by the Budget Director.
EDUCATION/ EXPERIENCE:

BA/BS degree required. The ideal candidate will have at least 1-2 years of experience in finance in a non-profit setting, including knowledge and proficiency of finance/accounting principles; the ability to handle sensitive materials; excellent communication skills, both written and oral; will be detail oriented; and proficient in Microsoft Excel.
SALARY RANGE:
Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package.

DEADLINE:
Open until filled

HOW TO APPLY:
Interested individuals must submit the following materials to https://secured.csg.org/csg/jobs:

Cover letter addressed to Danielle Edwards
Résumé
Names and contact information for references (at least two).
Applicants who do not submit all of these materials will not be considered.


The Justice Center values diversity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
Allyson West, Executive Director California Reentry Program P.O. Box 483 San Quentin, CA 94964 www.ca-reentry.org 415-599-6586