Employment Opportunities & Internships
Director of Research and Policy
The Justice Policy Institute (JPI) seeks a Director of Research and Policy. Founded in 1997, JPI is a national nonprofit organization that promotes justice reform and advances policies that promote well-being and justice for all people and communities. JPI’s research and analyses identify effective programs and policies, and we disseminate our findings to the media, policymakers and advocates, and provide training and technical assistance supports to people across the country working for justice reform. (For more information, visit www.justicepolicy.org.)
The Director of Research and Policy will have strategic and operational responsibility for generating, coordinating and helping to disseminate JPI’s research on juvenile and criminal justice policy. The Director of Research and Policy will report to the Executive Director. The successful applicant for the position will be expected to support continuation of JPI’s national leadership encouraging effective juvenile and criminal justice reform policies, as well as help provide overall coordination of JPI’s research and communications efforts. The position requires an ability to manage multiple priorities, and a positive team orientation.
- Provide strategic thought leadership on justice system policy issues
- Manage JPI’s research calendar, and coordinate regular research and policy and meetings
- In partnership with other staff, develop ideas and concepts for future research and policy priorities
- Serve as an author and project manager on JPI research publications, including reports, policy briefs, fact sheets, rapid response materials, blog posts, op-eds, testimony and other research materials for dissemination to the field
- Assist with grant proposals and reports
- In partnership with other staff, assist with development and implementation of dissemination and communications strategies for JPI publications, including release strategy, editing documents, and drafting collateral written materials
- Create presentations of research findings for legislative bodies, government agencies, conferences and other public forums
- Serve as research and policy contact to federal, state and local governments, national organizations, and state-based organizations working on juvenile and criminal justice policy reform
- Participate in regular staff meetings and other planning and coordinating meetings
- Supervise research staff and consultants
- Provide technical research assistance to other JPI staff, organizations in the field and the media
- Represent JPI in meetings, coalitions, panels and at conferences
The Research and Policy Director will be thoroughly committed to JPI’s mission of justice reform and community development. Candidates should possess the following skills and experience:
- Five or more years of experience, including work on national and state juvenile and criminal justice policy issues
- A history of leadership in juvenile justice or criminal justice policy reform
- Proven facility in applied research on justice and/or related social policies, including familiarity and comfort accessing, manipulating, and analyzing large datasets, including budgets and census data; ability to conduct literature reviews, interview and survey skills; and general ability to understand and clearly explain complex statistical analyses
- Evidence of well-developed written and oral communication skills, including demonstrated ability to translate complex ideas and information into clear prose for a general audience
- Track record of meeting deadlines
- Experience working with government, nonprofits, policymakers, advocates, activists and individuals directly impacted by the justice system
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with staff, external partners and diverse communities
- Masters or professional degree
- Supervisory experience
Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with skills and experience
Hours: Full-time, salaried
To Apply: Please send letter of application and resume to email@example.com by January 3, 2013. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
JPI is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity.
JPI is accepting applications for its internship program in the areas of communications and research. We accept interns for the fall or spring semester, summer, or for the entire academic year. All applicants are required to submit a cover letter detailing why they are interested in an internship with the Justice Policy Institute, a resume, and a writing sample. The cover letter should also include all contact information: current address, phone and email address.
We seek interns interested in being introduced to the “nuts and bolts” of criminal justice and juvenile justice reform work and issues. This may include everything from poring through government reports, statistics, records, and data to working on the media and communications strategy associated with a state-based campaign/initiative or analyzing legislation with clear policy implications. JPI is committed to creating a fulfilling and rewarding internship experience and view this as a partnership between our organization, students, and educators. Interns will work under the supervision of the Research and Communications Departments at JPI. In addition to performing some basic administrative functions for the organization, interns will also be expected to attend meetings with senior staff as appropriate and to support JPI’s strategic initiatives.
Schedules are flexible and can work around students' school and/or work activities. This is an unpaid internship, however, we are happy to work with schools that provide for funding or course credit. Interested applicants should send their resume, a cover letter and writing sample via email to Paul Ashton at firstname.lastname@example.org.