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JPI Associate

Justice Policy Institute (Washington, DC)

The Justice Policy Institute (JPI) seeks a full-time JPI Associate, with a passion for
social justice, to join our Washington, D.C. based team.

Organization description: The Justice Policy Institute is a national nonprofit dedicated
to reducing the use of incarceration and the justice system by promoting fair and
effective policies. JPI does this through groundbreaking research and analysis, strategic
communications, organizing, and technical assistance to advocates and policymakers.

Position summary: The JPI Associate will provide substantive support to the
communications, state-based advocacy, and research teams. The Associate will work
with the communications team to maintain JPI’s website and social media presence,
(including creating social media campaigns and graphics), research press contacts and
coordinate report releases. The Associate will also work with the state-based team to
provide support to local and state-based advocates and policy makers to encourage
implementation of policies to reduce the use of incarceration. And the Associate will
work with the research team to create factsheets, conduct literature reviews and gather
secondary data. JPI offers significant potential for professional advancement.

Key responsibilities:
Working under the direction of the Director of Communications and External Affairs, the
Associate will support all three departments including:

• Create engaging content - such as infographics, podcasts and videos - to
spark conversations and advocacy through JPI’s research.
• Draft a variety of traditional media pieces such as op-eds and LTE’s, press
releases and pitches. Draft social media content and campaigns.
• Translate field specific jargon into accessible messaging.
• Monitor issues and JPI coverage in press and social media.

State-based advocacy:
• Provide support to state-based advocates and policy-makers.
• Support state based work through data base management and outreach.
• Support state based legislative efforts including tracking legislation and
keeping advocates abreast to legislative efforts.
• Follow up on research request for advocates and partners.
• Conduct literature reviews to frame relevant policy topics.

• Gather and analyze secondary research and data to make policy
• Contribute to reports, factsheets, briefs, testimonies and other research-
related materials.

The Associate will assist with other tasks as needed.

Hours: Full-time


  • Bachelor’s degree related to journalism, communications, criminal justice or
    social policy preferred; equivalent work experience considered.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills; ability to write quickly and
    accurately; strong editorial skills.
  • Strong research skills, including the ability to conduct research on the internet,
    through library databases, and through interpersonal communications
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with diverse groups including advocates, media,
    non-profit professionals, criminal justice systems players, and grassroots
  • Detail-oriented, highly organized, flexible self-starter who demonstrates a
    willingness to learn and take on new tasks, either collaboratively or alone.
  • Fluency with current and emerging technology; experience with a broad range of
    social media, CMS and e-blast platforms and metrics; Adobe Creative Suite and
    Cision a plus.

Compensation: $35,000-45,000, depending on experience

To apply: Please email a cover letter, resume and 1 writing sample with the subject
line “JPI Associate” to Writing sample: pick any of JPI’s reports
and write a one paragraph press pitch and a press release for the same report. 

The position is open until filled, and only candidates selected for interviews will be

JPI is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and diverse experiences,
including with regard to educational background and justice system involvement.

Spring 2019 Internship Program

Applications accepted on a semester basis. Deadline: November 9, 2018

The Justice Policy Institute (JPI) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the use of incarceration and the justice system by promoting fair and effective policies. Our 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 to support people working for justice reform. 

We seek self-motivated interns with demonstrated investment in the field who are interested in gaining experience in the practical application of criminal justice and juvenile justice reform by participating in all aspects of JPI’s work, including research, communications, and organizing. Internships will be structured around the development of one or more work products that will support JPI's strategic initiatives.  This work may include: 

  • Developing research proposals
  • Assisting with and/or authoring research materials
  • Gathering and analyzing data
  • Creating written, video, or audio material for JPI’s digital media platforms
  • Scanning news sources and compiling a daily news digest
  • Participating in and developing materials for state-based strategy meetings 

 Interest in justice reform is critical and familiarity with these issues is very helpful.  In addition, a strong candidate will possess the following qualifications: 

  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Basic understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Competence with the tools and methods for literature and web-based information searches
  • Experience with digital media platforms with experience and interest in editing video and blogging a plus

Selected candidates will receive hands-on experience conducting research, analyzing policy, communicating across an array of platforms, and working closely with other organizations to advocate for reform at an organization with a proven record of effectively using research, communications, and organizing to promote social change.

 We are committed to creating a fulfilling and rewarding internship experience and view this as a partnership between our organization, students, and educators. In addition to internship activities, interns will be able to attend justice reform related briefings, hearings, and other events around D.C. to increase their knowledge and network with other justice reform experts in the field. Interns are requested to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.  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 funding or course credit.

 Interested applicants should send their resume, a cover letter detailing why they are interested in working with JPI and a brief scholarly writing sample or blog via email to Applicants must have specific interest in research, communications, and organizing. Only qualified candidates will be contacted for next steps. No phone calls please.

 We look forward to hearing from you!

Revised October 2018

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