Are you passionate about criminal justice reform? Are you interested in working in a fast-paced environment with a tenacious group of big-thinking, results-focused, talented colleagues? Are you looking for a job where you can have real, system-level impact?


If you answered “Yes!” to all of the above, read on.


The Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) at Community Resources for Justice (CRJ) is seeking a high-performing individual to join our team as an Associate.


About CJI at CRJ


Community Resources for Justice is a Boston-based non-profit organization working in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and social welfare systems.  In support of CRJ’s mission, its Crime and Justice Institute provides nonpartisan consulting, policy analysis, and research services to improve public safety and the delivery of justice throughout the country.


CJI works with a diverse group of practitioners and policymakers throughout the criminal justice process, including corrections officials, police, courts, and political and community leaders. Our project teams provide technical assistance, training, consulting and evaluation services to support the development and implementation of evidence-based practices in juvenile and criminal justice, including policing, pretrial, courts, correctional institutions and probation/parole.


This Associate will contribute to, and in some cases design and oversee, the work of various project teams to implement initiatives related to criminal and juvenile justice policy and practice. In addition to project-specific work, Associates also participate with CJI’s Leadership Team in business development activities and on special projects as needed.


The ideal candidate for this position is a dynamic individual capable of conducting policy research and analysis, authoring reports, facilitating group processes, conducting strategic planning sessions, delivering trainings and presentations, and providing technical assistance to local, state, tribal and national organizations as they implement system reforms.  Candidates must exhibit strong project management, writing, and critical thinking / analytic skills, and the ability to work efficiently and prioritize quickly and confidently.  The position requires at least a familiarity with current criminal or juvenile justice research, organizational development, and change theory.  The ability to multi-task in a fast-paced and virtually-based work environment is critical.  Significant travel may be required.


Duties / Responsibilities:


Business Development & Marketing

  • Maintains existing relationships with funders and supports expansion of current work
  • Generates new ideas and assists in the development of proposal concepts
  • Writes proposals in collaboration with colleagues and with input from Leadership Team
  • Coordinates and participates in networking and multi-jurisdictional professional events that may include: conference presentations; publication of articles, briefs, or reports; webinars; email blasts; media interviews; speaking engagements; and/or newsletters
  • Supports the creative use of website with project team members to post materials, tools, resources, and to promote projects/portfolio


Project Management

  • Experience providing Technical Assistance to state, local, tribal and/or national organizations. This could include strategic planning, use of data to support implementation and policy decisions, training, policy and practice implementation, and/or support of organizational development and system change.
  • Demonstrated time and project-management skills, including the ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time, remain attentive to details and identify resources for projects.
  • Ability to develop and move complex projects forward with a high degree of independence within a creative, fast-paced, action oriented, and collegial environment
  • Set and manage client expectations
  • Develop professional trusting relationships with clients and funders
  • An ability to establish a systematic course of action to ensure project completion, to create and execute project work plans and revise as appropriate, and to manage day-to-day operational aspects of projects
  • Responsible for reviewing project deliverables prepared by project team prior to client receipt and creating quality assurance procedures
  • Creates and/or monitors project budget in coordination with Senior Associates/Managing Associates and Director of Administration and Operations
  • Ensures project teams’ hours and expenses are on track with project budget
  • Reviews financial reports and billings with Senior / Managing Associates and Director of Admin. & Ops. prior to submission
  • Approves project expenses in coordination with Senior/Managing Associates and Director of Admin. & Ops


Other Skills

  • Demonstrates strong analytical skills as applied to public policy issues and organizational issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue
  • Can express ideas, thoughts and concepts clearly and concisely in a compelling way to convince or assist others, both in writing and orally.  Able to write clearly, especially on complex policy and implementation issues.
  • Superb interpersonal and communication skills, public speaking ability, and research and writing skills
  • A demonstrated ability to develop and implement policy solutions within practical and politically accountable contexts
  • Experience convening groups of policy makers, researchers, and other professional groups and supporting their efforts to move toward desired outcomes
  • Capacity to understand and assist in the analysis and interpretation of statistical data
  • Willingness and flexibility to work independently, while also working well with a team.  An ability to pitch in and help with whatever is needed to accomplish tasks.
  • Ensure data storage security and safeguarding for assigned projects.
  • Contribute to building CJI’s Institutional Knowledge by capturing lessons learned
  • Keep apprised of current criminal justice research, organizational development, and change theory and emerging trends.
  • Commitment to implementing evidence-based policies and practices in the field of corrections and related disciplines
  • Manages change effectively.  Can support and maintain a culture in which staff and managers have open and honest communication.
  • Identify opportunities for improvement and make suggestions for problem solving
  • Willing to travel, and in some cases, willing to travel extensively


Supervisory Responsibilities

  • May supervise and coach individual staff members and is expected to supervise project team members on day-to-day work           


Education/Experience Required:                                                                                                    

  • Masters or other advanced degree in a relevant area or equivalent experience preferred
  • At least five to seven years experience in the public policy arena, or practical experience in pretrial supervision, law, corrections, juvenile justice, community corrections, or related field
  • Experience working with policy makers, corrections officials, the judiciary, researchers, and other key stakeholders in the criminal or juvenile justice field. 


Required Skills for Current Recruitment

Associates contribute to a variety of projects, and a diverse skill set is highly desirable.  For projects that the Associate will contribute to upon hire, the following skills and experience are preferred:

  • Experience engaging county-level stakeholders in the development and implementation of evidence-based public safety policy.
  • Experience with pretrial, courts, or other front-end public safety practice
  • Ability to conduct policy analysis, assess organizational practices, and interpret public safety data to inform policy recommendations
  • Ability to work with remote project teams across multiple work sites
  • Willingness to travel frequently

Topical expertise on evidence-based policy and practice any of the following areas is also desired: pretrial (strongly desired); sentencing; corrections; community supervision; and/or offender treatment.



CRJ provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.


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