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 and fun 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 with strong research and writing skills to join our team as a Research Assistant.
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 sector, 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.
The incumbent in this position will contribute to the work of various project teams to implement initiatives related to criminal justice policy and practice. The role offers opportunity for growth to an individual seeking to advance a career in criminal justice and public policy/administration.
The ideal candidate for this position is well-organized and detail-orientated, with an ability to manage multiple tasks/deadlines and prioritize quickly and confidently. The position involves a significant amount of policy-related research and writing; candidates must be able to absorb and synthesize large amounts of information, focus quickly on the essence of an issue, and develop high-quality deliverables written for a variety of audiences, from talking points to research reports.
Qualified candidates may come from a variety of backgrounds. Experience navigating political situations (including work in a legislature, in a government agency or on a campaign) is highly desirable, as is practitioner-level experience in the criminal justice system or work in a consulting setting.
Candidates should ideally have some familiarity with criminal justice processes, policy and/or criminal justice research, and be eager to learn more.
Candidates must be able to work independently as well as part of multiple teams. The ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced and virtually-based work environment is critical. Some travel is required and may be project dependent.
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Bachelors degree required. Comparable work experience may be substituted for degree requirement. Preference will be given to candidates with work experience in criminal justice, corrections policy, legislative processes, public administration, and research.
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.