Policy Analyst

Job Locations US-MA-Boston


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.


Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Support team in 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.
  • Perform literature research/reviews using all available research methods, and summarize findings.
  • Assist in survey development, administration, and analysis for a variety of projects.
  • Assist with facilitating and documenting group processes, including strategic planning sessions, consensus building processes, and focus groups.
  • Coordinate conferences, forums, and meetings (held in-person and virtually) among high-ranking government officials, advocates, policymakers, researchers, and national experts.
  • Conduct research, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and evaluation on legislation, policies, and practices related to people involved in (and transitioning out of) the criminal and juvenile justice systems;
  • Assist in producing complex evaluation reports including analysis, graphics and narratives.
  • Assist in the development and delivery of presentations to varied audiences, including line staff, mid-managers, executives, and policy makers.
  • Contribute to the writing of journal articles and policy reports.
  • Research new funding and project opportunities, and assist in writing and compiling grant proposals.
  • Assist with overall management of projects, including client relationships, timelines, work plans, billing, budgets, and project reporting requirements.
  • Responsible for administrative functions on projects, including maintaining secure research project files (computer and hard copy); scheduling meetings; booking travel; responding to questions from project partners and funding agencies; and clerical support for the Senior Associate or Managing Associate primarily responsible for each project. 
  • Provide general administrative office support, including ordering supplies; equipment maintenance; travel arrangements; meeting and conference call scheduling; document and materials preparation; information tracking; filing; and other duties as assigned. 


Knowledge / Skills / Experience Required:

  • Proficient skills using Microsoft Office Products: Word, Excel, Power Point
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • Motivated and independent thinker
  • Possess high standards regarding work quality
  • Familiarity with criminal justice processes and current criminal justice research
  • Ability to interact with a variety of people, both in-person and virtually, in a professional and collaborative manner
  • Ability to coordinate and respond to multiple priorities with tight deadlines
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a team
  • Ability to learn from mistakes and engage in positive change
  • Willingness and ability to travel, and work flexible hours when needed



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.


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