• Policy Specialist

    Job Locations US-MA-Boston
  • Overview

    At CRJ we change lives and strengthen communities by advancing policy and delivering individualized services that promote safety, justice, and inclusion.


    Reporting to CJI’s project lead and in consultation with colleagues across CJI and its partners, the position will:

    • Provide intensive assistance to states engaged in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative and other similar initiatives, including high-quality data analysis, development of evidence-based policy options, policy maker and stakeholder outreach of proposed policies and practices and the implementation of approved policy reforms.
    • Facilitate working group and task force meetings with state leaders from the judicial, executive and legislative branches, and ensure input from relevant stakeholders.
    • Assist in the development and implementation of legislative and communications strategies.
    • Assist in drafting legislation, amendments and legislative talking points.
    • Lobby the legislature and governor for passage of the agreed-upon legislation.
    • Conduct policy analysis, assess organizational practices, and interpret public safety data to inform policy recommendations.
    • Assist policy makers and practitioners as they implement changes triggered by legislation or administrative rule.
    • Help conduct state and/or system assessments .
    • Maintain and continue to develop an understanding of emerging criminal and juvenile justice issues by monitoring publications and participating in conferences, seminars and other professional development activities.
    • Represent CJI at conferences, meetings, and other events, including preparing materials for distribution and making presentations.


    • Masters or other advanced degree in a relevant area or equivalent experience preferred.
    • At least five 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.
    • 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.
    • Ability to work in a virtual office environment with remote project teams across multiple work sites.
    • Experience convening groups of policy makers, researchers, and other professional groups and supporting their efforts to move toward desired outcomes.
    • Willing to travel extensively.


    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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