• Policy Analyst I

    Job Locations US-MA-Boston
  • Overview

    The Crime and Justice Institute (CJI), a division of Community Resources for Justice (CRJ), is a non-profit organization working at the local, state, and national level to improve public safety and the delivery of justice. CJI provides technical assistance, research and other services to improve outcomes in the corrections system, policing, pre-trial, re-entry, community supervision, juvenile justice, and more. CJI provides direct technical assistance, assessment, implementation, research, data analysis, training, facilitation, and more. With staff who have worked as practitioners across the sector and understand and serve as a bridge between research and practice, our team brings decades of experience developing evidence-based, data-driven policies, managing complex processes with diverse stakeholders, and driving systems-level organizational change.



    This position will support the work of various project teams to develop and implement initiatives related to policing research, policy and practice, among other topics. In addition to project-specific support, the analyst will also work with CJI’s leadership team on special projects as needed.


    Candidates must demonstrate strong organizational skills, and the maturity, superior interpersonal skills, and keen judgment needed to facilitate productive interactions with a variety of professional audiences. The ideal candidate for this position is able to work efficiently, is well-organized and detail-oriented, and can prioritize quickly and confidently. The position requires extensive writing assignments; qualified candidates will have familiarity with current criminal justice research, and exhibit excellent writing and critical thinking / analytic skills as well as comfort with cleaning, analyzing, and presenting data. Candidates must be able to work independently as well as part of multiple teams. The ability to multi-task in a fast-paced and virtually-based work environment is critical. This position offers a significant level of responsibility and opportunity for growth to an individual seeking to begin or advance a career in criminal justice, public policy, and/or program evaluation. Some travel is required.


    Duties / Responsibilities:


    • Coordinate data collection, coding, entry, and analysis for research / evaluation projects.
    • Assist in producing complex evaluation reports including data analysis, graphics and narratives.
    • Assist with overall management of projects, including client relationships, timelines, work plans, billing, budgets, and project reporting requirements.
    • Assist in the development and delivery of presentations regarding evidence-based corrections practices to varied audiences, including line staff, mid-managers, executives, and policy makers.
    • Assist with facilitating and documenting group processes, including strategic planning sessions, consensus building processes, and focus groups.
    • Perform literature research/reviews using all available research methods, and summarize findings.
    • Write journal articles and policy reports.
    • Assist in survey development, administration, and analysis for a variety of projects.
    • 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.
    • Research new funding and project opportunities, and assist in writing and compiling grant proposals.
    • Provide general administrative 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:

    • Familiarity with current policing, criminal justice and/or juvenile justice research, policy and practice.
    • Familiarity with SPSS, Stata or other data analysis software.
    • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
    • Strong writing skills.
    • Motivated and independent thinker.
    • Possess high standards regarding work quality.
    • 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.
    • Proficient skills using Microsoft Office Products: Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, Publisher.
    • Willingness and ability to travel, and work flexible hours when needed.



    Relevant bachelor degree required. Advanced degree preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with work experience in corrections policy, administration, and research.



    Community Resources for Justice offers a full benefits package. For more information visit our website.



    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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