• Policy Specialist

    Job Locations US-MA-Boston
  • Overview

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


    CRJ is a unique, 140 year old Boston-based nonprofit organization that provides direct care as well as research/consulting services within the areas of the Mental Health and the Criminal Justice/Public Policy field. Our three divisions, Social Justice Services, Community Strategies, and the Crime and Justice Institute are recognized for their effectiveness and contributions to this important work. 


    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 oversee and manage complex projects and the oversight of project teams. Policy Specialists are specialized experts who provide direct technical assistance to client and funders, as well as providing mentoring, coaching and leadership to project teams.


    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 must have familiarity with current criminal justice research, organizational development and change theory, and exhibit excellent writing and critical thinking / analytic skills as well as comfort with an intensive editing process. 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. Some travel is required.


    Duties / Responsibilities:


    • Support the development and management of complex criminal and/or juvenile justice technical projects with local, state, tribal and/or federal agencies.
    • Develop and deliver presentations on evidence-based corrections practices to varied audiences, including line staff, mid-managers, executives, and policy makers.
    • Work with data staff in the coordination of data collection, coding, entry, and analysis for research / evaluation projects.
    • Produce complex evaluation reports including data analysis, graphics and narratives.
    • Write journal articles and policy reports.
    • 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.
    • Manage projects, including client relationships, timelines, work plans, billing, budgets, and project reporting requirements.
    • Help create and maintain a culture in which staff are committed to implementing evidence- based practices and policies in the field of corrections or related disciplines to improve public safety outcomes.
    • In close partnership with director and deputy directors, participate in business development activities including leading the development of relationships with potential new funders, maintaining existing relationships with current funders, generating new ideas and developing proposal concepts, leading and/or assisting in grant writing and proposal preparation.


    Knowledge / Skills / Experience Required:

    • Five-years’ experience in criminal justice and/or juvenile justice research, policy and practice
    • Demonstrated strong analytical skills and ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information.
    • Proven capacity to understand and oversee the analysis and interpretation of statistical data.
    • Highly developed 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.
    • 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.


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


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