• Policy Analyst I - Juvenile Justice

    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 nonprofit organization headquartered in Boston, 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, pretrial, re-entry, community supervision, juvenile justice, and more. For example, for the past 10 years, CJI has provided technical assistance to the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a public-private partnership of the Department of Justice and the Pew Charitable Trusts, helping more than 15 states develop and adopt policies to reduce the unnecessary use of prison, detention, and commitment and to improve recidivism reduction measures. With many staff who have worked as practitioners and researchers  in criminal and juvenile justice systems across the country, 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 criminal and juvenile justice policy and practice. In addition to project-specific support, the analyst will also work with CJI’s leadership team on special projects as needed.


    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 and juvenile justice research 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. Travel is an expected component of most of CJI’s projects and will be required for this position.


    Duties / Responsibilities:

    • 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 the development and delivery of presentations regarding evidence-based corrections practices to varied audiences, including line staff, mid-managers, executives, and policy makers.
    • Assist in producing complex evaluation reports including data analysis, graphics and narratives.
    • Perform literature research/reviews using all available research methods, and summarize findings.
    • Write journal articles and policy reports.
    • Assist with facilitating and documenting group processes, including strategic planning sessions, consensus building processes, and focus groups.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.



    • Relevant bachelor degree required. Advanced degree preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with work experience in juvenile or criminal justice policy, campaigns, administration, or research.

    Knowledge / Skills / Experience Required:

    • Familiarity with current criminal justice and/or juvenile justice research, policy and practice.
    • 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.


    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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