• Policy Specialist (Adult Criminal Justice Reform)

    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 sectors 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.


    CJI is seeking a Policy Specialist to provide support and technical expertise to one or more of CJI’s adult criminal justice reform projects. Policy Specialists are specialized experts who provide direct technical assistance to clients and funders, as well as providing mentoring, coaching and leadership to project teams.


    The ideal candidate for this position has experience conducting statutory analysis and/or working with the law in a professional setting. Candidates should be able to work efficiently, are well-organized and detail-oriented, and can prioritize quickly and confidently. Qualified candidates will have familiarity with current criminal justice research and exhibit excellent writing and critical thinking / analytic skills. 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:

    • Support the development and management of complex criminal justice reform projects with local, state, tribal and/or federal agencies.
    • Conduct statutory analysis and evaluation of legislation, policies, and practices related to key decision points within the criminal justice system, including but not limited to sentencing, prison and jail release, reentry, and community corrections.
    • Develop comprehensive understanding of complex legal processes and systems through close analysis of law, administrative rules and policy, and stakeholder interviews.
    • Explain complex legal concepts to non-legal audiences, including stakeholders and CJI teammates, in conversation and in writing.
    • Translate policy and practice recommendations into legislative language and work with state legislative staff in the bill drafting process.
    • Develop and deliver presentations to varied audiences, including criminal justice stakeholders, corrections staff, and policy makers.
    • Produce high-quality and clear written materials for a variety of audiences.
    • 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.


    • Five-years’ experience in criminal justice and/or juvenile justice research, policy and practice. Preference will be given to candidates with work experience in public policy, or practical experience in pretrial supervision, corrections, criminal justice, juvenile justice, community corrections, or related field.
    • Experience conducting statutory analysis and/or working with the law in a professional setting.
    • Proficiency in legal research, including using Lexis, Westlaw, or similar databases.
    • Demonstrated strong analytical skills and ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information.
    • Highly developed writing skills.
    • Motivated and independent thinker.
    • Attention to detail and commitment to the highest-quality work.
    • 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. J.D. preferred, but M.A. or M.S. may be considered as a substitute for the right candidate.



    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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