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POST DATE 8/26/2016
END DATE 10/25/2016

Community Resources For Justice Boston, MA

Boston, MA
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At CRJ we change lives and strengthen communities by advancing policy and delivering individualized services that promote safety, justice, and inclusion.","This Associate will contribute to, and in some cases design and oversee, the work of various project teams to implement initiatives related to criminal and juvenile justice policy and practice. In addition to project-specific work, Associates also participate with CJI's Leadership Team in business development activities and on special projects as needed.

The ideal candidate for this position is a dynamic individual capable of conducting policy research and analysis, authoring reports, facilitating group processes, conducting strategic planning sessions, delivering trainings and presentations, and providing technical assistance to local, state, tribal and national organizations as they implement system reforms. Candidates must exhibit strong project management, writing, and critical thinking / analytic skills, and the ability to work efficiently and prioritize quickly and confidently. The position requires at least a familiarity with current criminal or juvenile justice research, organizational development, and change theory. The ability to multi-task in a fast-paced and virtually-based work environment is critical. Significant travel may be required.

Duties / Responsibilities:

Business Development & Marketing

Maintains existing relationships with funders and supports expansion of current work
Generates new ideas and assists in the development of proposal concepts
Writes proposals in collaboration with colleagues and with input from Leadership Team
Coordinates and participates in networking and multi-jurisdictional professional events that may include: conference presentations; publication of articles, briefs, or reports; webinars; email blasts; media interviews; speaking engagements; and/or newsletters
Supports the creative use of website with project team members to post materials, tools, resources, and to promote projects/portfolio

Project Management

Experience providing Technical Assistance to state, local, tribal and/or national organizations. This could include strategic planning, use of data to support implementation and policy decisions, training, policy and practice implementation, and/or support of organizational development and system change.
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
Set and manage client expectations
Develop professional trusting relationships with clients and funders
An ability to establish a systematic course of action to ensure project completion, to create and execute project work plans and revise as appropriate, and to manage day-to-day operational aspects of projects
Responsible for reviewing project deliverables prepared by project team prior to client receipt and creating quality assurance procedures
Creates and/or monitors project budget in coordination with Senior Associates/Managing Associates and Director of Administration and Operations
Ensures project teams' hours and expenses are on track with project budget
Reviews financial reports and billings with Senior / Managing Associates and Director of Admin. & Ops. prior to submission
Approves project expenses in coordination with Senior/Managing Associates and Director of Admin. & Ops

Other Skills

Demonstrates strong analytical skills as applied to public policy issues and organizational issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue
Can express ideas, thoughts and concepts clearly and concisely in a compelling way to convince or assist others, both in writing and orally. Able to write clearly, especially on complex policy and implementation issues.
Superb interpersonal and communication skills, public speaking ability, and research and writing skills
A demonstrated ability to develop and implement policy solutions within practical and politically accountable contexts
Experience convening groups of policy makers, researchers, and other professional groups and supporting their efforts to move toward desired outcomes
Capacity to understand and assist in the analysis and interpretation of statistical data
Willingness and flexibility to work independently, while also working well with a team. An ability to pitch in and help with whatever is needed to accomplish tasks.
Ensure data storage security and safeguarding for assigned projects.
Contribute to building CJI's Institutional Knowledge by capturing lessons learned
Keep apprised of current criminal justice research, organizational development, and change theory and emerging trends.
Commitment to implementing evidence-based policies and practices in the field of corrections and related disciplines
Manages change effectively. Can support and maintain a culture in which staff and managers have open and honest communication.
Identify opportunities for improvement and make suggestions for problem solving
Willing to travel, and in some cases, willing to travel extensively

Supervisory Responsibilities

May supervise and coach individual staff members and is expected to supervise project team members on day-to-day work

Education/Experience Required:

Masters or other advanced degree in a relevant area or equivalent experience preferred
At least five to seven 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.

Required Skills for Current Recruitment
Associates contribute to a variety of projects, and a diverse skill set is highly desirable. For projects that the Associate will contribute to upon hire, the following skills and experience are preferred:

Experience engaging county-level stakeholders in the development and implementation of evidence-based public safety policy.
Experience with pretrial, courts, or other front-end public safety practice
Ability to conduct policy analysis, assess organizational practices, and interpret public safety data to inform policy recommendations
Ability to work with remote project teams across multiple work sites
Willingness to travel frequently

Topical expertise on evidence-based policy and practice any of the following areas is also desired: pretrial (strongly desired); sentencing; corrections; community supervision; and/or offender treatment.

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.