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Senior Policy Associate

Brief Position Description
The Senior Policy Associate will tap the expertise and resources of CJJ and its members and allies to develop policy products that build on current momentum for juvenile justice reform. Currently, CJJ’s goals place special emphasis on advancing progressive federal juvenile justice policy, restoring federal appropriations that support state and local delinquency prevention and juvenile justice reform, and advancing research-informed practices. The Senior Policy Associate will also be responsible for developing white papers and other products that reflect new developments in the field and detail prevention and intervention strategies/policies that keep children and youth out of the juvenile justice system, and emphasize youth, family and community involvement. He or she will be able to work independently and in collaborate with colleagues on a range of issues which could include delinquency prevention, status offenses, racial and ethnic disparities, LGBTQI youth, youth engagement, and police-youth relations. The Senior Associate may also be involved in some field development and outreach and may be called upon to represent the organization and its goals before its members, public officials and others. This is a full-time position (35 hours per week), reporting to the CJJ Executive Director.

Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Provide policy support to the Executive Director in the execution of nationwide reform efforts, including the development of policy products designed to assist and support CJJ state members and allies
  • Serve as project lead for a number of CJJ initiatives, including ensuring that all deliverables are completed on time, working closely with fellow staff and project funders
  • Identify, document and promote best/evidence-informed practices and policies conducted by state members using federal funding and related resources
  • Research and write a range of products for the organization, including reports, fact sheets, talking points, research summaries, profiles of exemplary work, etc.
  • Work with other staff to develop and manage training/technical assistance activities and strategies to elevate and support the work of state and local members and allies, in specific juvenile justice issue areas
  • Represent the organization, its goals and values in public forums, state and national training and conference venues
  • Cultivate opportunities for state/local member-leaders to have their efforts and ideas highlighted in public forums, as well as state and national training and conference venues
  • Offer content ideas and assistance in support of the organization’s conferences (national and regional), newsletter, website, and other communications and training vehicles, keeping an eye on innovative ideas, trends and urgent needs, in close collaboration with the CJJ staff team 


Other Duties

  • Analyze, synthesize, and summarize dense and complex information accurately, clearly, and within a short time-frame
  • Identify opportunities to educate CJJ’s membership and partners about new developments in the field
  • Research federal and state regulations governing the treatment and disposition of cases involving juveniles in the juvenile court
  • Prepare periodic research summaries for staff as necessary or requested
  • Write, edit and/or fact-check, and revise a range of products to conform with CJJ style requirements and to ensure accuracy
  • Prepare periodic reports for management, as necessary or requested, to track accomplishment of strategic goal and to evaluate work performed
  • Participate in organizational and partner meetings
  • Develop content expertise and skills by attending meetings and seminars germane to this position and the base of knowledge required for the job
  • May be assigned other duties as needed


Required Skills and Qualifications

  • JD, Masters, or other advanced degree
  • A minimum of 4-6 years relevant experience
  • Excellent written communication skills and high level of productivity in synthesizing and reporting complex material for a public audience, in written form
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multi-faceted projects involving partnerships and collaborations
  • Working knowledge of juvenile justice and court services, including latest trends and evidence-based approaches 
  • Working knowledge of the manner in which federal juvenile justice and delinquency prevention programs intersect with state and local juvenile justice systems and delinquency prevention programs
  • Experience working in an organization with multi-faceted projects involving partnerships and collaborations
  • Superb interpersonal skills (Candidates with public speaking experience across a range of venues and proven ability to motivate others through presentations and verbal communication may be afforded special consideration)
  • Strong aptitude in use of all MS Office software
  • Willingness to work in Washington, DC and ability to travel on a periodic (at least quarterly) basis 


To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, salary requirement, and a minimum of three professional references to [email protected] No phone calls please. Applications accepted until position is filled. Please note: due to the volume of responses anticipated, CJJ is unable to acknowledge each application received. Candidates selected for an interview will be notified directly.


Communications Intern

(Unpaid)

Brief Position Description
The Communications Intern will assist with the execution of projects to develop and manage the overall provision of email, web-based, and social media communications with CJJ members and other key audiences. S/He will assist the Communications and Member Relations Associate with the monthly newsletter, Facebook and Twitter posts and responses, the CJJ blog, and other forms of member communications. Other duties include data management and administrative/logistical support.

Candidates are expected to be fast-learners who are flexible and team-oriented, have strong interpersonal skills, and have proficient-to-advanced skills with MS Office suite. Experience with basic HTML, data analysis, and familiarity with juvenile justice issues are preferred. The Communications Intern may be required to write short products and content on specific juvenile justice related topics.

Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Update and maintain CJJ’s social media pages, including Facebook and Twitter;
  • Assist in planning, writing, and managing monthly newsletter;
  • Design publications, graphics, and emails to CJJ members;
  • Update CJJ’s website;
  • Reach out to members and allies to create blog content;
  • Fact-check and revise a range of products to conform with CJJ style requirements and to ensure accuracy;
  • Maintain CJJ’s listservs and other sources of data;
  • Analyze, synthesize, and summarize dense and complex information accurately, clearly, and within a short time-frame;
  • Provide additional project support; and
  • On occasion, attend relevant meetings, briefings, and events for the purposes of taking notes and reporting back to staff.

 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Completed Bachelor's degree in advertising, journalism, or marketing field, social sciences, education, social work, law, and justice related fields or other relevant fields;
  • Prior internship or related experience with a nonprofit, advocacy organization, or on Capitol Hill preferred; experience in marketing and communications a plus;
  • Excellent oral and interpersonal communications skills;
  • Persuasive writing, editing, and research skills, and ability to frame and draft cogent messages;
  • Must be a team player who enjoys working in groups but can function individually to meet goals;
  • Experience working on websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and/or YouTube in a professional capacity; and
  • Proficiency in MS Office and Adobe; experience in graphic design and basic HTML a plus.

 

To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a minimum of three references to [email protected]. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


Policy and Legal Research Intern

(Unpaid)

Brief Position Description
The Policy and Legal Research Intern will assist with the execution of projects to develop resources and information to support CJJ’s federal policy agenda and juvenile justice reform efforts. CJJ has specific goals to advance leadership development and youth involvement, as well as current and growing projects in the following areas, among others: eliminating racial/ethnic disparities, improving outcomes and preventing detention of youth at risk of court involvement, and promoting detention reform and alternatives to detention for youth charged with delinquency.

Candidates are expected to be fast-learners who are flexible and team-oriented, have strong interpersonal skills, and have proficient-to-advanced skills with MS Office suite. Experience with data analysis and familiarity with juvenile justice issues are preferred. The policy analyst/legal researcher will be primarily responsible for researching and producing digests of federal and state juvenile justice statutes and regulations, and may be required to write short products and content on specific juvenile justice related topics.

Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Research federal and state regulations governing the treatment and disposition of cases involving juveniles in the juvenile court;
  • Prepare periodic research summaries for staff as necessary or requested;
  • Fact-check and revise a range of products to conform with CJJ style requirements and to ensure accuracy;
  • Analyze, synthesize, and summarize dense and complex information accurately, clearly, and within a short time-frame;
  • Provide additional project support including but not limited to preparation of PowerPoint presentations; and
  • On occasion, attend relevant meetings, briefings, and events for the purposes of taking notes and reporting back to staff.


Like many national nonprofit organizations, CJJ operates in a dynamic environment. Therefore, growth opportunities and responsibilities for this position may evolve in response to new strategic priorities and funding opportunities. CJJ values diversity in all aspects of its operations and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, education, social work, law, and justice related fields or other relevant fields; preference for J.D. (2L or 3L preferred);
  • At least two years’ experience researching state and/or federal statutory or regulatory authority, including familiarity with the Congressional Record and THOMAS;
  • Ability to write clearly and cogently for a variety of audiences; and
  • Prior experience working with a nonprofit, advocacy organization, or on Capitol Hill preferred.


To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a minimum of three references to [email protected]. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.