Associate - Analyst

Company: Community Resources For Justice, Inc ( Learn More )

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Job Description

Are you passionate about criminal justice reform? Are you interested in working in a fast-paced environment with a tenacious group of big-thinking, results-focused, talented colleagues? Are you looking for a job where you can have real, system-level impact?

The Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) at Community Resources for Justice (CRJ) is seeking a high-performing individual with strong project management skills to join our team as an Associate.

About CJI at CRJ

Community Resources for Justice is a Boston-based non-profit organization working in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and social welfare systems. In support of CRJ's mission, it's Crime and Justice Institute provides nonpartisan consulting, policy analysis, and research services to improve public safety and the delivery of justice throughout the country.

CJI works with a diverse group of practitioners and policymakers throughout the criminal justice process, including corrections officials, police, courts, and political and community leaders. Our project teams provide technical assistance, training, consulting and evaluation services to support the development and implementation of evidence-based practices in juvenile and criminal justice, including policing, pretrial, courts, correctional institutions and probation/parole.

Job Requirements

About this Position

The incumbent in this position will contribute to, and in some cases design and oversee, the work of various project teams to implement initiatives related to criminal justice policy and practice. The position offers a significant level of responsibility and opportunity for growth to an individual seeking a career in criminal justice and public policy.

The ideal candidate for this position is a dynamic individual capable of interacting effectively with high-level stakeholders, facilitating group processes, conducting strategic planning sessions, developing high-quality deliverables written for a variety of audiences (from talking points to presentations to research reports), delivering presentations, and providing technical assistance to local, state, and national organizations as they implement system reforms.

Candidates must demonstrate strong project management, writing, and critical thinking/analytic skills, as well as the maturity, superior interpersonal skills, and keen judgment needed to facilitate productive interactions with a variety of professional audiences.

Qualified candidates may come from a variety of backgrounds. Experience navigating political situations (including work with legislators, in a government agency or on a campaign) is highly desirable, as is practitioner-level experience in the criminal justice system or work in a consulting setting. The position requires at least a familiarity with the criminal justice system (key players, processes, terminology) as well as current criminal justice research.

Candidates must be able to work independently as well as part of multiple teams. The ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced and virtually-based work environment is critical. Significant travel may be required.

Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical assistance to state, local, and/or national organizations. This could include implementation planning, use of data to support implementation and policy decisions, policy and practice implementation, and/or support of organizational development and system change.
  • Establish a systematic course of action to ensure project completion on-time and on-budget, 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 members prior to client receipt and creating quality assurance procedures.
  • May supervise and coach individual staff members and is expected to supervise project team members on day-to-day work.
  • Generate new ideas and assists in the development of proposal concepts.
  • Write proposals in collaboration with colleagues and with input from the Management Team.
  • Coordinate and participate 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.


  • Masters or other advanced degree in a relevant area or equivalent experience preferred
  • At least five to seven years of experience in the public policy arena, or practical experience in pretrial supervision, 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

Knowledge / Skills / Experience Required:

  • Proficient skills using Microsoft Office Products: Word, Excel, Power Point
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue
  • Strong writing skills, with a demonstrated ability to write for multiple audiences
  • Motivated and independent thinker
  • Possess high standards regarding work quality
  • Demonstrated time and project-management skills, including the ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
  • Ability to develop and move complex projects forward with a high degree of independence within a creative, fast-paced, action oriented, and collegial environment
  • Familiarity with criminal justice systems and research
  • Ability to interact with a variety of people, both in-person and virtually, in a professional and collaborative manner
  • Ability to present data and deliver trainings and presentations to large and diverse groups of professionals
  • Ability to coordinate and respond to multiple priorities with tight deadlines
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a team
  • Ability to learn from mistakes and engage in positive change
  • Willingness and ability to travel, sometimes significantly, and work flexible hours when needed