Fellow, Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties Policy

16 Jul, 2022


Fellow, Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties Policy

R Street Institute
Washington, D.C.

The R Street Institute—a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices across the country—seeks a motivated, organized fellow for our criminal justice and civil liberties team. If you are the right fit, you will report to the policy director of criminal justice & civil liberties. If you want to join an energetic organization and do something extraordinary, this may be just the opportunity you need!

A typical day at R Street might include writing an op-ed on youth probation reform, conducting research for a white paper on alternatives to incarceration, preparing testimony for an upcoming state hearing and being interviewed on talk radio.

R Street runs one of the top criminal justice programs on the center-right. Examples of policies we have supported include reforms of police agencies intended to make them more effective and community-focused, measures that make it easier for justice-involved individuals to reintegrate into communities and juvenile justice reforms intended to return the system to its fundamentally rehabilitative roots.

Other Aspects of Your Role


  • Help conceive and coordinate policy research projects that are high quality, highly credible and timely.
  • Write a mix of op-eds, testimony and policy papers to help tackle difficult problems and translate complex ideas in criminal justice policy in a manner that connects with a center-right audience.
  • Collaboratively work to produce quantitative and qualitative research related to policing, prosecutorial, pretrial, juvenile justice, community supervision and/or reentry policies within the U.S. criminal justice system.
  • Work with colleagues to support new business development opportunities related to your topic areas, including: the development of proposals, donor care and other significant business cultivation activities.
  • Work with the publications, government affairs and communications teams to identify and consistently engage with target audiences within your policy areas.
  • Adapt policy, engagement and communication strategies in a quick-changing legislative landscape.
  • Manage quality control activities for specific projects, including ensuring the accuracy of data management, analysis and reporting.
  • Serve as an inclusive, transparent leader who engages in authentic dialogue around issues of race and equity and seeks to build and grow a diverse body of work.
  • Plan, attend and speak at events and convenings.
  • Collaborate with internal and external scholars to move the policy conversation forward.

Skills and Qualifications


  • Proven experience in the criminal justice field either as a practitioner (e.g. police officer, prosecutor, probation officer, correctional officer, public defender), academic researcher or as a public policy scholar. We understand that relevant experience may come in many forms including life experiences and, if your experience is not evident from your resume, please do note it in your cover letter.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to speak in public and present on complex issues.
  • Excellent writing ability, ideally as proven by a record of published work on criminal justice topics.
  • Ability to synthesize complex academic/technical literature for a policy audience.
  • Ability to work efficiently with a wide variety of groups and individuals including those with whom you may disagree.
  • Willingness to be a self-starter.
  • Passion for free markets and limited, effective government.
  • A sense of humor and a desire to grow with a dynamic organization!


R Street offers a flexible working arrangement. This is a full-time position consistent with any other work that requires regular hours that can either work in our D.C. office or be remote.

Compensation, Benefits and Perks

R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a competitive salary, we provide the following:

  • Unlimited paid time off policy, including all federal holidays, the day after Thanksgiving and two weeks holiday closure in December
  • Alternating Fridays off
  • A health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families)
  • Dental and Vision insurance
  • 401(k) contributions with up to a 4 percent match
  • HSA employer contribution match
  • Quarterly wellness reimbursement
  • Mobile equipment reimbursement
  • Internet subsidy
  • Monthly mobile plan reimbursement
  • Annual educational and professional development reimbursement
  • An option between a child care assistance, pet care assistance or student loan repayment assistance reimbursement

R Street is committed to a workplace that values diversity, equity and inclusion. We believe having a more diverse workforce will strengthen R Street’s ability to innovate, achieve our mission and support long-term systemic change. As people dedicated to limited, effective government and free markets, we understand that a free society achieves its greatest triumphs by allowing and facilitating a wide variety of approaches to public policy problems. The concept of “broad coalitions,” one of our core operating principles, stems from that insight. People of all races, religions, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, life experiences and socioeconomic backgrounds perform at the highest levels in every type of work that we do and have crafted the principles to which we subscribe. We believe that searching for talent everywhere is an integral part of living up to our principles.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until filled. We will contact qualified individuals for telephone interviews and conduct them on a rolling basis. Interviews will be held virtually, via Zoom.

To apply, you must upload a cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format at https://street.applytojob.com/apply/uRpCVhdtop/Fellow-Criminal-Justice-Civil-Liberties-Policy?source=PAC

Job posted: 2022-07-16