Policy Program Manager (Justice Policy Center)
Who we are:
At the nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Our employees are empowered to open minds, shape decisions and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, and our analysis elevates the debate, wherever it takes place.
Urban’s greatest asset is our people. We strive to attract and cultivate a vibrant, creative, and diverse community. Our employees drive Urban’s mission through entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, effective communication, results-orientation, and relationship cultivation. Our success depends on engaging individuals who possess and value these attributes.
The Justice Policy Center (JPC) conducts research, policy analyses, and evaluations to improve justice policy and practice at the national, state, and local levels. We conduct rigorous evaluations and in-depth data analyses—and we give context to the data through interviews with individuals involved in the justice system at all levels. We also produce reports and provide technical assistance that translate complex research into actionable strategies to enhance the safety and well-being of individuals and communities.
People from communities that are overrepresented in the criminal justice system and people with direct experience with the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply.
How you’ll contribute:
The Justice Policy Center (JPC) is seeking a full-time Policy Program Manager to focus on Urban’s responsibilities related to the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI). JRI provides states a data-driven approach to managing criminal justice populations more effectively and cost-efficiently, and to investing savings in strategies that reduce recidivism and improve public safety. Urban serves as the oversight, coordination, and assessment provider for the initiative. The Policy Program Manager will collaborate with senior researchers and management, JRI team members, and JRI partners to ensure the successful execution of JRI tasks, the timely completion of deliverables, and the identification and pursuit of related business development opportunities.
We are seeking individuals who have experience in project management, policy analysis, and policy research management and a strong background in policy solutions related to criminal justice in the United States.
- Support effective project management, including assigning roles and responsibilities; managing project team performance; monitoring project progress, budget, and schedule; funder reporting; and designing and implementing policy analysis strategies and products
- Write reports, policy briefs, and other publications to disseminate findings from research projects
- Mentor and manage research and policy staff
- Manage relationships, within Urban and externally with key partners
- Communicate directly with state policymakers, corrections officials, researchers, and other criminal justice stakeholders
- Act entrepreneurially to identify and develop ways in which JPC can better advance its mission of educating the public, press, and policymakers
- Support the development, design, and implementation of policy analysis and technical assistance on issues relating to improving justice policy
- Plan and coordinate convenings and other outreach to support programs of work
What you’ll bring:
The successful candidate will:
- Possess the academic knowledge of a discipline that is generally associated with the attainment of a master’s degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Economics, Sociology, Criminology, or a Bachelor’s Degree with several years of related professional experience and 5–10 years of relevant professional experience
- Demonstrate subject matter expertise in criminal justice policies, programs, practices, and research evidence
- Develop and manage detailed workplans and project budgets using prior project management experience and strong organizational skills
- Exhibit creativity, intellectual curiosity, and the ability to distill complicated concepts into clear, consistent, and direct messages to diverse audiences
- Communicate and collaborate effectively with various stakeholders and funders
- Display outstanding interpersonal skills and show ability to lead and work effectively in project teams
- Use previous experience supervising or mentoring employees
What you’ll experience:
Working in the Nation’s Capital, the epicenter of public policy among a network of policy experts, you can expect to have an impact on policy areas you care about and work with great colleagues who are smart, mission-driven, and collaborative. You will blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, be encouraged and supported to fulfill your potential through meaningful work that matters and, enjoy a welcoming workplace free from harassment, discrimination and intolerance.
In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage. Competitive paid time off allowance, and eligibility to participate in a generous retirement savings plan plus elect a pretax benefit for commuting expenses.
The Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law.
The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.About Us
We believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Public policies work best when they are rooted in facts, and our research sparks solutions in programs and practice. Our analyses and recommendations help expand opportunities for all people, reduce hardship among the most vulnerable, and strengthen the fiscal health of governments and effectiveness of public policies.
How We Work
We conduct sophisticated research to understand and solve real-world challenges in a rapidly urbanizing environment. Our work engages communities at multiple levels—city, state, and country—as we gather data and evaluate programs. Urban Institute scholars blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, teaming with policymakers, community leaders, practitioners, and the private sector to diagnose problems and find solutions.
Founded in 1968 to understand the problems facing America’s cities and assess the programs of the War on Poverty, the Urban Institute brings decades of objective analysis and expertise to policy debates—in city halls and state houses, Congress and the White House, and emerging democracies around the world. Today, our research portfolio ranges from the social safety net to health and tax policies; the well-being of families and neighborhoods; and trends in work, earnings, and wealth building. Our scholars have a distinguished track record of turning evidence into solutions.
As an organization, the Urban Institute does not take positions on issues. Scholars are independent and empowered to share their evidence-based views and recommendations shaped by research.
Our work environment encourages intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect. Our analysis elevates debate, wherever it takes place.
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Job posted: 2020-07-30