Senior Policy Analyst – Corrections & Reentry

25 Aug, 2019


Senior Policy Analyst – Corrections & Reentry

Council for State Governments (CSG)
New York, NY


The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization located in four cities across the country with over 100 employees. We combine the power of a membership association, representing state officials in all three branches of government, with policy and research expertise to develop strategies that increase public safety and strengthen communities. Together, we achieve results by:

  • Bringing people together from both sides of the aisle to foster collaboration,
  • Driving the criminal justice field forward with original research,
  • Providing expert assistance to translate the latest research into policy and practice, and
  • Building momentum for policy change at the state and local level.

Our staff have decades of experience in criminal justice, mental health and substance addiction, corrections and reentry, finance, workforce development, media, and more. We have served governors, state legislators, and members of Congress on both sides of the political spectrum. But what bonds us together is a shared commitment to our vision and mission, to a common set of values, and to the national, bipartisan advisory board that guides our work.


The Corrections and Reentry Division (CRD) of the CSG Justice Center leads programs and policy efforts designed to promote the successful reentry of people leaving prisons and jails and improve practices within institutional and community corrections agencies. Through CRD we are helping federalSecond Chance Act (SCA) grantees across the country by providing evidenced-based and data-driven technical assistance aimed at reducing recidivism and improving outcomes for people involved in the criminal justice system.  We manage the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC), the nation’s primary source of information and guidance in reentry. We work with top researchers and practitioners to advance the knowledge base of the field and to champion lessons learned and best practices. Our work continues to evolve as the industry need changes.


The Senior Policy Analyst will be responsible for conceptualizing, planning, and managing technical assistance to federal grantees engaged in strategiesto reform their state and county correctional systems at both the system and programmatic levels. These reforms aim to increase the post-release success of incarcerated individuals and those on community supervision and thereby reduce recidivism and improve public safety. The grantees’ state and local correctional agencies and units of government have received funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance under the Second Chance Act of 2007. Awardees fall into one of three grant programs — Statewide Recidivism Reduction (SRR), Innovations in Supervision Initiative, and Innovations in Reentry Initiative that would be supported by this position. The position carries a caseload of grantees within one or more of the grant tracks that comprise the NRRC corrections portfolio. He /she works on multiple projects with a small team, and will focus on providing technical assistance including guidance, feedback, and on-site facilitation to corrections agencies and reentry service providers as they develop and implement comprehensive plans to reduce recidivism. The position will also work on products such as guides and webinars that share knowledge learned through technical assistance with the field at large.

Specific responsibilities of the Senior Policy Analyst include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Supporting and serving as the project lead for technical assistance initiatives in coordination with the project manager and other staff and ensure timeliness and high quality of deliverables;
  • Leading technical assistance site visits;
  • Supporting the coordination and collaboration amongst the corrections and reentry team as well as between the team and other parts of the Justice Center, including the integration of new strategies, knowledge, and tools into technical assistance and distance learning mediums.
  • Fostering new and maintaining existing relationships and coordinate closely with external partners, such as the U.S. Departments of Justice, funders, partners, and state and local leaders to advance project goals;
  • Developing written products, including policy briefs, research memos, and presentations that concisely and clearly describe complex analyses and policy options to policymakers;
  • Collaborating with senior staff to develop long range strategies to guide the Justice Center’s Corrections & Reentry work;
  • Working with wide range of stakeholders focused on city/county government criminal justice technical assistance efforts;
  • Monitoring timelines, budgets, and deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met in assigned project areas;
  • Researching new funding opportunities and contributing to writing grant proposals;
  • Contributing to the development of Justice Center website content and strategizing with staff and technical consultants on ways of using the web to promote policy goals;
  • Planning and participating in policy-focused meetings of government officials, advocates, and national experts;
  • Identifying and engaging new contacts in the field to serve as formal or informal project consultants or partners;
  • Ensuring that senior staff and, where applicable, Justice Center colleagues, consultants, or funders are aware of relevant project developments and that other work in the field is leveraged for the advancement of project goals;
  • Supervising program assistants and associates where appropriate;
  • Participating actively in staff discussions and strategic planning meetings.


  • Demonstrated success in technical assistance, engagement, facilitation, and relationship management skills;
  • Strategic planning and project development and management skills;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of corrections & reentry and criminal justice policy;
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills and an analytical mind;
  • Experience with performance measurement, research/evaluation, and data analysis;
  • Demonstrated experience in policy formulation, analysis, advocacy, research or the like;
  • Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise, accessible way;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity, an ability to work independently and in a team setting, and a sense of humor;
  • Efficient, organized work style, and an ability to prioritize quickly and confidently and manage multiple deadlines;
  • Willingness to travel, occasionally several times per month.


At least five years of technical assistance, project management and policy analysis in combination with work experience in the field of corrections & reentry, and criminal justice


Bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as public policy, public administration, non-profit management, business, or law. Advanced degree preferred.


If you’re interested in helping us drive change across the country, you should upload the following elements with your application (incomplete applications will not be considered):

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Two writing samples (preferably no more than three pages), or one writing sample and one presentation deck (preferably no more than 5 slides)
  4. Names and contact information for references (at least two)

CSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled)

CSG participates in E-Verify

Job posted: 2019-08-25