Senior Policy Analyst – Reducing Revocations

14 Jul, 2020


Senior Policy Analyst – Reducing Revocations

Council of State Governments
Sacramento, CA/New York, NY/Seattle, WA/Washington, DC


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.


We are working with state policymakers across the country to reduce the number of people who violate their supervision conditions and are sent to prison. Through a partnership with a technology nonprofit, we’re developing cutting-edge technology systems and real-time data analysis to measure the adoption of evidence-based practices within supervision agencies, measure the impact of administrative policy in changing rates of revocation from supervision, and develop and deploy a responsive leadership framework to transform agency operations to rely on data at all agency levels to drive decision making.


The CSG Justice Center is seeking a full-time senior policy analyst to lead implementation of this new program to help states reduce recidivism. The senior policy analyst will lead efforts to develop technology products that help state leaders diagnose system challenges in policy and practice, assist agencies in defining changes and measures of change that can help address those challenges, and assist in implementing changes to improve correctional outcomes. The ideal candidate will have a commitment to improving the success of people on community supervision, an ability to devise keen insights on system processes and translate them into actionable recommendations for change, and an enthusiasm for the potential of technology to advance criminal justice policy. The senior policy analyst position offers a significant level of responsibility, autonomy and the opportunity to creatively influence important advancements in criminal justice policy and practice.

  • Coordinate the multi-agency Lantern team to meet the project’s product and policy objectives, including developing and launching technology products such as real time data dashboards, reports, and alerts for state correction agencies that will improve outcomes for people on community supervision;
  • Lead project management efforts across a multi-agency team, including leading the development of implementation plans, roll out of strategies to achieve project priorities, coordination of deliverables, and monitoring budgets and timeline;
  • Design and implement strategies to operationalize the use of Lantern tools in state supervision agencies;
  • Analyze administrative policies and make recommendations to help guide state leaders’ decision making and design responsive data metrics to help leaders track impacts of policies on outcomes for supervised populations;
  • Develop and conduct presentations and trainings on what works to change behavior for people in the criminal justice system for stakeholders in correctional and supervision agencies;
  • Coordinate and facilitate meetings and collaboration with key stakeholders, agency leadership and practitioners and leverage user research to design data metrics that monitor progress in addressing the states’ criminal justice challenges;
  • Distill data and implementation progress into compelling narratives, often using PowerPoint, and presenting these to executive-level oversight bodies and summarize technical assistance activities, in writing and orally, to funders on a regular basis;
  • Cultivate a network of stakeholders, legislators, parole board members, board administrators, supervision agency heads, and opinion leaders to further the goals of the project.


We are seeking results-oriented candidates who excel in project management, have strong critical thinking skills, familiarity with drivers of behavior change, and mastery of using data to drive decisions. You should have:

  • Experience effectively managing multiple projects, all of which have competing deadlines and require cooperation of various people inside and outside the organization;
  • A track record of using data and research to train stakeholders and facilitate systems change even in the face of reticent stakeholders to achieve measurable change;
  • Demonstrated strategic planning and implementation experience that led to systemic change;
  • Experience building and maintaining professional relationships with a diverse array of people from outside organization;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in facilitating strategic meetings with high-level stakeholders, often with varying perspectives;
  • Willingness to travel frequently, up to two or three times per month to deliver technical assistance on site in states across the country.


At least five years of experience in three or more of the following:

  • Developing and executing strategic planning and organizational change initiatives or equivalent experience;
  • Developing and implementing new programs or strategies;
  • Analyzing and using data to drive systems change;
  • Working with or in a correctional, behavioral health, or supervision agency;
  • Using the corrections “what works” research or other evidence-based behavior change approaches;
  • Project management experience, including developing and implementing complex project plans.
  • Knowledge of the correctional research literature and practical experience with data analysis, policy development, and/or implementation within the correctional, supervision or forensic behavioral health fields;
  • Experience providing technical assistance to officials in state and local government and across various criminal justice systems preferred.


A bachelor’s degree (required), with preference given to candidates with a postgraduate degree in the social sciences such as criminal justice, psychology, sociology or public policy.


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. Names and contact information for references (at least two)

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Job posted: 2020-07-14